This is a moment of transition for international trade and the global economy. And thus an ideal time to explore how companies are navigating disruptions amid economic headwinds, the war in Ukraine, uneven post-pandemic rebounds, supply chain concerns, rapid technological advances, and more. This navigation is taking place amid a geopolitical contest for the future of the global economic world order, even if the conversation has shifted from decoupling to de-risking. Asia is poised to be a bright spot for growth in a year of stagnation, even if China's recovery has been more muted than hoped. And looking ahead to 2024, we expect to see continued improvement in most markets. Companies are assessing these developments and the new geography of global business by focusing on risk resilience.
We invite you to join us for our September Regional Strategic Forecast. This flagship programme convenes twice a year to explore how companies can make the most of this moment and how what feels daunting might in fact be exciting.
In this programme, we will:
Present our latest analysis of the global and Asian economies and look ahead to 2024
Discuss implications of continued inflation, cost of living crises, energy security concerns, supply chain transformations, and more
Look at digitalisation, AI, and the role of tech in business
Unpack how companies can navigate through geopolitical influences on business
Consider how companies can manage risk, remain resilient, and unlock opportunities
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 Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.
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.
Dr Wei Li is Professor of Economics, Associate Dean of English MBA, Director of the Case Center and Director of the China Economy and Sustainable Development Center at CKGSB. He formerly served as a professor at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia. Previously, he was a research associate at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Studies and taught at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Director of CISS, Professor at Tsinghua University
Da Wei is director of the Center for International Strategy and Security (CISS) at Tsinghua，and professor of department of International Relations, school of Social Science, Tsinghua University.
Dr. Da ’s research expertise covers China-US relations and US security & foreign policy. Da Wei has worked in China’s academic and policy community for more than 2 decades. Prior to current positions, Dr. Da Wei was the assistant president of University of International Relations (2017-2020), director of the Institute of American Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (2013-2017). He has written hundreds of policy papers to Chinese government, and published dozens of academic papers on journals in China, the US and other countries.
Deputy Director of the Institute of World Economy and Politics, Deputy Director of the Research Center for International Finance at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Qiyuan Xu is a senior fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). He is the Deputy Director of the Institute of World Economy and Politics at CASS and the Deputy Director of the Research Center for International Finance(RCIF). He received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northeast Normal University in China and did postdoctoral research at the CASS before starting his career at the IWEP, CASS in 2011.
His research areas include China's macro economy, China-US economic and trade issues, global supply chain and value chain issues, and development financing. He has published over 80 papers and authored 11 monographs and translated 2 works. His notable works include "Reshaping the Global Industrial Chain: China's Choices," "Confronting the China-US Trade Conflict," and "China Financial Opening Report: Sensing the Temperature of Policies."
He serves as an advisor of the Ministry of Finance's International Affairs Expert Studio, a special invited survey expert for the "China's Economists Confidence Survey" conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics, an invited researcher of the China Finance 40 Forum(CF40), and a member of the National Advanced Manufacturing Cluster 50 Forum, a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the World Bank's flagship report World Development Report.
China Director of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network
Mattie Bekink is responsible for the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network’s China strategy, including programme development and client engagement across China.
Ms Bekink has extensive experience in the public, private and policy sectors. Prior to joining The Economist Group, she was the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in the Netherlands. She also ran an eponymous consulting business, advising businesses, universities and non-profit organisations on China policy, strategy, public affairs, and CSR. Ms Bekink practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has worked with the US-Asia Law Initiative at NYU Law School and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative China Program, and served in the legal department at General Motors China.
Ms Bekink has a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Director, Beijing of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network
Robert Xiao is the Director of the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network (EICN) in Beijing. He is responsible for engaging with top executives in the region and providing insights on economic and policy trends to support their business development in the Chinese market.
Mr Xiao was previously a PhD Supervisor and Deputy Director of the Impact Finance Hub at Deakin Business School before joining EICN. His research mainly focused on the fields of corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, and economic and financial policy analysis related to the Chinese market. He has authored multiple publications in Financial Times Top 50 Journals and been awarded major research grants jointly by the Australia Academy of Social Sciences and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He also has more than a decade of experience teaching business courses including in Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Finance, and Bachelor of Commerce programmes at leading universities.
Mr Xiao has a Ph.D. in Finance and B.Com. (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Monash University.
The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network (EICN) is the Economist Group’s executive briefing and networking service that runs a regular programme of closed-door events for senior-level executives seeking deeper insight into economic and business trends.
EICN’s mission is to help senior executives interpret how macro-level changes will impact on a micro-level in their firm and industry.