The 19th Nikkei Global Management Forum

The 20th Nikkei Global Management Forum (NGMF2018) is
scheduled to be held in Tokyo
on Tuesday, November 6 and on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.
We hope you'll be looking forward to it.


  • 2017.11.21

    The articles on this forum are being distributed on Nikkei Asian Review now.

  • 2017.11.9

    The 19th Nikkei Global Management Forum ended with a success on November 8th (Wed), 2017.
    We deeply thank all of your participation.
    The outline of the forum and overview of the lectures are posted on The Nikkei (a Japanese daily), The Nikkei Business Daily and Nikkei Asian Review (an English news site) in the November 7 (Tue) through 9 (Thu).
    Next year's 20th Nikkei Global Management Forum (NGMF2018) is scheduled to be held in Tokyo on Tuesday, November 6 and on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

  • 2017.11.7

    The articles on this forum are being distributed now. (

  • 2017.10.12

    We regret to announce that Mr. Max Conze of Dyson has canceled his appearance at this year's forum.

Main Theme

Creating opportunities from disruptive innovation

The very concept of globalization is being called into question. The tides of populism, protectionism and terrorism are rising worldwide. And yet, this tumultuous era is also generating tremendous opportunities, as artificial intelligence and other disruptive innovations transform industries.

What does it take to adapt to the rapid changes in the global economy and achieve sustainable growth? What sort of strategies – and leaders – do companies need to reach their full potential? This forum will seek answers, drawing on the knowledge and experience of executives from around the globe.

Past events

The contents of the 18th Nikkei global Management Forum are being distributed below.

Forum Information

Date November 7 (Tue) - 8 (Wed), 2017
Venue Imperial Hotel, Tokyo Access >
Organizers Nikkei Inc. , IMD , Harvard Business School
Corporate Sponsors KPMG in Japan , Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company
Sponsor LG Electronics Japan
Special Supporter Financial Times
Media Supporter Nikkei CNBC Japan
Registration Fee 75,600 yen(lunch and tax included)
Registration Deadline *Registration has been closed.

Corporate Sponsors

KPMGジャパン 三井住友海上火災保険


LG Electronics Japan

Benefits of attending the Forum

The Nikkei Global Management Forum brings together some of the world’s most successful business executives to discuss management philosophies, corporate strategies, and the latest global trends in management.

Immerse yourself in two days of inspiring presentations and discussions by global business leaders

It is an opportunity to listen directly to talks by the world’s most accomplished business executives. In this two-day event, you will find yourself deeply engrossed in listening to stimulating speeches by over 10 world-renowned business leaders from home and abroad about their views on work, management philosophies, and leadership.
“How can we make innovation happen in this rapidly changing business landscape and shape a great future with our own hands?” Be inspired by each speaker’s talk on the power of innovation.

Corporate strategy case studies that reflect the latest management trends

What strategy is right for your business in light of the latest technology trends such as AI, IoT, blockchain, and autonomous driving, or the trend of anti-globalization and protectionism? You will learn the latest trends in management through case studies illustrating successful corporate strategies implemented by the speakers.

Experienced journalists from Nikkei and FT as well as professors from HBS and IMD will draw out what the business executives actually did and thought in real-life situations

Senior business correspondents and professors at prestigious business schools will moderate the presentations to draw out the most intriguing and valuable stories from well-known business leaders, ranging from their lesser-known anecdotes and philosophy of life to management know-how and real business strategies. Don’t miss the remarks and questions from these skilled moderators, or ‘professional listeners,’ which make the presentations livelier.

New workshops for participants

Starting this year, some sessions will include workshops where participants can exchange their opinions before and after a session, which is similar to the teaching approach used by top business schools in the world such as IMD. This will enable you to gain a deeper, multidimensional understanding of the presentation and discussion as well as to interact with your fellow participants.

An opportunity to develop yourself or to train your successors and future leaders

The Nikkei Global Management Forum can serve as an opportunity to improve your own management or leadership skills as well as a training session for your successors and executive candidates. For corporate training purposes, an information leaflet about the 19th Nikkei Global Management Forum is available for download from the link below.

Who participates?

1. Senior management (top management and board members)
2. Middle management aspiring to leadership positions (directors, general managers,and section chiefs)
3. All businesspersons who want to know the latest global management trends

Very popular among business executives

Very popular among business executives

Note: Breakdown of the respondents who answered that they are working for a company
Source: Participant questionnaire on the 18th Nikkei Global Management Forum

What past participants have said…

The Forum stimulated and motivated me, a manager of the same generation. (A male in his 50s)

Although the industry I am in is different, I have found the talks about core elements of successful business management useful. (A female in her 40s)

It was a good opportunity to think about corporate management in the era of drastic and unexpected changes. (A male in his 60s)

The Forum revealed an unwavering management philosophy even while responding to changes in the business environment. (A female in her 50s)

Everything was enlightening. I was impressed by the leaders’ public speaking skills and poise. A fulfilling 2-day event. (A male in his 40s)

The Forum taught me the key points for successful global M&As. (A male in his 30s)

This was my second time to attend the Forum. I’ve learnt a lot. I’ll come back again next year. (A male in his 50s)

High levels of participant satisfaction

Do you want attend the forum again? Do you want to recommend the forum ?

Source: Participant questionnaire on the 18th Nikkei Global Management Forum



November 7 (Tuesday)

9:30 - 9:35

Opening Remarks

Naotoshi Okada President and CEO, Nikkei Inc.
9:35 - 9:45

Opening Session

Waichi Sekiguchi Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
9:45 - 10:45

The essence of innovative management

Ratan Tata Chairman,Tata Trusts Moderator Sonoko Watanabe Deputy Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief, Nikkei Asian Review, Nikkei Inc.
10:45 - 10:50


10:50 - 11:30

The future of business: driven by diversity, transformed by talent

Tatsuo Yasunaga President and CEO, Mitsui & Co. Moderator Kunio Saijo Senior Staff Writer and Editorial Writer, Nikkei Inc.
11:30 - 11:45


11:45 - 12:25

Driving business transformation

Bill Thomas Chairman, KPMG International Moderator Rana Foroohar Global Business Columnist, Financial Times
12:25 - 13:30

Buffet Lunch

13:30 - 14:10

From display devices to intelligent interface: the key to success in IoT age

Wang Dongsheng Chairman, BOE Technology Group Moderator Waichi Sekiguchi Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
14:10 - 14:20


14:20 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:10

Luxury brand management and innovation in the digital era

Christoph Grainger-Herr CEO, IWC Schaffhausen Moderator Dominique Turpin Professor, IMD
15:10 - 15:40

Coffee Break

15:40 - 15:50


15:50 - 17:05

Disruption and risk management

Garibaldi Thohir President Director and CEO, Adaro Energy Yasuyoshi Karasawa President and CEO, MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Moderator Hirotaka Takeuchi Professor, Harvard Business School
17:05 - 17:10


17:10 - 18:00

"Democratization of Clothing"- Changing the world with LifeWear

Tadashi Yanai Chairman, President and CEO, Fast Retailing Moderator Toru Shimoharaguchi Deputy Managing Editor and Editor, Business News Department, Nikkei Inc.

November 8 (Wednesday)

9:30 - 10:20

Business school professors discuss leadership in turbulent times

Hirotaka Takeuchi Professor, Harvard Business School Dominique Turpin Professor, IMD Moderator John Gapper Chief Business Commentator, Financial Times
10:20 - 10:25


10:25 - 11:05

M&A strategy and corporate governance in a shifting world

Naoki Izumiya Chairman and CEO, Asahi Group Holdings Moderator Makoto Kajiwara Commentator, Nikkei Inc.
11:05 - 11:20


11:20 - 12:00

Innovating shopping center business

Supaluck Umpujh Chairwoman, The Mall Group Moderator Ken Koyanagi Editor-at-Large, Nikkei Asian Review, Nikkei Inc.
12:00 - 13:00

Buffet Lunch

13:00 - 14:15

Winning hearts and pockets of sports fans around the world

Javier Tebas President, National Professional Football League, Spain Saburo Kawabuchi Supreme Advisor (Captain), Japan Football Association Moderator Yukinori Takechi Senior Staff Writer, Sports News Department, Editorial Bureau, Nikkei Inc.
14:15 - 14:45

Coffee Break

14:45 - 15:45

Leadership in the age of disruptive change

Steve Milligan CEO, Western Digital Moderator Waichi Sekiguchi Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
15:45 - 16:15

Summary Remarks

Dominique Turpin Professor, IMD Hirotaka Takeuchi Professor, Harvard Business School Waichi Sekiguchi Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.

*Honorifics and titles omitted, in no particular order.
*Agenda, speakers, presentation themes may be subject to change.


Registrations for The 19th Nikkei Global Management Forum has been closed.

Thank you for the many applications received.
The forum will be covered, in The Nikkei and The Nikkei Business Daily newspapers, as well as on news and other TV programs on TV TOKYO, BS JAPAN and Nikkei CNBC.
Date November 7 (Tue) - 8 (Wed), 2017
Venue Imperial Hotel, Tokyo Access >
Registration Fee 75,600 yen(lunch and tax included)

Registration closed at noon on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Registration procedures Pre-registration is required to attend NGMF2017. Please send in this online form after filling in all of the required information on the Application Form. Forum attendance is only available to those who complete pre-registration, and anyone arriving at the venue without completing pre-registration will not be admitted.
Registration confirmation E-mail After you complete on-line registration, a "Registration Confirmation E-mail" will be sent to your E-mail address from the system automaticaly. If you have not received a "Registration Confirmation E-mail" within twenty-four hours of registration, please contact the secretariat by E-mail.
Notification to the applicants Seats will be available for 500 attendees. In case there are more than 500 applicants, seats will be selected by lottery. Notification will be sent to the successful applicants along with an entrance ticket to the forum. As a result of the lottery, "Entrance Tickets" will be mailed to successful applicants. Those who unfortunately were not selected in the lottery will also be notified by mail. If you have not received any notice after Saturday, October 28, please contact the secretariat.
Payment of the registration fee An entrance ticket and an invoice will be mailed to successful applicants. Payment of the registration fee should be made by bank transfer or credit card by the date listed on the invoice. Seats will be guaranteed only after the secretariat confirms payment of the registration fee. Secretariat will not issue receipts unless requested by the applicant. We will not accept payment on the Forum site.
Cancellation Cancellation will not be accepted. No refunds will be made for cancellations or no-shows, although a proxy may take your place. However, cancellations on the day due to unforeseen events (e.g. unavailability of public transportation) will be accepted. Please contact the secretariat should this be the case.
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(Open hours: 10:00-17:00 except Saturday, Sunday and National holidays)

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Past events