Family Business Asia Pacific Symposium 2019

The Family Business Dyad:
Enlivening Stewardship and Leadership

Hosted by the Asian Institute of Management –
Basant and Sarala Birla Professorial Chair
in Asian Family Corporations

24-27 April 2019

Symposium Theme

While sustainable growth, family leadership, and corporate governance can be major concerns for many family firms, there are new approaches in business management that can serve to address such challenges.

Our Family Business Asia Pacific Symposium 2019 entitled The Family-Business Dyad: Enlivening Stewardship and Leadership will tackle issues in family leadership, innovative organizational practices, and sustainable management.

The symposium will bring together members from the academe, family firms, and business advisors to discuss new trends in research on the topics of stewardship and responsible management; leadership and management of family firms; methodological innovations in researching family firms; and education models to foster responsible management.

The symposium aims to encourage family business representatives and academics to exchange knowledge, insights, and experiences. The discussions also provide space for family business advisors to consider their roles and the underlying dynamics of being business and family enablers.

Last April we held the Family Business Asia Pacific Symposium 2019, in partnership with University of Western Australia and University of Nottingham Malaysia. It were four days of exchanging knowledge and experiences on the unique challenges faced by the family firms. We had a broad audience representing family business representatives, business advisors and academe. 

They came as far as Davao, Soccsksargenand Cavite! From the academe we had fellow professors from De la Salle University – Manila, University of Asia and the PacificThames International – Entrepreneurs School of Asia and St. Joseph Institute of Technology!We would like to praise our speakers for their presentations!  

We had eight paper presentations and four case presentations of speakers from institutions ranging from Asia and the Pacific representing Australia (Dr. Donella Caspersz); Indonesia (Dr. Linda Salim); Japan (Prof. Ryuji Konishi, Prof. Yoshiri Yamamura and Dr. Hikari Akizawa); Malaysia (Dr. Hazel Ramos and Mr. Michael Mustafa); the Philippines (Dr. Ginny Santiago, Dr. Shweta Pandey, Ms. Kristine Lobo and Mr. Jose Yupangco) and Europe, representing Belgium (Dr. Bart Henssen) and Italy (Prof. Salvatore Tomaselli)!  

Family Firms shared their stories and experiences on how to deal with family recruitment; dealing and adapting to the next generation and how to enhance the values of the firm. A warm thank to Ms. Maret Bautista (CLFG Capital Group) and Dr. Weevens Ty (Wellington Investment and Manufacturing Group). 

Family business advisors shared with us the power of coaching and play to build strong family bonding. A warm thank you to Ms. Theresa Ramos (Premier Family Business Consulting, Inc.) and Atty. Alex Cabrera (PwC Philippines) for sharing with us the Global Family Business Survey 2018! 


Organizing Committee

The event is co-organized by the Asian Institute of Management-BIRLA, University of Western Australia, and University of Nottingham Malaysia, members of the Family Business Asia Pacific Group.

About AIM

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) is the Asian pioneer in management education. Founded in 1968 by the Harvard Business School, along with leading academic institutions in the Philippines and prominent business leaders, AIM has been actively contributing to the meaningful growth of Asian business and society by developing professional, entrepreneurial, and socially responsible leaders and managers. AIM offers postgraduate degree programs in business, entrepreneurship, innovation, data science, and development management. It is the first school in Southeast Asia to achieve accreditation from the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is founded on the world’s highest international standards.


The Basant and Sarala Birla Professorial Chair in Asian Family Corporations (BIRLA) is the AIM’s center of knowledge for family businesses in Asia. Established in 2012, BIRLA has been working over the last five years in both fundamental and applied research related to family business in Asia. BIRLA works closely with Asian Family Firms to strengthen their businesses by providing innovative strategies to manage their challenges and ensure their sustainable growth.


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Ms. Maret Follosco-Bautista

CLFG Capital Corp.

Atty. Alex Cabrera

Chairman and Senior Partner
PwC Philippines

Prof. Bart Henssen

Center for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (CenSE)

Dr. Hazel Melanie L. Ramos

Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) – Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Head (UNMC) – Division of Organisational and Applied Psychology
Associate Professor in I/O Psychology
Nottingham University Business School
University of Nottingham Malaysia

Prof. Salvatore Tomaselli

Associate Professor – Business Administration
University of Palermo
Founding Member and Fellow
International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA)
IFC – World Bank Group for Family Business Governance
Senior Consultant
Family Business Consulting Group

Dr. Donella Caspersz

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurial Management
University of Western Australia Business School

Prof. Michael Mustafa

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurial Management
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Nottingham Malaysia

Ms. Theresa Ramos

Director for Trainings / Family Facilitator
Premier Family Business Consulting, Inc.

Dr. Ginny Santiago

Full Professor
The Basant and Sarala Birla Professorial Chair in Asian Family Corporations
Asian Institute of Management

Dr. Welison Evenston G. Ty

Head of Operations
Wellington Investment and Manufacturing Corp.
Faculty – Leadership and Human Resource Cluster
Ateneo de Manila University – Graduate School of Business
Faculty – Department of Psychology
Ateneo de Manila University – School of Social Sciences, Loyola Schools

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