BRING­ING ‘DAVOS’ TO MALAYSIA

Pe­mandu chief vows to in­vite more women speak­ers for next GTF in 2019

New Straits Times - - Business -

KUALA Lumpur aims to be like “Davos” in Switzerland, and hold the largest con­fer­ence with the most iconic speak­ers to share their thoughts and busi­ness sto­ries to com­pa­nies world­wide.

Per­for­mance Man­age­ment & De­liv­ery Unit (Pe­mandu) pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Idris Jala said the next fo­rum in 2019 would see the unit bring­ing in more women to share their suc­cess sto­ries and in­spire the par­tic­i­pants.

Idris said this in his clos­ing re­marks at the two-day Global Trans­for­ma­tion Fo­rum 2017, here, yes­ter­day.

He said among the women would be Harry Pot­ter fan­tasy se­ries au­thor J.K. Rowl­ing.

“We be­lieve the world would be a far bet­ter place if it en­gages in the process of trans­for­ma­tion,” he said.

Idris also said this year’s fo­rum re­ceived pos­i­tive com­ments and feed­back for bring­ing in more keynote speak­ers com­pared with the one pre­vi­ously.

Among the speak­ers were Alibaba Group chair­man Jack Ma, Vir­gin Group Sir Richard founder Bran­son; win­ner of mul­ti­ple Olympics gold medals Usain Bolt and for­mer For­mula 1 driver David Coulthard.

GTF is an international plat­form which gath­ers and in­tro­duces world lead­ers, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, heads of in­dus­tries and international ex­perts from their in­di­vid­ual fields, and con­cerned par­ties in a col­lec­tive di­a­logue.

The fo­rum, with a RM15 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion from the gov­ern­ment, was at­tended by some 3,000 par­tic­i­pants and fea­tured ex­hi­bi­tions in­volv­ing coun­tries such as Tan­za­nia, South Africa, Oman and In­dia as well as se­lected cor­po­rate bod­ies. Ber­nama

PIC BY SAIRIEN NAFIS

Vir­gin Group founder Sir Richard Bran­son (right) hav­ing a light mo­ment with Per­for­mance Man­age­ment and De­liv­ery Unit pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Idris Jala dur­ing the Global Trans­for­ma­tion Fo­rum ses­sion in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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