Event Details

We are not yet in a global recession, but governments and businesses the world over are bracing against rising costs, wondering about the impact of higher interest rates, and worried about slower growth. As the war in Ukraine and pandemic disruptions continue to wreak havoc on supply chains, talk of stagflation abounds.

The picture is not entirely bleak, however. Unemployment levels across many economies are very low, some economies are set to grow fast, and there remain opportunities for innovation regionally and globally in areas like climate or digitalisation that can be drivers of corporate growth.

We will explore the factors contributing to a potential global recession - including interest rates, energy and commodity price volatility, supply shocks, geopolitics - and the factors that might save us from it. Changing growth drivers amid shifting supply chains, capital flows, and the role of China will also be on the agenda.

Join us for the Regional Strategic Forecast where Simon Baptist, our Chief Economist, and a panel of distinguished speakers from several business sectors, 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.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please send an email to ecn_sea@economist.com.


8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
8:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Presentation, panel discussion and Q&A


  • 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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  • Julian McGill Conway (Head of South East Asia at LMC International)

    Julian McGill Conway

    Head of South East Asia at LMC International

    Dr Julian Conway McGill is the Head of South East Asia at LMC International. He is in charge of LMC’s research in South East Asia. He and his team are based in Kuala Lumpur. Their work aims to help clients better understand the economics of crops, agricultural commodities and their value chain. Dr McGill holds an M.A. (Honours) in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and completed his PhD (DPhil) at the University of Oxford.

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  • Nick Khaw (Head of Research, Economist at Khazanah Nasional Berhad)

    Nick Khaw

    Head of Research, Economist at Khazanah Nasional Berhad

    Nick is an economist and Head of Research at Khazanah Nasional Berhad. As Head of Research, Nick is responsible for knowledge generation, knowledge dissemination and knowledge management across Khazanah, in support of Khazanah’s mandate and the various Investments teams across all geographies, sectors and asset classes. Nick is also the Co-Head of Dana Impak, an allocation within Khazanah to undertake national strategic investments. Prior to Khazanah, Nick served as an economist in Malaysia’s Economic Planning Unit, where he was directly involved in several national development initiatives. Nick holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard Kennedy School and completed his undergraduate studies in Economics at Harvard College.

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  • Sumana Rajarethnam (Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Sumana Rajarethnam

    Director, South-East Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Sumana is a senior policy professional with 17 years of experience. Having worked at several dynamic and vibrant tech firms, Sumana designs and implements policies through advocacy, strategic communication and evidence-based analysis. With a flair for writing and communication, Sumana is able to negotiate complex engagements & cultivate senior-level internal/external relationships.

    Sumana holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a B.A. in Political Science and Geography from UCLA.

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