Global development strategies generate lucrative business opportunities for stakeholders in the commercial fields. In particular, they closely unite the professionals in the design and creative industries with players in a wide range of sectors. A notable example is "The Belt and Road Initiative" which was advocated by the Chinese government. It is an extensive development strategy that aims to connect the Asian, African and European continents through the promotion of barrier-free trade, financial integration, infrastructural connectivity, inter-governmental cooperation and people-to-people bonds. In light of this, the GDN Symposium 2019 offers a platform for members to interpret the implications of this initiative, explore and exchange views on how to identify, seize and realize the valuable opportunities that are in store for the design and creative industries along the road ahead.

Mr. Sebastian Conran CEO, Sebastian Conran Associates
Ms. Ashwini Deshpande Co-founder and Director, Elephant
Ex-Co Member, The Design Alliance Asia
Ms Emily Ong Deputy Executive Director,
Design Singapore Council, Singapore
Economic Development Board
* Free for all (registration online now)

07. 12. 2019 (Sat) 9am – 12pm

Meeting Room S421
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wanchai
  • 09:00
    Registration
  • 09:30
    Opening Remarks
  • 09:30
    Welcome Speech
    Mr. Freeman Lau
    Secretary General, Hong Kong Federation of Design Associations
  • 09:40
    Keynote Presentation
    Ms. Ashwini Deshpande
    Co-founder and Director, Elephant;
    Ex-Co Member, The Design Alliance Asia
    Ms. Emily Ong
    Deputy Executive Director, DesignSingapore Council,
    Singapore Economic Development Board
  • 11:00
    Networking Break
  • 11:15
    Roundtable and Open Discussion
    Guest Presenter: Mr. Sebastian Conran
    CEO, Sebastian Conran Associates
  • 12:00
    End of Symposium