Event Details

Business has endured a year of unprecedented disruption, challenge and, for some, opportunity in 2020. With 2021 just around the corner, focus is necessarily shifting from crisis management to medium-term strategy. To help you with this, we will bring together two EIU experts to share with you what is on our agenda for 2021, followed by an extensive Q&A session where we hope you will also share what is on your mind.

John Marrett, Senior Analyst in our Asia department, will let you know what to expect in economies, politics and policy across the countries of South-east Asia. With political instability rising in many places, notably Thailand and Malaysia, John will share where we see things developing, and also give his assessment of Indonesia's policy reforms, evolving regional security alliances, what the US election and US-China relations mean for ASEAN, the outlook for regional currencies and our updated forecasts of middle-income consumer growth.

Barsali Bhattacharyya, Manager in our Industry department, will look across the region with a deeper dive into the six key industries of technology, consumer goods, financial services, healthcare, automotive and energy. She will discuss developments we expect to be at the forefront for business in 2021, such as whether the astronomical rates of growth of e-commerce can continue, what new business or consumer taxes might be coming down the pipeline, the pace of 5G rollout, and whether South-east Asian tech firms can benefit from increasing pressure on Huawei. The discussion is based on the "Industries in 2021" report which you can download here

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.


12:30 PM - 12:40 PM
12:40 PM - 1:15 PM
1:50 PM - 2 PM


  • John Marrett (Senior Analyst / Manager, Country Risk Service Asia at The Economist Intelligence Unit)

    John Marrett

    Senior Analyst / Manager, Country Risk Service Asia at The Economist Intelligence Unit

    John is a Senior Analyst for Asia-Pacific based in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Hong Kong office. He covers Vietnam, Indonesia and Hong Kong. His specialist research interests include monetary policy, tourism and electronics goods trade, while he has also had tenures covering Bangladesh, Mongolia, Taiwan and Thailand. John is also the Asia Manager for Country Risk Service, The Economist Intelligence Unit’s credit risk rating product.

    Before joining the EIU he worked as a Project Officer on several European Commission business facilitation projects in Beijing, China. He also previously worked for The Asia Foundation in Mongolia, a non-government international organisation, on their anti-corruption and good mining practices programmes. John holds a Master's degree in Economics with reference to the Asia-Pacific region from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he specialised in the economic and demographic development of China and East Asia.

    view more
  • Barsali Bhattacharyya (Manager, Industry Briefing at The Economist Intelligence Unit)

    Barsali Bhattacharyya

    Manager, Industry Briefing at The Economist Intelligence Unit

    Barsali is a Manager in The EIU's Industry Briefing operations where she oversees a team of six analysts and the subscription services across three of our industries, with a special focus on consumer goods and retail. She is responsible for producing analysis on consumer behaviour, retail trends as well as five-year forecasts aimed at estimating sizes of consumer markets across 53 countries.

    She joined The EIU in 2016 as an analyst focused on the telecoms industry. Prior to this she was an associate at Evalueserve, a research agency, working on custom projects for multinational corporations. She has over three years of experience as a business journalist, working with Business Standard and India Today, two Indian newspapers, covering the e-commerce, hospitality and education beats.

    Barsali holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College and a post-graduate degree in Media and Communication from Indian Institute of Mass Communication.

    view more
  • 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.

    view more