Event Program

The BusinessWorld Economic Forum, annually held by the country’s most read and most respected business newspaper, provides the leading live platform for industry and government leaders to converge and converse on key challenges and opportunities for the nation.

On May 18, 2018, the BusinessWorld Economic Forum will once again take centerstage at the Grand Ballroom of the newly-opened Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Backdropped by breakneck innovations in technology – and policy that is struggling to keep pace – this year’s forum carries a most timely (and urgent) theme: “Disruptor or Disrupted? Philippines at the Crossroads”.

The whole day forum will bring together leading figures in the private and public sectors to share their insights, concerns, and excitements. It will examine the forces and realities of disruption, its effects on industries and the nation, our regulatory frameworks and the fine balance that the government must strike to further promote economic growth and technological advancement without overlooking the general welfare of society.



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THEME: Disruptor or Disrupted: Philippines at the Crossroads

‘The biggest buzzword in business today, and perhaps the most feared by industry leaders, is— ‘disruption’.

The sheer speed and sophistication of technologies that are being developed have put pressure on incumbent market players to adapt to shifting trends in their respective industries. With things such as Big Data and the “Internet of Things” entering into the public lexicon, people have become much more connected and demanding than ever before.

All these trends are merging together, leading to a massively new, connected, intelligent machine that will disrupt the business landscape. It’s adapt or be rendered obsolete.

Should the Philippines cower in the face of disruption?





Dennis A. Uy
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Udenna Corporation




10:00AM – 11:00AM


DISRUPTION: What Big Data is Already Predicting – or Warning – About Philippine Competitiveness

Technology is at the forefront of transforming business models, the policy environment and social norms, with businesses scrambling to reinvent themselves through the promise of the Internet of Things.

This session aims to discuss the importance of the IoT in an era of hyper-connectivity and how mobile, digital and cloud technologies are reshaping not only consumer lifestyles but how companies conduct businesses.



Eliseo M. Rio, Jr.
Department of Information and Communications Technology

Kristine Romano
Managing Partner
Mckinsey & Company

Dr. Erika Fille T. Legara
Department of Analytics, Information, and Operations
Asian Institute of Management

11:00AM – 12:00NN


AI, E-Commerce, Cashless Transacitons: What New Consumer Expectations Mean for Businesses

Traditional companies are hard-pressed to stay relevant, as consumers become more demanding and discriminating in an increasingly competitive market.

This session aims to discuss the current landscape of the banking and retail and services sectors, and the role of online platforms in engaging customers.




Pia Bernadette Roman-Tayag
Managing Director
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Edwin R. Bautista
President and CEO
Union Bank of the Philippines

Lito Tayag
Country Managing Director
Accenture, Inc. (Philippines)

Walt Steven Young
Creator & CEO



1:30PM – 2:30PM      


Finding Opportunities in the Age of Disruption

The Philippines is poised for sustained high economic growth and advances in digital technology are empowering more people and helping businesses become more competitive through innovation and improved productivity.

This session aims to discuss how companies can use technology to turn disruption into an opportunity for growth and how the country can foster a sustainable startup community anchored on innovation.




Orlando B. Vea
President and CEO
Voyager Innovations

Anthony Thomas
Mynt, Globe Fintech Innovations, Inc.

Brian P. Cu
Country Head
Grab Philippines

Miguel Cuneta
Co-Founder, Chief Community Officer
Satoshi Citadel Industries

2:45PM – 3:45PM


The Next-Generation Boardroom

The increasing rate of technology adoption coincides with changing demographics in the workplace. The emergence of millennials, which are known to be more globally-wired, independent and change-oriented, has implications on human resource management, as they move into executive positions.

This session aims to discuss the future of the workplace and how this disruption would impact leadership and management.



Luis Miguel Aboitiz
Executive Vice-President
Chief Operating Officer – Corporate Business Group
Aboitiz Equity Ventures

Arthur Policarpio
Co-Founder & CEO
Mobext Inc.

Camille A. Villar
Managing Director
Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc.