Taiwan Business Leader’s Forum

Program for 2017-2018

Schedule of meetings

You may delegate to a senior colleague if you are unable to attend. You may also invite along one senior colleague or corporate guest if you will be joining us.

The session opens at 3.30 pm for registration and refreshments. We aim to begin the meeting punctually at 4.00 pm; Members and Guests are cordially asked to be ready to take their seats at that time.
Please note that scheduling and content may vary according to such circumstances as speaker availability, typhoons and whatever else is beyond our control. More to the point, we may want to bring forward a topic of greater urgency than the scheduled item.

August 2017

Thursday 31 August 2017: 3.30 – 5.30 pm
Challenged: the outlook for Taiwan’s economy.
Reforms needed internally, adaptation externally.

Speakers: Dr Darson Chiu, Research fellow – TIER
Together with Politics as Usual by Ross Darrell Feingold (DC International Advisory’s Senior Advisor) and the Economics Briefing by Michael Boyden (TASC’s Managing Director)

June 2017

Thursday 29 June 2017: 3.30 – 5.30 pm
The new labour law: a minefield for employers. We explain how not to get blown up.
Falling foul of the new regulations could cost your firm an arm and a leg. 

Speakers: Rich Wu, CEO & Managing Consultant – Synergy Net International
Together with Politics as Usual by Ross Darrell Feingold (DC International Advisory’s Senior Advisor) and the Economics Briefing by Michael Boyden (TASC’s Managing Director)

March 2017

Wednesday 29 March 2017: 3.30 – 5.30 pm
Game of Loans: how Fintech is changing Finance
IT is proving to be as disruptive a force in finance as it is in other sectors. We explain how it works and its upside/downside. 

Speakers: Joanna Yang, CEO and Founder at Robo Webtech & Carl Wegner, Director of Business Development at Greater China – R3
Together with Politics as Usual by Ross Darrell Feingold (DC International Advisory’s Senior Advisor) and the Economics Briefing by Michael Boyden (TASC’s Managing Director)

February 2016

Thursday 25 February 2016: 3.30 – 5.30 pm
Why do (or don’t) they do THAT?
Corporate cross-cultural dilemmas … and some possible solutions
Required study for MNC managers

Speaker: Martin Hiesboeck, Former Deputy Director, Austrian Trade Office in Taipei 2001-2015, Director Digital Marketing and Future Trends at Geber Brand Consulting
Together with Politics as Usual by Ross Darrell Feingold (DC International Advisory’s Senior Advisor) and the Economics Briefing by Michael Boyden (TASC’s Managing Director)

March 2016

Thursday 24 March 2016: 3.30 – 5.30 pm – A session for C-suite business leaders
Has Taiwan lost the plot?
We discuss the recent article on Channel News Asia “The tiger that lost its roar: Taiwan pays the price for not looking ahead”

Speaker: PhD Raymond J. Wu, President, ETRC Group
Together with Politics as Usual by Ross Darrell Feingold (DC International Advisory’s Senior Advisor) and the Economics Briefing by Michael Boyden (TASC’s Managing Director)

April 2016

Thursday 28 April 2016: 3.30 – 5.30 pm 
Choices & Challenges 
What should be the incoming DPP administration’s priorities- and what are the chances of that happening?

Speaker: Thomas McGowan, Legal Consultant, Russin & Vecchi Law Firm
Together with Politics as Usual by Ross Darrell Feingold (DC International Advisory’s Senior Advisor) and the Economics Briefing by Michael Boyden (TASC’s Managing Director)

June 2016

Thursday 2 June 2016: 3.30 – 5.30 pm 
POLITICS – Let there be light! & POWER – Wind: will it effectively light up our lives?
An assessment of the government’s direction in the light of the new president’s inaugural speech.
Taiwan’s onshore/offshore wind power program explained.
Speakers: Peko Ku, Development Manager, Yushan Energy & Hal Falls, Commercial Manager, Miaoli Wind Co. 
Together with Politics as Usual by Ross Darrell Feingold (DC International Advisory’s Senior Advisor) and the Economics Briefing by Michael Boyden (TASC’s Managing Director)

July 2016

Thursday 7 July 2016: 3.30 – 5.30 pm 
Will Taiwan ever reach the TPPing point?
President Tsai wants to de-emphasise trade with China and the TPP could be an effective counterweight. But will it come about in time? And there are other problems, not least the possibility of it being “trumped” by the USA’s political process.
Speakers: Paul J. Cassingham, Senior Legal Consultant at Eiger Law
Together with Politics as Usual by Ross Darrell Feingold (DC International Advisory’s Senior Advisor) and the Economics Briefing by Michael Boyden (TASC’s Managing Director)

November 2016

Thursday 24 November 2016: 3.30 – 5.30 pm 
The times they are a-changing (that got Bob Dylan a Nobel prize), but…
What are the implications for Taiwan’s near-term economic prospects? And what risks and challenges will MNCs face in that outlook? (yes, we will include a view on the Trump presidency)
Speakers: Aidan Wang – Senior Vice President, Investment Strategy Research Department at Cathay Securities Investment Trust Co., Ltd
Together with Politics as Usual by Ross Darrell Feingold (DC International Advisory’s Senior Advisor) and the Economics Briefing by Michael Boyden (TASC’s Managing Director)

And more…

TBLF goes out of town
There will be visits to interesting and significant business locations – cities, counties, companies – outside Taipei city.  The main purpose is to give TBLF Members a close look at companies and organizations that display excellence in what they do and are key players in Taiwan’s economy. That said, there will also be the opportunity for some socializing and sightseeing. Each visit will usually be hosted by a city or county government or company and in that case the cost to TBLF Members will be minimal.

Up close and personal
From time to time we will invite prominent people from Taiwan’s public and private sectors for an informal meeting with TBLF Members at which they will share their  business philosophy and views on current economic issues.

Operational notes

  • Meeting date, content and venue will be confirmed by a first email notice not less than 15 working days prior. Reminder notices will follow.
  • Attendance is normally confirmed by completing and returning the reply form. If that’s not possible, we’re happy to take a phone call or email note. We also won’t mind if you just show up on the day.
  • Refreshments will be simple : tea, coffee and cookies.
  • Meetings will follow the Chatham House Rule* – those present are free to use the information resulting from the meeting but, in any recording or transcript, speakers (other than those already mentioned to publicize the meeting) will not be identified by name.
  • Check this out at www.chathamhouse.org.uk