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Why YPO’s EDGE Is Coming Back to Singapore

Author: Sarah Beauchamp       

Every year, thousands of business leaders from around the globe meet for the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) EDGE event, which showcases thought leadership and innovation in business, politics, tech, science, and philanthropy. It’s hosted on a different continent each year, and in 2018, the conference will return to Singapore — the only city to host the landmark event more than once. “YPO is delighted to return to Singapore, a world-class destination,” said Scott Mordell, CEO of YPO. “A beacon of growth and evolution, Singapore will be the perfect home for YPO’s landmark event as we encourage and support leaders in their journey of engagement, learning, and development.”

EDGE was last in Singapore in 2012, when it was held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands and set a new record for attracting the largest gathering of YPO members, who came from 82 countries. “We are delighted that Singapore has been chosen as the host city for YPO EDGE once again,” said Jeannie Lim, executive director of conventions, meetings, and incentive travel for the Singapore Tourism Board. “Singapore’s extensive business networks, strong knowledge economy, and focus on innovation provide the ideal platform for international thought leaders and YPO delegates to exchange ideas and insights.”

Next year, the conference’s theme is “Defy Convention,” and will feature ideas and insights that will empower attendees to change their businesses and their lives for the better, said Mordell.  “EDGE attendees have the opportunity to learn from an array of world-class visionaries, explore new ideas, challenge conventional wisdom, and embrace innovation.”

The organization thinks Singapore will be the perfect home for 2018’s event, held March 7-9, for a number of reasons. “As one of Asia’s fastest-growing cosmopolitan cities, Singapore continues to defy conventions by becoming a regional economic powerhouse and a free-market innovator on a grand scale,” Mordell said. “With YPO’s membership increasing in the number of entrepreneurs and innovators emerging from Asia, participants will have an opportunity to share ideas and network with leaders representing many diverse cultures and business backgrounds.”

“Singapore’s strong reputation in the global business arena makes it an ideal host for this event,” said Mordell. “The island nation now stands as a global gateway to the worlds of business, technology, and culture.” “Much has changed since 2012 when YPO first came to the city,” Lim added, “and we look forward to welcoming delegates with new experiences here in Singapore.”

EDGE Attendees will convene to “inspire and spark change and innovation,” said Mordell. “After the EDGE, more than 2,000 business leaders from around the world will leave Singapore with new perspectives, ideas, and insights that will empower them to change their business, and their lives, for the better.”

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