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Future Ready Forum

An Assemblage of Leading Thought Leaders and Industry Experts
The Annual Future Ready Forum organised by SMU Executive Development showcases the latest knowledge and ideas for global leaders with the objective of empowering them for the future and leading transformative culture in their organisations. We are into the 4th year of the FRF and the dates for the next FRF would be 22-23 March 2018 at the SMU campus.
Busy executives may personalise their learning journey with a multi-disciplinary approach that provides both broad and in-depth practical exploration. The Future Ready Forum will cover 7 different business pathways and bite sized interactive sessions over 2 days.
Forum Pathways:-

1.     Digital or Digitisation of Business

2.     Design Thinking

3.     Artificial Intelligence

4.     Strategy

5.     Innovation

6.     Human Capital

7.     Leadership

*Themes are subject to change


Topic diversity

Each pathway will feature sessions with various SMU Faculty/speakers presenting their latest research,insights, capabilities and expertise toeffectively transcend through the evolving business environment.
Priced attractively at a fraction of the usual price of a 2-day executive programme, this is a once-a-year event with limited seating. Check the Programme Schedule below for more information on the business areas and subjects presented or download the brochure.

Why should you attend? 

Receive from the best as we have selected faculty, institutes, centres and industry experts who are most eminent and passionate in their fields.


Tap into the wealth of ideas, fresh perspectives and acquire knowledge from the various keynote topics.


Delivering the latest in management thinking, you will be equipped with management insights which will enable you to be agile to new opportunities and challenges.


Stay competitive in the global marketplace. As the business world is constantly changing, learn what would be the best of the trending and imminent business practices for you and your organisation.


Discover the unexplored. Topics that are discussed will steer into unchartered territory of the complex business world, keeping you ahead of the market and generating avenues on what is necessary to acclimatise to the future business strategies.


Expand your network. Network with fellow practitioners and executives.



What will you gain? 

Participation in the Future Ready Forum brings benefits to you as leader or team member.
Individual benefits include:
  • Design your own programme that is relevant to your business 
  • Devise a new course for your company with newfound inspiration 
  • Identify untapped opportunities in an increasingly complex, business environment 
  • Discover how to best leverage new technologies to support your corporate objectives 
  • Expand your network by learning alongside global leaders who face similar challenges 
  • Enhance your performance and leadership capabilities through an interactive learning approach
Team benefits include:
  • Bond your team around a common objective through a customised interactive learning experience 
  • Rethink your business challenges in a context that fosters to find solutions 
  • Formulate action plans to achieve your team’s key strategic objectives
  • Reinforce team spirit and commitment to your corporate mission


Who Should attend: 

Who should attend ? 

Executives from all sectors and geographies. Management teams are encouraged to attend to enhance team dynamics and exponentially boost the impact of the learning experience. A special offer applies for groups.


Future Ready Forum 2018 Speakers

(List of speakers will be refreshed and expanded as we receive confirmations)


Mark Findlay
Professor of Law,
SMU School of Law
Corruption, Transparency and Business Culture – Controlling Corruption in Trans-national Enterprise
This session explores the nexus between corruption and enterprise by broadly examining corruption and transitional market cultures.  It addresses the transparency 'paradigm' in corruption control and posits the market model (rather than one based on morality or governance) as a more effective control foundation.  In transitional cultures with markets effected by complex relationships of obligation and dependency (which are mirrored in many illegitimate market arrangements) the session proposes transparency in essential market relationships and transactions requiring accountable leadership and management cultures, as crucial for control.


Nadja Alexander
Professor of Law, Lee Kong Chian Fellow
SMU School of Law
Conflict Resolution



Mark Chong
Associate Professor of Corporate Communication (Practice),
Academic Director, Master of Science in Communication Management
SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business
Imagining and Creating New Futures: Storytelling and Innovation
Successfully taking your organisation to 'a place it has never gone before' requires a good story. Through story, innovators can help others see a future they can imagine but which doesn’t exist yet. Through case studies and an exercise, this workshop will show you the basic building blocks of storytelling for innovative organisations and leaders.



Leesa Soulodre
Managing Partner and Chief Reputation Risk Officer, RL Expert Group
Global Innovation Director, Inspirit IoT



Inderjit Singh
Founder and CEO, Solstar International
Digitisation / Innovation



So-Young Kang
Founder and CEO, Gnowbe



Joanna Thumiger
Managing Director, Progress U



Taru Jain
CEO, FutureMarketer


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Cary Chan
Head, Public Programmes 
and Client Director
SMU Executive Development
Tel: +65 6808 7908



Date: 22 Mar to 23 Mar, 2018
Fees *: SGD 299 (2 days)
Fees *: SGD 199 (1 day)
Duration: 2 days
Venue: Singapore Management University
Fees *: For group purchase, please contact 6828 9095 or 6808 5393
Price includes buffet lunch, coffee, tea and light snacks during breaks

*Fee is subject to change. GST applies to individuals and Singapore-registered companies.