Asia Pacific Initiative (API) held the Asia Pacific Initiative Forum (APIF) 2020 as a virtual event broadcasting from Yokohama on December 4-5th, 2020.
APIF is an invite-only forum which aims to look forward 30 years into the future of Asia and create a new innovative ecosystem together with business leaders mainly from Japan, India, and the ASEAN countries. We seek to become an exchange platform, developing synergies through innovative ideas and the endeavors of our participant companies.
With the vision of “Articulating Asian Ideas”, discussions were held regarding Asia’s multi-dimensional prosperity, as the COVID-19 pandemic has raised the need for a fundamental rethink of existing economic and social frameworks.
The forum brought together a wide range of Asia’s frontrunners in startup founders, social entrepreneurs, investors and corporate executives, to share ideas on Asia’s response to COVID-19, the accelerating digital transformation heading toward the post-COVID era, Technology and AI for Decarbonisation, transforming education, supply chains with geo-economic dynamics, and the circular economy.
Moreover, we invited Asia’s political leaders SUGA Yoshihide, Japan’s Prime Minister, Audrey Tang (Digital Minister, Executive Yuan, Taiwan), H.E. Mr. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment of Republic of Indonesia) and Tharman Shanmugaratnam (Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, Republic of Singapore), and shared a vision on bringing sustainable and inclusive prosperity to Asia. (speeches can be viewed below)
During the two days in APIF 2020, the idea of collaboration among public, private, academia and other sectors to bring multi-dimensional prosperity in Asia was highlighted. APIF will continue its activities to further advance this momentum.
＜Outline of APIF 2020＞
|Date||December 4th (Fri) – 5th (Sat), 2020|
|Venue||Online (broadcast headquarters in Yokohama Hotel New Grand)|
|Host||Asia Pacific Initiative|
|Acknowledgements||Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Money Forward, Inc., MUFG Bank, Ltd., Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd.|
|Speakers and Advisors in Alphabetical Order
(titles as of Dec 2020)
|Abhilasha Purwar, Founder and CEO, Blue Sky Analytics
Ajay Chaturvedi, Entrepreneur, Author & Philosopher; Founder, HarVa and KFN
Audrey Tang, Digital Minister, Executive Yuan, Taiwan
Bernise Ang, Chief Alchemist, Zeroth Labs
Blair Palese, Global Climate Editor, Climate & Capital Media
EHARA John Nobuyoshi, Founder, Partner, UNISON CAPITAL Inc.
Gabriel Leung, Dean of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
Goh Hup Jin, Chairman, Nipsea Group
IMAMURA Kenichi, Head of HITOLAB, Recruit Co., Ltd.
Jareeporn Jarukornsakul, Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer,
WHA Corporation Public Company Limited
Jing Pei Goh-Asmala, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Teach for All
Joey Concepcion, Philippines Chairman, ASEAN Business Advisory Council
Kenn Ross, Managing Director, Asia, Minerva Project
KOBAYASHI Lin, Co-Founder and Chair of the Board, UWC ISAK Japan
Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment of Republic of Indonesia
MAEDA Tadashi, Governor, Japan Bank for International Corporation
MIZUNO Hiromichi, Special Advisor to METI; Executive Fellow
of Harvard Business School; Non-Executive Board Member of Tesla Inc
MURAI Jun, Dean, API Institute of Geo-economic Studies and API Senior Fellow; Distinguished Professor, Keio University
Nandan Nilekani, Co-founder and Chairman, Infosys and Founding Chairman UIDAI(Aadhaar)
NIINAMI Tak, President & CEO, Suntory Holdings Limited
Prasad Kompalli, Cofounder and CEO, MFine
Ranjith Mukundan, Cofounder and CEO, Stellapps Technologies Private Limited
Regula Schegg, Managing Director, Asia Circulate Capital
Ryu Kawano Suliawan, Head of Merchants, Gojek
Sahar Mansoo, Founder and CEO, Bare Necessities Zero Waste India Pvt Ltd
Sampad SWAIN, CEO and Co-Founder, Instamojo Technologies pvt Ltd.
SASAKI Nobuhiko, Chairman and CEO, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
SATO Teruhide, Founder and CEO, BEENEXT Capital Management Pte. Ltd.
SHIOZAKI Akihisa, Attorney, Partner, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Sopon Iamsirithaworn, Director, Division of Communicable Diseases, Department of Disease Control, Thailand
SUGA Chizuru, Head of the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan
Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Mohd. Munir Abdul Majid, Chairman, ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia
Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, Republic of Singapore
TSURUOKA Yuta, CEO, BASE Inc.
Victor L. L. Chu, Chairman and CEO, First Eastern Investment Group; Co-Founder, Peach Aviation
YOSHIDA Koichiro, CEO, CrowdWorks, Inc.
Yuwadee Chirathivat, Chairwoman, Central Department Store
Videos from APIF 2020 (to show subtitle, click here for instructions)
Summary Clip of APIF 2020
DAY 1 (4th December, 2020)
Special Message from SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan
“Collaboration for Sustainable and Inclusive Prosperity”
by Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, Republic of Singapore)
“Digital Social Innovation”
by Audrey Tang, Digital Minister, Executive Yuan, Taiwan
Special Report on COVID-19 from Japanese Team
by SHIOZAKI Akihisa, Attorney, Partner, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
DAY 2 (5th December, 2020)
“Sustainability Transformation, Global Game Change for Growth and Competitiveness”
by MIZUNO Hiromichi, Special Advisor to METI, Executive Fellow of Harvard business School, Non executive Board member of Tesla Inc
Special Message from H. E. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment of Republic of Indonesia