2024 SME World Forum: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

November 27 – November 30, 2024

The SME World Forum Kuala Lumpur 2024 will bring together some of the most creative and emphatic world leaders in the business world, policy makers, SME business owners, entrepreneurs, academic, women and youth. This World Forum will be hosted by ICSB Malaysia Networks, with the support of Malaysian Govt & other Partners. This event will take place from November 27 to November 30, 2024 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


The SME World Forum Kuala Lumpur 2024 aims to address issues impacting sustainable growth including ESG, Energy Transition, Sustainability, Innovation, Digitalisation & AI.


The Forum will target five key segments: Private Sector Companies, Startups, Policy Makers, Academic Sector, Oil, Gas & Energy sector with special dedicated sessions on youth and women entrepreneurship.


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Conference Overview

Welcome Day: Malaysian Petroleum Club. Pre-conference City Tours to discover Kuala Lumpur City. Welcome Reception Dinner For ICSB Delegates.Conference Day: Impiana KLCC/ Mandarin Oriental To take place in Hotels in Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Presentation of Keynote addresses by world leaders, Panel Discussions, Korean Entrepreneurship/Humane Entrepreneurship Academy. Focus Group Day : MILA University / HELP University / Impiana KLCC Focus Discussions for various groups : the Academics , Policy Makers, SME Business Owners/Entrepreneurs, Women and Youth.Lemonade Day : HELP International School Subang Farewell Dinner : Putrajaya. Visit to the HELP International School @ Subang Jaya. Tour to Putrajaya – New Administrative Capital of Malaysia. Farewell Dinner & Humane Entrepreneurship Awards
AMTour of KL, KLCC, Petronas Twin Tower, FRIM Sky Walk
Time Activity
AM Golf Tournament (Korean/ International vs Malaysian Golfers)
AM Tour of KL, KLCC, Petronas Twin Tower, FRIM Sky Walk
Evening Welcome Reception @ Malaysian Petroleum Club, KLCC (For invited guests only – ICSB, OC, SC, VIPs)
Time of Day Activity
AM Malaysian Entrepreneurship & SMEs Keynote Address by various distinguished speakers.
Panel Discussion: Future trends and SMEs.
Lunch Lunch break
PM Korean Entrepreneurship/Humane Entrepreneurship Academy
Evening Malaysian cuisine adventure @ TRX (ICSB & Invited guests only)
Program Details
Practitioners/ Policy Track @ Impiana KLCC Hotel, KL Target Participants: Practitioners (MTC/SME Business Owners & Leaders) & Senior Mgt of Govt Agencies
Proposed Facilitators:
– Prof Dr Ayman – Entrepreneurship & Innovation (USA/ Global)
– Dr Huan Den Hooi – Entrepreneurial Marketing (Singapore)
– Ir Yap Mew Sang – IR 4.0 & AI for SMEs (Case – Study from Vietnam)
– Dr Barbara Maidment – Australian Govt Policies for SMEs, post COVID 19 (Australia)
Panel Discussions:
– PD1: SMEs in Oil, Gas, Energy Sector – Chair: Zulkiflee Idrus (Malaysia)
– PD2: HR Competency/ Capability Devt & Digitalisation – Chair: Joseph Chong (Singapore)
– PD3: ESG/ SDG – Chair: TBA/ Dr Nick
– PD4: Proposed New Companies Act for SMEs – Chair: TBA/ Simren
– PD5: Targeted Subsidy: Impacts to SMEs and people – Chair: Wayne Lim (Malaysia)
– PD6: CPTPP & its impacts Malaysian Importers/ Exporters – Joint-Chairs: Matrade/MITI
Closing Session: Key Learning Points & Action Plans
Academic Track @ MILA University, Nilai Second day of sessions, focused on academic discussions and presentations.
Women Track @ HELP University, KL Programs and discussions specifically tailored for women’s issues and leadership in business.
Student Academy @ MILA University, Nilai Day 2 of 2 days: Continuation of student-focused programs and workshops.
Micros/ Informal Sector @ AeU Campus, Subang Jaya Focus on micro businesses and informal sectors, addressing unique challenges and opportunities.
Time of Day Activity
AM Program at HELP International School @ Subang (for Invited ICSB and other VIP guests)
PM Visit to Putrajaya (for Invited ICSB/ other VIP Guests)
Evening Farewell Party @ Subang Jaya (for Invited ICSB / other VIP Guests only)

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