The Asia Corporate Leadership Council helps Asia-based CEOs advance thinking and practice across three critical challenges facing business in Asia today:
future fluency, corporate purpose, and leadership behavior.

It is an essential resource in today’s highly uncertain and fast-changing operating environment.

The ProblemThe SolutionACLC Partners

The Problem

Asia CEOs and their leadership teams face daunting uncertainties, both contemporary and forthcoming.

COVID-19 has changed the world. Among other things, it has exposed myriad institutional and socioeconomic weaknesses, and forced a comprehensive reimagination of work, public life, civic engagement, and the role of business in society.

On the horizon, geopolitical tensions, disruptive technologies, data misuse, climate change, and myriad other foreseeable future developments and “gray swan” risks portend immense operational challenges. Agility and adaptability will be critical.

Public expectations for sound governance, strong corporate citizenship and environmental protection are rising.  Governments, customers and communities require the establishment of fully fledged, unquestionably authentic, corporate purpose functions that clearly improve stakeholder welfare.

In parallel, headquarters, shareholders and the investor community demand executive leaders set still higher goals for strategy and risk management functions that position the company for success in Asia’s rapidly changing business landscape.

Looking forward, robust future fluency driven by continuous innovation in leadership practices will most assuredly become the critical success factor for organizations in Asia and the world.

First mover advantages await those with the ability to execute ahead of the curve.

The Solution

The Asia Corporate Leadership Council is designed to advance the knowledge and capability of Asia-based CEOs and MNC Regional Managing Directors across the unique triad of key demands facing senior-most leaders in Asia today:

Future Fluency – How can leaders continuously improve their situational foresight and prepare their organizations in advance of looming challenges?
Corporate Purpose – With solid foresight on future challenges, how can leaders best apply their corporate superpowers to achieve excellence in continually bettering “people and planet”.
State-of-the-Art Leadership – What new mindsets, behaviors and methods can leaders adopt to positively and successfully drive their organizations in pursuit of the above.

Much new learning is required to achieve all three of these objectives, and fast!

The Asia Corporate Leadership Council brings together the combined capabilities of The Conference Board, Inside Asia Advisors and the Center for Creative Leadership to offer the unique combination of expertise and resources needed to accomplish the ambitious remit of this Council.


The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) is one of the world’s foremost leadership and people development organizations. Its mission is to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide.

The Conference Board is a global, 104-year-old, member-focused thinktank that provides trusted insights for what’s ahead. Conferenced Board research, thought leadership and experiential programs are prized by senior-most executives worldwide.

Inside Asia is a research and insights development firm, and creator of the Inside Asia podcast – Asia’s largest business-focused podcast on Asia, in Asia.

The Council Program
The Council Mandate
Program Leadership

The Council Program

The Asia Corporate Leadership Council program delivers insights for what’s ahead via vanguard research and thought leadership, as well as deep interaction with experts and among members.

The Council program comprises three components: Council Convenings, Thought Leadership, and Public Outreach.

Council Convenings

Council Meetings feature research briefings, expert panels, facilitated round -robin and breakout discussions, member case studies and peer-assist exercises.

We plan for 8 Council sessions per calendar year focused on high priority strategic and execution issues defined by Members.

In addition to the structured morning sessions, we offerless formal dinner gatherings where Members have the opportunity to share theirchallenges and concerns and debate and discuss some of the leading topics ofthe day.

Council meetings are conducted under Chatham House Rules. Anonymous,Member’s only, Insight Summaries are produced for each meeting to help Membercompanies put Council learnings to work.

Due to the typically demanding travel schedules of mostMembers, meetings will have a virtual option, allowing for in-person gatheringsas and when a quorum is available.

Thought Leadership

The Asia Corporate Leadership Council is agenda driven and research led. It features a continuous research and insight curation program designed to:

  • Unpack and inform views on key developments with high potential to shape future states – technological, economic, societal, political, regulatory, geopolitical, etc.
  • Illuminate key corporate purpose imperatives, issues, and challenges; identify the methods, processes, and tools necessary for corporate purpose excellence; and factually inform the public dialogue on the topic of corporate purpose.
  • Identify, summarize, and fast-track the inculcation of critical new leadership techniques essential to managing through uncertainty, complexity, and high-risk business conditions.

Company briefings derived from Council research and meeting insights are available on-request to help Members convey key Council learnings and insights internally and inform and motivate management and staff activity. Access — ACLC Members get access to the corporate purpose related research of The Conference Board, and all our global research and data resources via three accesses, one for you and two for your

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Public Outreach

The Council will undertake programmatic Public Relations, both via traditional channels and social media, to promote the awareness and prominence of the Council.

Members will have the opportunity to feature in these activities on a voluntary basis.

The Council Mandate

The Council will define, exemplify, and promote best practices in corporate purpose for Asia.

Via Expert Input and Dedicated Research — It authoritatively assesses highly uncertain future business environment challenges for Asia and identify key stakeholder issues that business leaders should be paying attention to.

Via Confidential Peer Exchange and Debate — It identifies optimal ways and means of leveraging corporate competencies, partnerships and novel programs to purposefully address stakeholder issues.

Via Facilitated Group Brainstorming — It defines C-suite “calls-to-action” necessary to successfully navigate key business issues and, where possible, gain first-mover advantages.

Via Strategic Outreach — It publicly disseminates good ideas generated by the Council to effect positive change – when appropriate, working with Singapore government, ASEAN, and other channels to amplify selected ideas Asia-wide.

Asia Corporate Leadership Council members comprise global and regional CEOs, Chairmen/women and Executive Directors of western and regional multinational companies and large family businesses.


BNP Paribas Group is a leading European bank with a strong global footprint across 71 markets and more than 198,000 employees. The Group provides corporates, institutional and private investors with product and service solutions tailored to their specific needs.

Bank of Singapore

Bank of Singapore is a wholly owned subsidiary of OCBC Bank, Southeast Asia’s second largest bank. Headquartered in Singapore, Bank of Singapore operates from a strong and open economy. We are one of the fastest growing private banks in Asia, offering a structured and consistent approach - an open architecture product platform with robust research capabilities to deliver a total risk-based solution customised to each client’s needs.

Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree Holdings was founded on the core concept of sustainability, which continues to guide its business focus of creating long-term value for all stakeholders and destinations across its network of properties, products and brands, through a purpose-driven mission to breathe new life into places, spaces and experiences to serve the greater good.


We invest across alternative asset classes on behalf of pension funds and other leading institutions.


Through our core business and philanthropy, we address some of society’s greatest challenges—an imperative stated in our mission and an idea that shapes our decisions every day.

Esquel Group

Founded in 1978, Esquel made its debut to the world as a shirt-maker with the vision of making a difference. Today, Esquel has taken upon itself to open up a window for the world to look into the realms of industrial renaissance, where factories of the future are designed to set new industry benchmarks.


Connecting people with goods, services and ideas creates opportunities and improves lives. At FedEx, we believe that a connected world is a better world, and that belief guides everything we do.

Hewlett Packard

HP Inc. is an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, that develops personal computers (PCs), printers and related supplies, as well as 3D printing solutions.

International SOS

In the beginning, International SOS met an urgent need for emergency assistance during critical illness, accident or civil unrest. Whilst our ability to respond remains unparalleled today, our primary focus for clients is to do everything in our power to ensure an emergency is prevented. With us, our clients have pioneered a vast range of preventative programmes, designed to put their Duty of Care into practice.

Jardine Cycle & Carriage

We are a long-term partner of Southeast Asia. At JC&C, our interests are closely aligned with the dynamic development of the region, where we have market-leading businesses in six countries across eight sectors, aligned to our investment themes of urbanization and the emerging consumer class. Together with its subsidiaries and associates, JC&C employs 240,000 people across Southeast Asia.


LIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that solve everyday, real-life challenges to make better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere.


The National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) is the steward of the City of Good vision for Singapore, where individuals, organisations, and leaders come together to give their best for others. We invite you to join us in building a #CityofGood together.


Singtel is Asia’s leading communications technology group, operating in one of the world’s fastest growing and most dynamic regions. We provide an extensive range of digital and telecommunication services to consumers and businesses.


The Timken Company is a global industrial leader with a growing portfolio of engineered bearings and power transmission product brands. With more than a century of knowledge and innovation, we continuously improve the reliability and efficiency of global industries to move the world forward.

David Hoffman

Senior Advisor, Asia

The Conference Board

The Conference Board is a global, 104-year-old, member-focused thinktank that provides trusted insights for what’s ahead. Conferenced Board research, thought leadership and experiential programs are prized by senior-most executives worldwide.

David is responsible for The Conference Board’s strategy, research agenda, program delivery, partner relationships, and for value delivery to Conference Board members in the Asia region and globally. He leads numerous research projects and outreach activities, oversees a team of researchers in China, Singapore and New York, and coordinates a network of eminent local and global advisors and scholars who undertake research or engage in the Conference Board’s Asia programs.

Hoffman boasts 36 years in Asia as a resident analyst and business developer, and as a thought leader, strategy advisor, and top management consultant. Prior to joining The Conference Board, David was an industry practice director (technology-infocomms-entertainment) at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he led over 200 major consulting assignments in Greater China and across Southeast Asia that spanned strategy, corporate development, organizational transformation, and risk management.

He is a lifelong student of contemporary Chinese political science and economics, and a graduate of Chinese Studies from UC San Diego. He speaks Mandarin.

Hoffman served as an independent, nonexecutive director of Eastern Broadcasting Corporation in Taiwan and Daum-Kakao in Korea.

Steve Stine

Program Director

Inside Asia

Inside Asia is a research and insights development firm, and creator of the Inside Asia podcast – Asia’s largest business-focused podcast on Asia, in Asia.

Steve Stine is Director of the Asia Corporate Leadership Council. He also serves as a Senior Client Partner and a lead member of Korn Ferry’s CEO/Board Advisory practice based in Singapore, working with MNCs and Asia-based corporations in the development and delivery of Corporate Purpose leadership solutions. He is also responsible for the region’s Corporate Sustainability Officer (CSO) practice.

Prior to Korn Ferry, he served as Founder and Managing Director of Inside Asia Advisors, a boutique leadership development and advisory firm. He is the host of the Inside Asia podcast (, one of Asia’s longest running business-focused programs with over 180 episodes featuring the region’s top business personalities, industry analysts, and insiders

He is a 30-year Asia veteran who has worked across multiple industries and in a variety of senior roles. He served as Hong Kong correspondent with The Asian Wall Street Journal, a strategy consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a regional marketing executive with IBM. From 1999-2008, he launched a series of new businesses, and established his own advisory firm. In 2009, he became an executive search consultant and served as Partner with Heidrick & Struggles.

Steve holds a B.A. degree from Davidson College, an M.A. in China Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.A. in Mythological Studies from the Pacifica Graduate Institute in California.

Elisa Mallis

Managing Director, Asia Pacific

Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) is one of the world’s foremost leadership and people development organizations. Its mission is to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide.

Elisa has over 20 years of experience as a business leader with a focus on transformational change and human capital strategy. She has spent 15 of those years based in Asia (Beijing, Sydney and Singapore). In her role as Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific for CCL, Elisa leads CCL’s efforts in SE Asia, India, North Asia and Australia to accelerate the leadership development and results of clients throughout the region, from multi-national corporations and government agencies to domestic organizations, while also contributing significantly to CCL’s global research agenda.

Previously, Elisa spent over 10 years at Accenture, working as a talent and organization consultant in the US and Europe. She led teams on large scale transformation projects, and from 2008 to 2010 developed the Human Capital Strategy for the Asia Pacific region. Elisa holds an M.A. in Organization Development and an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from Columbia University. She also currently serves as a Vice Chair on the Board of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.