Forbes Asia Best Under A Billion
Forum and Awards Dinner

Forbes Asia's Best Under A Billion list highlights 200 leading public companies in the Asia Pacific region with annual revenue under $1 billion. To qualify for the selection, companies must have revenue between $5 million and $1 billion, positive net income and be publicly traded for at least a year. From a universe of 24,000 companies, qualified candidates are screened on sales growth and earnings growth in the past 12 months and over three years, and for the strongest five-year return on equity. The result is a final list featuring 200 exceptional small and midsized companies from Asia Pacific.


To celebrate and honor the success of these 200 Best Under A Billion companies, Forbes Asia is hosting a Forum and Awards Dinner.



Registration & Cocktail Reception


Welcome Remarks:  

Makoto TakanoCEO & Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Japan
Christopher Forbes, Vice Chairman, Forbes Media 
Lawrence Ho, Chairman and CEO, Melco Resorts & Entertainment & Melco International Development Ltd



18:35 - 19:05

Session I: Best Practices for Growth

What are the best practices to build a small and midsized company that will embark on a sustainable growth path and achieve enduring success? How should founder CEOs and entrepreneurs map out viable business plans, develop strategies for expansion and stay ahead of the competition? Credit is the lifeblood of any growing enterprise. What are the best ways to finance growth and deploy capital productively? How best to tap capital markets? Is selling equity or even doing a secondary listing a viable option? What about strategic investors or private equity? Investing in the right technologies can also help growing companies leapfrog larger rivals. But how best should they make strategic investments in technology?

Moderated by: Tim Ferguson, Editor, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Melvin Ang, Executive Chairman, mm2 Asia Ltd
Au King Lun, Chief Executive Officer, Value Partners Group Ltd
Krishna Kumar Bangur, Chairman, Graphite India


Session II: Remarks by a special guest speaker

20:30 - 21:00

Session III: Lessons on Leadership

Growing a company requires a constant upgrading of leadership skills. How does one come back from adversity – be it a financial crisis, a public health scare or natural disaster? What personal changes are needed to stay in the top job? How does one not only manage but also inspire an organization to new heights? How does one cultivate leadership qualities among staff to manage growth? Finding answers to these questions is especially critical in many growing companies where the boss is often the founder and major shareholder. Our panel will ask some leaders to share their insights on how best to grow yourself and a company.

Moderated by: Rana Wehbe, Senior Editor-Special Projects, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Lawrence Ho, Chairman and CEO, Melco Resorts & Entertainment & Melco International Development Ltd
Yoshito Hori, President, GLOBIS University, Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners


Forbes Asia Best Under A Billion Award Ceremony

Group photo with award recipients


End of Forum and Awards Dinner


  • Christopher Forbes
    Vice Chairman
    Forbes Media
  • Makoto Takano
    CEO & Editor-in-Chief
    Forbes Japan
  • Lawrence Ho
    Chairman and CEO
    Melco Resorts & Entertainment & Melco International Development Ltd
  • Yoshito Hori
    President, GLOBIS University
    Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
  • Au King Lun
    Chief Executive Officer
    Value Partners Group Ltd
  • Krishna Kumar Bangur
    Graphite India Ltd
  • Melvin Ang
    Executive Chairman
    mm2 Asia Ltd
  • Tim Ferguson
    Forbes Asia
  • Rana Wehbe
    Senior Editor-Special Projects
    Forbes Asia



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AOI Ballroom (2nd floor)
Palace Hotel Tokyo

1-1-1 Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005