Programme ICNB 2019 – day 1
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Programme ICNB 2019

DAY 1: 26 November, 2019
Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

8.30am – 9.00am




Video Presentation of International Conference on Nation-Building 2019 (ICNB)

Morning Sessions


Opening Remarks
Dato’ Dr. Jessie Tang, Chairwoman of Nation-Building Institute (NBI) Malaysia / Group CEO of All Asia Agro


Video Presentation of International Conference on Nation-Building 2019 (ICNB)


Special Address
Dr. Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, Chairman of Nation-Building Institute International (NBII)


Opening Keynote Address

Hon. Puan Hajjah Zuraida Kamaruddin, Minister of Housing and Local Government, Malaysia


Mementoes Presentation for Sponsors and Photo Session


Morning Tea Break


Session 1: World Projection for Year 2020

This panel session will explore the big macro factors which are shaping the global landscape, which to some extent constrain choices and shape opportunities for nation-building, in the context where there is increase rise of global protectionism, nationalist political parties are gaining popularism in Europe, Brexit and strained US-China relations.  

How will these geo-political changes impact nation-building?

Moderator : Dr. Jayant Menon, Lead Economist of Asian Development Bank


  • E. Dr. Olarn Chaipravat, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Former President of Thailand Trade Representative, Former Managing Director of the Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited.
  • Eden Woon, President of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT, Thailand)
  • Dr. Xiang Bing , Founding Dean and Professor of China Business and Globalization at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)
  • Mr. Clyde Prestowitz, President of the Economic Strategic Institute, Washington D.C, U.S.A


Session 2: Conversation with Country Leaders

Moderator: H.E. Dr. Bhokin Bhalakula, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives of Thailand, President of the Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, Vice President of the Supreme Administrative Court

• In Conversation with H.E. General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh , Former Prime Minister of Thailand: The Making of A Nation: The Thailand Story


12.30pm – 14.00pm


Video Presentation :Heal The World


Session 3: Why Addressing Inequality Matters for Nation-Building

Addressing inequalities is a critical element of the process of nation-building, and there are costs in terms of justice, as well as economically and politically, if these inequalities are left unaddressed. Although high level of inequality has been observed in the ASEAN region, in the recent years, its implication for nation-building have rarely been discussed.


Few policymakers responsible for nation-building would argue against the ultimate goal of establishing equitable, democratic, and egalitarian societies in which the principle of equality is respected. Many, however, express the fear that pursuing that goal “too soon” may rock the boat, and there is a danger that if inequality is not addressed, social conflict could continue to increase, impeding efforts both to strengthen nation- building.


  • How can this situation be mitigated?
  • What is the successful change implementation that ASEAN can learn from other countries in addressing this bottleneck?

Moderator: Mr. Vijay Poonoosamy, Director International Affairs of QI Group Speakers:

  • E. Dr. Bhokin Bhalakula, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives of Thailand, President of the Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, Vice President of the Supreme Administrative Court
  • Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob, former Group Chairman of Telekom Berhad,Malaysia
  • Dato Chevy Beh, Founder of BookDoc
  • Tian Chua, Chairman, Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC)

Mr. Stanley Loh, CEO of World Capacity Builders,Canada


Session 4: Capturing Climate Change for Nation-Builders

Climate change is a global challenge that burdens all of humanity, but not equally. The distinct impacts of climate change on men and women are affected in settings that are also affected by violent conflict, political instability, and economic strife. As the world struggles to grapple with rapid onset disasters as well as respond to slower degradation caused by climate change, it is critical to ensure that the climate change is firmly on the agenda of nation-building.


The responsibility for addressing climate change falls on multilateral institutions, states, civil society, and the business community. Attention to lessons-learned and the exchange of ideas are important not only across borders, but also within countries.


  • In what ways can each of the stakeholders from the public, private and civil society lead in their respective arenas and work across sectors to forge partnerships and foster collaboration on addressing the issue of climate change?
  • As one of the largest energy users, in what ways can the corporate sector accelerate corporate leadership and on climate and energy?

Moderator: Ms. Ng Yeen Seen, CEO and Founder of CREATE Speakers:

  • Anjhula Mya Bais, Founder of the Fourth Dimension Consultancy, Malaysia
  • Renard Siew, Sustainability Advisor, Sime Darby, Malaysia
  • Dr. Xiaorong Fan, College of Resources & Environmental Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University,China

Mr. David Plattner, CEO, Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, RainTrust Plantation LLC,U.S.A.


Afternoon Tea


Registration & Pre-Dinner Reception


Arrival of Guests


Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony for Nation-Building, World Setter and Thai Awards


Presentation of ICNB 2019 Theme Song by Dato Wah Idris, Composer/ Pianist Extraordinaire, Wah Music


Conferment of Nation-Building Awards


Song Presentation by Ms Wilaiwan Prathumwong


Congratulatory Speech by H.E. General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, Former Prime Minister of Thailand


Group Photo & Closing