The PRGN Asia Summit

Members of the Public Relations Global Network meet next in Singapore for their annual conference in October 2022.

The event will be kicked off with the PRGN Asia Summit on Oct. 12, 2022 -- an open part of the member conference guests from around the world are welcome to join and follow online.

The summit will include panel sessions on global and Asian economic and political outlook with focus on China, as well as sustainable investing and ESG frameworks.

The panels will run from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. SGT and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. SGT

The PRGN Asia Summit will be open to guests of PRGN via online streaming. See below for topics and speakers and links to register.

Panel 1. Global and Asia Economics and Politics with Focus on China

Manoj Pradhan, Founder of the independent macroeconomic research firm Talking Heads Macroeconomics, and Prof. Kong Yam Tan, a professor of economics at the Nanyang Technological University, will join PRGN members for a 75-minute session to shed light on the dynamics of global and Asian economics and politics, with focus on the influence of China.

Wy-En Yap, Director of Mileage Communications, PRGN’s agency member in Singapore, will moderate their discussion.

The session will be opened by remarks from PRGN President David Fuscus and host of the Singapore event Boh Tiong Yap, Founder and Chairman of Mileage Communications.

PRGN members present at the event, as well as guests joining online, will have the opportunity to ask questions from the panelists.

Panel 1 will run from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. SGT

Speakers of Panel 1

Manoj Pradhan

Founder of the independent macroeconomic research firm Talking Heads Macroeconomics.

Based in London, he specializes in the analysis of global and emerging markets macroeconomic trends, and their implications for financial markets. Previously Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he led the 'Global Economics' team. Manoj will present on the global macro-outlook, focusing on major economies such as the US, Europe and Japan and including salient topics such as stagflation and demographics.

Kong Yam Tan

A professor of economics at the Nanyang Technological University.

Over his career he has held many roles, including assistant director in the Monetary Authority of Singapore, senior economist at the World Bank office in Beijing, chief economist of the Singapore government and head of department of strategy and policy at the National University of Singapore business school. He was also the director of the Asia Competitiveness Institute at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Prof Tan will present on "Political Economic Perspectives: China, ASEAN, and the APAC region".

Wy-En Yap

Board member of Mileage Communications, PRGN's agency member in Singapore.

He is a senior investment analyst and strategist at Neo-Criterion Capital in Singapore, which specialises in pan-China equity investments for large institutional investors such as sovereign wealth funds, pension and endowment funds, and family offices. Wy-En spent most of the past decade living and working in China before moving home to Singapore last year. He covers the Chinese financial sector and also formulates A-Share investment strategy. Prior to NCC, Wy-En was Chief Strategy Officer at a hedge fund startup in Singapore.

Panel 2. Sustainable Investing and ESG Frameworks

Frederick Teo, CEO of GenZero, a S$5 billion Temasek Investment platform company, Raghav Kapoor, CEO and Co-Founder of Smartkarma, an independent investment research network, and Ariane Hofstetter, CEO of market research firm Kohorten, will join PRGN member Michael Diegelmann, founder and principal of investor relations and ESG consulting company cometis AG, to discuss how sustainable investment decisions are made and what are the ESG frameworks that shape them.

Mark Paterson, Principal of Currie, a sustainability consulting and communications firm and PRGN’s agency member in Australia, will moderate their discussion.

The session will be opened by PRGN President-elect and outgoing regional vice-president for Asia-Pacific Andy See.

PRGN members present at the event, as well as guests joining online, will have the opportunity to ask questions from the panelists.

Panel 2 will run from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. SGT

Speakers of Panel 2

Frederick Teo

CEO of GenZero, a S$5 billion Temasek Investment platform company that aims to catalyze climate solutions, accelerate decarbonization and contribute towards a net zero world. GenZero aims to deliver climate impact while delivering sustainable financial returns in the long run. GenZero takes a holistic and flexible investment approach, focusing on three areas: tech-based solutions, nature-based solutions and carbon ecosystem enablers.

Raghav Kapoor

CEO and Co-Founder of Smartkarma, an independent investment research network that unites insight providers, investors and investor relations professionals. Raghav’s focus will be on “Alpha Seeking ESG”. How to marry the great purpose of ESG to Profitability.

Ariane Hofstetter

CEO of market research firm Kohorten, the company that developed methodology behind the Global ESG Monitor. Arianne will speak on its methodology and takeaways from ESG research.

Michael Diegelmann

Founder and Principal of cometis AG, an investor relations and ESG consulting company in Frankfurt, Germany. Michael will speak on issues corporates have on getting ESG Data and ESG Reporting, the problems with ESG ratings and ESG Audits.

Mark Paterson

Principal of Currie, a sustainability consulting and communications firm in Melbourne, Australia. Mark is a strategist, storyteller and change agent. He thrives on the big picture and is a champion for sustainability. As a sense-maker and stubborn optimist, he helps organisations find their voice and see their future more clearly. The son of Corgi breeders, Mark would like to change the world for the better.

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