When & Where


7 – 9 October 2019
National University of Singapore Society (NUSS)
Suntec City Guild House

3 Temasek Boulevard (Tower 5) #02-401/402 Suntec City Mall
Singapore 038983 (Map)


Class size: 30 to 40

Who is attending: Austrade, DBS, DHL, International Finance Corporation, MasterCard, Siemens, The Business Times, UNESCAP, Walmart (partial list to date).

In today’s business landscape, the US-China tech rivalry, increased tariff and non-tariff barriers and digital technologies all create challenges and opportunities for businesses as they engage in cross-border trade. Global value chains are also undergoing profound changes. To deal with this – both from a strategic planning and risk-management perspective – decision-makers must acquire a broad understanding of the geopolitical, economic and other transformative forces shaping business ecosystems throughout Asia and beyond.

The Hinrich Foundation and NUS Business School’s Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) have partnered to create a timely and compelling workshop series to assist with that. The curriculum is designed to motivate strategic thinkers, policy makers and other key stakeholders to rethink their approaches to cross-border trade, learn how to anticipate the next wave of disruptions and identify the new opportunities.

Conducted by experienced trade thought leaders, policy makers and influential practitioners, this specially-designed program will foster a deep and integrated appreciation for the dynamics impacting regional and intra-regional business and trade flows between Asia and the rest of the world. Participants will benefit from a useful tool-kit of ideas and thought-frameworks which will inform future trade optimization strategies, risk management and policy formulation.


Programme fees SGD$4, 250 (20% early bird discount applies before 15 September 2019). Fee is inclusive of GST and includes tuition, course material and food and beverage (lunch and 2 teas).


Key Topics & Objectives

By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

Understand the transformational forces reshaping global trade

Craft strategies to manage geopolitical risks

Make the most of the technology impacts on global value chains

Identify the opportunities and participate in policy discussions on digital trade

Navigate the landscape for Free Trade Agreements (FTA’s) and rules of origin

Create more sustainable value chains


Who Should Attend?

The course is designed for experienced leaders, strategists, risk managers and professionals from private sector, government, industry associations, multilateral institutions, and media who wish to deepen their understanding of global value chain transformations and related policy topics for better decision-making and risk management.


Instructors & Panelists

Taimur BAIG

Chief Economist


Vice President, Global Trade


Regional Solutions & Services Middle East / Asia-Pacific
Siemens Smart Infrastructure


Dr Clarisse GIROT

Senior Fellow
Asian Business Law Institute

Tim YU

Risk Intelligence Analyst
DHL Resilience360

Stephen OLSON

Senior Fellow
The Hinrich Foundation



Programme Director
Visiting Senior Fellow
NUS Business School

Razeen SALLY

Associate Professor
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Elizabeth CHELLIAH

Deputy Director
Principle Trade Specialist
Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)



Global Trade Compliance and Management
APL Logistics

Lawrence LOH

Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations
Associate Professor
NUS Business School


Founder and CEO
Export Now


Angela XU

APAC lead
Google’s Privacy Legal team

Dr Simon LORD

Chief Sustainability Officer
Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

OOI Jiat Tin

Asia Pacific MSME Trade Coalition


In addition to the above, the course will include multiple speakers and panelists including industry practitioners, regulatory and global value chain experts. It will also include multiple case studies and hands on group exercises to put in practice and reflect over skills.


About The Hinrich Foundation and NUS Business School

The Hinrich Foundation is a philanthropic organization focused on promoting sustainable global trade. We are a unique, independent and authoritative Asia-based voice on global trade.

Our work is grounded in the belief that sustainable global trade requires mutually acceptable terms and balanced economic, social and environmental outcomes.

We produce forward-looking policy research, as well as programs that educate and engage stakeholders on global trade issues and develop talent to advance trade activity.

Our aim is to influence and improve trade behaviors and outcomes, so that trade can create maximum benefits for all its participants and enhances geopolitical stability.

The Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations (CGIO) was established by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School in 2010. It aims to spearhead relevant and high-impact research on corporate governance (CG) and corporate sustainability (CS) issues that are pertinent to institutions, government bodies and businesses both in Singapore and Asia.

Its twin research focus on CG and CS issues have stood the test of time and are in fact even more relevant with the ongoing challenges and disruptive changes to businesses, trade models and operations.

CGIO conducts masterclasses and conferences on regional and global trends in global value chains and sustainability, board diversity, CG and CS. It also produces reports on Supply Chains and Sustainability, Corporate Governance and Corporate Sustainability such as the Singapore Governance and Transparency Index, ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard, Sustainability Reporting in Singapore and ASEAN.

CGIO’s research findings and insights are well sought after by policy makers, industry affiliates, corporates, organisations and media.



For more details about the programme, click here.




Enquiries: Ms Maureen Ho | cgio@nus.edu.sg | Tel: (+65) 6601 2027


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