Willie Cheng opens the conference
Various of my books on sale, including The Breakthrough Challenge
Part of the view from my bedroom window in the Marina Bay Sands hotel
Flew in day before yesterday for the annual Singapore Institute of Directors event for directors, this time on the theme of ‘Towards the New Capitalism’. I was keynoting the conference, which was huge. Great to be in the company of Jacqueline Lim, a key member of our London team.
Then, after the keynote yesterday, I was part of a discussion panel, chaired by Professor Tommy Koh (Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and otherwise including Euleen Goh (Chairman, Singapore International Foundation), Lim Boon Heng (Chairman, Temasek Holdings), Peter White (COO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development) and Stephen Young (Executive Director, Caux Round Table).
A striking feature of the event was the Social Enterprise Marketplace, held over the extended lunchtime. The social enterprises featured were:
Wonderful to talk to many of the social entrepreneurs and their team, though several are having a tough time of it. That said, the evolution of the sector since Volans first got involved here has been quite remarkable – and the fact that SID is now pulling them in is very encouraging. social entrepreneurs are truly part of the new capitalism.
Today Jacqueline and I visited SingTel, then had lunch with Willie (Cheng), then did two sessions for the Hong Leong Group, the first for senior executives, the second for a team from City Developments Ltd (CDL). Both sessions convened by Esther An, CDL’s Chief Sustainability Officer. Impressed by the quality of the discussion – and by what I learned about CDL’s sustainability-repeated activities in particular. Then out to Changi Airport, for the flight back to the UK – reading I Am Pilgrim, by Terry Hayes. Gripping.