Event Details

As the new year begins, wars are raging in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. And shipping is under attack in the Red Sea, threatening new transport and commodity price spikes. These crises are explosive in their own right. Combine them with a presidential race in America and 2024 promises to be a make-or-break year for the post-1945 world order.

The 2020s were destined to be dangerous. The West's share of world GDP has fallen towards 50% for the first time since the 19th century. Countries such as India and Turkey believe the global institutions created after 1945 do not reflect their concerns. China and Russia want to go further and subvert this system. Their club - the enlarged BRICS bloc (now including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Iran) - clearly has more than one eye on upsetting US political and financial hegemony. Though America's economy is still pre-eminent, its unipolar moment has ended. And its allies in Europe and Japan are in relative economic decline.

We'll continue our EICN Regional Strategic Forecast programme exploring this unfamiliar landscape, with its new alliances, fierce rivalry, mistrust and weaponization of finance, technology and critical minerals. How will businesses be impacted by industrial policies that support strategically important domestic priorities over trade? And what does this especially mean for business in China and the region?

Join us, and leading thinkers and business leaders, as we assess the implications of this multipolar disorder.

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 contact us.


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration, socializing and breakfast
8:30 AM - 8:35 AM
Opening remarks
8:35 AM - 9:30 AM
Global outlook presentation
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Coffee Break / Networking
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Panel discussion, Q&A
10:45 AM - 10:50 AM
Closing remarks


  • Emily Mansfield (Regional Director, Europe of The Economist Intelligence Unit)

    Emily Mansfield

    Regional Director, Europe of The Economist Intelligence Unit

    Emily leads The Economist Intelligence Unit’s analysis for France and Germany, and plays a leading role on the Europe editorial team, developing clear views on the political and economic issues of the day, and their implications for corporate, financial and government clients. She is particularly interested in the impact of political fragmentation, Europe’s changing role in the world, and the outlook for (and risks to) economic policy and performance in the region. Emily also works on the company’s flagship Democracy Index, and has presented regularly on democracy to audiences across Europe since 2016.

    Emily joined The Economist Intelligence Unit in 2011. Her previous role was as Country Forecast Director, which included responsibility for a business environment ranking for 82 economies. Emily developed a new index for technological readiness within this, gaining expertise on questions of productivity growth and the impact of artificial intelligence.

    Emily holds a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of London, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Cambridge.

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  • Dr. Jacob Kam (Chief Executive Officer at MTR Corporation Limited)

    Dr. Jacob Kam

    Chief Executive Officer at MTR Corporation Limited

    Dr Kam was appointed as the CEO of MTR Corporation and a member of the Board on 1 April 2019. Before the CEO appointment, Dr Kam held various Managerial and Directorate positions in the Corporation.

    As the CEO, Dr Kam is responsible for all performance of the Company and its group companies, both in and outside Hong Kong.

    Dr Kam is an Honorary Chairman of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and a member of the Board/ Council of various professional and community institutions including being a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) Executive Council.

    Dr Kam qualified as Chartered Member / Fellow of various international professional institutions in engineering, transport & logistics, business management and occupational safety and health. Dr Kam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering.

    He was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong in 2021.

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  • Joe Ngai (Senior Partner and Chairman - Greater China at McKinsey & Company)

    Joe Ngai

    Senior Partner and Chairman - Greater China at McKinsey & Company


    Joe is a senior partner and chairman of McKinsey’s offices in Greater China, which comprises of 800 partners and consultants across Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Taipei.

    Previously, Joe led McKinsey’s Financial Services and Private Equity Practices in Greater China. He has led many large-scale transformation efforts for Chinese and multinational organizations and has advised senior management on topics such as strategy, M&A, and operational transformations.

    Joe is frequently quoted in top-tier media outlets such as CNBC, the Financial Times and China Daily, as well as major local media. He is the author of numerous reports on China’s financial institutions and is coauthor of Life Insurance in Asia: Sustaining Growth in the Next Decade (Wiley, September 2012), which offers a comprehensive look at the challenges and opportunities facing insurers across Asia. Joe speaks frequently at major international forums on a range of topics including The Next China, financial services, leadership and management, and social enterprises.

    He has been appointed to various government advisory committees, and he is also a board member of the Hong Kong Education Commission and the University Grants Council.

    Joe is passionate about social enterprise and education. He is chairman of DiamondCab, an award-winning social enterprise that provides taxi services to people with physical disabilities; president of Phillips Exeter Academy Association of Hong Kong; a director of the Diocesan Boys’ School Foundation; and a director and former president of the Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong.

    Recognized for his influence, Joe was named one of the "2023 Forbes China 100 Most Influential Chinese" and was honored as one of the "2022 CEOs of the Year for Multinational Corporations in China" by Jiemian News. He is also appointed as a Justice of Peace by the Hong Kong Government.

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

    Edward Chui

    Director, Hong Kong of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Mr. Edward Chui is the Hong Kong Director at the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network.

    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 JP Morgan 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 Star TV, a subsidiary of News Corp, Alter Ego 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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