Nair: TOPEX a Must For CEOs, Managers

The annual 2018 Top Executive Confer­ence (TOPEX) to be held next month should not be missed by private and public-sector executives. “The conference is a must for CEO’s and senior
27 May 2018 15:51
Nair: TOPEX a Must For CEOs, Managers
Vincent Nair.

The annual 2018 Top Executive Confer­ence (TOPEX) to be held next month should not be missed by private and public-sector executives.

“The conference is a must for CEO’s and senior Fijian managers to attend,” one of the keynote speakers Vincent Nair said yester­day.

Hong Kong-based Mr Nair spearheads a list of over­seas speakers invited to the 2018 TOPEX Conference.

“As Fiji transforms from a negligible southern hemi­sphere minnow of the past to an international eco­nomic hub of the future, it is necessary for our business and public-sector leaders to be continuously exposed to international speakers who have walked the path with proven global organisations,” Mr Nair said.

“Sending our Government and business executives overseas for development and learning exposure is a costly exercise and seldom possible.

“Bringing experts to Fiji for en masse coaching and leadership training for our business community is critical to deliver rock sol­id outcomes to our develop­ing nation.

“The idea is that some­times you have to take a break from the ‘work’ of your work to sharpen your skills. A dull axe won’t cut a tree nearly as effectively as a sharp one.

“You will always return from a conference with new ideas and approaches that make you more effec­tive

and efficient at work.

“Don’t be the wood-cutter hacking away at the tree with a dull axe while your competition cuts it down in half the time with a sharp one.”

Mr Nair left Fiji as a high school student in 1978 and went on to build an impres­sive international résumé.

He attained positions as a managing director, chief executive officer and sen­ior vice president with For­tune 100 and Fortune 500 companies such as corpo­rate giants like HP, WIPRO, Alcatel Lucent and Pitney Bowes over a 30-year pro­fessional career across USA, Canada, Japan, Chi­na, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia.

He is better known in Fiji for his work in being able to stage the internationally -enowned Fiji Internation­al Golf tournament staged annually under the PGA banner at the Natadola Golf Club.

Mr Nair will bring to TOPEX a wealth of knowl­edge in the areas of cor­porate governance and standards over multiple international jurisdictions from the best of breed com­panies.

He will also speak about the worldwide touchstones required from Fijian ex­ecutives to deliver above expectations and the de­velopment, execution and delivery of transnational corporate strategy.

He was described by Ste­ven Haggart, managing director Australis 2020, a leading Australian prop­erty development company, as being “the person who will overshadow what you may bring into the room and go home a changed cor­porate warrior.”

Mr Nair said he was thankful to Fiji Commerce and Employers Federa­tion of Fiji for hosting the TOPEX Conference with international speakers.

He said Fiji needed to in­vest in its executives and managers to attend and op­timise the occasion as they needed to compete with the best in the world.

“We will not know this unless we create opportu­nities to get wide ranging, collective Fijian industry leaders to come together and hear from those trans­continental speakers who have walked large-scale highways connecting in­ternational corporate em­pires,” Mr Nair said.

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