Event Details

We are not yet in a global recession, but governments and businesses the world over are bracing for rising costs, continuing inflation, and slower growth. As the war in Ukraine and pandemic disruptions continue to wreak havoc on supply chains, it seems that stagflation is here to stay. The picture is not entirely bleak, however. Unemployment levels across many economies are very low, recession is less likely for most Asian economies, and there remain opportunities for innovation regionally and globally in areas like climate or digitalisation that can be drivers of corporate growth that address pressing global problems.

Join us for the Regional Strategic Forecast where we will consider how companies can cut through the noise about the challenges of this moment and constructively think about risk resilience and standing up to the next recession. We will explore the factors contributing to a potential global recession - including interest rates, energy and commodity price volatility, supply shocks and more - and the factors mitigating it - including high employment, household savings, high corporate profits, and more. We will also explore the drivers of growth in Asia moving forward amid shifting supply chains, capital flows, and the role of China. Against the backdrop of geopolitical challenges, the tension between the climate and energy crises, and the shifting geography of global business, join us to gain insights on the crucial issues companies ought to watch and how to remain cognisant of current risks while seizing 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 at eicn_hongkong@economist.com


8 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration & Networking
8:30 AM - 8:35 AM
Opening Remark
8:35 AM - 9:30 AM
Global Outlook Presentation, Q&A
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
9:40 AM - 10:25 AM
Panel Discussion, Q&A
10:25 AM - 10:30 AM
Closing Remarks


  • Vicki Fan (Chief Executive Officer at Mercer Hong Kong)

    Vicki Fan

    Chief Executive Officer at Mercer Hong Kong

    Senior leader with 21 years’ experience in business growth, client centricity and people.

    Accomplished in corporate management and consulting, with a strong focus on business strategy, transformation and digitalization. Currently a market Chief Executive Officer for Mercer and previously a Big 4 Partner, Vicki has led top client accounts globally and large-scale strategic change programs for MNCs.

    Originally from Taiwan, Vicki has lived/ worked in Hong Kong and New York. Hold a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University in New York.

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  • David Liu (Regional Managing Director, Asia-Pacific of Kroll)

    David Liu

    Regional Managing Director, Asia-Pacific of Kroll

    David Liu is a regional managing director based in Hong Kong. In addition, he serves as City Leader for Hong Kong, is an operating member of Kroll’s Asia-Pacific (APAC) Management Committee, and a member of the APAC Regional Board for Kroll’s Charitable Foundation. He leverages more than 20 years of experience advising and working with financial institutions, private equity sponsors, family offices, venture capital and financial technology firms across engagements involving capital markets, environmental, social and governance (ESG) and digital assets.

    David leads Kroll’s APAC growth strategy, client relationship management, and enterprise sales along with our ESG advisory services in the region.

    Prior to his current position, David served as the Head of Asia Pacific for Kroll’s Compliance, Risk and Diligence practice, where he assisted clients to manage risks such as complying with anti-money laundering (AML), anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABC) regulations. This included conducting AML program reviews, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program reviews, and complex reputational and ESG policy due diligence for financial institutions and corporations.

    David has extensive experience with initial public offering (IPO) due diligence for investment banks, working with sponsors, underwriters, and law firms to manage regulatory, sanctions, and compliance risks. Additionally, he has managed market-sizing, market entry and benchmarking assessment projects across APAC for corporate clients, international development banks and sovereign wealth funds.

    David is a key advisor for financial and regulatory technology accelerators and associations where he supports early-stage venture backed companies, institutional firms and various exchanges in navigating the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape surrounding blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

    Before joining Kroll, David worked at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the leading global research and analysis division of The Economist Group. As the leader of EIU’s consulting business in APAC, he was responsible for driving growth, along with helping financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, multinationals, and various government agencies to navigate and mitigate a wide range of economic, regulatory, political, operational and financial risks.

    David’s additional experience includes managing business, strategy and operational risks for a venture-backed technology company in China focused on mobile payments and transactions. There, he spearheaded partnerships with telecom leaders such as China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. Before that, he managed institutional banking partnerships at one of the top global financial institutions, where he worked closely with clients that included Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citibank, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank.

    David received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. from the University of California. He has also completed certificates for the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme (University of Oxford, Saiid Business School) and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

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

    Dr. 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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  • Edward Chui (Director, Hong Kong of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Edward Chui

    Director, Hong Kong of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Edward Chui is the Hong Kong Director at the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network (EICN), and is responsible for program development and engaging with top executives in the region on key economic and political issues as well as industry-specific analysis to support their businesses in Hong Kong.

    Mr Chui has worked in the Greater China region for over 20 years. Before coming to The Economist Group, he was a consultant with Chesapeake Pacific Capital Management overseeing a range of thought leadership projects on the ultra-high net worth, family office, philanthropy, and next generation wealth succession. He was also Vice President at The Private Bank at JPMorgan in Hong Kong working with senior management in the expansion of the Asia Pacific business through special programs and wealth management publications for clients. Mr Chui also possesses extensive experience in the media and technology sectors having worked at StarTV, a subsidiary of NewsCorp, AlterEgo Networks in Silicon Valley and EF Education focusing on the China mobile business.

    Mr Chui has a BA in Government from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.

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  • Other panelists to be confirmed

    Other panelists to be confirmed