The 19th Nikkei Global Management Forum


  • 2018.11.8

    The 20th Nikkei Global Management Forum ended with a success on November 7th (Wed), 2018.
    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 6 (Tue) through 8 (Thu).
    Next year's 21st Nikkei Global Management Forum (NGMF2019) is scheduled to be held in Tokyo on Monday, October 28 and on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

  • 2018.11.6

    The articles on this forum are being distributed now. (

  • 2018.11.5

    Nikkei Asian Review will broadcast selected sessions on YouTube.

  • 2018.11.2

    We regret to announce that Ms. Poppy Gustafsson of Darktrace has canceled her appearance at this year's forum.

  • 2018.10.19

    We regret to announce that Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe of Nestlé has canceled his appearance at this year's forum.

Main Theme

Driving transformation in a fast-changing world

No sector, no industry, no business is safe from disruption.
Yet, just as innovative startups threaten existing firms, some traditional corporations have transformed themselves courageously, fending off the new challengers.

What does it take to survive and thrive in this tumultuous era?
Join us as executives representing an array of renowned companies from around the globe, share their secrets for effective leadership.

Past event (NGMF2017)

The contents of the 19th Nikkei global Management Forum are being distributed below.

Forum Information

Date November 6 (Tue) - 7 (Wed), 2018
Venue Imperial Hotel, Tokyo Access >
Organizers Nikkei Inc. , IMD , Harvard Business School
Corporate Sponsor KPMG in Japan
Sponsors PARKER , Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company , Cisco Systems G.K. ,
Seiko Watch Corporation
Special Supporter Financial Times
Media Supporter Nikkei CNBC Japan
Registration Fee 86,400 yen(tax included)
※Lunch will be served on both days
Registration Deadline *Registration has been closed.

Corporate Sponsor



PARKER PARKER Seiko Watch Corporation

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

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 19th Nikkei Global Management Forum

What past participants have said…

High levels of participant satisfaction

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

Source: Participant questionnaire on the 19th Nikkei Global Management Forum



November 6 (Tuesday)

9:30 - 9:35

Opening Remarks

Naotoshi Okada President and CEO, Nikkei Inc.
9:35 - 9:50

Opening Session

Waichi Sekiguchi Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
9:50 - 10:30

Leading in a disruptive world

Peter Voser Chairman, ABB Moderator Dominique Turpin Professor, IMD
10:30 - 11:10

Make the most of digital

Ken Hu Deputy Chairman and Rotating Chairman, Huawei Technologies Moderator Waichi Sekiguchi Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
11:10 - 11:20


11:20 - 12:00

The story of Audemars Piguet
How to constantly reinvent oneself to preserve one’s core values

Olivier Audemars Vice Chairman of the Board, Audemars Piguet Moderator Dominique Turpin Professor, IMD
12:00 - 12:40

Our corporate values and the challenge of creating a uniquely Japanese integrated resort

Jim Murren Chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International Moderator Kaori Takahashi Deputy Editor, International News Department, Nikkei Inc.
12:40 - 13:40

Buffet Lunch

13:40 - 14:20

Challenges to make it happen, from Asia to the world

Tony Fernandes CEO, AirAsia Group Moderator Atsushi Nakayama Commentator, Nikkei Inc.
14:20 - 15:30

The key to success in global markets

Hisashi Ietsugu Chairman and CEO, SYSMEX CORPORATION Motoi Oyama Chairman and CEO, ASICS Corporation Moderator Kunio Saijo Senior Staff Writer and Editorial Writer, Nikkei Inc.
15:30 - 15:50

Coffee Break

15:50 - 16:30

Corporate leadership in the Pacific century

Victor L. L. Chu Chairman and CEO, First Eastern Investment Group Moderator Hiroshi Murayama Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
16:30 - 16:40


16:40 - 17:20

Organizational management

Yoshiharu Hoshino CEO, Hoshino Resorts Moderator Hirotaka Takeuchi Professor, Harvard Business School

November 7 (Wednesday)

9:00 - 9:40

On harnessing the power of disruption

Dominique Turpin Professor, IMD Hirotaka Takeuchi Professor, Harvard Business School Moderator Sonoko Watanabe Deputy Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief, Nikkei Asian Review, Nikkei Inc.
9:40 - 9:50


9:50 - 10:30

The importance of trust in digital transformation

Christian Rast Global Head of Technology & Knowledge, KPMG International Moderator Dominique Turpin Professor, IMD
10:30 - 10:40


10:40 - 11:20

The role of business in social value creation

Chey Tae-won Chairman, SK Group Moderator Makoto Kajiwara Commentator, Nikkei Inc.
11:20 - 12:30

Rejuvenating Japanese companies: The challenge to transform corporate cultures

Yasuyuki Higuchi CEO, Panasonic Corporation Connected Solutions Company Masahiko Uotani President and Group CEO (Representative Director) , Shiseido Moderator Hirotaka Takeuchi Professor, Harvard Business School
12:30 - 13:30

Buffet Lunch

13:30 - 14:40

The future of AI, robotics, and IoT

Yoshiharu Inaba Chairman and CEO, FANUC CORPORATION Toru Nishikawa President and CEO, Preferred Networks Moderator Masanori Nozawa Deputy Managing Editor and Editor, Business News Department, Nikkei Inc.
14:40 - 15:20

Leadership, technology and preparing for the future of work

Stewart Butterfield Co-Founder and CEO, Slack Technologies Moderator Waichi Sekiguchi Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.
15:20 - 15:40

Coffee Break

15:40 - 16:20

Luxury is difficult

Andy Palmer President and Group CEO, Aston Martin Moderator Peter Campbell Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times
16:20 - 17:00

Managing diverse teams to achieve corporate goals

Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko President and CEO, Marimekko Corporation Moderator Brooke Masters Opinion and Analysis Editor, Financial Times
17:00 - 17:15

Summary Remarks

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


Registrations for The 20th 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 TV TOKYO and Nikkei CNBC.

Date November 6 (Tue) - 7 (Wed), 2018
Venue Imperial Hotel, Tokyo Access >
Registration Fee 86,400 yen(tax included)
※Lunch will be served on both days
Capacity 500seats
Registration deadline Registration closed at noon on Thursday, November 1, 2018.
Registration procedures Pre-registration is required to attend NGMF2018. Please pre-register online by 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 registration, seats will be selected by lottery. Notification will be sent to the successful registration along with an invoice and entrance ticket to the forum.
Those who unfortunately were not selected in the lottery will also be notified by mail. If you have not received any notice by Wednesday, October 31, please contact the secretariat.
Payment of the registration fee Payment of the registration fee should be made by bank transfer or credit card by the date indicated on the invoice. Seats will be guaranteed only after the secretariat confirms payment of the registration fee.
We will not accept payment on the Forum site. Secretariat will not issue receipts unless requested by the applicant.
Cancellation policy 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) may be accepted. Please contact the secretariat should this be the case.
Changes in the conference program/
cancellation of forum events

Please note that "NGMF2018" may be changed or cancelled due to various reasons without prior notification. In case of cancellation of the entire event, there will be a full refund of the registration fee.
Handling of Personal Information You may be contacted by E-mail or phone for purposes of clarification in the event that there are areas of your registration that are unclear.

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Nikkei will use your personal information for the managing, contacting and sending necessary materials related to the event. Nikkei will also use the information statistically for further development and enhancement of future symposia.
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Secretariat of the 20th Nikkei Global Management Forum 3F SK Bldg., 1-22-9 Ginza, Chuo-ku,Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
Tel. +81-3-5159-2330 / Fax. +81-3-5159-2113
(Open hours: 10:00-17:00 except Saturdays, Sundays and National holidays)

Media coverage Covering the Forum requires advance registration and permission from the organizers.
For further details, please contact Secretariat of the 20th Nikkei Global Management Forum.

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