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As we enter into 2024, we are delighted to invite EICN members to join us for the 38th edition of The World Ahead; The Economist's future-gazing annual publication that is edited by Tom Standage, deputy editor of The Economist.

The World Ahead 2024 will consider the continuing geopolitical shifts caused by: the war in Ukraine; the new cold war between America and China; growing competition over the rules and resources that underpin the green-energy transition; and the consequences for countries, companies and citizens around the world as they grapple with economic uncertainty and rapid technological change. As countries accounting for more than half the world's population go to the polls, what will influence voters?

Join us on 13th Dec as we present Tom's ten trends that will shape 2024. This event will be exclusively for members of the EICN in Kuala Lumpur.

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.


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Doors open and registration
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Presentation and panel discussion
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM


  • Datuk Johan Idris (Managing Partner at KPMG Malaysia)

    Datuk Johan Idris

    Managing Partner at KPMG Malaysia

    Datuk Johan Idris is the Managing Partner of KPMG in Malaysia and serves as a member of the KPMG ASPAC Board and a Council Member of KPMG International.

    He served as the President of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) for the 2013–2015 term and was on the MIA panel for audit review license. He was also an Executive Member of the Financial Stability Executive Committee set up by Bank Negara Malaysia.

    Datuk Johan further extends his counsel as a Member of the Board of Directors at the National University of Malaysia (UKM) and as a University Senate Member and Board of Trustee of INCEIF.

    Datuk Johan’s professional associations include the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB), where he was a project leader of an accounting standard. He currently serves as an EXCO and Council member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), and a Board Member of the Malaysian Professional Accountancy Centre (MyPAC).

    His professional experience transcends Malaysia to include the USA and Indonesia.

    Under his leadership, KPMG in Malaysia has won multiple awards including Asia Risk Awards Risk Management Consulting Firm of the Year 2022, Sustainability & CSR Malaysia Company of the Year Award (2017–2022), Malaysia's 100 Leading Graduate Employers, Graduates’ Choice Awards and many others. In recognition of his Diversity and Inclusion advocacy, Datuk Johan was also presented the CEO Champion award by Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp).

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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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Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur

(Gallery 1, Level 8)
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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