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  • Plenary & Breakout 1
    8 AM - 9 AMRegistration, Coffee & Pastries
    9 AM - 9:20 AMWelcome Remarks
    9:20 AM - 9:40 AMThe Asian Century, but which Asia?
    Economies currently considered ‘emerging markets’ are projected to comprise six of the seven largest economies in the world by 2050 led by China (1st), India (2nd) and Indonesia (4th). How can US companies position themselves to best prepare for these shifts in economic power?
    9:40 AM - 10:20 AMThe Challenge of Asia for U.S. Companies
    American businesses have been in Asia for a very long time, what are today’s challenges and what is the role of business associations during this time of change and uncertainty?
    10:20 AM - 10:50 AMNetworking Break
    10:50 AM - 12 PMBeyond Borders: US Ambassadors’ Panel
    A panel discussion with U.S. Ambassadors & Chiefs of Missions from across the region.
    12 PM - 1:15 PMLUNCHEON
    1:15 PM - 1:45 PMIncreasing Private Capital Investment in ASEAN
    1:45 PM - 2:45 PMTomorrow’s Technology and the Digital Economy
    How will big data, artificial intelligence and other new technologies impact foreign investment and supply chain considerations? What are in the imperatives of the Digital Economy?

    Moderator: Jared Ragland, BSA – The Software Alliance

    Stephen Braim, Vice President at IBM, Australia
    Dr. Richard Record, The World Bank, Lead Economist, Macroeconomics & Fiscal Management Global Practice
    Dato Sri Ivan Teh, Founder & CEO, Fusionex
    2:45 PM - 3:15 PMNetworking Break
    3:15 PM - 4:05 PMBREAKOUT 1A; Smart Cities
    A smart city is about using information and communication technology to better manage a city's assets and infrastructure and improve the quality of life for its citizens. Where is Asia in creating the smart cities of the future?
    4:05 PM - 5 PMBreakout Sessions 2B and 3B (see right)
    7:30 PM - 8:25 PMPre-Gala Cocktails
    8:25 PM - 10:55 PMNETWORKING / ANNIVERSARY DINNER
    Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of APCAC and the 40th Anniversary of AMCHAM Malaysia
    Breakout 2
    8:30 AM - 3:15 PMMAIN PROGRAM
    See "Plenary & Breakout 1"
    3:15 PM - 4:05 PMBREAKOUT Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Global Supply Chain
    How are emerging technology trends like IoT, cybersecurity, AI, etc., shaping the global supply chain and how companies do business? What risks or opportunities do these emerging trends pose to U.S. company operations in Asia? This session will feature perspectives from American corporate leaders whose companies are deeply embedded in the intricate global supply chain that powers global trade.

    Moderator: Hon. Kurt Tong, Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau

    Jeffrey Nygaard, Executive Vice President, Global Operations, Seagate Technology

    Brian Davis, Vice President, Airlines, Asia Pacific at Honeywell Aerospace

    Monica Aggarwal, Vice President, IBM India Systems Development Lab (ISDL) (TBC)
    4:05 PM - 5 PMBREAKOUT 2B: Energy - Powering Asia Pacific Growth
    Securing the foundation for economic growth, getting the balance and mix right between fossil and renewable sources is essential. Asia is diverse in its resources but what steps should Asian nations take now to address surging energy needs and support their long-term growth trajectory

    Edward Graham, President, ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Malaysia

    Dato P’ng Soo Hong, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations & Managing Director Malaysia, First Solar

    Datuk Mark Rozario CEO, GE Malaysia

    William Greenlee DFDL, Myanmar

    Moderator: Tengku Muhammad Taufik, Oil & Gas Leader PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Breakout 3
    8 AM - 3:15 PMMAIN PROGRAM
    See "Plenary & Breakout 1"
    3:15 PM - 4:05 PMBREAKOUT 3A: FinTech: Preparing for our Digital Future
    Preparing for our Digital Future
    Disruptive innovation is impacting the financial industry value chain from payments and billing technology, retail and consumer banking, insurance, money transfer and remittance, blockchain, artificial intelligence and banking infrastructure, not to mention cyber-security, the list goes on. China, India and many other players are making their presence known in what was a traditional arena. What lies ahead and what pathways are countries, companies, and entrepreneurs laying down?

    Moderator: Dr. Sukudhew (Sukhdave) Singh

    Joe Bauerschmidt, Singapore Country Managing Partner
    DLAPiper

    Jeroen Kok, Executive Director, Head of Treasury Services Malaysia & Vietnam, JPMorgan

    Rob Walls, Vice President, Digital Deployment and Solutions, Asia Pacific, VISA
    4:05 PM - 5 PMBREAKOUT 3B: Cyber Security
    Presentation & Moderator: Jared Ragland, BSA – The Software Alliance

    Seow Hiong Goh, Global Policy and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, Cisco Systems
  • Plenary & Breakout 1
    8 AM - 9 AMCoffee & Pastries
    9 AM - 9:30 AMGlobal Trends, Regional Outlook
    Andrew Staples, Global Editorial Director, Economist Corporate Network
    9:30 AM - 9:45 AMAddress: Y.B. Dato' Sri Mustapa Bin Mohamed
    9:45 AM - 10:30 AMASEAN and Regional Trade Frameworks
    The global trading system is under a lot of pressure, as traditional and new trade agreements are being tested and forged in a new wave of protectionism. A level of openness will unleash the growth in the region’s commerce and the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) / RCEP are the changing pathways of trade and redrawing traditional trade routes and partners. What opportunities for U.S. firms in and outside the region and what effective partnerships will spur growth and innovation in the Asia Pacific; ASEAN FTAs and AEC also pose unique opportunities.
    10:30 AM - 10:45 AMNetworking Break
    10:45 AM - 11:35 AMBREAKOUT 4A: Infrastructure for the Future
    There are huge infrastructure needs in the Asia Pacific and globally. Governments in the region are setting aside funding for projects but does the funding match their needs and ambitions? How does China’s Belt & Road Initiative figure into the equation and will there be opportunities for International companies to participate? What about efforts by the US and Japan governments, and even more recently adding in Australia and India, to promote cooperation on high-quality infrastructure with the involvement of their respective private sectors as an alternative to the BRI? Will this Indo-Pacific infrastructure initiative work? What role does digital technology play in the build out of hard and soft infrastructure and what do American companies bring to the table?

    Moderator
    Jeffrey Hardee, Executive Director, Government & Corporate Affairs Asia Pacific & Singapore Country Manager, Caterpillar

    Briand Greer, President, Honeywell ASEAN

    Michael Patterson, Manager of Infrastructure & Strategy , Australia & Asia Pacific, Bechtel

    Speaker from AECOM

    Speaker Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan.
    11:35 AM - 12:30 PMBREAKOUT 4B - Cross Border Trade: Moving Goods in a Digital Economy
    As trade increases in the region getting goods to customers is facing hurdles moving from traditional operations to incorporating new technology. All the while rules of origin and trade compliance regulations need to be adhered to; what are the prospects of the Digital Silk Road?

    Diono Nurjadin, President & CEO at Cardig Aero Services, Indonesia

    FedEx / TNT
    12:30 PM - 1:30 PMLUNCH
    1:30 PM - 2:20 PMWomen and the Asian Workforce
    Will the digital economy open up opportunities previously inaccessible? In general, US corporate structures and values support diversity and encourage and women to enter and remain in the workforce.
    By doing so companies and countries unleash to productivity that the other 50% of the population can bring to the equation.
    2:20 PM - 2:35 PMCoffee Break
    2:35 PM - 3:30 PMRe-Investment and New FDI into the Region
    What attracts the investment dollar?
    Not every FDI dollar is the same, some deliver more value over the years and ripple through into SME growth and other benefits. The US Investment dollar delivers a proven effective and sustainable utility that countries wish to attract and retain. What are companies looking for today, for tomorrow, as they deploy strategic investments?
    In this new age of innovation and the digital future we are facing, are incentives sufficient? What fundamentals must a territory have to be attractive: institutional health, a talent pool to support future growth, strong IP regimes, a robust foundation to build a cyber-infrastructure - to foster growth and a new future?

    Datuk Zainal Amanshah, CEO, InvestKL
    Eduardo Handel, CEO Malaysia, Texas Instruments
    Nelson Samuel, Director, Foreign Investment Promotion Division, MIDA
    3:30 PM - 4:10 PMManaging information in a Post-Truth Era
    Social Media has made companies hypervigilant but the emergence of the alternative fact is now a new reality that corporate communications have to navigate. Can technology, including AI, help this quest to ensure accurate information is shared or what can be done to help the public be less vulnerable and what do companies need to do to build up the trust bank with the consumer?
    4:10 PM - 4:20 PMClosing Remarks
    Breakout 2
    8 AM - 8:30 AMCoffee & Pastries
    8:30 AM - 10:30 AMSelect USA / Commercial Section Meetings (By Appointment)
    Growing your Business with the U.S. Commercial Service
    How businesses can utilize the US Commercial Service to navigate the Asian economy and information on how to invest in the United States.

    Senior Commercial Officer Stephen Jacques (Singapore) and Commercial Officer Tipten Troidl (Malaysia) will provide an overview of the services that the US Commercial Service offers for US business, including matching making and advocacy support, and a discussion of emerging trade barriers and the digital initiative. Mr. Jacques will also provide a brief overview of hot topics of the region (cross border privacy, e-commerce, etc). Ms. Troidl will discuss the US as an investment destination and will provide more information on the upcoming investment summit held in Washington, DC this coming June.

    8:30-9:30: Discussion how business can utilize the US Commercial Service, trends in the region, and how to invest in the U.S.

    9:30-10:20: 1-on-1 Counseling sessions with CS Officers from Singapore and Malaysia for delegates
    10:30 AM - 11 AMNetworking Break
    11 AM - 11:50 AMBREAKOUT 5A: Asian Integration - Aligning the Region
    Regional alignment is more important today than ever before as regulatory frameworks are adapted to facilitate trade and unleash the potential of disruptive new technologies. How do the ongoing initiatives of Asian harmonisation and ASEAN alignment affect foreign companies, and what role can they play in supporting these processes?

    Moderator: Kristen Foster, Director of Government Relations, eBay Australia, Japan and SE Asia

    Lovella Adams, ASEAN Business Unit Technical Director, Coca-Cola, Thailand

    Arham Abd. Rahman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer II, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

    Ratih Neumann, Head of regional regulatory affairs covering India, ASEAN and Australia-NZ, Cargill
    11:50 AM - 12:40 PMBREAKOUT 5B: Managing Disputes in Cross-Border Transactions
    Enforcement of court judgements are exceptionally difficult across territories with multiple legal systems, many systems lack alignment or even the willpower to address these rulings. Mediation and arbitration are therefore becoming the preferred mediums for dispute settlements. TPP also put a spotlight to this often obscured procedure with the ISDS structure. How can DR be resolved effectively and does location, HK, SG or MY matter?
    Breakout 3
    8 AM - 10:50 AMMAIN PROGRAM
    See "Plenary & Breakout 1"
    10:50 AM - 11:40 AMBREAKOUT 6A: Tech in Health
    Workforce mobility and rising healthcare costs are a challenge for most companies. Companies and governments also face challenges in the short and long terms as populations age and the workforce gain more mobility.
    Technology and innovation in healthcare are providing solutions that can address these concerns and sprawling talent pools and manage a critical areas for both the public and private sector.

    Christopher Hall, Fitbit, Head of Health Solutions, APAC

    Sainthan Satyamoorthy, Chief Corporate Solutions Officer, AIA

    Yee Beng Pang, Senior Vice President for Commercial Business of Dell EMC , South Asia and Korea and Managing Director
    11:40 AM - 12:30 PMBREAKOUT 6B: Tomorrow's Talent
    Will Asia's talent pool be ready for Asia's growth?

    Talent is the number one issue for many corporate entities and when a McKinsey survey cites that 49 percent of workers can be turned over to automation, is the workforce of tomorrow ready to collaborating with robots?

    How do we meet these demands even in a region where populations are growing and employment is critical to productivity and stability. AI and workforce analytics are already impacting how the workforce is being redefined. How do companies transition to the new employment reality and are countries preparing the youth for this future?


    Dr Achim Schmillen – Economist, The World Bank

    Nick Chia Industrial (INR) Sector Leader, South East Asia at Russell Reynolds Associates

Speakers

  • Y.B. Dato

    Y.B. Dato' Sri Mustapa Bin Mohamed

    Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia

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  • Jackson Cox (Chairman at APCAC & Woodmont International)

    Jackson Cox

    Chairman at APCAC & Woodmont International

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  • Ramzi Toubassy (Chief Executive Officer at AmMetLife)

    Ramzi Toubassy

    Chief Executive Officer at AmMetLife

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  • Siobhan M. Das (Executive Director at AMCHAM Malaysia)

    Siobhan M. Das

    Executive Director at AMCHAM Malaysia

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  • The Honorable Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir (Ambassador at U.S. Embassy in Malaysia)

    The Honorable Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir

    Ambassador at U.S. Embassy in Malaysia

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  • The Honorable Sung Kim (Ambassador at U.S. Embassy in Philippines)

    The Honorable Sung Kim

    Ambassador at U.S. Embassy in Philippines

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  • Consul General Kurt Tong (U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau)

    Consul General Kurt Tong

    U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau

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  • Chargé Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath (Chargé d’affaires at U.S. Embassy in Singapore)

    Chargé Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath

    Chargé d’affaires at U.S. Embassy in Singapore

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  • Michael Heath (Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Canberra)

    Michael Heath

    Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Canberra

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  • John Sandy (Chief of Staff at U.S. Senator James E. Risch (R-Idaho))

    John Sandy

    Chief of Staff at U.S. Senator James E. Risch (R-Idaho)

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  • Meredith West (Deputy Staff Director for Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) at U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship)

    Meredith West

    Deputy Staff Director for Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) at U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

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  • Lovella Adams (ASEAN Business Unit Technical Director at The Coca-Cola Company)

    Lovella Adams

    ASEAN Business Unit Technical Director at The Coca-Cola Company

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  • Datuk Zainal Amanshah (Chief Executive Office at InvestKL)

    Datuk Zainal Amanshah

    Chief Executive Office at InvestKL

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  • Joe Bauerschmidt (Singapore Country Managing Partner at DLA Piper)

    Joe Bauerschmidt

    Singapore Country Managing Partner at DLA Piper

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  • Stephen Braim (Vice President, Governmental & Regulatory Affairs at IBM)

    Stephen Braim

    Vice President, Governmental & Regulatory Affairs at IBM

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  • Nathan Bush (Head of Investigations, Head of Antitrust and Competition, Asia at DLA Piper Singapore)

    Nathan Bush

    Head of Investigations, Head of Antitrust and Competition, Asia at DLA Piper Singapore

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  • Min Chang (President Asia Pacific , Middle East & Africa at Diversified Agency Services, Division of Omnicom Group)

    Min Chang

    President Asia Pacific , Middle East & Africa at Diversified Agency Services, Division of Omnicom Group

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  • Nick Chia (Managing Director & Country Manager, South East Asia at Russell Reynolds Associates)

    Nick Chia

    Managing Director & Country Manager, South East Asia at Russell Reynolds Associates

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  • Lynn D. Cinelli (Director at MSD Asia Pacific Policy)

    Lynn D. Cinelli

    Director at MSD Asia Pacific Policy

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  • Jonathan Collard (Vice President of Government Affairs & Policy (GA&P) in Asia Pacific at Johnson & Johnson)

    Jonathan Collard

    Vice President of Government Affairs & Policy (GA&P) in Asia Pacific at Johnson & Johnson

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  • Ashran Dato Ghazi (Chief Executive Officer at Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC))

    Ashran Dato Ghazi

    Chief Executive Officer at Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC)

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  • Brian Davis (Vice President, Asia Pacific Airlines at Honeywell Aerospace)

    Brian Davis

    Vice President, Asia Pacific Airlines at Honeywell Aerospace

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  • Deborah Elms (Executive  Director at The Asian Trade Centre)

    Deborah Elms

    Executive Director at The Asian Trade Centre

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  • Alexander Feldman (President & CEO of US-ASEAN Business Council)

    Alexander Feldman

    President & CEO of US-ASEAN Business Council

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  • Kristen Foster (Director, Government Relations & Corporate Affairs, Australia, NZ, Japan & South East Asia at eBay)

    Kristen Foster

    Director, Government Relations & Corporate Affairs, Australia, NZ, Japan & South East Asia at eBay

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  • Charles Freeman (Senior Vice President, Asia at U.S. Chamber, Washington D.C.)

    Charles Freeman

    Senior Vice President, Asia at U.S. Chamber, Washington D.C.

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  • Gopi Ganesalingam (Vice President – Enterprise Development, at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC))

    Gopi Ganesalingam

    Vice President – Enterprise Development, at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

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  • Seow Hiong Goh (Executive Director Global Policy & Government Affairs, at Asia Pacific Cisco Systems)

    Seow Hiong Goh

    Executive Director Global Policy & Government Affairs, at Asia Pacific Cisco Systems

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  • Edward Graham (President at ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc)

    Edward Graham

    President at ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc

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  • William Greenlee (Partner & Managing Director of DFDL Myanmar)

    William Greenlee

    Partner & Managing Director of DFDL Myanmar

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  • Briand Greer (President at Honeywell Southest Asia)

    Briand Greer

    President at Honeywell Southest Asia

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  • Josephine Hadikusumo (Director at Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI),)

    Josephine Hadikusumo

    Director at Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI),

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  • Christopher Hall (Head of Health Solutions, APAC at Fitbit)

    Christopher Hall

    Head of Health Solutions, APAC at Fitbit

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  • Jeffrey Hardee (Executive Director, Government & Corporate Affairs, Asia Pacific and Singapore Country Manager at Caterpillar Inc.)

    Jeffrey Hardee

    Executive Director, Government & Corporate Affairs, Asia Pacific and Singapore Country Manager at Caterpillar Inc.

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  • Monica Hardy Whaley (President at National Center for APEC)

    Monica Hardy Whaley

    President at National Center for APEC

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  • Richard Hornik (Director of Overseas Programs, Center for News Literacy Center for News Literacy, at Stony Brook University)

    Richard Hornik

    Director of Overseas Programs, Center for News Literacy Center for News Literacy, at Stony Brook University

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  • Melisa Melina Idris (Producer & Presenter, at BFM)

    Melisa Melina Idris

    Producer & Presenter, at BFM

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  • Jacob Isaac (Senior Vice President, at Fusionex)

    Jacob Isaac

    Senior Vice President, at Fusionex

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  • Stephen Jacques (Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at U.S. Embassy Singapore)

    Stephen Jacques

    Deputy Senior Commercial Officer at U.S. Embassy Singapore

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  • Y.Bhg. Datuk Seri J. Jayasiri (Secretary General at Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia)

    Y.Bhg. Datuk Seri J. Jayasiri

    Secretary General at Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia

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  • Tara Joseph (President at American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong)

    Tara Joseph

    President at American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

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  • Y.Bhg. Dato’ Shamsiah Kamaruddin (Director General at Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO))

    Y.Bhg. Dato’ Shamsiah Kamaruddin

    Director General at Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO)

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  • Manjit Kaur (Senior Director at VISA School of Public Policy)

    Manjit Kaur

    Senior Director at VISA School of Public Policy

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  • Juergen Keitel (Global Affairs & Development at AirAsia)

    Juergen Keitel

    Global Affairs & Development at AirAsia

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  • Jeroen Kok (Executive Director, Head of Treasury Services Malaysia & Vietnam, at JPMorgan)

    Jeroen Kok

    Executive Director, Head of Treasury Services Malaysia & Vietnam, at JPMorgan

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  • Tracey Kuuskoski (Director APAC Digital Indirect Tax Lead at Ernst & Young Solutions LLP)

    Tracey Kuuskoski

    Director APAC Digital Indirect Tax Lead at Ernst & Young Solutions LLP

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  • Owen Larter (Senior Manager, Global Government Affairs at Microsoft)

    Owen Larter

    Senior Manager, Global Government Affairs at Microsoft

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  • Marcus Lim (Executive Director at The Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI))

    Marcus Lim

    Executive Director at The Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI)

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  • Pankaj Lunia (Watson Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Executive - ASEAN at IBM)

    Pankaj Lunia

    Watson Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Executive - ASEAN at IBM

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  • Tan Sri Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria (Senior Policy Fellow at ERIA  (Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia))

    Tan Sri Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria

    Senior Policy Fellow at ERIA (Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia)

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  • Cash McCracken (Director of Asia-Pacific Government Affairs, at Seagate Technology)

    Cash McCracken

    Director of Asia-Pacific Government Affairs, at Seagate Technology

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  • Johan Mahmood Merican (Deputy Director General (Human Capital), at Malaysia's Economic Planning Unit)

    Johan Mahmood Merican

    Deputy Director General (Human Capital), at Malaysia's Economic Planning Unit

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  • Sridharan Nair (Managing Partner at PwC Malaysia & Territory Senior Partner of the PwC SEAPEN Region)

    Sridharan Nair

    Managing Partner at PwC Malaysia & Territory Senior Partner of the PwC SEAPEN Region

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  • Datuk Mohd Rauf Nasir (Country President at Motorola Solutions)

    Datuk Mohd Rauf Nasir

    Country President at Motorola Solutions

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  • Ratih Neumann (Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs SEA and India at Cargill)

    Ratih Neumann

    Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs SEA and India at Cargill

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  • A. Lin Neumann (Managing Director of AmCham Indonesia)

    A. Lin Neumann

    Managing Director of AmCham Indonesia

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  • Dato

    Dato' Ng Wan Peng

    Chief Operating Officer at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

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  • Diono Nurjadin (President and CEO of Cardig International, Indonesia)

    Diono Nurjadin

    President and CEO of Cardig International, Indonesia

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  • Jeffrey Nygaard (Executive Vice President, Head of Global Operations at Seagate Technology, Thailand)

    Jeffrey Nygaard

    Executive Vice President, Head of Global Operations at Seagate Technology, Thailand

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  • Steve R Okun (ASEAN Representative, at EMPEA & Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates)

    Steve R Okun

    ASEAN Representative, at EMPEA & Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates

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  • Professor Dr. Colin Ong (Senior Partner at at Dr Colin Ong Legal Services (Brunei); Counsel at Eldan Law LLP (Singapore); and Queen's Counsel at St Philips Stone Chambers (London))

    Professor Dr. Colin Ong

    Senior Partner at at Dr Colin Ong Legal Services (Brunei); Counsel at Eldan Law LLP (Singapore); and Queen's Counsel at St Philips Stone Chambers (London)

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  • Michael Patterson (Manager of Infrastructure Marketing and Strategy, Australia and Asia Pacific at Bechtel Corporation)

    Michael Patterson

    Manager of Infrastructure Marketing and Strategy, Australia and Asia Pacific at Bechtel Corporation

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  • Dato P’ng Soo Hong (Vice President of Manufacturing Operations & Managing Director of First Solar Malaysia)

    Dato P’ng Soo Hong

    Vice President of Manufacturing Operations & Managing Director of First Solar Malaysia

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  • Jared Ragland (Senior Director, Policy — APAC at BSA, The Software Alliance)

    Jared Ragland

    Senior Director, Policy — APAC at BSA, The Software Alliance

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  • Arham Abdul Rahman (Deputy Chief Executive Officer II at Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA))

    Arham Abdul Rahman

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer II at Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

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  • Dr. Richard Record (Lead Economist at The World Bank)

    Dr. Richard Record

    Lead Economist at The World Bank

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  • Nelson Samuel (Director Foreign Investment Promotion Division at Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA))

    Nelson Samuel

    Director Foreign Investment Promotion Division at Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)

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  • Sainthan Satyamoorthy (Chief Corporate Solutions Officer, AIA Bhd.)

    Sainthan Satyamoorthy

    Chief Corporate Solutions Officer, AIA Bhd.

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  • Karen Saunders (Senior Director, Pharmaceuticals, South East Asia at Johnson & Johnson South East Asia)

    Karen Saunders

    Senior Director, Pharmaceuticals, South East Asia at Johnson & Johnson South East Asia

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  • Dr. Achim Schmillen (Senior Economist at The World Bank)

    Dr. Achim Schmillen

    Senior Economist at The World Bank

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  • Hasnul Nadzrin Shah (Director – Government and Regulatory Affairs at IBM Malaysia)

    Hasnul Nadzrin Shah

    Director – Government and Regulatory Affairs at IBM Malaysia

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  • Matthew Shaw (Of Counsel, at DLA Piper Singapore)

    Matthew Shaw

    Of Counsel, at DLA Piper Singapore

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  • Mark Shorney (Vice President, at FedEx Express, Southeast Asia)

    Mark Shorney

    Vice President, at FedEx Express, Southeast Asia

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  • Amarjeet Singh (Partner Malaysia Tax Leader, Malaysia TPC Leader at Ernst & Young Tax Consultants Sdn Bhd, Malaysia)

    Amarjeet Singh

    Partner Malaysia Tax Leader, Malaysia TPC Leader at Ernst & Young Tax Consultants Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

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  • Dr. Sukudhew (Sukhdave) Singh

    Dr. Sukudhew (Sukhdave) Singh

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  • Andrew Staples (Editorial Director and Chief Economist at The Economist Corporate Network)

    Andrew Staples

    Editorial Director and Chief Economist at The Economist Corporate Network

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  • Tengku Muhammad Taufik (Deals Partner and Oil & Gas Leader, at PwC Malaysia)

    Tengku Muhammad Taufik

    Deals Partner and Oil & Gas Leader, at PwC Malaysia

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  • Tipten Troidl (Commercial Officer at U.S. Embassy in Malaysia)

    Tipten Troidl

    Commercial Officer at U.S. Embassy in Malaysia

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  • Hans Vriens (Managing Partner at Vriens & Partners)

    Hans Vriens

    Managing Partner at Vriens & Partners

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  • Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke (President at East-West Center)

    Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke

    President at East-West Center

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  • Steven Westervelt (Associate Director at Control Risks Singapore)

    Steven Westervelt

    Associate Director at Control Risks Singapore

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  • Bettina Chua Abdullah (Master of Ceremonies)

    Bettina Chua Abdullah

    Master of Ceremonies

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  • Patrick Wong Kam Leung (Country Director at AECOM Malaysia)

    Patrick Wong Kam Leung

    Country Director at AECOM Malaysia

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  • Pang Yee Beng (Senior Vice President - Commercial Business, South Asia & Korea, at Dell EMC)

    Pang Yee Beng

    Senior Vice President - Commercial Business, South Asia & Korea, at Dell EMC

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“Charting a Bold Future: US Businesses in the Asian Century” is the theme for the 2018 APCAC Business Summit to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday and Thursday, April 4-5, 2018.

This high-profile annual summit attracts over 300 participants including senior government and private sector leaders from the USA and the Asia-Pacific region to explore business issues that are driving and challenging companies and countries in the region. This Summit looks to have less hype but a more meaningful interaction between stakeholders.

Why Malaysia, and why now?
With the current U.S. administration's focus and messaging about prioritizing American interests, a retrenchment from overseas engagement is predicted. For those of us based in Asia, we have seen these shifts result in increased questions about the commitment by U.S. business to these markets. Will U.S. companies continue to invest in:

● Local talent?
● Localizing their products and services?
● Engaging in ways to develop and grow local economies?
● Social responsibility initiatives?

At APCAC, we know the answer is a resounding 'YES.'

At our upcoming Summit, we will be providing participating sponsors and companies a showcase to demonstrate their continued engagement and commitment on a range of important topics, all while highlighting the dynamism and value of American business.

Malaysia, a founding member of both ASEAN and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is geographically positioned between the emerging regional powerhouses of China and India and sits at the nexus of these shifting economic ties. In this context, now is the right time and Malaysia is the ideal place to host what we believe will be a seminal platform to emphasize the longevity and nature of U.S. investments in the region, highlight the relevance of our corporate values, and promote the ongoing committed engagement of our partner companies.


What is APCAC?

APCAC is an association of 29 American Chambers of Commerce from 22 economies in Asia-Pacific. APCAC comprises of 15,000 Member companies, 50,000 overseas American executives and 10 million employees; the region has USD 620 billion in annual FDI management and more than USD 1 trillion in annual trade. The APCAC Business Summit is hosted each spring by one of APCAC’s member associations and we are delighted to have been chosen to bring the Summit to Kuala Lumpur in 2018. American corporations find value in this association with a number of them supporting APCAC by being part of the Chairman’s Circle: VISA, Abbott, GE, Citibank, PayPal Caterpillar, UPS, amongst others.


For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact AMCHAM Malaysia directly: Ms Siobhan Das, Executive Director apcac@amcham.com.my

Apr 4 - 5, 2018

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Conference Hall 1 & 2, Level 3, KL Convention Centre
Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

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Conference Fee

Regular Ticket (AmCham Members Only)

This ticket allows entry to and participation in all programs related to the APCAC Business Summit including:-
1. Two full days of conference programming on April 4th and 5th
2. Cocktail Reception and Networking Dinner on April 4th evening to celebrate APCAC's 50th Anniversary and AMCHAM Malaysia's 40th Anniversary

RM 4,900
Regular Ticket (Non Member)

This ticket allows entry to and participation in all programs related to the APCAC Business Summit including:-
1. Two full days of conference programming on April 4th and 5th
2. Cocktail Reception and Networking Dinner on April 4th evening to celebrate APCAC's 50th Anniversary and AMCHAM Malaysia's 40th Anniversary

RM 6,200
AmCham Executive Directors and Chairman/President Only

Special rate extended only to AmCham Executive Directors and their respective Chairman or President.

This ticket allows entry to and participation in all programs related to the APCAC Business Summit including:-
1. Closed door full day meeting and welcome reception on April 3rd.
2. Two full days of conference programming on April 4th and 5th.
3. Cocktail Reception and Networking Dinner on April 4th evening to celebrate APCAC's 50th Anniversary and AMCHAM Malaysia's 40th Anniversary.

RM 1,650

Who Should Attend?

The summit will attract approximately 300 delegates from across the Asia-Pacific region:

Who Should Attend? 
  • Business executives who are developing or evolving their Asia strategy 
  • Strategists with ASEAN or Asia Pacific oversight 
  • Entrepreneurs excited to be a part of Asia’s growth 
  • Government officials, mayors, and governors from across the Asia Pacific region 
  • Trade and business organizations, other Chambers
  • Academics and think tanks interested in the emerging and fast-paced economy of the region

Join us!

Media Partners

Interested in becoming a Media Partner?

Role of the media partner:
  • To promote the 2018 APCAC Business Summit via print/digital 
  • Media coverage of the Summit pre, during and post
  • Banner ad about the conference on relevant pages of your organisation’s website
     
Benefits as a media partner:
  • Listing on the website with dedicated link to your company's website
  • Invitation to attend press conference before/during the Summit
     
For more information, please contact Yvonne Miranda at yvonne@amcham.com.my
 

Preferred Hotel Partners

We have negotiated some special rates at a number of hotels around Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. To book your accommodation and receive these special rates, you must click on the reservation link given below for each hotel. The hotels listed below are within the vicinity of the conference venue, approximately within 3 minutes walking distance.


5 Star Hotels

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Room rate starts from RM699.60 nett (approximately US$172) including one buffet breakfast, in-room internet access, 10% service charge and 6% GST. The tourism tax of RM10 per room per night is applicable for non-Malaysian guests and is not included in the room rate. 

Please email the reservations team at reservation.kuagh@hyatt.com and quote the group code G-H832


4 Star Hotels

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Room rate starts from RM559.68 nett (approximately US$138) including one buffet breakfast, wired and wireless broadband access, 10% service charge and 6% GST. The tourism tax of RM10 per room per night is applicable for non-Malaysian guests and is not included in the room rate. 

Here is the booking link for the Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur.


Impiana KLCC Hotel
Room rate starts from RM390.00 nett (approximately US$96) including one buffet breakfast, complimentary in-room wired internet and wi-fi access, 10% service charge and 6% GST. The tourism tax of RM10 per room per night is applicable for non-Malaysian guests and is not included in the room rate. 

Here is the booking link for the Impiana KLCC Hotel. 

Travel Packages

Apart from attending APCAC, AMCHAM encourages you to combine your attendance at APCAC 2018 with a unique experience of Malaysian hospitality. Get to know Malaysia outside the bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur and experience a rich variety of local cultures, world-renowned cuisine, and our wealth of natural beauty.

The tour options described below have been selected and curated especially to fit into the weekends prior to and/or after the 2018 APCAC Business Summit. To book and find out more information on each itinerary, please contact the tour operators directly at the email address provided below.
Itineraries offered by World Express Travel, a sister company of Pacific World Travel

Cameron Highlands for 3 days and 2 nights 
(stay at Strawberry Park Resort)

Day 1 Kuala Lumpur/ Cameron Highlands
Pick up from the hotel and depart to Cameron Highlands. While en route, visit the Batu Caves Temple.

The Highlands were named after William Cameron, a British colonial government surveyor who discovered the plateau during a mapping expedition in 1885. The fame of Cameron Highlands then grew during the colonial era when British planters realized the potential of its fertile mountain slopes for growing tea, then a prized commodity.

The Cameron Highlands is still home to many tea plantations, being Malaysia's largest tea-producing region. The area is also known as a major supplier of legumes and vegetables to both Malaysia and Singapore with its many farms and is one of Malaysia's prime tourist destinations.

Day 2 Cameron Highlands (Breakfast)
Visit tea plantation (closed on Monday), local market and butterfly farm.
Afternoon, free at leisure

Day 3 Cameron Highlands / Kuala Lumpur (Breakfast)
After breakfast depart back to Kuala Lumpur

Penang Island for 3 days and 2 nights (stay at Parkroyal Beach Resort)

Day 1 Kuala Lumpur/ Penang
Pick up from hotel and depart to Penang. While en-route, stop at Kuala Kangsar to visit its unique Ubudiah Mosque – a magnificent building with a golden dome and its intricate wood carving. Continuing to Butterworth, cross the Penang Bridge (spanning 13.5km, the longest bridge in Asia and the 3rd longest in the world) to Penang Island. Arrive Penang, free at leisure

Day 2 Penang (Breakfast / Lunch)
Day tour in Penang, begin the day by driving to the seaside district of Telok Bahang to visit the Entopia
(Butterfly Farm), a sanctuary for over 120 species of exotic tropical butterflies. Next stop at a Batik Factory to observe the traditional technique of batik painting using wax and dyes.

In Georgetown, a world heritage site of UNESCO, photo stop at Fort Cornwallis facing the Esplanade. By trishaw – Penang’s ‘king of the road’, take a leisurely ride to the Khoo Clan Ancestral House and admire the intricate carvings and woodwork of this heritage building. In the afternoon, ascend Penang Hill, 830 meters above sea level for a panoramic view of the city. (Note: Drinks are not inclusive)

Day 3 Penang (Breakfast)
Free till pre-fixed time and transfer to Penang Airport
 
Ipoh and Pangkor Laut for 4 days and 3 nights (1 night stay at small boutique hotel and 2 nights stay at Pangkor Laut Resort)

Day 1 Kuala Lumpur/ Ipoh
Pick up from the hotel and departs to Ipoh. While en route visit Batu Caves Temple.

Visit Tempurung Cave take a stroll through the cave and encounter many interesting and beautiful rock formations. Next stop will be Kinta Kellas Rubber Estate area.

Amidst the lush greenery stands proud the ruins of the never completed dream castle of William Kellie Smith, a wealthy Scottish planter during the colonial era. An aura of mystery envelopes this romantic yet melancholic mansion. Believed to be haunted, it is said to have secret rooms and underground tunnels.

Drive along Ipoh famous landmarks The Railway Station or the ‘Taj Mahal’ of Ipoh is an impressive landmark which combines Moorish architecture with modern embellishments. The Station bears a close resemblance to its Kuala Lumpur counterpart haring the same architectural design and the distinction of being the most filmed buildings in their respective cities.

Day 2 Ipoh / Lumut (Breakfast)
Depart to Lumut is about 2 hours drive. Arrive at Lumut Jetty, board schedule boat to a home on the private island of Pangkor Laut. Afternoon, free at leisure

Day 3 Pangkor Laut Resort (Breakfast)
Day at leisure – optional for resort activities

Day 4 Pangkor Laut Resort (Breakfast)
Free till pre-fixed time and transfer to Kuala Lumpur Airport

To find out more information and book any of the packages above, please contact Ms. Su Ann by email at wxpkul@worldexpress.travel or by phone at +603 21489601.
Itineraries offered by Corporate Information Travel

Malacca for 3 days and 2 nights
(stay at Casa Del Rio Hotel)

Day 01
Depart from Kuala Lumpur City Centre for Malacca. Upon arrival, proceed for Historical Malacca Tour.
Founded in 1403, Malacca is Malaysia’s oldest town, full of fascinating history and multi-cultural heritage.
The beauty of the town has now been recognized and it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008.

Malacca is also one of the birthplaces of the 'Peranakan', a mix of Chinese and Malay descendants uniquely its own. Lunch at local restaurant (Nyonya cuisine). After the tour, drop off at hotel for check-in.

Please note: As there is quite a bit of walking on this tour, good walking shoes will be required

Day 02
Breakfast at the hotel. Explore Malacca at your own leisure ......

Day 03
Breakfast at the hotel. Free to explore the city until your departure transfer back to Kuala Lumpur.

Kota Kinabalu for 3 days and 2 nights (stay at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort)

Day 01
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Check-in and free at leisure.

Day 02
Morning, pick-up transfer to the jetty. Board the boat for a 20-minute boat ride to Sapi or Manukan Island. There is a trail system around the island, ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The island has very clear water and is an excellent venue for sea-sports. The day is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Day 03
After breakfast, free at leisure until your transfer to the airport.

Note: Please bring these items: insect repellent, swimwear, sun block, hat, change of clothing and towel.

To find out more information and book any of the packages above, please contact Corporate Information Travel by email at travel@cit.travel or by phone at +603 20919966.
A special offer by the Four Seasons Langkawi

Garden Pavilions Ground Floor (max 3 occupancy) 
US$ 510 Bed & Breakfast for stays from 30 March - 4 April, min 2 nights 
US$ 395 Bed & Breakfast for stays from 5 - 9 April, min 2 nights 
Garden View Ground Pavilion 

Partial Sea View Pavilions Upper Floor (max 2 occupancy) 
US$ 610 Bed & Breakfast for stay from 30 March - 4 April, min 2 nights 
US$ 495 Bed & Breakfast for stays from 5 - 9 April, min 2 nights 
Partial Sea View Upper Pavilion 

Special Rate on Extra Bed & Breakfast US$ 100 per person/per night for Ground Floor Pavilions. 

In addition to the rates outlined above, the hotel is pleased to offer their signature Mangrove and Eagle Safari into the UNESCO GeoPark by boat accompanied by one of their naturalists for an exclusive rate of MYR200 per person. 

All WiFi is complimentary as is the hotel gym, tennis court, and bicycles. A fabulous GeoSpa and a full range of Watersports including jet skis, X-Jetblades, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaks, standup paddleboards, catamarans (all motorised watersports are chargeable, non-motorised complimentary) are available. The hotel also has Rock Climbing and Archery on the property. 

To find out more information or to book, please contact the hotel directly by email at reservations.lan@fourseasons.com or by phone at +604 950 8888. The rates above are only available to  2018 APCAC Business Summit attendees and verification may be required to confirm the hotel booking.

Contact Us

For more information please contact:

About the Summit
Elyna Ngu, Events Manager
elyna@amcham.com.my

Sponsorship Opportunities
Siobhan Das, Executive Director
apcac@amcham.com.my

Media Partner
Yvonne Miranda, Manager
yvonne@amcham.com.my


 

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