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Who's coming to the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2016?

Kuala Lumpur's skyline is slightly obscured by haze on August 12, 2003. Smoke from a few local fires, combined in recent days with hot and dry weather, caused haze in major districts, mostly on peninsular Malaysia's west coast.

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This article is part of: World Economic Forum on ASEAN

How do we drive sustainable growth in Asia? Can the 10 nations of ASEAN mitigate the impact of digital technology on services and manufacturing? And who will equip young people with skills to help them prosper, and to help the region prosper?

Now in its 25th year, the World Economic Forum on ASEAN is a unique opportunity for global chief executive officers and their leadership teams to come together with regional heads of state and their key ministers, as well as representatives from academia, civil society and international organizations, to address these issues – and many others. So who’s coming?

From the region

Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia will be joined by several members of his cabinet, including Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of Industry and Trade, as well as ministers of foreign affairs, health, defence, transport and energy. Also present will be: Rui Maria de Araújo, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of Indonesia and Trinh Dinh Dung, Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam are among the more than 40 public figures.

From around the world

Among other key participants, look out for: Hans-Paul Bürkner, Global Chairman, The Boston Consulting Group; Anthony Fernandes, Group CEO Air Asia; and Michelle Yeoh, Actress and Cultural Leader.

Introducing the co-chairs

Representing their respective stakeholder groups this year are: Sigve Brekke, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor, Norway; Kathleen Chew, Group Legal Counsel, YTL Corporation Berhad, Malaysia; Yoshiaki Fujimori, President and Chief Executive Officer, LIXIL Group Corporation, Japan; Shahril bin Shamsuddin, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad, Malaysia; Salil Shetty, Secretary-General, Amnesty International, United Kingdom; and George Yeo, Visiting Scholar, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Young Global Leaders

World Economic Forum meetings are not World Economic Meetings without a contingent of young leaders. This year we have a vast selection, from the ASEAN region and beyond. They are: Victor Tong Joo-Chuan, Director, Social and Cognitive Computing Department, Institute of High Performance Computing Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore; Lena Ng, Adviser to the Board, Amata Corporation in Thailand; Yeen Seen Ng, Chief Operating Officer, Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute in Malaysia; Vera Kobalia, International Business Adviser, Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance in Indonesia; Kang So-Young, Catalyst, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Awaken Group in Singapore; Chew Seow Chien, Partner at Bain & Company in Singapore; Niall Dunne, Chief Sustainability Officer, BT Group in the United Kingdom; Tint Win Win, Managing Director, City Mart Holdings in Myanmar; Max Liu, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EMQ in Chinese Taipei; James Song, Managing Principal and Co-Founder, Faircap Partners in Myanmar; Dong-Kwan Kim, Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice-President, Hanwha Q CELLS in the Republic of Korea; Caroline Berube, Managing Partner, HJM Asia Law and Co. LLC in People's Republic of China; Anies Baswedan, Minister of Education and Culture, Indonesia; Juliana Chan, Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore; Jeffrey Tau Hoong Lim, Chief Executive Officer, NOW Group , Malaysia; Ken Tun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Parami Energy Group of Companies in Myanmar; Jared Genser, Managing Director, Perseus Strategies LLC in the US; Arif P. Rachmat, Chief Executive Officer, PT Triputra Agro Persada, Indonesia; Lutfey Siddiqi, Adjunct Professor, Risk Management Institute, National University of Singapore; Penny Low, Founder, Social Innovation Park, Singapore; Silverius O. Unggul, President of Telapak in Indonesia; Jem Bendell, Founding Director, the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability in the UK; Ngan Pham Thi, Co-Founder, Tohe Social Enterprise, Vietnam; Cheng Ming Yu, Professor of Economics and Director, Institute of Management and Leadership Development, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia; Pingtjin Thum, Research Fellow, University of Oxford, UK; Ali Redhauddin Tuanku Muhriz, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Yayasan Munarah, Malaysia.

Global Shapers

Last but not least is our fleet of social innovators, all between the ages of 20 and 30, and representing cities around the world. They are: Amanda Witdarmono, Founder of We the Teachers, Jakarta Hub; Andrew Ng, Senior Financial Analyst at Brightwater Care Group, Perth Hub; Angelita (Angel) Bombarda, Project Coordinator at the Office of the Secretary, Department of Budget and Management, Manila Hub; Benjamin Galazzo, Co-Founder and Chairman, Bright Foundation, Yangon Hub; Bolor-Erdene Tumurchudur, Senior Contract Management Specialist, Mongolian Mining Corporation HKEx975, Ulaanbaatar Hub; Enzo Pinga, Co-Founder and COO, EarthBeat Farms, Manila Hub; Hai Nguyen, Founder and CEO, LuaMia, Ho Chi Minh City Hub; Jackson Rowland, Community Builder, Joy Business Academy, Auckland Hub; Lorraine (Wei Mei) Siew, Country Head, Malaysia, INTELLLEX, Kuala Lumpur Hub; Mei Ling Liew, Co-Founder, iTechSpark Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur Hub; Nanda Asridinan Noor, Coordination Officer, United Nations Resident Coordinator Office in Indonesia, Bandung Hub; Shuhei Koyama, Founder and CEO, eConnect Japan Inc., Osaka Hub; Su En Yong, Project Leader, the Boston Consulting Group, Kuala Lumpur Hub; and Veronica Munro, Partner, One10, Melbourne Hub.

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