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Thursday, 07 November 2019

Join AAFA for a cocktail reception immediately following the program on Thursday.
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
11/7/2019 5:00 PM

Event Details

Executive Think Tank in Hong Kong 2019

AAFA heads back to Hong Kong to convene industry leaders taking on complex and fast-paced demands of an industry in transition.

AAFA's Executive Think Tank is the preeminent apparel and footwear industry gathering for executives doing business in Hong Kong. Each year since its inception in 2014, we convene the most dynamic brands, retailers, and executives from across the supply chain. This year's agenda will take us on a journey through the factory of the future, supply chain transparency, diversification and capacity, digitization, e-commerce, and more. 

View the agenda.

Registration is now closed. If you are still interested in attending, please contact Susan Lapetina to be added to the wait list. 

2019 Keynote: Willie Tan

CEO, Luen Thai Enterprises Limited
CEO, Skechers China Limited

Mr. Willie Tan has over 30 years of business management experience in various disciplines including apparel manufacturing, fishing, logistics including cargo airline and shipping, wholesale and retail operations, travel & tourism, insurance, and financial and health care services. The son of Dr. Tan Siu Lin, he joined the apparel division in 1985 and has held the positions of Executive Vice President and later Chief Operating Officer prior to his appointment to lead the privately held businesses. Willie has successfully built the retail business of the Tan Family.

Willie is currently the External Vice President of the Philippine-China Business Council, Chairman of the Confederation of Garment Exporters of the Philippines, and was appointed Honorary Ambassador-at-Large for Guam, USA in 2007. In 2016, Willie was conferred the Order of Lakandula, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Philippine Government on individuals contributing to the country's growth.

Meet the Speakers & Moderators


Kate Barry
TESTEX Melbourne and New Zealand

Sean Cady
VF Corporation

Ed Gribbin

Rick Helfenbein
American Apparel & Footwear Association
Edwin Keh
Edwin Keh
Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA)

Tracy Nilsson
adidas Group

Guido Schlossmann
Synergies Worldwide Ltd
Ben Simpfendorfer
Ben Simpfendorfer
Silk Road Associates

Andrew Stevens
Award-winning Journalist

Deborah Weinswig
Coresight Research

Michael Yao
Alibaba Group

Wilson Zhu
Li & Fung

Sessions at-a-Glance:

  • Next Steps in Boundaryless Retail
  • A Look Inside Washington, DC
  • The Supply Chain of the Future – A Look Inside the Factory
  • The Supply Chain of the Future – A Look Inside Compliance
  • The Biggest Retail Market in The World: What's Your China Strategy?
  • Unlocking the E in E-Commerce
  • Outlook on Asia with Award-Winning Journalist Andrew Stevens
  • The Business of Trade – A Fireside Chat
  • Leading to a New Tomorrow

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Event Supported By:

Social Compliance Workshop: November 6

New this year, AAFA and WRAP will be holding a Social Compliance Workshop, the day before the Executive Think Tank. We hope you can join us on Wednesday, November 6 at Target's corporate office in Hong Kong. 

Event Sponsorship

A limited number of sponsorships are available for this event. Contact Susan Lapetina for more information!

Registration Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be issued after October 18, 2019. Substitutions are allowed.


Susan Lapetina

11/7/2019 8:30 AM - 11/7/2019 6:00 PM