The Aura Dinner

An exclusive dinner discussion for leaders of multinationals in the Philippines

Thanks to its sustained growth and modernisation, the Philippines has managed to attract many large multinational corporations looking to lower their costs and take advantage of competitive domestic wages and a highly educated workforce. Toyota, Intel and IBM have all moved operations to the Philippines thanks to its strategic location in southeast Asia, nestled among high growth nations such as Singapore, Malaysia and China on the mainland.

But despite the many modernisations undertaken by the country, the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) rank the Philippines in 138th place (out of 185 economies) for ease of doing business, highlighting the importance of local knowledge.

We will be discussing some of the unique challenges faced by multinational corporations in the Philippines and what that means for a multinational currently operating int he country.

  • How do international companies ensure that their cultures remain intact while being flexible enough to cater local talent?
  • How do retain great talent?
  • How do you deal with the “red tape” being implemented for multinational companies in the Philippines?

6:30 pm: Arrival and drinks reception
7:00 pm: Welcoming and opening address
7:10 pm: Dinner discussion initiated by the moderator and continued by the group
8:00 pm: Dinner is served as the discussion is brought to a close
9:00 pm: Change of seats before dessert

Blackbird at the Nielson, Makati

Wednesday, 27th July 2016

Blackbird Restaurant, Makati City


President & Country Manager of Pfizer

Director of Development of Misys

Vice President – Fund Accounting of Citco

Country Head – Philippines of Haworth

Senior Vice President / CFO of Unilab International

Deputy CEO of Jardine Llyod Thompson Insurance Brokers, Inc.

Chief Strategic Officer of Global Criterion Solutions

Country HR Head of Sanofi

Chairman & CEO of Esquire Financing Inc.

CFO of Publicis One Media

Corporate Communication Manager of L’Oreal

Director & Head – Global Financial Market of Bank of China

Director – Delter Global Consulting of Deltek

Director of Consulting of PwC

Partner Account Manager of Cisco

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