Right Brain
Left Brain

7th & 8th October 2019
Grand Ballroom,
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

FROM THE PAST TO THE FUTURE

Building Our Collective Brain

Approximately 12,000 years ago, the melting of the polar ice caps flooded the Bass Strait which connected Tasmania to the Australian mainland. As a result, Tasmania, which was previously an Australian peninsular, found itself isolated from the rest of Australia. When European explorers first made contact with Tasmanians in the late 1700s, they found that the local population had the most basic toolkit of any society ever encountered by Europeans. Interestingly, the explorers found that Tasmania lacked technologies such as the boomerang, fire-making, the spear-thrower, polished stone tools, and bone tools found on mainland Australia.

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Monday, 7th October 2019

Grand Ballroom, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

8:00am - 9:00am Registration
9:00am - 9:05am WELCOME REMARKS AND INTRODUCTION TO KMF2019
Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan Managing Director, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
9:05am - 9:30am OPENING ADDRESS
YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali Minister of Economic Affairs Malaysia; and Board Member, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
9:35am - 10:20am SPECIAL ADDRESS: 'Evolving the Collective Brain'
Dr Joseph Henrich Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Introducer: Nicholas Khaw Director, Research, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
10:20am - 10:35am Break
10:45am - 12:00pm CORE SESSION 1: MACRO AND MARKETS
10 Years of DM Overperformance vis-à-vis EM – What Do We Do?
Chen Zhao Chief Global Strategist, Alpine Macro
Jalil Rasheed President and Group CEO, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)
Shaun Cochran Global Head of Thematic Research, CLSA Hong Kong
Chairperson: Mohamed Ridzuan Mohamed Director, Research, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
12:05pm - 1:05pm SPECIAL SESSION: INVESTING IN EMERGING MARKETS - DIFFERENT STYLES
Dr Cindy Zhou CEO, XY Investments
Munib Madni Founding Panvestor/CEO, Panarchy Partners
Teng Chee Wai Managing Director, Affin Hwang Asset Management Berhad
Chairperson: Roni L. Abdulwahab Executive Director and Head, Leisure & Tourism, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
1:05pm - 2:05pm Networking Lunch
2:15pm - 3:00pm SPECIAL ADDRESS: 'India, Collective Intelligence, and The Next Stage of Globalisation'
James Crabtree Associate Professor of Practice, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; and Author of 'The Billionaire Raj'
Introducer: Babar Ali Khan Director, Investments, Khazanah India Advisors
3:05pm - 4:20pm CORE SESSION 2: FIRMS AND TRANSFORMATION
The Upside of Blood in the Water – The Need for Corporate Shark Attacks
Tunku Alizakri Raja Muhammad Alias CEO, Employees Provident Fund Malaysia (EPF)
Michael Birshan Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
Nicholas Bloy Managing Partner, Navis Capital Partners
Suvir Varma Senior Advisor, Bain & Company
Chairperson: Tengku Dato' Sri Azmil Zahruddin Deputy Managing Director, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
4:25pm - 4:40pm Break
4:50pm - 6:10pm SPECIAL SESSION in collaboration with TEDxKL: INNOVATION WITHOUT BORDERS 4.0
Laura Deming Founder and Managing Director, The Longevity Fund
Dr Santitarn Sathirathai Group Chief Economist, Sea Group
Sumant Mandal Managing Director and Co-Founder, March Capital Partners
Prof Datin Paduka Dr Teo Soo Hwang CEO, Cancer Research Malaysia
Introducer: Nik Marien Nik Ahmad Kamal Senior Vice President, Investments, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
6:10pm - 7:59pm End of Day One
8:00pm - 9:30pm SPECIAL EVENT
MONDAY NIGHT LIVE IN KUALA LUMPUR
Datuk Ahmad Izham Omar CEO, Primeworks Studio
Ronnie del Carmen Animation director, writer, story artist, story supervisor and production designer
Programme is correct as of 22nd October 2019

Tuesday, 8th October 2019

Grand Ballroom, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

9:05am - 10:20am CORE SESSION 3: GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
I Am Because We Are – Ensuring Equal Access to our Collective Brain
Dr Francesco Saraceno Deputy Department Director, OFCE-Sciences Po
Prof Jayati Ghosh Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Dr Nungsari Ahmad Radhi Chairman, Khazanah Research Institute
Chairperson: Prof Jomo Kwame Sundaram Senior Research Advisor, Khazanah Research Institute
10:25am - 11:10am SPECIAL ADDRESS: 'What the Collective Brain teaches us about Economic Policy'
Prof Nathan Nunn Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Introducer: Selvendran Katheerayson Head, Real Assets, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
11:10am - 11:25am Break
11:35am - 12:20pm SPECIAL ADDRESS: 'The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor and Power in the Age of Automation'
Dr Carl Benedikt Frey Co-Director and Oxford Martin Citi Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment, University of Oxford
Introducer: Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn Deputy Managing Director, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
12:20pm - 1:20pm Networking Lunch
1:30pm - 2:45pm SPECIAL SESSION: BUILDING A NATION'S COLLECTIVE BRAIN
Datuk Ahmad Izham Omar CEO, Primeworks Studio
Alina Amir Co-Founder, Arus Academy
Datin Saidah Rastam Composer; and Director, 'Melaka In Fact'
Surina Shukri CEO, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Introducer: Ramana Rajalingam Director, Special Projects Office, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
2:50pm - 3:35pm SPECIAL ADDRESS: 'Finding my larger Collective'
Ronnie del Carmen Animation director, writer, story artist, story supervisor and production designer
Introducer: Wong Shu Hsien Head, Infrastructure, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
3:40pm - 4:25pm SPECIAL ADDRESS: 'Social Glue and the Collective Brain'
Prof Harvey Whitehouse Chair of Social Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (ICEA), University of Oxford   
Introducer: Mohd Raslan Md Sharif Head, Corporate Communications, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
4:25pm - 4:40pm Break
4:50pm - 6:05pm CORE SESSION 4: PEOPLE AND LEADERSHIP
To Fracture or to Heal – Making Choices for our Collective Brain
Prof Harvey Whitehouse Chair of Social Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (ICEA), University of Oxford   
Dr Joseph Henrich Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Prof Nathan Nunn Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Zainah Anwar Co-Founder, Sisters in Islam (SIS); and Executive Director, Musawah
Chairperson: Hisham Hamdan Executive Director, Head, Public Markets and Head, Research, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
6:10pm - 6:30pm CLOSING ADDRESS
YB Lim Guan Eng Minister of Finance Malaysia
6:30pm End of Day Two
Programme is correct as of 22nd October 2019

Datuk Ahmad Izham Omar

CEO, Primeworks Studio

Alina Amir

Co-Founder, Arus Academy

Tunku Alizakri Raja Muhammad Alias

CEO, Employees Provident Fund Malaysia (EPF)

Dr Carl Benedikt Frey

Co-Director and Oxford Martin Citi Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment, University of Oxford

Chen Zhao

Chief Global Strategist, Alpine Macro

Dr Cindy Zhou

CEO, XY Investments

Dr Francesco Saraceno

Deputy Department Director, OFCE-Sciences Po

Prof Harvey Whitehouse

Chair of Social Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology (ICEA), University of Oxford   

Jalil Rasheed

President and Group CEO, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)

James Crabtree

Associate Professor of Practice, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; and Author of 'The Billionaire Raj'

Prof Jayati Ghosh

Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Prof Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Senior Research Advisor, Khazanah Research Institute

Dr Joseph Henrich

Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Laura Deming

Founder and Managing Director, The Longevity Fund

YB Lim Guan Eng

Minister of Finance Malaysia

Michael Birshan

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Munib Madni

Founding Panvestor/CEO, Panarchy Partners

Prof Nathan Nunn

Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Nicholas Bloy

Managing Partner, Navis Capital Partners

Dr Nungsari Ahmad Radhi

Chairman, Khazanah Research Institute

Ronnie del Carmen

Animation director, writer, story artist, story supervisor and production designer

Datin Saidah Rastam

Composer; and Director, 'Melaka In Fact'

Dr Santitarn Sathirathai

Group Chief Economist, Sea Group

Shaun Cochran

Global Head of Thematic Research, CLSA Hong Kong

Sumant Mandal

Managing Director and Co-Founder, March Capital Partners

Surina Shukri

CEO, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Suvir Varma

Senior Advisor, Bain & Company

Teng Chee Wai

Managing Director, Affin Hwang Asset Management Berhad

Prof Datin Paduka Dr Teo Soo Hwang

CEO, Cancer Research Malaysia

Zainah Anwar

Co-Founder, Sisters in Islam (SIS); and Executive Director, Musawah

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  • 7th & 8th October 2019
  • Grand Ballroom,
    Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

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