Den­nis Uy to key­note Busi­ness World fo­rum

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• The twin forces of in­no­va­tion and dis­rup­tion are sweep­ing the cur­rent busi­ness land­scape in the Philip­pines, and in­dus­try lead­ers must be quick to adapt to the on­com­ing trans­for­ma­tion or be left be­hind.

In a clar­ion call to lead­ers of Filipino busi­ness from both pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, es­teemed en­tre­pre­neur and “rock star” man­age­ment ex­ec­u­tive Den­nis Uy will de­liver the key­note ad­dress at

the Busi­ness World Eco­nomic Fo­rum to­day at the Grand Ball­room of Grand Hy­att Manila in Boni­fa­cio Global City, Taguig City.

Fol­low­ing the fo­rum’s theme of “Dis­rup­tor or Dis­rupted? Philip­pines at the Cross­roads,” Uy will draw from his ver­i­ta­ble wealth of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence as the founder, chair­man and CEO of Udenna Corp. to speak on per­haps the most dreaded phe­nom­e­non hap­pen­ing in the in­dus­try to­day – dis­rup­tion.

No stranger to dis­rup­tion, Uy has suc­cess­fully led Udenna to be­come one of the fastest grow­ing hold­ing com­pa­nies in the coun­try, with busi­nesses in fast-chang­ing in­dus­tries like oil and petroleum un­der the Phoenix brand, and in ship­ping and lo­gis­tics through the wholly owned sub­sidiary, Chelsea Lo­gis­tics Hold­ings Corp.

Phoenix Petroleum is cur­rently the third big­gest oil com­pany in the Philip­pines af­ter just over a decade in op­er­a­tion, while Chelsea Lo­gis­tics holds a dominant po­si­tion in the ship­ping and lo­gis­tics in­dus­try with the ac­qui­si­tion of a ma­jor stake in the pub­licly listed 2GO Group, the coun­try’s lead­ing ship­ping and lo­gis­tics provider, where Uy also serves as chair­man and CEO.

Udenna also has in­ter­ests in real es­tate and prop­erty de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, leisure, gam­ing and tourism and in­fra­struc­ture.

Born and raised in Davao City, Uy grad­u­ated from De La Salle Univer­sity in Manila with a de­gree in busi­ness man­age­ment. He has held the honor of be­ing the hon­orary con­sul of Kaza­khstan in the Philip­pines since Novem­ber 2011 and has been rec­og­nized by var­i­ous award-giv­ing bod­ies for his lead­er­ship and man­age­ment. These awards in­clude the ASEAN Busi­ness Awards’ Young En­tre­pre­neur of the Year in 2017, MVP Boss­ing Award in 2016, Agora Award for Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in En­trepreneur­ship-Large Scale in 2013, Datu Bago Award in 2013 from the City Gov­ern­ment of Davao, and fi­nal­ist to the CNBC Asia Busi­ness Lead­ers Award from 2011 to 2013.

The Busi­ness World Eco­nomic Fo­rum will be a whole­day fo­rum that aims to bring to­gether in­dus­try lead­ers and key fig­ures from pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors to explore and dis­cuss timely and relevant top­ics that pro­mote eco­nomic growth and tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment with­out over­look­ing the gen­eral wel­fare of the so­ci­ety. The fo­rum will have four ses­sions to be mod­er­ated by Busi­ness World ed­i­tors and Cig­nal TV an­chors.

The first ses­sion will fo­cus on “DIS­RUP­TION: What Big Data is Al­ready Pre­dict­ing – or Warn­ing – About Philip­pine Com­pet­i­tive­ness,” and aims to explore the sig­nif­i­cance of in­no­va­tions like the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) in an era of hy­per­con­nec­tiv­ity; and how mo­bile, dig­i­tal and cloud tech­nolo­gies are re­shap­ing not only con­sumer life­styles but also how com­pa­nies are con­duct­ing busi­nesses.

Shar­ing their knowl­edge about the topic are Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy OIC Eliseo Rio Jr., McKin­sey & Co. Philip­pines man­ag­ing part­ner Kris­tine Ro­mano and pro­fes­sor at Depart­ment of An­a­lyt­ics, In­for­ma­tion & Op­er­a­tions, Asian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment Erika Fille Le­gara.

The sec­ond ses­sion will tackle “Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence, E-Com­merce, Cash­less Trans­ac­tions: What New Con­sumer Ex­pec­ta­tions Mean for Busi­nesses,” in an at­tempt to dis­sect the cur­rent land­scape of the bank­ing, re­tail and ser­vices sec­tors, and the role of on­line plat­forms in en­gag­ing cus­tomers.

Bangko Sen­tral ng Pilip­inas man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Pia Ber­nadette Ro­man-Tayag, Union Bank of the Philip­pines pres­i­dent and CEO Ed­win Bautista, Ac­cen­ture Inc. (Philip­pines) coun­try man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Lito Tayag, and Adobo­mall cre­ator and CEO Walt Steven Young will share their thoughts about the topic in this ses­sion.

To dis­cuss how com­pa­nies can use tech­nol­ogy in turn­ing dis­rup­tion into an op­por­tu­nity for growth, and how the coun­try can fos­ter a sus­tain­able startup com­mu­nity an­chored on in­no­va­tion, the third ses­sion will cen­ter on “Find­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Age of Dis­rup­tion.”

To lead the dis­cus­sion are Voy­ager In­no­va­tions pres­i­dent and CEO Or­lando Vea, Mynt (Globe Fin­tech In­no­va­tions Inc.) CEO An­thony Thomas, Grab Philip­pines coun­try head Brian Cu and Satoshi Ci­tadel In­dus­tries co-founder and chief com­mu­nity of­fi­cer Miguel Cuneta.

The last ses­sion, which will fo­cus on “The Next-Gen­er­a­tion Board­room,” aims to dis­cuss the fu­ture of the work­place and how dis­rup­tion would im­pact lead­er­ship and man­age­ment.

Speak­ers for this ses­sion will be Aboitiz Power Corp. ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent and chief oper­at­ing of­fi­cer Cor­po­rate Busi­ness Group Luis Miguel Aboitiz, Mobext Philip­pines co-founder and CEO Arthur Poli­car­pio and Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Camille Vil­lar.

Busi­ness World Eco­nomic Fo­rum, or­ga­nized by Busi­ness World Pub­lish­ing Corp., is held an­nu­ally since 2016. It serves as a live plat­form for in­dus­try lead­ers and key fig­ures in so­ci­ety to dis­cuss and solve key issues and chal­lenges that af­fect the coun­try.

The event is open to Busi­ness World sub­scribers, read­ers and the pub­lic. To reg­is­ter, please visit www.bworl­don­­co­nomic­fo­rum or call Busi­ness World mar­ket­ing at 535-9901 lo­cal 707.

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