The Asia Corporate Leadership Council authoritatively informs its members on critical stakeholder issues, defines cogent calls-to-action, and establishes and promotes best-practices in Corporate Purpose for Asia.

It is the “Go To Place” for knowhow on getting corporate purpose done in Asia.

The ProblemThe SolutionACLC Partners

The Problem

CEOs and their C-suites in Asia face daunting uncertainties in the regional business environment that are both contemporary and forthcoming.

COVID-19 has changed the world, exposing myriad institutional and societal weaknesses, and forcing a comprehensive reimagination of work, public life, and civic engagement. While the pandemic clearly offers opportunities for reset and reform over the long-term, it is exacerbating numerous tensions in the business environment that were already pronounced pre-COVID.

The need for purpose-driven companies, and the leadership they provide, is only increasing as political divides stymie government effectiveness and thwart progress on urgent ESG priorities. On the horizon, disruptive technologies, data-use tensions and workforce displacement portend immense operational challenges. Environmental sustainability imperatives are undeniable everywhere.

Meanwhile, demographic shifts and yawning wealth inequality are reshaping consumption and workforce dynamics, and in most places fueling serious societal tension and discord.

The public’s expectations for sound governance, strong corporate citizenship and environmental protection are rising fast. Amidst this maelstrom, business is on call to provide intellectual, social and ethical leadership. It’s a daunting call to-action.

Business must act in setting higher goals for strategy and risk management functions and in establishing fully fledged, unquestionably authentic, corporate purpose functions that demonstrably and continuously improve stakeholder welfare. First mover advantages await those with the ability to execute ahead of the curve.

Looking forward, Corporate Purpose excellence will undoubtedly become the critical success factor for business in Asia.

The Solution

The Asia Corporate Leadership Council is designed to advance the knowledge of Asia-based CEOs and senior-most business leaders on corporate purpose best practices — both strategic and operational — to ensure they are informed and equipped to achieve standout success.

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 — 10 monthly, 2-hour Council meetings focused high priority strategic and execution issues defined by Members. Meetings are held virtually for utmost efficiency and schedule accommodation. Meetings feature research briefings; expert panels; facilitated round-robins and break-out discussions; member case studies; and peer-assist exercises. Council meetings are conducted under Chatham House Rules. Detailed, member’s only, Insight Summaries are produced for each meeting to help Member companies put Council learnings to work.

Alchemy Dialogues — Four to six in-person dinner gatherings for relaxed yet immersive discussion on corporate purpose-related developments and exploration of collaboration opportunities. Occasional guest expert interactions to expand Member mindfulness about the civilizational issues shaping the global business environment.

Thought Leadership

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

  • Illuminate key corporate purpose imperatives, issues, and challenges.
  • Identify the methods, processes and tools for corporate purpose excellence.
  • Factually inform the public dialogue on the topic of corporate purpose.

The thought leadership program includes:

Corporate Purpose Assessment — A 90-minute, one-on-one diagnostic exercise facilitated by our Program Director to help you identify key gaps in your corporate purpose agenda and opportunities for accelerated progress.

The Future Fluent Brief — A quarterly compendium of literature reviews, thought leadership, important news, and key resources to keep Council members abreast of leading-edge developments in the corporate purpose space.

Primary Research — At present, the Council’s primary research program comprises two parts:

  1. The Asia Corporate Purpose Monitor — An AI/big-data-enabled analysis of public discourse trends on corporate purpose topics across 11 markets in Asia. What purposes and ESG topics are Asian consumers concerned and excited about? Where are the best opportunities for corporate engagement? What trends do companies need to get in front of?
  2. Corporate Purpose Case Studies — Detailed case studies explaining how companies are getting corporate purpose programs done successfully in Asia, from strategy to execution, with emphasis on how key challenges have been successfully resolved.

Company Briefings — Customized briefings derived from Council materials 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 specified designates (

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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.

It is proposed that the Council group, or a subset thereof, commit to working together on some coordinated projects in service of selected stakeholders in Asia that exemplify corporate purpose in action.

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The Council Mandate

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

Via Expert Input and Dedicated Research — It will authoritatively assess highly uncertain future business environment challenges for Asia – technological, societal, environmental, political, etc. – to identify key stakeholder issues that companies should be paying attention to.

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

Via Facilitated Group Brainstorming — It will define C-suite “calls-to-action” on corporate purpose challenges and equip members with the knowhow to define, organize and implement successful corporate purpose transformations and work programs.

Via Strategic Outreach — It will publicly disseminate good ideas on corporate purpose implementation 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 CEOs, Chairmen/women and Executive Directors of multinational companies and major family businesses in Singapore and Southeast Asia.


At Alltech, we help farmers feed the world, raise healthy plants and animals, and protect the environment through nutrition and scientific innovation.


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.

Corteva Agriscience

Corteva Agriscience™ is the only major agriscience company completely dedicated to agriculture. By combining the strengths of DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection and Dow AgroSciences, we've harnessed agriculture's brightest minds and expertise gained over two centuries of scientific achievement.


Deloitte Southeast Asia is committed to the highest levels of ethics, integrity and quality. This is evidenced by our business practice and clients service standards, our leadership behavior and shared values, and most importantly, by the quality of the people we employ. In fact, ethics, integrity and quality are at the core of all our activities.

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.


We’re bringing together the people, ideas and capital that nurture progress and growth, helping to create a better world – for our customers, our people, our investors, our communities and the planet we all share.

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.


With over 120 years of history, Kuehne+Nagel has evolved from a traditional international freight forwarder to a leading global provider of innovative and fully integrated supply chain solutions.


We reshapes the digital economy so everyone — individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses — can realize their ambitions.


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.


RGE (Royal Golden Eagle) manages a group of resource-based manufacturing companies with global operations. Our work ranges from the upstream, comprising sustainable resource development and harvesting, to downstream, where our companies create diverse value-added products for the global market.


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.


Established over 100 years ago, we are one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies. We are known for our great brands, a global footprint and our belief in doing business the right way

David Hoffman

Senior Vice President – 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

Vice President and 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.