Singapore to Host World’s Top Business Leaders at 2018 YPO EDGE

Themed ‘Defy Convention’, YPO’s global leadership conference will be held in Singapore in March 2018

SINGAPORE, 30 March 2017YPO, the world’s premier peer network of chief executives, announced today that Singapore will be the host city for YPO’s flagship event, YPO EDGE, bringing more than 2,700 young business leaders and delegates to the city in March 2018 and marking the second time Singapore will host YPO’s landmark annual event.

YPO EDGE is the world’s largest gathering of chief executives, and each year, YPO global chief executives gather on a different continent to shape the future of global industries. The 2018 EDGE in Singapore is designed to spark idea exchange, introduce disruption and infuse innovation into companies and communities around the world.

With the upcoming YPO EDGE slated to take place in Singapore in March 2018, Singapore will be the only city to host this flagship event twice. Previously held in 2012 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore was the first Asian city to host the widely-anticipated global event and set a new record for attracting the largest gathering of YPO members from 82 countries in 2012.

“YPO is delighted to return to Singapore, a world-class destination,” said Scott Mordell, CEO of YPO. “As a beacon of growth and evolution, Singapore will be the perfect home for YPO’s landmark event as we encourage and support leaders in their journey of engagement, learning and development.”

“We are delighted that Singapore has been chosen as the host city for YPO EDGE once again. Singapore’s extensive business networks, strong knowledge economy and focus on innovation provide the ideal platform for international thought leaders and YPO delegates to exchange ideas and insights,” said Ms Jeannie Lim, Executive Director, Conventions, Meetings and Incentive Travel, Singapore Tourism Board. “We are also honoured that Singapore is the only city to host YPO EDGE twice, due in part to the successful partnership we have enjoyed with YPO and Marina Bay Sands. Much has changed since 2012 when YPO first came to the city. We look forward to welcoming delegates with new experiences here in Singapore.”

The theme of the event in 2018 is “Defy Convention” as attendees have the opportunity to learn from an array of world-class visionaries, explore new ideas, challenge conventional wisdom, and embrace innovation. The 2018 YPO EDGE in Singapore challenges the status quo by presenting unique perspectives in creativity, innovation and disruption that defy convention and will inspire business leaders to transform their businesses.

“YPO EDGE is the world’s largest gathering of chief executives, and each year, the event encourages participants to push their boundaries, challenge their way of thinking and go beyond their imagination through dynamic lifelong learning and idea exchange. Through the EDGE, our peers engage in our mission of becoming ‘Better Leaders Through Lifelong Learning and Leadership’ to positively impact their business and community,” said Datuk N.K. Tong, Group Managing Director, Bukit Kiara Properties S/B and Chair of the 2018 YPO EDGE.

YPO EDGE 2018 Host City Chair and Regional Chair of Southeast Asia, Terence O’Connor extends a warm welcome to his YPO peers. “I am excited to be hosting the 2018 YPO EDGE in Singapore,” said Terence O’Connor, Group Chief Executive Officer of Courts Asia Limited. “YPO’s membership has been increasing over the years, with a growing number of young entrepreneurs, thought leaders and innovators emerging from Asia. As a regional hub, Singapore is the heart of the regional economy and an ideal host for this event.”

“YPO is a valued partner of Marina Bay Sands and we look forward to welcoming its distinguished delegates back to our integrated resort next year. As a property that constantly pushes the boundaries of creativity, we are committed to co-create a transformative event that repeats the success of 2012,” said Ian Wilson, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, Marina Bay Sands.

Speakers at previous YPO EDGE events include His Majesty King Abdullah II, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of the Virgin Group; Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company; Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and general secretary of the National League for Democracy, and Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Past events have been held in Vancouver, Istanbul, Melbourne, Dubai, Barcelona, Miami, Toronto, Cape Town and other major cities.



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Angela Mers is the global PR and Media Manager at YPO and has worked for the organization since 2007. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.