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Sri Lanka Retail Forum to discuss ‘Changing Dynamics of the New Consumer’

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Sri Lanka Retail Forum 2017, to be held on 13 September, will take up the theme of changing consumer trends across the globe, where ‘conscious consumers’ have started to focus on environmental, social and health and well-being issues, before they make the final buying decision.

Hence, the upcoming forum’s first session will explore global and local trends in the consumer landscape and generate key insights for Sri Lankan retailers to strategically position themselves.

The session will see four industry practitioners, namely John Glover, Founder and CEO of Global Retail Consulting Services, Sharang Pant, Country Director, A.C. Nielsen, Murali Prakash, Group Managing Director, CEO of Taprobane Holdings PLC and Lanka Century Investments PLC taking the stage to discuss the topic.

John Glover, former Head of Woolworths Australia will make a presentation containing in-depth insights into the changing global landscape. He will draw from his global expertise spanning 11 countries, where Glover led successful retail businesses. He has spent the past 23 years in the Asian Market working for two major global retailers – Royal Ahold from the Netherlands and Metro Group of Germany.

Providing data-driven analysis on growth opportunities in Sri Lanka’s consumer sector will be Ruvini Fernando, CEO of Guardian Asset Management. Country Director of Nilesen, Sharang Pant will deliver an in-depth presentation on consumer trends in the region and in Sri Lanka, in order to help Sri Lankan retailers understand emerging opportunities and challenges.  

Organised by Sri Lanka Retailers Association (Guarantee) Ltd. which operates under the aegis of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, The Sri Lanka Retail Forum 2017 aims to help push the Association’s goal of making Sri Lanka a regional shopping destination.

If you wish to take part in this event, which will take place at the Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, call on 115588852 or email to niroshini@chamber.lk.

Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi to deliver keynote

Honorary Chairperson, Central Pattana, Thailand, former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and former Secretary General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development Dr. Supachai Panichpakdi will deliver the keynote address at the Sri Lanka Retail Forum.

Dr. Panitchpakdi was Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from 2005 to 2013. Prior to this, he was the Director-General of the World Trade Organization from September 2002 to 1 September 2005. 

In March 2005 he was appointed to become the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) following his term at the WTO, a post he took up in late 2005. He was appointed for a second four-year term in September 2009. Keen to reform and revitalise the organisation, he has established a Panel of Eminent Persons to oversee the start of reform of UNCTAD.  

Dr. Supachai received his master’s degree in Economics, Development Planning and his Ph.D. in Economic Planning and Development at the Netherlands School of Economics. In 1973, he completed his doctoral dissertation under supervision of Professor Jan Tinbergen, the first Nobel laureate in economics. In the same year, he went to Cambridge University as a visiting fellow to conduct research on development models. He has published numerous books.



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