In our Next Generation Summit in Hong Kong, we explore the theme of ‘Staying Human’. As we witness the fourth industrial revolution, one of the key challenges we face is how to tap into the opportunities presented by this era of remarkable innovation in science and technology. What does it take to stay human in the digital age? How do we maintain or reshape the way human interactions are formed? The question remains, despite the advancements across many fields: Have our lives been made better?

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Keynote Speakers

Chip Conley

No one has led the development, creation and management of more boutique hotels than Chip Conley, founder and former CEO of Joie de Vivre (JDV). In 2013, he joined Airbnb as Head of Global Hospitality, where he’s sharing his proven methods with hosts in nearly 200 countries. Chip launched the travel blog Fest300, which provides an in-depth look at 300 of the world’s best festivals.

Alec Ross

Alec Ross is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Industries of the Future, published by Simon & Schuster. He recently served for four year as Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role created for him by Secretary Clinton to maximise the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic goals.

Guest Speakers

Alejandro Agag

Alejandro Agag is CEO of Formula E Holdings – a new FIA-backed global motor racing championship using cars powered solely by electricity, launched in September 2014. The clean-energy championship is being held in the heart of global cities, where environmental concerns and rapid urban growth are calling for urgent clean mobility solutions.

Dr Joseph Aoun

Joseph E. Aoun is the seventh President of Northeastern University. During his presidency, he globalised Northeastern’s signature co-op program, with students now working, studying and conducting research in more than 100 countries, on all seven continents. President Aoun has published seven books and written more than 40 articles.

Andrew Barrs

In 1997, Andrew Barrs founded the charity along with David Crosweller and has been Chairman since its inception. His long and successful commercial property career has enabled him to fulfil an early ambition to give something back to the world and to work towards relieving poverty.


Rachel Cheung

Rachel Cheung, founder of Rent-a-Suitcase, a travel equipment sharing platform based in Hong Kong, built and structured the company on her vision of “Own less and travel more”. Rent-a-Suitcase, which provides a travel supplies rental service to the busy “urbaners”, embodies a cost and space-saving as well as environment-friendly way of travelling.

Dr Michael Hajesch

Since 2012, Michael Hajesch has working as a senior expert at BMW Group Corporate Planning and Product Strategy department. Michael Hajesch holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and received his doctoral degree in the field of R&D Cooperation from Cranfield University, England.

Tony Khan

Tony Khan is the General Manager of DHL Central Asia Hub (CAH), responsible for overseeing the hub’s management and overall operations which include its connectivity within the global network, cost control, as well as transit time performance. CAH is one of DHL’s three global hubs, and under Mr Khan’s leadership since 2013, it has achieved the best results in its Employee Opinion Survey.

Elliot Leung

Elliot is Founder and CEO of Gaifong, a peer-to-peer, online community where members rent consumer goods they own to others around them, so that no one has to buy everything they need. It is currently the largest such community in Hong Kong, with over 10,000 members and 4,000 items for rent.

Caroline Scheufele

Caroline Scheufele is a German business-woman. She is the Artistic Director and Co-President of Chopard, the Swiss-based luxury watches and jewellery manufacturer. As Artistic Director and Head of the Creation and Design department at Chopard, Scheufele is responsible for the High Jewellery division, for the design and creation of jewels and ladies’ watches.

Ryan Sheppard

Ryan Sheppard is a founder of the sustainability site at Thomson Reuters and managing editor of the Answers On thought leadership site. He is the architect of the award-winning ‘How will we fill 9 Billion Bowls?’ and ‘7 Reasons the World will be Sustainable’ multimedia features.

James Sundram

James Sundram is the CEO of YuuZoo Corporation Limited, the first social media company from Singapore to be listed on the SGX mainboard (SGX:AFC). James has long and significant international expertise in the online, multimedia, advertising and publishing industries, with impressive achievements in turnaround and transformation strategies.

George Yeo

George Yeo joined Kerry Group on 1 January 2012 as Vice Chairman. From 1 August 2012, he also became Chairman of Kerry Logistics Network. Mr Yeo stepped down as Vice Chairman of Kerry Group and became a Director of Kerry Holdings Limited on 1 July 2016. Mr Yeo is Patron of LASALLE College of the Arts and the Eurasian Association, and Advisor to the Sun Yat-Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

Wu Xinhong

Wu Xinhong is the CEO and co-founder of Meitu, Inc. (Meitu). Established in October 2008, Meitu is a leading mobile internet company in China, having developed apps and hardware products such as MeituPic, BeautyCam, Meipai, MakeupPlus, SelfieCity, Meitu Smartphone, Meitu Smart Camera, among others, all based on the art of 'beauty'.


Deborah Kan

Deborah Kan is a new media entrepreneur, award-winning news anchor and seasoned journalist. A member of the 2008 class of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, she has over 15 years’ experience in print and broadcast journalism. Previously Executive Producer at the Wall Street Journal, where she established their video operation in Asia.