Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman - known for his writings on global trade and globalisation, the Middle East and environmental issues - will host a forum in Singapore this month.
The theme of the first Global Forum Asia organised by The New York Times is "Thomas L. Friedman's The Next New World". It will be held on Oct 25 at the Four Seasons Hotel.
The Straits Times is the forum's exclusive local newspaper partner, and ST readers will get a special price.
The forum brings together chief executive officers, technology pioneers, government officials, influential decision-makers and scholars to discuss a changing world, built on a whole new electronic, digital and mobile infrastructure.
"Our world is going through a huge technologically induced inflection point today," Mr Friedman said. "It is affecting everything - business, education, societal relations, politics and geopolitics. Our conference aims to explain this inflection and identify how companies, countries and individuals can thrive within it."
Speakers will discuss wide- ranging topics from "How the digital revolution is accelerating everything" and "The shape of things to come" to "Using data to build better schools" and "Hire learning: How to thrive in a changing workplace".
The keynote speaker is Ms Meg Whitman, president and chief executive of computer giant Hewlett-Packard, who will speak on the potential of new servers that use the least amount of power possible. This is said to be revolutionising energy economics for data.
Before becoming HP's CEO in 2011, she spent 10 years as president and CEO of Internet auction site eBay Inc.