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.
APAC Director of NI (National Instruments Corporation)
Mandip brings with him rich experience in the digital transformation of organizations’ engineering processes to automate test workflow to create unique insights into the business. With the introduction of AI and machine learning into his repertoire, he works with engineering organizations to dynamically optimize engineering processes to help organizations engineer ambitiously. Most recently he has been involved in efforts to accelerate the development of autonomous driving, as well as 5G communications technologies.
Being a multi-cultural management and business development professional, Mandip is always appreciative of different perspectives from a diverse set of peers and personal mentors on his network. Outside of business, Mandip extends his passion in engineering to develop even younger talent, volunteering in robotic club activities at local elementary schools, hoping the experience would introduce a new perspective to them and pique the interest of children to expand their future possibilities in engineering.
Mandip is currently APAC Director for NI, covering for the Japan, Korea, India, and the ASEAN & ANZ markets, and is also the Representative Director for NI-Japan.
His favorite phrases: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” ~Oscar Wilde~
Executive Officer and CMO at Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
Ms. Ichikawa is Executive Officer and CMO at Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC), one of the largest Global materials and chemicals companies. She focuses on new business development. Her mission is to go beyond traditional technology-driven, product-out marketing approach and to generate new business models which bring value to future customers and society. She aims for MCHC Group to contribute to broader eco-system and industry value chain beyond raw materials.
Prior to MCHC, Ms. Ichikawa held various leadership positions in B2B marketing, innovation and change management at General Electric, Booz, Allen & Hamilton (currently part of PwC Consulting) and Novartis. She also had several years of venture capitalist experience with successful IPO and M&A exit deals at INCJ, a semi-public investment fund.
Ms. Ichikawa holds BA in Literature from The University of Tokyo and MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Senior Managing Executive Officer, Global Head of Equity and Co-Head of Research at SMBC Nikko Securities Inc
Trevor Hill was born in Venezuela, grew up in rural California, and attended Princeton University, where he majored in East Asian Studies. His thesis dealt with the varying objectives for the United States’ and Japan’s Overseas Development Aid programs. At Princeton, Trevor was player #15 on a 15-person golf team and a reggae deejay working the graveyard shift.
Trevor first came to Japan as a Princeton in Asia summer intern at Matsushita Electric in 1992. While in Osaka, he became a passionate Hanshin Tigers fan.
Upon completion of his degree in 1993, awarded magna cum laude, Trevor moved to Japan on a 1-year contract with the rural Hokkaido town of Shari. After 2 years in Shari, he relocated to Sapporo and worked for the Governor of Hokkaido. The core responsibilities of these positions centered on helping visitors from outside Japan to better access the wonders of Hokkaido, as well as for the local residents to get increased exposure to the rest of the world.
Following his government service, Trevor joined Price Waterhouse Consultants in Tokyo. He worked for 2 years at PWC, attaining the rank of Senior Consultant in the Financial Services group. He worked on projects at banks, brokers, insurance, and technology companies, helping international firms trying to improve their Japanese business, and domestic firms trying to improve their global business.
In 1998, Trevor transitioned from consulting to financial services companies to working for them directly. His first job was with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where he spent the bulk of his time on the equity derivatives desk. In 2002, Trevor moved to UBS Warburg Securities where he changed his focus from derivatives to cash products. At the time of his departure he was Managing Director, Global Head of Japanese Equity, Global Head of Portfolio Trading, and a member of the Global Cash Executive Committee.
Trevor has been with SMBC Nikko Securities since April 1, 2014. He is a Senior Managing Executive Officer, Global Head of Equity and Co-Global Head of Research. He was the first foreign executive officer at SMBC Nikko.
Outside of work, Trevor spends as much time with his 2 sons as they are willing to spend with him. As a family, they travel extensively, play golf, and are active in the Japanese Boy Scouts. Trevor is on the Board of Directors of Refugees International Japan and in the last year has accepted responsibilities as a US Citizen Warden, a post which the US Embassy makes clear does not make him a representative of the US Government, compensate him, or make him a spokesperson, consular officer, or consular agent. To date, neither of his children is willing to call him Warden, but he continues to hope.
Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network
Takuji Okubo is the North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network, managing the Networks in Japan and in South Korea.
Prior to joining The Economist Group, Takuji was the Managing Director and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, serving global fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in Japan and abroad. In his past career, Takuji was a Chief Economist at Societe Generale, in charge of Japan and of South Korea, and a senior economist at Merrill Lynch and at Goldman Sachs. Outside his role at ECN, Takuji also serves as a non-executive director at Japan Risk Forum, an association of Chief Risk Officers among Japanese financial institutions.
Takuji holds B.A in Economics from Tokyo University and while at the university he was a recipient of prestigious INOUE scholarship. He holds MBA from INSEAD and Msc. In Economics from UPF in Barcelona. Apart from work, he enjoys motor-cycling, scuba-diving, cooking as well as worrying about the future of the Japanese economy.