Vanessa Mittman
editor at Chartwell Speakers

I am writing to you from Singapore having completed my first three months as Chartwell’s MD for the Asia Pacific Region. With nearly two decades of experience, I’ve dedicated much of my career to helping clients in APAC find the perfect speaker for their events. I am delighted to be working with both new and longstanding clients.

What topics and trends are we seeing in 2024 events in the APAC region?

Event organisers in Asia are increasingly seeking experts to provide insights on GeopoliticsMacroeconomicsEnergy Transition and the impact of AI & Emerging Technologies on their business and workforce. This also includes a growing interest in AI Robotics reflecting Asia’s inclination to be early adopters of advanced technologies.Another theme gaining momentum in event programming this year is #Paris2024. Olympians, Paralympians and other high-performing athletes, past and present, are sure to inspire audiences by sharing the key strategies that have contributed to their success.

If you’re looking for APAC-based speakers to share insights or inspiration at your next event, here are a few ideas to consider: 


Jennifer Zhu Scott
Forbes World’s Top 50 Women in Tech (2018)

Nir Eyal
Expert in behavioural design and intersection of psychology, emerging tech & business

Mo Gawdat
Chief Business Officer at Google X (2015-18)

Mike Walsh
Thought leader on the digital future

Ayesha Khanna
AI thought leader, futurist and CEO of Addo

Hiroshi Ishiguro
Director of the Intelligent Robotics Lab at Osaka University

David Hanson
CEO of Hanson Robotics


Goh Chok Tang
Prime Minister of Singapore (1990-2004)

George Yeo
Prominent Singaporean politician

Kishore Mahbubani
President of UN Security Council (2001 & 2002) 

Bilahari Kausikan
Chairman of the Middle East Institute

Parag Khanna
Expert analyst on geopolitics and globalisation

Robin Harding
Asia Edtior at Financial Times

Tshering Tobgay
Prime Minister of Bhutan (present)


Nobuo Tanaka
Energy expert and Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (2007-11)

Mari Pangestu
MD of Development Policy & Partnerships at the World Bank (2020-23)

Ye Qi
Leading expert on China’s environmental policy

Peggy Liu
Named in the media as the “Green Goddess of China”

Pierre Noel
Global energy and climate strategy professional


Yip Pin Xiu
Five-time Paralympic gold medallist

Siobhan Haughey
Hong Kong’s first World Record holding swimmer

Rob Lilwall
Adventurer and author of ‘Cycling Home from Siberia’

David Lim
Mountaineer and led the first Singapore Mt Everest expedition

If you would like to book any of the above speakers or have any other enquiries then please do get in touch!