Dennis Uy to keynote Business World forum
• 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.bworldonline.com/bweconomicforum or call Business World marketing at 535-9901 local 707.