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Just as the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021 brought historic volatility, from the steepest global downturn on record to the strongest rebounds, 2022 has also been remarkably turbulent, with multiple idiosyncratic shocks including supply and demand imbalances, persistent waves of covid-19, and the war in Ukraine.

What will 2023 bring?

With many central banks likely to remain on a monetary tightening course, a substantial rise in borrowing costs will suppress consumer activity as well as business costs. Have we finally reached the inflationary peak? And how will currency markets react to the pause in Fed hikes? Meanwhile, geopolitical risk is mounting against the drumbeat of self-sufficiency and protectionism. What will a bifurcated world with parallel supply chains look like? Will China's exit from zero-covid shift the balance of power back to Beijing? Further exacerbating economic stability, dwindling private sector savings will put the resiliency of emerging economies to the test as growth looks to remain well below pre-pandemic trends. Where are the new growth markets? And how will they fare against the continued tightening of global finances and weaker global growth?

We invite you to join us at this critical juncture for our March Regional Strategic Forecast. This flagship programme convenes twice a year to explore how companies can become more resilient in the face of risk and navigate emerging challenges to global business.

In this programme, we will:

  • Present our latest analysis of the global and Asian economies,
  • Address the question of whether inflation has peaked and the consequences of a pause in Fed hikes,
  • Consider which emerging economies exhibit the most potential for consumer growth and which are on the wane,
  • Explore changes in the global trade landscape and their implications for business, and
  • Share perspectives on addressing current business challenges


7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration & networking
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Presentation by Simon Baptist and Q&A
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
Panel Discussion & 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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  • JiSook Lee (CFO at Bayer Group in Korea)

    JiSook Lee

    CFO at Bayer Group in Korea

    JiSook is CFO responsible for Korean subsidiaries of Bayer group, leading the wide range of the enabling functions covering finance, accounting, tax, IT, order to cash, supply change management, risk management, pharmaceutical channel management, commercial supports, etc.

    Before the current role, JiSook took a number of international senior leadership roles at Bayer from German HQ, APAC region in Singapore, to Korea, including CFO of ASEAN region, a global head of Governance of IT Crop Science, a head of Finance of Crop Science Korea. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Korea University and a Bachelor of Science from Yonsei University, in South Korea.

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  • Katie Wilson (Head of the Economics section at British Embassy, Seoul)

    Katie Wilson

    Head of the Economics section at British Embassy, Seoul

    Katie Wilson is Head of the Economics section at the British Embassy, Seoul. Her portfolio covers key economic issues in Korea including growth, financial services and global economic challenges. Her team aims to build and maintain a strong bilateral relationship between the UK and Korea in economic diplomacy. Before her assignment to Korea, Katie worked as an economist for the FCDO in London, where her roles included Russia-Ukraine economic analysis, Trade for Development, and Open Societies and Human Rights. Katie holds a Masters Degree in Development Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and prior to joining the FCDO, she held positions at WaterAid (gender equality consultant) and the Department for International Trade (programme manager).

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  • Jacco Zwetsloot (Network Moderator, Seoul at Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Jacco Zwetsloot

    Network Moderator, Seoul at Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Jacco Zwetsloot has lived in Korea for 20 of the last 25 years, with a broad range of work experience in the communication, legal, tourism, training and broadcasting sectors. He has worked as an English teacher, a tour guide for the US military, a regular radio show guest, and a translator of North Korean propaganda. Currently, Jacco works as a content creator for a communications consultancy Insight Communications Consultants, hosts a weekly podcast about North Korea, moderates panel discussions, writes a monthly Korean newspaper column and still leads occasional lunchtime walking tours in downtown Seoul for the Royal Asiatic Society Business & Culture Club. Jacco holds a Master of Arts degree in Korean Studies from Leiden University, a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Monash University and a separate Bachelor of Arts in Modern European Studies and German Language from the University of Melbourne.

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Charlotte Suite (36F), Lotte Hotel Seoul

Euliji-ro 30, Jung-gu,
Seoul, Korea (South)

If you have any questions please contact EICN North Asia

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