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Once again, we are delighted to invite EICN members to gaze into the crystal ball with Tom Standage​, deputy editor of The Economist and editor of its future-gazing annual, The World Ahead.

The Economist is known for its thought provoking predictions and challenges to conventional thinking. These are given special focus in The World Ahead.

The World Ahead 2023 will build on more than three decades of publishing success. This will be the 37th edition. It will consider the interlocking crises facing the world in the year ahead: the global consequences of the war in Ukraine for geopolitics, energy and food supplies; the struggle to control inflation, a side-effect of the pandemic magnified by the war; the energy crunch's impact on the transition to renewables; and China's uncertain post-pandemic path.

A special section, "Understand This", will explain the jargon and buzzwords readers will need to know in 2023, such as blue hydrogen, frozen conflict, dead pool and post-quantum cryptography.

On December 13, exclusive to EICN members, we invite you to get a sneak peak and discuss the main trends we should all be preparing for in 2023. Tom will discuss his "Top Ten" trends in a recorded interview with Sumana Rajarethnam, Director, EICN Southeast Asia, and we will convene a panel of futurists and foresight experts to get deeper into why those trends matter.

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 eicn_sea@economist.com.



  • Sheila Pakir (Founder and Principal of Kaye Consulting)

    Sheila Pakir

    Founder and Principal of Kaye Consulting

    Sheila is the Founder and Principal of Kaye Consulting, which provides expertise in strategic communications, leadership development and coaching, and strategic foresight. She is also a Singapore Futures Fellow with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, an Associate with the Civil Service College of Singapore (International), an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, and the LEAD Impact Initiative Coach with OCBC Bank and the NUS Business School.

    Prior to founding her consultancy, Sheila spent a decade in the Singapore Government. A former Administrative Officer, she last held Deputy Director appointments in Communications Group, Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Communications and Information, where her portfolios included crisis communications, building resilience against misinformation, and whole-of-government communication strategy. Prior to that, Sheila held appointments in the Pioneer Generation Office coordinating ground outreach on national healthcare programmes, in the Ministry of Home Affairs drafting domestic security policies, and in the Centre for Strategic Futures undertaking scenario planning and foresight work to help shape national strategies.

    An accomplished writer and editor, Sheila co-edited “Navigating a Complex World: A Simple Guide for Public Officers” with Mr Peter Ho, a previous Head of the Civil Service, on Singapore’s experience with strategic foresight and complexity. Sheila is also an Editor with The Birthday Collective.

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  • Firdaos Rosli (Chief Economist at Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad)

    Firdaos Rosli

    Chief Economist at Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad

    Firdaos joined Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad as Chief Economist with effect from 1 September 2022.

    He was the Chief Economist at MARC Ratings Berhad. Prior to MARC Ratings, he spent almost ten years in the Institute of Strategic & International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, a research organization, in various roles - from Senior Analyst (Economics) to Director of Economics, Trade and Regional Integration. During his time with ISIS Malaysia, he served as a short-term external consultant to the World Bank and was a former EXCO member of the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association.

    From 2005-2010, Firdaos served with the Malaysian government as an Administrative and Diplomatic Officer under the purview of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), where he worked on policies concerning bilateral and regional trade relations, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and industrial development. He also served in the Minister's Office as the Senior Private Secretary to MITI's Deputy Minister from 2008 to 2010.

    Firdaos completed his Master of Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as a 2019/2020 Chevening scholar. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance degree from Lancaster University, UK, a Diploma in Public Administration from the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), Malaysia and a Business Foundation Programme from St. Andrew's College in Cambridge, UK.

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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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