Chairman of IDC to speak at AFEEC 2021 Family Business Conference

This two-day event aims to show the big picture in Asia about models, and strategies in adversity, agility at its finest, the urgent social impact and investments, and consensus for a common future for family businesses and their generational continuity.

 Prominent speakers will share their insights about a series of topics in successive 30 minute sessions learning about how a family business member can manage family business leadership and create personal ventures, how one’s family business roots prepare the next generation for entrepreneurial capacities and pursue diverse entrepreneurial activities, and how family businesses can leverage on the younger generation’s passions and capacities to grow the business into an enterprise.  

Architect Romolo Nati, who leads the listed real estate development company Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC), will be discussing the Impact of Community Involvement in a Sustainable family firm together with two other panelists Amaya Aboitiz-Fansler, President and CEO, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. and Glenda Antonio, President and CEO, Spring Rain Global. Sustainability has been Arch. Nati’s advocacy since he came to the Philippines in 2008 and he has developed into one of the country’s most prominent thought leaders in the field of green building and passive green design, proving through IDC’s actual real estate developments in Cagayan de Oro and in Sto Tomas, Batangas, that nature’s features can be used in the design of buildings to make real estate more sustainable. 

The session aims to teach how family business leaders can effectively create sustainable and resilient communities in the midst of the pandemic.

Other topics include a view on the big picture about the economic landscape in Asia and the growth areas in the region and how these can be maximized for family businesses, leadership in the time of crisis, resilience and crisis proofing the family’s legacy assuring financial health for their employees and communities, how to develop a successful transition for the next generation, how emotional and family patterns influence relationships and how this contributes to the longevity of a family firm,  the importance of transgenerational entrepreneurship defined as the family’s ability to use and develop entrepreneurial mindsets and family influenced resources and capabilities to create new streams of entrepreneurial, financial, and social value across generations, an effective meeting process, the importance of trust and fair process, and the value of communication and decision-making in the context of the ongoing pandemic, disruptive technology landscape, how next-generation leadership can tackle disruptive challenges, the impact of technological disruption on next-generation career intentions, and how to create a boundaryless career for the next generation. 

Atty. Alexander Cabrera, Chairman and Senior Partner of PWC will discuss how family businesses are prepared to lead the post-COVID recovery, the need to prioritize the ESG agenda, the state of technological transformation in family business, and the family dynamics. Joey Garcia, President and CEO of Conti’s will talk about how his business transformed successfully in response to the pandemic, sharing how they reinvented their model as an agile and resilient family enterprise. 

It is definitely a very interesting event in which family businesses are in the spotlight with their unique challenges, especially in these recent times. As one of the very few foreign speakers, Arch. Nati brings an immense value to understanding sustainability for communities, also one of the key elements in the ESG mindset of the Davos agenda.    


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