Rickie Fowler in the spotlight in Shanghai
Three-time PGA Tour winner and world No. 5 Rickie Fowler is the latest star to confirm he’ll take the stage at the world’s premier golf business event at the Pudong Shangri La Hotel in downtown Shanghai, 1-4 November 2015.
2015 HSBC Golf Business Forum Agenda Announced
The 2015 HSBC Golf Business Forum agenda is revealed, with the game’s most influential voices and global innovators confirming their participation in the world’s premier golf business event at the Pudong Shangri La Hotel in downtown Shanghai, 1-4 November 2015.
Repucom to Launch World Golf Survey at GBF
Repucom, the trusted advisor in sports and entertainment intelligence, announced today the launch of a major survey of the global golf community that will be presented at this year’s HSBC Golf Business Forum
The HSBC Golf Business Forum is the largest and most significant meeting of golf industry executives and decision makers.
For education, networking and professional development, this event simply has no equal. Participation is critical for those seeking new ideas, innovative thinking and future business opportunities for your organisation.
The 2015 HSBC Golf Business Forum will be staged at the award winning five star Pudong Shangri- La Hotel
in Shanghai, 1 - 4 November 2015.
The 2015 HSBC Golf Business Forum will also incorporate "Asia's Major", the WGC HSBC Champions to further enhance your experience of the world's most dynamic city.
Underlining its position as the world’s premier golf industry event, The 2015 HSBC Golf Business Forum agenda will focus on four key themes Leadership, Knowledge, Solution and Inspiration. The speakers include the industry’s most influential voices and a host of highly respected experts, with each session moderated by renowned media personalities, Andrew Cotter, Iain Carter and John Dawson.
Sunday PM – Express networking (18.00) & welcome reception (19.00)
Andrew Cotter (BBC),
John Dawson (PR Director, Artemis/Former Bloomberg TV Anchor)
(Shanghai Sports Bureau)
Giles Morgan, Global Head of Sponsorship and Events (HSBC)
Ajaz Ahmed, Founder and CEO (AKQA)
Ajaz Ahmed, the founder and CEO of AKQA and author of Limitless, looks beyond the confines of business convention and to a different future, where leaders focus on the bigger picture and not just the bottom line.
Dr. Arab Hoballah, Senior Director (United Nations Environment Program),
Pat Gross, Director – Green Section (USGA)
Steve Isaac, Director, Golf Course Management (R&A),
Jonathan Smith, CEO (Golf Environment Organization),
Without bold and effective leadership at institutional and individual level, we will fail to resolve our most serious social and environmental crises. What is golf’s role and opportunity?
Dr. Chanchai Ruayrungruang, Chairman and Founder (Reignwood Group)
Tim Finchem, Commissioner (PGA TOUR),
Keith Pelley, CEO (European Tour),
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive (R&A),
Mike Whan, CEO(LPGA)
From worldwide TV coverage to major and international tournaments, how do the key decision makers view success and what does the business of golf need to do to stay ahead of the competition. The sport’s four most influential voices come together for the first time to debate the balance between harnessing the needs of those that hold the rights and those that pride themselves on being the game’s custodians.
Terence Chui, Executive Vice President & Head of Commercial Banking (HSBC China)
Asian businesses are accelerating their expansion and trading with both the developed economies and the emerging markets. The challenges are intensifying; HSBC’s Head of Global Trade offers fundamental insight into how success and sustainability is achieved when going global.
Deepender Rana , CEO Greater China (Millward Brown)
Xavier Asensi, Managing Director, Asia Pacific (Barcelona FC)
Mara Downing, Director, Global Brand and Corporate Citizenship (John Deere)
ZhenJian Lei, CEO (LETV),
The world’s largest brand equity database Brand Z, will address the evolution of brands in the minds of today’s technology-savvy consumers. This not to be missed knowledge-share is designed to push your boundaries of thinking.
Greg Nathan , Senior Vice President (National Golf Foundation),
Du Xia, Chairman (Pacific Links),
Eric Lynge, CEO (Asia Golf Industry Federation)
Anil Seolekar, President (Indian Golf Union),
The current golf landscape in Asia is thriving, opportunistic and complicated. The National Golf Foundation will share the latest data and demonstrate the role Asia is playing in golf’s global expansion. Challenges lie ahead yet the opportunities are boundless, this session also includes an interview with Du Xia and a compelling collection of regional expertise and industry experience will debate this topic.
Ed Edwards, General Manager (AMLAK)
With news of one of the most exciting projects to be launched in recent years, Ed Edwards, starts the morning sessions.
Dr. Paul Hawkins, Founder and Managing Director (Hawkeye Innovations)
Mark Birchmore, Head of Marketing, Turf and Landscape (Syngenta),
Carin Koch, Professional Golfer (LET / European Solheim Cup Captain),
John Solheim, Chairman/CEO(Karsten Manufacturing Corp)
Jeehae Lee, Director of Business Strategy (Top Golf)
Syngenta will present and update on their recent thought leadership initiatives and will be joined by a panel of key industry influencers.
Paul Bush, Director of Events (Visit Scotland),
Richard Cheung, Chairman (Deer Valley China)
Ben Cowan Dewar, Owner (Cabot Cliffs),
Andrea Sartori, Global Head of Sport (KPMG),
From East to West, the development and promotion of desirable golf destinations requires great vision and we are delighted to introduce four leaders who have demonstrated an abundance of this.
Can you tell a compelling story to capture the imagination of a potential financier or sponsor? This will be an exciting, rapid fire live pitching session in which prospects try to impress our global golf investors.
Ari Emanuel, Co-CEO (WME | IMG)
An interview with the co-CEO of the world’s largest sport and entertainment company.
Paul Smith, Founder and CEO (Repucom)
Sharing the latest on how the sport of golf is evolving, investigating event hosting, fan consumption, sponsorship strategy and marketing insights, this brand new thought leadership and research will show the developing trends within the industry.
Guy Kinnings, Global Head of Golf (IMG),
Rickie Fowler , Professional Golfer (PGA TOUR)
Life as a PGA Tour professional is no longer just about being an elite player; we are joined by a special guest that exemplifies all things “Superstar” for a key note interview that will no doubt share some remarkable visions of building a brand, winning golf’s greatest prize and living in the spotlight.
John Solheim, Chairman/CEO(Karsten Manufacturing Corp)
Presentation of the 2015 "HSBC Golf Business Forum - Lifetime Achievement to Golf" award.
Roger Hawkes, Chief Medical Officer (World Golf Foundation / ET),
Aki Hintsa, CEO (Hintsa Performance),
Omar Malik, Neurologist (World Golf Foundation / R&A),
Dr. Hintsa shares his philosophy and teachings that have taken clients to the top of their sport and the upper echelons of large-scale enterprises. Also joining this session will be Dr. Omar Malik and Dr. Roger Hawkes to introduce a ground-breaking World Golf Foundation project, with the goal to elicit both tangible results and global recognition.
Ivan Khodabakhsh, CEO (Ladies European Tour,
Antony Scanlon, Executive Director (International Golf Federation),
Alan Prickett, Managing Director (Jacobsen)
What are the wide reaching effects of this historic game’s return to the Olympic stage and how will a burning desire for Olympic success influence the sport of golf in China. A compelling panel gather to present an update on the exciting progress of golf’s “Road to Rio” and also look to the case study of Tennis as a successfully integrated Olympic sport.
Dont miss out on this opportunity, register today!
The HSBC Golf Business Forum will, for the second year running, recognise the industry’s most creative and dynamic individuals, companies and initiatives by presenting an award for innovation at the annual HSBC Golf Business Forum to be held at the Pudong Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai, from 1st-4th November 2015.
The competition is open to all in the golf industry who believe they can demonstrate how their ideas or concepts have created game changing or ground breaking activity, whether as a start-up, an individual or an established corporation. The award gives professionals a chance to be identified by their peers and recognised by industry experts from more than 40 different countries when the golfing world descends upon Shanghai in November.
Tony Judge, founder of ‘ClubstoHire’, who won the 2014 Innovation Award commented ‘Winning the 2014 HSBC Golf Business Forum Innovation Award was a real shot in the arm for our business. The award got excellent coverage in the golf community and many of our peers contacted us with lots of encouraging comments. Winning the award was proof that we are supplying a product and service that is well appreciated in the golf market and used by both industry players and the travelling golfer. The award gave us fantastic global coverage and assisted in growing our business by 30% year on year.’
Innovation is a key pillar of the Forum and the inclusion of an award that focuses on those excelling in the subject matter will only add to the significance and emphasis of the topic at the event.
Entries and nominations must be submitted by Friday 18th September 2015 (17.00 GMT), the winner will receive an invitation to participate to this year’s HSBC Golf Business Forum including registration, flight, accommodation, media interviews and will also be invited to collect the award on stage.
The primary objective of the HSBC Golf Business Forum is to help you meet new contacts and do business, the event enjoys a diverse representation of stakeholders from across the industry, creating outstanding networking and business development opportunities. The HSBC Golf Business Forum is a three day event filled with engaging, dynamic and interactive discussions, one-on-one interviews and presentations from key industry leaders on a variety of topics.
2015 will be the 12th staging of the event, this year the Forum will travel to Shanghai – home of the WGC-HSBC Champions
The HSBC Golf Business Forum enjoys widespread international media interest from the prestigious business journals, golf trade press and the financial media. Aside from the press CNN’s Living Golf, BBC International, Bloomberg, Golfing World and a number of other TV channels feature the event.
The event is supported by the industries major governing bodies Asian Tour, AGIF, CGA, European Tour, GEO, IAGTO, IGF, LET, LPGA, PGA, PGA Tour, the R&A & SSB.
Online the HSBC Golf Business Forum has 180,000 annual visitors and a 40,000+ database receiving the newsletter.
- Learn from experts, thought leaders and experience fast-paced debates
- Discover new trends and strategies to improve your business
- Network with senior industry professionals from around the world
- Play golf at world renowned facilities
- Do business at an exciting and memorable event
At the HSBC Golf Business Forum, you’ll meet leading professionals from across the golf business, and from all around the world:
- Investors and financial institutions
- Developers and project owners
- Owners / operators of golf courses and resorts
- Representatives of international golf bodies
- Designers, architects and masterplanners
- Construction companies & suppliers
- Editors, journalists and media owners
The golf industry is evolving and, in response to that, so are the topics covered at the HSBC Golf Business Forum. IMG choose innovative and influential individuals to take the stage to widen the learning’s of all delegates by creating lively debate, intelligent discussion and delivering powerful research.
The 2015 programme will engage, enrich and educate delegates with plenary sessions discussing major influencing topics and breakout sessions to sharpen the focus on specific industry sectors.
We are excited as the agenda is taking shape and will focus on the following topics:
- LEADERSHIP: Engage with industry influencers and be empowered learning from their first hand experiences, tactics and research.
- KNOWLEDGE: Cracking China and a focus on the emerging Asian markets. A critical market for every business.
- SOLUTION: Taking a look at the challenges facing our industry and debate the evolving, innovative products hoping to advance the industry and provide the solutions.
- INSPIRATION: Be inspired and entertained by the world’s best talent of their generations.
All content will be delivered in dual language. Across various formats and presented by not only the worlds leading industry figures but also experts from relevant and external fields.
Build relationships that last at one of our effective and focused networking events. It is a great way to start your three days in Shanghai! Making new business contacts is a core take away we want all attendees to benefit from at the HSBC Golf Business Forum.
Accelerate the process of meeting more contacts in one hour than a whole year's worth researching! Speed Networking sessions will be run daily. Meet, exchange business cards and then move on to the next person. It's a great way to get to know many of the other delegates in attendance at the HSBC Golf Business Forum. There will be daily sessions with the first starting in advance of the conference ahead of the Welcome Reception. Get to know the faces before the conference begins.
Remember to bring lots of business cards and follow up with all new contacts made.
The HSBC Golf Business Forum is renowned for its hospitality and with a three day event comes three spectacular evenings of networking and entertaining at the Welcome Reception, the Gala Dinner and the Closing Party.
Lunch and Coffee Breaks
First class catering is provided at the coffee breaks and buffet lunches. Hosted in the conference area these breaks offer another great opportunity to network outside the learnings of the conference hall.
Business is done and off the golf course at the HSBC Golf Business Forum, and delegates have the opportunity to spend quality time with prospects and key contacts at the networking golf tournaments
The golf will be hosted at the Lan Hai International Golf Club, situated on the western shore of beautiful Chongming Island, designed by Jack Nicklaus and managed by IMG.
The Exhibition area will showcase a wide variety of products, services and companies from all across the industry. The sponsors and associates are the key players in the industry and they have invested because they want to do business with you. The Exhibition stands provide an ideal meeting point to continue discussions and sample products. During the interludes of the conference the Exhibition is bustling with opportunity.
Delegates will have the opportunity to visit and enjoy the WGC-HSBC Champions final series event to be held at Sheshan Golf Club from 5th – 8th November 2015.
The 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions will celebrate its 11th anniversary and over a decade of unprecedented golf development in China. Asian golf’s foremost golf tournament and now one of the biggest in the world, is one of four World Golf Championships sanctioned and organised by the operational committee of the International Federation of PGA Tours.
Through our partner the award winning five-star Shangri-La Pudong we are able to provide our delegates preferential rates.
Delegates of the HSBC Golf Business Forum will be entitled to the following preferential rates in the River Wing:
* pricing is indicative at time of publishing and all rooms will be charged at local rate
About the Shangri-La Pudong
With breath taking views of the Bund and Huangpu River, the award-winning Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai is the pre-eminent hotel in the city, offering warm and attentive Shangri-La service and world-class dining.
To meet the fast-changing expectations of today’s travellers, River Wing was completely overhauled and renovated in 2009 to ensure guests experience the ultimate stay.
The classic River Wing has 577 guestrooms, including 27 suites, blending a style of classical elegance with oriental touches.
I often find that conferences lack direct relevance to the fame and business of golf, but this was far from true of the 2014 HSBC Golf Business Forum. I found every session to be thought-provoking and I took away many new ideas which have helped us at The R&A. It was certainly time well spent.
Golf needs to take a broader approach, its not just about the game. Golf must be flexible, it must ensure its sustainable, and it must uphold traditions of the game but instigate innovation.
This conference has been absolutely outstanding. Every single topic has been discussed and it’s enlightening