Event Details

Each year, the Economist Corporate Network gets our members' insights by conducting the Asia Business Outlook Survey (ABOS). The survey helps us understand business leaders' views on market environments, strategic priorities, and expectations for the Asia-Pacific region. Thanks to the contribution of our survey respondents, we are able to compile a comprehensive illustration of business trends using first-hand information.

This year's ABOS will be more important than ever. As much as many of us may want to wipe 2020 from our minds, we need to clarify not just where we are now but also where we think we are going. The lessons from last year, and the challenges ahead for this year, suggest we would all benefit from pausing, reflecting, and predicting before going forward.

Please join us for this event, where we will present the ABOS results and discuss their implications. We have invited panelists from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur whose industries are likely to emerge from the pandemic looking different from how they looked before, and we are excited to hear what they have to share. We expect to have those speakers confirmed soon, and we hope to have you join us for what will be a very valuable session.

This will be a hybrid event; we can have up to 40 members attend in person, and we have an online option for everyone else. Those joining us for breakfast and the in-person program will have the opportunity to meet with their peers in the network, while following safe distancing guidelines. We would also point out that those attending in person do NOT require a Covid test, due to the small size of the event.

Thank you to all who have been able to complete the ABOS, and we look forward to having you join our discussion of the results.

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.


8:30 AM - 10 AM
Presentation & Discussion


  • Rajeev Menon (President, Asia Pacific (excl Greater China) at Marriott International Inc)

    Rajeev Menon

    President, Asia Pacific (excl Greater China) at Marriott International Inc

    Rajeev Menon is the President for Marriott International Inc., for Asia Pacific excluding China (APEC). Mr. Menon is the business leader for the region, and he is responsible for the business performance, growth, driving key initiatives and ensuring implementation of brand and discipline programs. As at today, there are 440 operating Hotels & Resorts in APEC, operating under 23 unique brands, with an additional 265 new hotels under construction.

    Prior to being promoted to President in October 2019, Mr. Menon served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for APEC from March 2015 through September 2019. Under his leadership, Marriott has been recognized as one of the top performing International hotel company in APEC and has received numerous best employer awards for the past several years. From Aug 2007 till Feb 2015, Mr. Menon was Area Vice President for South Asia, as well as Pakistan, Malaysia and Australia during various periods of his assignment. Mr. Menon joined Marriott International in April 2001 as the General Manager of Renaissance Mumbai Hotel and Convention Center and Marriott Executive Apartments, Mumbai. In 2004, he moved to Sydney, Australia where he served as the General Manager of Sydney Harbour Marriott and Country General Manager for Australia.

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  • Lance Duan (General Manager at Roche (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.)

    Lance Duan

    General Manager at Roche (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

    Lance Duan is the General Manager of Roche Malaysia Sdn Bhd, the pharmaceutical division of Roche. Prior to his posting in 2017, Lance, a Chinese national was based in Roche China since 2011 where he served in various roles including Head of West Region and Head of Business Unit. His ability to build and lead a full-functional regional team and deliver results saw him moving up to become part of the Roche China's Pharmaceutical Leadership team. Lance has 20 years of cross-industry experience covering areas in pharmaceutical, academia, manufacturing and government. Since joining Roche Malaysia, Lance has been actively involved in engagement with stakeholders via the European Asean Business Association and Phama Industry Association.

    Lance holds a Masters in Business Administration from China Europe International Business School and a Bachelor's degree in Clinical Medicine from China Medical University.

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  • Ben Robinson (CEO of Raffles Quay Asset Management Pte Ltd)

    Ben Robinson

    CEO of Raffles Quay Asset Management Pte Ltd

    Ben has extensive experience in the commercial property industry including roles in Property Management, Asset Management, Investment and Development Management, in Australia and across South East Asia.

    Based in Singapore since 2011, Ben’s current role as Chief Executive Officer of Raffles Quay Asset Management (a Hongkong Land, Keppel Land and Cheung Kong joint venture) is to lead the business in the delivery of Asset, Facilities, Development and Project Management, Financial Governance and Community Engagement across the 4.5m sf premium grade mixed-use portfolio. Ben has led the business and digital transformation of Raffles Quay Asset Management during his time as CEO.

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  • William Thomas (Director, South-east Asia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    William Thomas

    Director, South-east Asia of The Economist Corporate Network

    William Thomas is the Director of the Economist Corporate Network in South-east Asia. An experienced advisor to senior business and government leaders, he helps organisations understand the strategic, operational, and talent implications of geopolitical changes.

    William holds a PhD in public policy from George Mason University in the US, as well as a degree in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA. His academic research has centered on managing change in large, multinational organisations, with an emphasis on organisational culture.

    William is a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel, having spent much of his 21-year career as a strategic planner for complex operations such as humanitarian assistance and counterterrorism. He was Associate Professor of Political Science at the US Air Force Academy, and later taught at Georgetown University in Washington DC and as a Fulbright Scholar at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

    Having worked in Asia since 2012, William has focused on leadership development and organisational change as a consultant, leadership coach, and training facilitator.

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