ASEAN is in the midst of peak politicking, with Thailand just wrapping its first general election in several years, but now the hard work begins as parties look to form a coalition government. Indonesians will head to the polls on 17 April after a long campaign season that has placed policy making on the back burner. Meanwhile, political maneuvering is ramping up ahead of the May 2019 mid-term elections in the Philippines and in 2020 for the national elections in Myanmar.

Join us at the FIA Lunch Series, held in collaboration with the Asia Group Advisors, as we discuss key insights and provide analysis on these developments, and explore the potential impacts to the food industry.



Adam Schwarz
Founder and CEO
Asia Group Advisors

Adam Schwarz is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Asia Group Advisors, where he counsels senior executives on business opportunities in key Southeast Asian markets and how to effectively manage political, economic, and security risks.

Based in Southeast Asia since 1987, Mr. Schwarz has a deep set of relationships with business, political and civil society leaders across the region and is considered a leading global authority on Indonesia. 

He is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for both the Jakarta-based Centre for Public Policy Transformation and the Washington, DC-based U.S.-Indonesia Society (USINDO). He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore, where he lectures on political, economic and security issues across Southeast Asia. 


Tran Vu Hoai
Asia Group Vietnam

Tran Vu Hoai is Chairman of AGA Vietnam. He received his MBA from Harvard University as one of Vietnam’s first Fulbright Scholars. Upon returning to Vietnam in 1994, Hoai co-founded and managed Galaxy Communications for over seven years.

Mr. Hoai led Galaxy to become the largest public and government relations firm in Vietnam, with offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The firm serves major multinational technology, banking, and retail corporations. Galaxy is also invested in and manages Galaxy Studio, a leading media and entertainment company in Vietnam, producing and distributing movies as well as developing and operating movie theaters.

Hoai served as the Vice President of Unilever Vietnam for fifteen years, overseeing corporate relations. He is a founding member of the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development.