Event Details

The Regional Strategic Forecast is our twice-yearly outlook on economic, political, and business conditions in Asia and around the world. The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic will have a huge and lasting negative effect on the global economy, likely leading to years of lost growth in many economies. China will be a rare exception, as we do not expect the country to enter a recession this year. Hong Kong is expected to see positive real growth in 2021, rebounding from two years of economic contraction.

This virtual event will focus on continued risks stemming from additional waves of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as other headwinds including the US-China trade war, and continued political and economic uncertainties in Hong Kong.

We invite you to join us and our panel of economists and commentators for our Regional Strategic Forecast in Hong Kong as we discuss:

  • The outlook for the global economy and regional highlights for 2021 and beyond
  • What factors will determine how well different economies will do in the recovery, and where key opportunities might lie for regional businesses based in Hong Kong
  • Dealing with debt - at an individual, corporate and sovereign level
  • Our predictions for currencies, trade, commodities, supply chains and jobs
  • The key risks beyond Covid-19, how they might play out, and what they mean for Asia
  • Tomorrow's big questions: what next for globalisation and capitalism?
  • How business leaders are navigating near-term volatility while positioning for longer-term growth

Our keynote speaker will be Simon Baptist, Chief Economist of The Economist Intelligence Unit. We will also have a panel of business leaders from the Corporate Network to share views about their outlook.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please send an email to ecn_hongkong@economist.com.


9 AM - 9:05 AM
Opening Remarks
9:05 AM - 9:30 AM
Global Outlook Presentation & Q&A
9:30 AM - 9:35 AM
Hong Kong Remarks
9:35 AM - 10:25 AM
10:25 AM - 10:30 AM
Wrap-up and Closing


  • Simon Baptist (Editorial Director and Chief Economist of The Economist Intelligence Unit)

    Simon Baptist

    Editorial Director and Chief Economist of The Economist Intelligence Unit

    Simon Baptist is Editorial Director and Chief Economist at The Economist Intelligence Unit. Prior to his current role, he has held a number of other senior management and editorial positions in the business, including Managing Director for Asia, Regional Director of our Asia editorial team, Director of Global Forecasting, and Consulting Director in both Europe and Asia

    Simon’s focus is on the global economy, national and international political developments, and public policy. He engages with business, government and international organisations, helping them to understand the operational and strategic implications of the EIU’s forecasts.

    He has a doctorate in economics from and was a lecturer at Oxford University, along with degrees in economics and science from the University of Tasmania. His academic research investigated technology and the determinants of productivity in manufacturing firms.

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  • Joshua Cole (Managing Partner, Hong Kong at Ashurst)

    Joshua Cole

    Managing Partner, Hong Kong at Ashurst

    Joshua Cole is the managing partner of Ashurst Hong Kong office and a partner in their corporate practice. He specialises in cross-border mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures in the Asia region. Joshua has advised on a number of high profile international acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures throughout the region and across a range of industry sectors, including financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, energy and resources and retail.

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  • Johannes Hack (Managing Director & General Manager North Asia of DZ Bank AG)

    Johannes Hack

    Managing Director & General Manager North Asia of DZ Bank AG

    Johannes Hack is the Chief Executive of DZ BANK's Hong Kong Branch and oversees the Bank's activities in China, Korea and Taiwan amongst others. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in June 2018, Johannes spent 10 years in Frankfurt and London heading DZ BANK's global Loan Syndication and the bank's European Renewable Financing business. He began his banking career as a Credit Analyst for Dresdner Bank in Berlin, Frankfurt and later as Head of Credit Department for BNP-Dresdner Bank in Moscow. Upon returning to Germany he spent 8 years with IKB Bank in Frankfurt and Duesseldorf as a Project Leader for Leverage Finance Transactions and latterly as a Loan Syndication Team Head. He holds a diploma in Economics from Technische Universitaet Berlin.

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  • Katryna Mojica (Chief Executive at Ogilvy Hong Kong)

    Katryna Mojica

    Chief Executive at Ogilvy Hong Kong

    Katryna Mojica has held country leadership positions for Ogilvy & Mather since 2006. She has driven expansion in Vietnam and Indonesia, and currently leads the network office in Hong Kong.

    She is associated with creating campaigns that helped drive social change, including work for Kimberly-Clark that changed the way girls were portrayed; and an IPA-awarded campaign which ultimately influenced government legislation requiring the use of motorcycle helmets in Vietnam. Under her leadership, Ogilvy Indonesia won its first Cannes Lion in its 40-year history.

    Ogilvy is an award-winning integrated creative network that makes brands matter for Fortune Global 500 companies as well as local businesses across 131 offices in 83 countries. It has been a consistent industry leader in Hong Kong, where it has been present since 1962. The company creates experiences, design and communications that shape every aspect of a brand’s needs through six core capabilities: Brand Strategy, Advertising, Customer Engagement and Commerce, PR and Influence, Digital Transformation, and Partnerships.

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  • Janet Pau (Director, Hong Kong of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Janet Pau

    Director, Hong Kong of The Economist Corporate Network

    Janet Pau is the Director of The Economist Corporate Network in Hong Kong. She brings her experience working with top executives throughout Asia, coupled with economic knowledge and industry insight to help organisational leaders and their teams gain a holistic, practical appreciation of the opportunities and challenges in Greater China and across Asia.

    Before joining The Economist Corporate Network, Janet was Program Director for the Asia Business Council, developing and delivering content for private forums for an all-CEO membership in Asia for more than a decade. Prior to that, she was Manager at the Global Business Policy Council at consulting firm A.T. Kearney in Washington D.C., where she led consulting projects and intellectual capital publications for senior executive clients in both business and government.

    Janet’s publications include Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation (Wiley, 2012) and Building Energy Efficiency (Encyclopaedia of China Publishing House, Chinese edition, 2008). She was an op-ed contributor and columnist for the South China Morning Post from 2011 to 2019. She has also contributed opinion pieces and book chapters, and spoken at various local and regional business conferences.

    She serves on the leadership team of Hong Kong-based charity Beyond Foundation, which advocates for children with special needs and their families. She was a member on the Hong Kong Government’s Antiquities Advisory Board, Museum Advisory Board, and Central Policy Unit.

    Janet received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and psychology with honours from Yale University and a Master in Public Policy specializing in economic policy and competitiveness from Harvard University.

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