Association Leadership Forum, Asia Pacific

Association Leadership Forum, Asia Pacific

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Oct 29, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018


Grand Hyatt Singapore

10 Scotts Road


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Associations have an extraordinary capacity to generate a sense of belonging within professions and industries. Join your association colleagues from the Asia Pacific region, as well as from the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, to explore the roles associations play in society, discover practical ideas for growing your association, and strengthen your association relationships and partnerships. Through presentations by industry experts and guided in-depth conversations with peers, you will:

  • identify strategies to build a more robust association.
  • evaluate cutting-edge management and leadership concepts and trends.
  • explore case studies and their application in your association and in society.
  • build networks and partnerships in your country and internationally.

Interested in Exhibiting?

Join us to showcase your destination, product or service. Benefit from a tabletop and enjoy full participation in the Forum. The fee for Industry Partner Participation will be $1,750 USD and will include the following:

  • One (1) complimentary full conference exhibitor registration, with the option to purchase one (1) additional full conference registration for $550 USD.
  • A hi-boy table.
  • Two and a half (2.5) hours of dedicated exhibit time during breaks, with other networking opportunities to introduce your destination, product or service.
  • Table sign with your company name and table number.
  • Standard company listing to include a 25-word destination, service or product description in the Exhibitor Directory of the 2018 Association Leadership Forum Onsite Guide.
  • Pre- and post-show mailing lists to help promote your participation.
  • 2018 "We're Exhibiting" websticker to use in your marketing collateral and post on your organization's website.
  • And more!

Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Rd.
Singapore, Singapore 228211
Phone: +65 6738 1234
Single: S$300 (Singapore dollars)*
Double: S$330 (Singapore dollars)*
*Rates include daily breakfast and in-room internet. Rates are subject to a 10 percent service charge and 7 percent goods and services tax.
Cutoff date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Reservations can be made online.

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  • Agenda

    • MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2018

      6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      Opening Reception Co-Hosted by Grand Hyatt Singapore

      TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2018

      8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
      Registration and Beverages

      9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
      Conversation and Collaboration

      9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
      Deep Dive and Discussion: Transformational Leadership in an Age of Disruption
      Su-Yen Wong, founder and CEO, Bronze Phoenix

      Given the magnitude of change confronting businesses today, leaders must learn to thrive amid disruption to drive business success. Associations need to be attuned to the future of work and its implications for individuals, organizations, and societies generally. Association leaders must translate that understanding into a compelling vision for how their organization can transform itself for the future.

      10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
      Networking Break

      11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      Secretary General Panel Conversation: Maximize Local, Regional, and National Opportunities for Your Association
      John D. Clark, MBA, CAE, executive director and CEO, BICSI, Bronwyn Evans, PhD, chief executive officer, Standards Australia, and Bobby Peralta, secretary general, Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific

      Leading an association has never been more complex. Today, association leaders must remain informed, focused, and ahead of the game at all times. How can challenges be overcome? What questions are worth losing sleep over at night? How can leaders best use their capabilities to manage associations? Hear a panel of secretaries general from associations around the world share how they engage with their staff, members, and stakeholders to maximize local, regional, and national opportunities.

      12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

      1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
      Deep Dive and Discussion: Apply Foresight to Your Association’s Future
      Susan Robertson, CAE, EVP, ASAE/president, ASAE Foundation, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

      Change is on the way, and by most accounts it will intensify and accelerate in the years ahead. You and your volunteers and staff will be able to lead—rather than react—if you see it coming. What will your organization be doing a decade from now? How can you anticipate the changes that will affect how you work, relate to members, create value, and plan for engagement in the future? With insights shared from the work of the ASAE Foundation, learn how to guide dynamic strategic conversations through the application of foresight and evaluate drivers of change, such as an aging world, emerging generations of professionals, and workforce changes – and the related impacts likely to shape your environment.

      3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
      Networking Break

      3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
      Conversation and Collaboration: Explore Practical Strategies for Immediate Application
      Toni Brearley, chief executive officer, Australasian Society of Association Executives; Steven Basart, vice president, Beijing, China, Kellen; William Boivin, PMP, manager, society relations, Asia-Pacific, CFA Institute; Dorothy Deng, attorney, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP; Noor Hamid, regional director, Asia Pacific, International Congress & Convention Association; Dom LaVigne, former director of government & public affairs-Asia Pacific/Middle East, Methanol Institute; Francesco Leboffe, director, Meetings Advisory Division, Groups360; Peter O’Neil, FASAE, CAE, chief executive officer, ASIS International; John Peacock, chief executive officer, Associations Forum Ltd.; and Maria Tong, account director, ASAE China

      Associations have an extraordinary capacity to generate a sense of belonging within professions and industries. To do so, you need practical strategies for managing membership, governance, meetings, products and services, and other association operations. Join association leaders to discuss current issues and identify practical strategies to support associations in the Asia-Pacific region.

      6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      Reception Hosted by Marina Bay Sands

      WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2018

      8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

      9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
      Deep Dive and Discussion: Strengthen Partnerships and Collaborations to Build Your Association
      Nikki Walker, VP, global association management & consulting, MCI Group

      Strong relationships between individuals, groups, and organizations are cornerstones for achieving your association’s goals. Building and strengthening these relationships may lead to mutual problem solving, resource exchange, and coordination that can often reach beyond your organization’s individual capacity. How might you maximize your current relationships and begin to build additional capabilities and resources with partners at both the national and international levels?

      10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
      Networking Break

      10:45 – 12:00 p.m.
      Deep Dive and Conversation: Evaluate Growth Strategies for Associations
      Herve Bosquet, managing director, Visitbrussels; Colleen Delaney Eubanks, CAE, chief operating officer, International Association for the Study of Pain; Paul Weintraub, RCDD, RTPM, ESS, CAE, vice president of global development and support, BICS; Sid Das, global director, digital engagement, WWF International Sven Bossu, director of innovation, ESTRO; and Alfons Westgeest, managing partner and group vice president, Kellen

      In today's competitive landscape, providing value to members and the community is essential if you plan to grow your share of the market, both regionally and internationally. Like for-profit organizations, associations need to constantly adapt to meet the needs of an increasingly informed and ambitious market. But with limited human capital and financial resources, how can you manage the risks of transitioning into new markets?

      12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

      1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
      Deep Dive and Conversation: Advance Your Association’s Public Policy and Global Relations Goals
      Steven Basart, vice president - Beijing, China, Kellen, and Dom LaVigne, former director of government & public affairs-Asia Pacific/Middle East, Methanol Institute

      Developing a successful global strategy can be a complex endeavor, regardless of your association’s size and scope. How can you serve your members while meeting your strategic goals around the world? Identify approaches that will resonate with both decision makers and members, and solidify their support by creating a strategy that will accomplish your public policy and global relations goals.

      2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
      Networking Break

      3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
      Deep Dive and Discussion: Embrace Digital Transformation to Move Your Association Forward
      Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, requiring significant changes to the way associations operate and creating new opportunities and challenges along the way. To better serve members and remain relevant, associations need to develop a digital transformation mindset and competitive strategy. Evaluate both the current and future impact of digital transformation, and discover recommended strategies to build a robust association.

      4:15 – 4:30 p.m.
      Conversation and Collaboration

  • Speakers

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      Peter J. O'Neil, FASAE, CAE

      Peter J. O'Neil, FASAE, CAE, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ASIS International, the largest global membership organization for security management professionals that crosses industry sectors, embracing every discipline along the security spectrum from operational to cybersecurity. O’Neil, an accomplished association management executive, joined ASIS in January of 2016, bringing a broad scope of strategic leadership experience and business acumen.

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      John D. Clark Jr., MBA, CAE

      John D. Clark Jr., is Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Building Industries Consulting Service International (BICSI), a global professional association supporting the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. Clark joined BICSI in September of 2008. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of BICSI’s Tampa, Florida-based world headquarters as well as the implementation of all professional development and credentialing programs, conferences and events, standards development, marketing, and member services.

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      Octavio B. Peralta

      Mr. Octavio ‘Bobby’ Peralta, Filipino, has over 27 years of experience as an association executive and a long-standing member of and contributor to the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He is Secretary General of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) and the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI), CEO & Founder of the Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE) and Pro Tem Head of Secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Federation of Association Organizations (APFAO).

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      Toni Brearley

      Toni Brearley is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Society of Association Executives, the peak professional association representing Australian and New Zealand Association Executives. Toni has over 14 years’ experience in the not for profit sector having held senior positions in sector peak bodies and community service organisations. Toni has particular expertise in stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications and policy development. With previous commercial experience in sales and business development, coupled with a passion for people, Toni has developed a unique understanding of both the challenges and rewards of the not for profit sector.

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      Nikki Walker

      As the Global Vice President of Association Management & Consulting for the MCI Group, Nikki Walker is responsible for defining and implementing the extensive service and consulting solutions MCI provides to associations from its global infrastructure of 60 offices in 31 countries offices located in all 6 continents. As such she oversees MCI’s regional hubs in Brussels, Dubai, Singapore, Washington, DC and Buenos Aires serving Europe, Middle East, Asia and North and Latin America, respectively, as well as many national offices and markets, providing strategy, management and leadership to MCI’s clients and professional association staff.

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      Dom LaVigne

      With more than 25 years of senior management, government relations, and foreign direct investment (FDI) experience in the Asia Pacific region, Dom LaVigne has lived and worked in Asia since June 2000. His experience in Asia includes eight years of senior management roles at the American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams) in Singapore, Malaysia, and Afghanistan. Prior to this, Mr. LaVigne had lived and worked in Washington, DC for more than seven years at The White House and for a leading North American trade association.

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      John Peacock

      John Peacock, Chief Executive Officer of Associations Forum, is Australia’s most experienced advisor to professional, industry and business associations and is a thought leader for the associations and charities sector. Since establishing Associations Forum in 2004, John has trained and consulted to hundreds of associations and charities, large and small, on strategic, governance, board effectiveness, operations, restructuring, events and financial issues. As well as engagement on specific projects, John’s business undertakes whole-of-organisation reviews of associations and charities. Since 2009, he has spoken at association management events in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Philippines, India, China, Thailand, Korea, South Africa, USA, Spain, Dubai and UK.

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      Maria Tong

      Maria drives strategy and oversees operation for ASAE in China. ASAE is dedicated to provide a platform for association executives to learn and exchange and further help improve association’s performance and enhance competitiveness. Maria has rich experience in association management and consulting. She has helped foreign associations in various industries to develop China market and provided strategic recommendations. Maria used to work for the American Chamber of Commerce PRC responsible for membership development. She also has more than 15 years’ experience in marketing and public relations.

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      Paul Frederick Weintraub, RCDD, RTPM, ESS, CAE

      Paul Weintraub, RCDD, ESS, RTPM, TECH, CAE, is the Vice President of Global Development & Support for BICSI, a professional association supporting advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community. Since 2010, Paul has been responsible for building and maintaining BICSI’s global growth while implementing business plans to promote the association’s strategic plan and core products and services. Paul’s professional career and experience includes sales, market development, ICT, and nonprofit management.

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      Dorothy Deng

      Dorothy Deng is a partner with Whiteford Taylor Preston's nonprofit association law practice group. She handles a variety of work for association clients including issues relating to intellectual property, privacy, contracts, social media, governance, international operations, and dispute resolutions. Her recent articles include: “How Associations Can Protect Their Content Rights Before Going Global”, “China’s Overseas NGO Law: Next Steps for Associations”, and “GDPR Compliance Quick Guide for US Nonprofit Organizations and Associations.

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      Guillaume Boivin, PMP

      William Boivin is the manager of Society Relations for the Asia-Pacific region at CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. William is responsible for CFA Institute’s strategy and business management in major markets within the Asia-Pacific region which entails working in partnership with each national board of directors, capital markets regulatory agencies, universities, and major investment management firms to develop country strategic objectives and business plans.

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      Noor Hamid

      Noor has been the Regional Director Asia Pacific since 2009. Prior to joining ICCA, he began his career in tourism marketing with Tourism Malaysia including representing the Los Angeles office. Under his leadership, the ICCA Asia Pacific Office has seen major expansion in terms of size with the establishment of the Global Research Centre, as it paved way for more comprehensive research projects undertaken by the Kuala Lumpur-based research team for the benefit of members and the association community. His aim is to help grow the international association meetings industry in the Asia Pacific region.

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      Alfons Westgeest, FASAE

      Alfons Westgeest has 35 years of experience in association management, serving pan-European and global individual member societies and trade associations in a variety of industry sectors and professions. As Managing Partner and an Executive VP for Kellen, he is responsible for global development and offices in Brussels, Beijing, Hong Kong and the Middle East and for alliances in Singapore, India, Japan, Korea, and other countries. A Fellow of ASAE, Alfons holds a master’s degree in European and commercial law from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

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      Colleen Delaney Eubanks, CAE

      Colleen Delaney Eubanks serves as chief operating officer of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). At IASP, Eubanks provides leadership, direction, and guidance to the association’s staff and is responsible for its day-to-day management. Eubanks also serves as executive director of the International Pelvic Pain Society, a specialized scientific society for which IASP has assumed management authority. With a strong ability to implement strategic direction, fiscal discipline and collaborative staff management Eubanks brings a variety of experience and expertise to the position.

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      Arlene A. Pietranton, Ph.D., FASAE, CAE

      Arlene A. Pietranton, Ph.D., CAE, serves as chief executive officer of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, representing more than 191,500 audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; and student, international, and support personnel affiliates. Previously, Arlene was a speech-language pathologist and member of the medical center administration at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is an ASAE Fellow and a past chair of the ASAE Board of Directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, and Ph.D. in psychology from the George Washington University.

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      Susan R. Robertson, CAE

      Susan Robertson is the Executive Vice President of ASAE & President of the ASAE Foundation. As part of the executive office of the organization, her responsibilities include strategic and operational planning, and the leadership of teams focused on finance, community, meetings, membership, marketing, advertising, sponsorship, fundraising, publishing, social media & website, communications and public relations, fund raising, research, and credentialing. During the past ten years with ASAE, she has served in progressively responsible roles including overall leadership of industry and market research and of the award-winning magazine, Associations Now. Prior to joining ASAE, Ms. Robertson was the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for U.S. Office Products, a multibillion dollar business products company, owning brands such as Mail Boxes, Etc. and Blue Star Group. During her earlier career as a marketing and program development professional, she held positions with Ethan Allen, Inc. in its Danbury, CT headquarters, Washington-based National Office Products Association, and the National Dealer Alliance, where she was Executive Director.

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      Steven Leon Basart

      Steven Basart is Vice-President at Kellen and oversees the company’s staff team in Beijing. As a long-term resident of China, Steven has deep expertise representing, managing, and consulting global associations. He supports associations forging strategic alliances with local counterparts, government agencies, and industry media. His team manages several high-level conferences, international tradeshows, and regulatory programs for clients. Steven lectures at the Tsinghua University on association reform and development in China and organizes training courses for association executives and government officials. He holds a master’s degree in Chinese studies and bachelor’s in law from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and he studied Chinese law at Peking University Law School.

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      Herve Bosquet

      After 10 years as Director of Public Programmes at Management Centre Europe (MCE), the European headquarters of the American Management Association (AMA), Hervé founded Bosquet & Associates in 1987. The Brussels-based consultancy practice specializes in whole-systems change interventions. Hervé collaborates with a worldwide network of associates who use systemic thinking and approaches to bringing about change in organisations. He advised and trained executives in multinationals, IGOs and INGOs around the world.

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      Su-Yen Wong

      Su-Yen helps audiences around the world navigate the intersection of technology, strategy and leadership. Recognised for thought leadership on strategy, organisation transformation, and the future of work, her perspectives are shaped by a unique blend of experience at the board and C-level in high-tech, business, and human capital gleaned over 25 years across Asia Pacific and North America.

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      Sid Das

      Sid  joined  WWF in 2009 in Sydney and his current title is Director, Digital  Engagement. He is responsible for coordinating, maximising and growing digital  engagement  activities  around  the  network  with  key  audiences,  continuing to build WWF and Earth Hour as brands that have resonance, relevance and influence. With  over  fifteen  years  of  experience  in  the technology industry including  with stalwarts such as Google where he worked on innovative projects like Google Chrome, Sid previously was the Executive Director of WWF’s Earth Hour  where  he  has  built  a  solid  platform  with  and  across  the  network  leveraging digital growth with a strong focus on driving outcomes closely aligned with the WWF climate agenda.

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