Megatrends 2018 Conference


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Credit Suisse Global Megatrends Conference 2018

The sixth Credit Suisse Global Megatrends Conference took place on April 18, 2018 and we had the privilege of hosting close to 600 guests at this PB APAC flagship event. Conference attendees heard from 14 internationally recognized opinion leaders, sector specialists and industry experts on fundamental supertrends that are expected to impact global markets.

The conference focused on Supertrends themes consisting of: The Age Of Sci-Fi & Rise Of Artificial Intelligence,  Technology At The Service Of Humans – What Does It Mean For Investors, When Millennials Rule and The Silver Economy – Investing For Population Aging.

Credit Suisse’s Supertrends are investment themes that link long-term trends between today’s major developments and investors’ profile. Long-term trends such as technology are expected to dominate in the coming years. Two sizeable demographic groups are also the focus for this year as the consumption needs for each group are specific, substantive and momentous.

Overall, participants gained valuable insights on what these key developments and Megatrend themes meant in practical terms to investors as well as benefitted from the insights shared by 14 internationally known speakers in their respective fields.


9:00am – 9:15am

Welcome Address by Credit Suisse

9:15am – 10:15am

Opening Keynote:
The Age Of Sci-Fi & Rise Of Artificial Intelligence

With Artificial Intelligence (AI) designed to extrapolate on existing knowledge and develop learnings from observed patterns at its most basic, and the perceived ability to replace humans in executing high-risk tasks at its most complex, to what extent do we draw the line between having the convenience of machines think for us and the possibility of relinquishing complete control to these change instruments? How do we balance information security with huge circuits of data stored by government agencies and corporations and where do we draw the line for our privacy? And will the use of AI across industries be the answer to reducing the socioeconomic gaps between classes, or will it instead widen them?
This opening keynote presents an insider’s view on recent technological advancements and possible high-tech innovation roadmaps in the near future. Besides covering various technological development trends that are often missed or misunderstood by the investment community, the session will also discuss the impacts on society brought about by the advent of AI.

  • Mo Gawdat, former Chief Business Officer, Google X

Moderated by Martin Soong, Anchor, CNBC Asia

10:15am – 10:35am

Coffee Break

10:35am to 11:45am

Session One: Technology At The Service Of Humans – What Does It Mean For Investors

Technology continues to dominate as a key megatrend transforming traditional markets in almost all sectors on multiple fronts and as such remains one of the main threads in this year’s megatrends conference. In particular, the disruptive force of Artificial Intelligence is at the core of this new phase of digitalization. The progressive advancements we have made in employing smart algorithms to analyze data has enabled us to create intelligent machines and design computer programs and platforms alike, to solve complex issues previously thought impossible. Artificial intelligence will indeed be transformative to our lives and businesses. With tremendous growth potential, where then should investors focus?

Moderated by Greg Williams, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED magazine

11:45am – 12:45pm

Session Two: When Millennials Rule

51 per cent of the world’s population is reportedly now under the age of 30. As this demographic ascends into its prime years, their modern attitudes, unconventional experiences and unpredictable spending patterns have undoubtedly reshaped economy. Brought up in an era driven by unwavering technological advancement, Millennials are to be looked upon as savvy, adaptable all-rounders to say the least. As a truly globally interconnected generation, the increasing strong correlation between a combined sense of societal responsibility coupled with an aggregated willingness to actively support enterprises that generate both social and positive impact, cannot be ignored. Significantly impacting this generation is also the issue of rising housing costs which has sparked off significant behavioural changes such as relocating to micro apartments and communal housing.

  • Louise Huterstein, CEO, Pursuit Hospitality AG and Board Member of the Young Investors Organization
  • Pocket Sun, Founder & Partner, SoGal Ventures
  • Anton Szpitalak, CEO and Founder, Tribe Breweries and Board Member of the Young Investors Organization
  • Chauwei Yak, Chief Executive Officer, GAO Capital

Moderated by Dan Murphy, Correspondent, CNBC

12:45pm – 2:00pm

Networking lunch

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Session Three: The Silver Economy – Investing For Population Aging

By 2050, we expect more than two billion senior citizens aged 60 and above. This irreversible trend coupled together with longer life expectancies will pose immense challenges as well as opportunities to business and government bodies across the globe. With the Silver Generation currently valued at approximately 7 trillion dollars a year, this demographic segment will inevitably function as a powerful societal and economic driver that will transform consumer markets, healthcare and property markets.

  • Vafa Ahmadi, Managing Director and Head of Global Thematic Equities, CPR Asset Management
  • Dr Samuel Bernal, Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, UCLA
  • Janice Chia, Founder and Managing Director, Ageing Asia
  • Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Singapore

Moderated by Martin Soong, Anchor, CNBC Asia

3:00pm – 3:15pm

Investing In Megatrends
This session summarizes the key takeaways and ideas from the day’s panel discussions.

  • John Woods, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer, Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse
3:15pm – 3:35pm

Coffee Break

3:35pm – 4:35pm

CNBC Managing Asia @ Global Megatrends Conference 2018

Moderated by Christine Tan, Anchor, CNBC Asia

4:35pm to 4:45pm

Closing Remarks By Credit Suisse

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