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Programme & speakers

The APEC CEO Summit 2021 will be delivered live as a hybrid event at the Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand on 11-12 November and virtually between 10-12 November across the APEC region.


Barbara Chapman, CNZM

CEO Summit Chair

Learn more about Barbara Chapman

Amber Mac

President, Ambermac Media. 

Keynote speaker

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Dr David Suzuki

Broadcaster, Scientist, Author, Grandfather

Keynote speaker

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Tony Fernandes

Chief Executive Officer 

Keynote speaker

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International programme

Time Zone US (EST)

Time Zone Asia (CST)

New Zealand programme

Aotea – Te Pokapū | Aotea Centre, Auckland | New Zealand 

Thursday 11 November

Summit Opening and Pōwhiri

Welcoming remarks by the CEO Summit Chair Barbara Chapman

Summit Opening Address

Panel: The State of the World with COVID-19


The State of the World

Keynote: The Economic State of the World

Panel: The Economic State of the World

Address: APEC Leader


Recovery, with and post-COVID

Keynote interview: COVID-19 recovery

Panel: Trade in a COVID world 

Address: APEC Leader


The Digital Disruption Opportunity

Keynote: Digital Equity

Keynote: The Business of Technology

Panel: Digital Trade

Address: APEC Leader


The Sustainability Imperative

Address: APEC Leader

Keynote: Sustainability and Climate Change

Panel: A Sustainable Future


The Future of Energy

Keynote: Future Energy Challenges

Panel: Future Energy Solutions

Address: APEC Leader

4:45pmCEO Summit day close
6:30pmGala event


Friday 12 November

The Primacy of Trust

Keynote: The Primacy of Trust

Keynote interview: Sustainable Business Leadership

Panel: Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)


The Next Focus for Business

Keynote: The Next Focus for Business

Panel: Business as a Force for Good

Address: APEC Leader


Technology and Innovation

Keynote: Digital Transformation

Panel: The Opportunities of Transformation


Looking to the Future

Keynote: Listening to other Voices

Panel: Looking to the Future

Address:  APEC Leader


Closing address by CEO Summit Chair Barbara Chapman

Handover to Thailand

2:45pmWhat have we learnt?
3:45pmWhat's next for New Zealand?
4:45pmCEO Summit close
5:00pmNetworking event


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