Forbes Asia Best Under A Billion
Virtual Forum and Awards Ceremony

Forbes Asia’s Best Under A Billion list spotlights 200 top performing publicly listed companies in the Asia-Pacific region with sales under $1 billion. From a universe of some 18,000 small and midsized companies in the region, these 200 Best Under A Billion companies have track records of exceptional corporate performance. Companies on the list were selected based on a composite score that incorporated their overall track record in measures such as debt, sales and earnings growth over both the most recent fiscal one- and three-year periods, and the strongest one- and five-year average returns on equity. The criteria also ensured a geographic diversity of companies from across the region. By using metrics both quantitative and qualitative, the final list of 200 is truly a select group.

To celebrate the success of these 200 Best Under A Billion companies, Forbes Asia is hosting a virtual Forum and Awards Ceremony on November 23, 2020.


Monday, November 23, 2020 at 15:30 to 17:30 (Singapore Time)


Welcome remarks

15:40 – 16:20

Session I: The New Normal

Welcome to the new normal. A virus has proven to be the ultimate disruptor, stronger than any technology in the global economy. While most of Asia has adapted relatively well compared to other regions, many macro challenges remain- travel restrictions, trade tensions, government stimulus packages, technology’s relentless rise and the possible ripples from the U.S. election. How can CEOs best navigate this challenging business environment? How do those at the top recalibrate their business strategies and what are their outlooks for Asia’s economies? Forbes Asia talks to some of Asia’s most respected business leaders.

Moderated by Wayne Arnold, Executive Editor, Forbes Asia

Confirmed speakers:
Chartsiri Sophonpanich, President, Bangkok Bank
Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, Group CEO, Frasers Property
Lim Wee Chai, Founder and Executive Chairman, Top Glove Corporation

16:20 – 17:00

Session II: Best Practices

Making the Best Under A Billion list is no easy feat. For these small and midsized companies, the pandemic presents a true test of their ability to find ways to survive and even thrive in the face of adversity. CEOs from past Best Under A Billion companies will share their experiences on how best to keep sailing ahead against multiple headwinds. The panel will showcase best practices, adapted and refined for today’s business environment, that define the entrepreneurial spirit—and leadership skills—embodied in the Best Under A Billion list.

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

Confirmed speakers:
Wendy Yap, Founder, President Director and CEO, Nippon Indosari Corpindo
Goh Peng Ooi, Founder and Chairman, Silverlake Group
Cheah Cheng Hye, Co-Chairman and Co-CIO, Value Partners Group


Best Under A Billion Awards Ceremony


Virtual group photo with award recipients


End of Forum and Awards Ceremony



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