World Economic Forum New Champions to Converge in Cebu

World Economic Forum New Champions to Converge in Cebu

World Economic Forum New Champions to Converge in Cebu

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OCEAN 14: A Gathering of the World’s Thought Leaders and Filipino Innovators

Leading experts from the communities of the World Economic Forum will meet with the Philippines’ government and business leaders to pursue opportunities for ASEAN success

MACTAN ISLAND, CEBU, PHILIPPINES – The New Champions community in the Philippines and their foreign counterparts will gather in Movenpick Hotel, Mactan Island for some rest, recreation and innovation discussions at the “Open Collaboration with East Asia New Champions 2014 Summit” or “OCEAN 14” on May 23 to 25.

OCEAN 14, a community-led event that follows the close of the World Economic Forum in Manila, aims to create a forum for entrepreneurship, innovation, and design that involves all sectors of the society — academe, private sector, and government.

We have a rare opportunity at hand — with the World Economic Forum taking place in the Philippines. With OCEAN 14, we’re taking advantage of the global experts that are in Manila, and extending the opportunity for more dialogue with the local community,” said OCEAN summit chair Winston Damarillo, a Young Global Leader honoree in 2010.

We are thrilled to have very strong interest from our legislators, with World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Senator Bam Aquino and Senator Chiz Escudero putting the boosters,” Damarillo added.

By putting the brilliant minds of various sectors together to work, OCEAN will jump-start activities that would promote innovation zones and inclusive growth,” Damarillo said.

Top broadcaster Karen Davila, also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader honoree in 2010, also serves as OCEAN 14 co-chair. “We wanted for our foreign counterparts to see the beauty outside of Manila and that is why we planned for OCEAN in Cebu, which boasts an impressive community of innovators, business leaders, and social change makers.”

Co-hosted by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the support of the Province of Cebu, OCEAN 14 will feature Interactive Panels tackling the following subject matters:

Inclusive Entrepreneurship: This panel focuses on how to enable a society that enables entrepreneurship for all. Speakers include:

  • Kathleen Largo, co-founder of ASEANpreneurs Philippines
  • Earl Valencia, co-founder and president of IdeaSpace Foundation
  • Jay Aldeguer, president and chairman of The Islands Group
  • John Echauz, executive vice-president of Standard Insurance
  • Yinglan Tan, venture partner with Sequoia Capital India
  • Ryan Guadalquiver, country manager of HP Philippines
  • Moderated by Calvin Chin, co-founder and CEO of Qifang

Sustainable Social Enterprise: A discussion of best practices from the leading social entrepreneurs. Speakers include:

  • Tony Meloto, executive chairman of Gawad Kalinga
  • Andreas Heinecke, founder of Dialogue in the Dark
  • Caroline Boudreaux, founder of The Miracle Foundation
  • Therese Fernandez, founder of Rags2Riches
  • Moderated by Lynn Pinugu, founder of Mano Amiga Academy Philippines

Preparing for the Digital Age: The ASEAN region is the fastest growing consumer of digital content and services. Traditional enterprises will need to transform its business to address the new consumers of the region. Speakers include:

  • Fujio Akimoto, general manager of Platform Strategic Marketing Division at NEC Corporation
  • Jem Bendell, founding director of The University of Cumbria Institute for Leadership and Sustainability
  • Mia Umanos, director of Analytics at Digitaria
  • Kat Luna-Abelarde, first vice president of PLDT SME Nation
  • Maria Ressa, CEO and executive editor of Rappler
  • Nestor Tan, CEO of Banco de Oro
  • Moderated by Winston Damarillo, executive chairman of Exist and CEO of Acaleph Storage

Environment in the Next Decade: This panel will discuss solutions to help ensure that our planet remains habitable for generations to come. Speakers include:

  • Tony Oposa, founder of Batas Kalikasan Foundation and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee
  • Juan Romeo Nereus Acosta, general manager of the Laguna Lake Development Authority
  • Randall Rosales, co-founder and vice-president of Network of Underwater Digital Imagers
  • Erramon Aboitiz, president and CEO of Aboitiz Equity Ventures and Aboitiz Power Corporation
  • Yeb Saño, Climate Change Commissioner
  • Moderated by Kala Mulqueeny, Young Global Leader 2011 and principal counsel at Asian Development Bank

The Creative Economy: This panel will discuss how to harness the abundance of creative talent in the region. Speakers include:

  • Geena Rocero, founder of Gender Proud
  • Aya Maceda, architect at actLab Design Group New York
  • Benedict Carandang, co-founder and managing director of Tuldok Animation Studios
  • Yoram Heller, co-founder and COO of Morphlabs
  • Moderated by Karen Davila, Young Global Leader 2010 and broadcast journalist at ABS-CBN

OCEAN 14 also features a “Maker Hack” — which is a dynamic design-thinking session that will quickly take participants through a cycle of the problem solving process. Participants at Maker Hack will also have access to cutting-edge technology that enable rapid prototyping.

For more information, please visit www.ocean14.asia. Participate in our online discussions using hashtag #ocean14.