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November 2021


Be inspired by Global Leaders and connect with top CEOs across the Asia-Pacific

APEC CEO Summit 2021. A virtual gathering of the world’s most powerful CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, prime ministers and presidents of APEC economies. Delegates will attend the Summit online as it is hosted using an immersive stage and the latest digital technologies and broadcast from the Aotea Centre in central Auckland on 11 and 12 November 2021 (NZT).


APEC 2021

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister of New Zealand

2021 Chair

Barbara Chapman, CNZM
Chair, APEC CEO Summit

Announced World Leaders

Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia

Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany

José Pedro Castillo Terrones
President of Peru

Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister of Singapore

General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Ret.)
Prime Minister of Thailand

Nguyễn Xuân Phúc
President of Viet Nam

Keynote Speakers

Amal Clooney
International Human Rights Lawyer

Amber Mac
President, Ambermac Media

Bob Moritz
Chair, PwC

Dr David Suzuki
Broadcaster, Scientist, Author

Rt. Hon Helen Clark
Former Prime Minister and
Former Administrator of the
United Nations Development Programme

Jerome Foster II
White House Climate Advisor

Jonathan Haidt
Professor, New York University Stern School of Business

Richard Edelman
Chief Executive Officer, Edelman

Robyn Denholm
Chair, Tesla

Tony Fernandes
Co-Founder, Air Asia

Meet Māia our digital host for the APEC CEO Summit.

We live in a world of profound change which requires new ways of interacting with information and engaging with each other.  Māia has joined our team and in the below video she explores what it means to be part of the APEC CEO Summit, why it is important and the reasons you should be part of the conversation.  She also interviews Amber Mac, one of our keynote speakers and a tech futurist, listen to what she has to say ahead of the Summit.

Meet Māia

Māia explains the themes

Māia introduces some of the speakers

Māia tells us the most influential people are preparing for the summit

Māia tells us the summit is coming and we are using technology to do it

Māia interviews Amber Mac

The APEC CEO Summit will covered five themes

The State of the World with and post Covid, including; Economic Recovery, Trade and Protectionism.

The Digital Disruption Opportunity, including; Digital Transformation, Technology and Innovation, The Importance of Digital Equity.

The Primacy of Trust, including; ESG, The next Focus for Business, Business as a Force for Good.

The Future of Energy, including; Clean Tech, Renewable Energy, Energy Transition including hydrogen.

The Sustainability Imperative, including; Sustainable Growth, Climate Change, Food Sustainability and Provenance.

Learn more about the APEC CEO Summit

On the 11th and 12th of November 2021 New Zealand will host the APEC CEO Summit.  The Summit will bring together the world’s most powerful Chief Executives, business leaders, thought leaders, Prime Ministers and Presidents from the 21 APEC member economies. This is your exclusive invitation to be part of the conversation at the most important meeting of business and government in the Asia-Pacific.

The APEC CEO Summit will be an innovative online broadcasting experience, with the opportunity to connect and network with business leaders across the Asia-Pacific. We want to ensure you are part of the conversation, to engage and hear first-hand the views of global leaders on major economic, social and governance issues.

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The Theme: The Sustainability Imperative

The Theme: The Primacy of Trust

The Theme: The Digital Disruption Opportunity

The Theme: The Future of Energy

The Theme: The State of the World, with and post Covid

Panelists and Moderators

Dr Alan Bollard CNZM
Former Executive Director of APEC

Andrew Grant
Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company

Anna Curzon
Chief Product Officer, Xero

Anusha Ahluwalia
Partner Development Manager, Microsoft

Arihia Bennett
Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Bob Pragada
Operating Officer, Jacobs Engineering Group

Brad Smith
President and Vice Chair, Microsoft

Brent Wilton
Principal, Tahuna Business and Human Rights

Carol Hirschfeld
Head of Video/Audio and Content Partnerships, Stuff

Chloe van Dyke
Co-Founder, Chia Sisters

Diane Wang
Founder, Chairperson and CEO, DHgate

Florence van Dyke
Co-Founder, Chia Sisters

Fran O’Sullivan
Senior Business Commentator
The New Zealand Herald

Fraser Whineray
Chief Operating Officer, Fonterra

Greg Cross
Soul Machines

Hafimi Abdul Haadii
Executive Director, LVK Group of Companies

Hannah Pattullo
APEC Voices of the Future Alumna

Heekyung Jo Min
Executive Vice President and
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
CJ CheilJedang

Sir Ian Taylor
Founder and Managing Director, Animation Research

Jamie Lin
President, Taiwan Mobile

Jan De Silva
President & CEO
Toronto Region Board of Trade

Jehan Casinader
Award-winning Journalist, New Zealand

John Denton
Secretary-General of the
International Chamber of Commerce

Julia Torreblanca
Affairs, Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde General Manager Linc

Karen Silk
General Manager Linc Strategy Sustainability
& CEO BTNZ, Westpac NZ

Katherine Raureti
Associate Director, Technology Consulting, PwC

Keren Blakey
Chair, PwC New Zealand

Klazien Voogt
General Manager, Colombia River Technologies

Kristal Kinsela
Director, Kristal Kinsela Consultancy

Kristin Stubbins
Partner, PwC

H. E. Laura Clarke
British High Commissioner to New Zealand

Li Zhenguo
LONGi Green Energy Technology

Linda Te Aho
Chair, Te Arataura – Waikato – Tainui

Dr Linda Wright
Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand Hydrogen Association

Lit Wei Chin
Climate Change & Sustainability Executive, Auckland Unlimited

Lucy Pelletier
Chair, Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation

Malcolm Johns
Chief Executive, Christchurch International Airport

Mark Averill
Chief Executive and Senior Partner
PWC New Zealand

Mark Freymüller
Chief Executive Officer, Hyundai Mobility AG

Mary Huen
Chief Executive,
Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong)

Sec-Gen Mathias Cormann
OECD Secretary-General

Mavis Mullins
Chair, Ātihau-Whanganui Inc

Michelle Bachelet
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Mike Fuge
Chief Executive, Contact Energy

Mike Yeh
Asia Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Corporate, External and Legal

Miles Hurrell
Chief Executive, Fonterra

Nakia Randle (Ngāti Kahu)
Sustainability Advisor, Contact Energy

Peter Beck
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rocket Lab

Sir Peter Gluckman
President of International Science Council; Director of Koi Tu the Centre for Informed Futures

Peter Wren-Hilton
Chief Executive Officer, Wharf42

Rachel Taulelei
Chair, ABAC and Co-founder, Oho

Rangimarie Hunia
Chief Executive, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Māia

Sir Richard Taylor KNZM
Founder, Creative Director and
Head of Weta Workshop

Sabin Aboitiz
President and Chief Executive Officer, Aboitiz Group

Dr Shiro Armstrong
Associate Professor, Australian National University

Simon Power
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Westpac New Zealand

Sophie Handford
Councilor, Kāpiti Coast District Council

Sir Stephen Tindall GNZM
Co-Founder and Philanthropist

Tā Tipene O’Regan
Former Chair, Ngaitahu Māori Trust Board

Tabatha Bull
President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Te Ao Leach
Student, New Zealand University

Theresa Gattung
Chair, Global Women

Vanessa Sorenson
Chief Executive, Microsoft New Zealand

Yumiko Murakami
General Partner, MPower Partners

APEC CEO Summit Hosts

Jack Tame
APEC CEO Summit Host

Julian Wilcox
APEC CEO Summit Host

APEC CEO Summit Digital Host

Oriini Kaipara
APEC CEO Summit Host

New Zealand Programme

Thursday 11 November

8:00am Welcome

  • Summit Opening and Pōwhiri
  • Welcoming remarks by the CEO Summit Chair Barbara Chapman
  • Summit Opening Address with Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
  • Address: APEC Leader

9:00am The Economic State of the World

Keynote: The Economic State of the World with Bob Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC

Keynote: The Economic State of the World with Mathias Cormann, OECD Secretary-General

Panel: The Economic State of the World

• Moderator – Dr Alan Bollard CNZM, Former APEC Secretariat

• Jan De Silva, President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Region Board of Trade

• Mary Huen, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong)

• John W. H. Denton AO, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce

Address: APEC Leader

10:30am Recovery, with and post COVID-19

Address: APEC Leader

Keynote interview: COVID-19 recovery with Rt. Hon Helen Clark

Panel: Trade in a COVID world

• Diane Wang, Founder, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, DHgate

• Bob Pragada, President and Chief Operating Officer, Jacobs Engineering Group

• Fraser Whineray, Chief Operating Officer, Fonterra

11:25am The Digital Disruption Opportunity

Address: APEC Leader

Keynote: The Business of Technology with Amber Mac, President, Ambermac Media

Panel: Digital Trade

• Hafimi Abdul Haadii, Executive Director, LVK Group of Companies

• Dr Shiro Armstrong, Associate Professor, Australian National University

• Jamie Lin, President, Taiwan Mobile

Keynote: Digital Equity with Amal Clooney, International Human Rights Lawyer

1:00pm Break

2:30pm The Sustainability Imperative

Keynote: Sustainability and Climate Change with Dr David Suzuki, Broadcaster, Scientist, Author, Grandfather

Keynote: Sustainability and Climate Change with Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Panel: A Sustainable Future

• Rachel Taulelei, Chair, APEC Business Advisory Council

• Heekyung Jo Min, Executive Vice-President, CJ CheilJedang

• Julia Torreblanca, Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde SAA

Address: APEC Leader

3.35pm The Future of Energy

Keynote: Future Energy Challenges with Robyn Denholm, Chair of Tesla Inc

Panel: Future Energy Solutions

• Moderator – Malcolm Johns, Chief Executive Officer, Christchurch International Airport

• Li Zhenguo, Founder and President of LONGi

• Sir Stephen Tindall GNZM, Co-Founder and Philanthropist

• Dr Valerie Speth, Managing Director, Renewable Power Group, Asia Pacific, BlackRock

Address: APEC Leader

4:45pm CEO Summit Day close

Friday 12 November

8:15am The Primacy of Trust

Keynote: The Primacy of Trust with Richard Edelman, Chief Executive Officer, Edelman

Panel: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

• Andrew Grant, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

• Karen Silk, General Manager Linc Strategy Sustainability & CEO BTNZ, Westpac NZ

• Kristin Stubbins, Partner, PwC

Keynote interview: Sustainable Business Leadership with Tony Fernandes, Co-founder AirAsia

9:30am The Next Focus for Business

Address: APEC Leader interview

Keynote: The Next Focus for Business with Jonathan Haidt, Professor, New York University Stern School of Business

Panel: Business as a Force for Good

• Moderator – Tian Wei, Host, World Insight

• Sabin M. Aboitiz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aboitiz Group

• Yumiko Murakami, General Partner, MPower Partners

• Arihia Bennett. Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Address: APEC Leader

Address: APEC Leader

11:15am The State of the World

Address: APEC Leader

Panel: The State of the World with COVID 19

• RT Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

• Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

• Brad Smith, President and Vice Chair, Microsoft

12:10pm Looking to the Future

Keynote: Listening to other Voices with Jerome Foster II

Panel: Looking to the Future

• Moderator – Oriini Kaipara, APEC CEO Summit host

• Tabatha Bull, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

• Kristal Kinsela, Director, Kristal Kinsela Consultancy

• Rangimarie Hunia, Chief Executive of Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Whai Maia

Voices of the Future Declaration

Address: APEC Leader

1:15pm Closing address by CEO Summit Chair Barbara Chapman

Handover to Thailand

1:35pm Summit close

Additional Content

2:20pm What have we learnt?
3:20pm What’s next for New Zealand?
4:20pm CEO Summit close

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