Event Details

Coming off the election fever of a contentious US presidential election, we turn our attention to Malaysia - a country facing a political impasse in the midst of a pandemic. With a potential snap General Election in the coming year and heightened economic challenges, will political outcomes be determined primarily by economic or other social undercurrents? Policy outcomes could vary substantially depending upon which of Malaysia's many parties end up in the governing coalition. We speak to experts in Malaysia's economic and political fields to better understand the potential political outcomes and implications to eventual public policy direction, given the current set of economic circumstances.

I am also excited to let you know that we are increasing our commitment to the Malaysian market by, for the first time, having an ECN Network Director based in Kuala Lumpur. We will be revealing the identity of this top economist at this event, which is another great reason to attend.

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_sea@economist.com.


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Presentation, panel discussion and Q&A


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

    Simon Baptist

    Global Chief Economist & Editorial Director 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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  • New Malaysia network director to be announced

    New Malaysia network director to be announced

  • Kim Leng Yeah (Professor of Economics and Senior Fellow at Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia)

    Kim Leng Yeah

    Professor of Economics and Senior Fellow at Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia

    Dr Yeah is a Professor of Economics and Senior Fellow at Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI) and Jeffrey Sachs Center (JSC) on Sustainable Development at Sunway University. Prior to this, he spent over 20 years in the private sector, principally as the chief economist at the country’s leading domestic credit rating agency. He holds an MBA and a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Hawaii, USA. He is currently the Deputy President of the Malaysian Economic Association. He was a former trustee of the Malaysian Tax Research Foundation and a former external member of the central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (2015-20).

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  • Adib Zalkapli (Director of BowerGroupAsia)

    Adib Zalkapli

    Director of BowerGroupAsia

    Adib is a Director at BowerGroupAsia, where he advises multinational corporations on Malaysian political and government affairs. Adib has served multinationals from various industries including internet, food, FMCG, financial services, mining and healthcare. He had previously worked as a Political Analyst at the British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur. Adib holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Nottingham.

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