Powerhouse speakers for our anniversary week



As Go Negosyo marks its 15th year, we have prepared an exciting lineup of events this Nov. 23 to 27. Through this weeklong celebration, we recognize the thriving community that we have built over the years and aim to spark meaningful conversations on how to create a sustainable future for MSMEs.


On Nov. 23, we kick off with an MSME conference where international speakers and captains of industry will impart valuable lessons to micro and small entrepreneurs. Capt. Raghu Raman of Reliance Industries will join us from India to share how he is leading the $200 billion conglomerate and how they’re staying competitive in a dynamic environment.


With over 25 years of leadership experience in the military and private sector, Capt. Raman teaches entrepreneurs how to protect and future-proof their business against evolving security and tech risks.


We will also hear from Anthony Tan, co-founder of Grab, and Engr. Dado Banatao, managing director of Tallwood Venture Capital, as part of a special panel aptly called “Disrupting the World.”


From a ride hailing company in 2012, Grab has grown into a $14 billion regional super app, operating across different verticals. Tan will share how MSMEs can unlock countless opportunities in the digital economy using lessons from Grab’s own journey.


On the other hand, Dado is a tech visionary and engineering genius who invented the PC chipset and Windows graphic accelerator which is found in nearly all personal computers. For his talk, he will explain the importance of innovation and creativity in business sustainability.


Tony Fernandes, group CEO of AirAsia, will also join us from Malaysia to share lessons in leadership under crisis. As the airline industry suffers heavy losses due to the pandemic and strict travel restrictions, Fernandes will outline AirAsia’s post-pandemic blueprint and will share his thoughts on the recovery of the airline and tourism industries.


Fernandes will be joined by Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Tessie Sy-Coson, and Enrique Razon in our CEO forum. Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez will join as keynote speakers for our MSME Conference that will be moderated by veteran journalists Karen Davila and Rico Hizon.


On Nov. 24, we will host an agri conference and women conference in the morning and afternoon, respectively. The agri conference will outline opportunities in agribusiness and emphasize its essential role in the post-pandemic recovery. It will feature Agriculture Sec. William Dar, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, Lina Sarmiento of TESDA, and Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar of Go Negosyo.To discuss the future of agriculture, we have Arvind Narula of Urmatt Group (Thailand); Ka Yi Ling of Shiok Meats (Singapore); Elizabeth Hernandez of Corteva Agriscience, and Cherrie Atilano, DA food security ambassador.


For the women conference, Sen. Grace Poe, Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Sandra Sanchez-Montano of the Philippine Commision on Women, Hafimi Abdul Haadii of the APEC Business Advisory Council (Brunei), Angeline Tham of Angkas, Glenda Victorio of Brilliant Skin Essentials, and Rebecca Bustamante of ASIA CEO Events will discuss how women leaders are making an impact across diverse industries.


On Nov. 25, in partnership with the ASEAN Business Advisory Council Philippines, Go Negosyo will hold the AMEN conference 2020. Raja Singham of ABAC Malaysia, Ar. Siti Rozaimeriyanty DSLJ Hj Abd Rahman of ABAC Brunei, Eleanor Mak of Australia-ASEAN Business Council, Bernardino Vega of ABAC Indonesia, Orlando Vea of PayMaya Philippines, and Engr. Merly Cruz of AMEN PMO will be participating as speakers. For the family business forum, we have Bonnie Wong of Creative Eateries from Singapore, Dato’ Henry Goh of Macrokiosk from Malaysia, and Mariana Zobel de Ayala Aboitiz. Subsequently, Capt. Raman will join the roundtable discussion with Robert Yap of ABAC Singapore, Munir Majid of ABAC Malaysia, U Moe Kyaw of ABAC Myanmar, and George Barcelon of ABAC Philippines. The session will be moderated by Professor Annie Koh of the Singapore Management University.


On Nov. 26, we will host Sign Up 2020, which seeks to build on the success of the 2019 mobile app and expo summit. We will have Santitarn Sathirathai of SEA Group and Astrid Tuminez of Utah Valley University for a fireside chat on the best digital strategies.


For a discussion on why digitalization is pandemic proof, we have Ron Hose of Coins.ph, Moritz Gastl of First Circle, Raymund Villanueva of PayMaya, George Royeca of Angkas, Carlos Barrera of Lazada Philippines, Dannah Majarocon of Lalamove, and Shahab Shabibi of MyKuya. We will also have Cams Sta. Ana of Facebook Philippines, Jun Tong Thien of Google Philippines, and Carmina Loyola of Lazada University for an exciting discussion on digital marketing strategies in the new normal.


On Nov. 27, we will cap off our anniversary celebration with a culminating summit graced by key public sector movers. The event will open with a special message from President Duterte, followed by a conversation with Sen. Bong Go and presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on the government’s role in promoting MSME development. We will also award the top 15 inspiring MSMEs during the Angat Lahat forum.


Don’t miss our anniversary week! All events will be streamed live on the Go Negosyo Facebook page. Register for free at http://bit.ly/GoNegosyoAngatLahat and celebrate this milestone with us.