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There has rarely been a more challenging time for global business - the war in Ukraine, the pandemic, inflation, supply chain disruptions, soaring commodity prices, and more. Join us to explore it all at the RSF. Asia's economies have diverged from other regions in terms of its brighter economic outlook and its specific fragilities related to heightened geopolitical risks and sustained supply chain risks. At the same time, the region is converging on trade while its monetary policies share similar external vulnerabilities. Asia's 'Catch 22' of divergence and convergence will continue to represent great promise and perils to multinational companies in Asia as they seek new breakthroughs and clear solutions.

Please join us for the Regional Strategic Forecast for Seoul which will feature the following:

- Business implications from Russia's invasion of Ukraine

- Our latest analysis of the global and Asian economies;

- Monetary policy risks and inflation concerns;

- US and global foreign and trade policies and implications for Asian markets;

- New frontiers for Asia's tech sector;

- The outlook and driving factors for the local economic and political environment;

- A panel of business leaders sharing how they are finding opportunities amid these ongoing challenges.

Kindly note that all attendees must be fully vaccinated (14 days after 2nd shot and if it has been 6months since their 2nd shot, booster shot is required). Attendees will have to scan a QR code before they enter the hall.

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 Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration and Networking
8:00 AM - 8:05 AM
Welcome introduction
8:05 AM - 8:45 AM
Presentation and Breakfast
8:45 AM - 9:05 AM
9:05 AM - 10:00 AM


Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, ARA I

97, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu,
Seoul, Korea (South)

If you have any questions please contact ECN North Asia

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  • Simon Baptist (Global Chief Economist & Editorial Director of The Economist Intelligence Unit)

    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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  • Jihyun Jem Kim (CEO of BriteBelly)

    Jihyun Jem Kim

    CEO of BriteBelly

    Jem is the CEO of BriteBelly, a plant-based foodtech startup with a mission to make eating a great experience and an easy choice for everyone.

    Previously, she was an HR and talent strategist for NYSE-listed
    e-commerce giant Coupang and an investigative reporter for The Korea Herald, the largest English publication in South Korea. She covered major business industries in tech, finance and retail, along with the government including Cheong Wa Dae, the Foreign Ministry, and the Commerce Ministry. Her last job as a journalist was Business Desk Editor.

    Jem's career in the food industry includes heading the Tokyo
    operations of leading natural food company Organica Inc. In Japan, Jem was also The Korea Herald Tokyo correspondent and senior market writer for NHK World.

    Returning to South Korea, she led Herald Corp.’s business development and co-founded an inhouse venture firm.
    Jem is a certified venture capitalist and a member of Ewha Management School's Association of Outside Directors.

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  • Peter A. Underwood (Managing Partner at IRC Consulting)

    Peter A. Underwood

    Managing Partner at IRC Consulting

    Peter is Managing Partner at IRC Consulting, a business development consultancy specialized in supporting Western companies to successfully identify and capitalize on business opportunities in and with Korea. The firm provides development services: market analysis, partner search and evaluation, business strategy planning and implementation. Since 1988, he has assisted many companies with establishing distributorships, technical licenses, joint ventures and acquisitions in a diverse range of industries including automotive, electronics, food and beverages, cosmetics, medical devices and business services. IRC has also assisted trade and investment promotion agencies in a number of countries and regions. Peter is often invited to address foreign visitors on Korea’s business culture and key business practices. He authored First Mover, a Korean language business book outlining changes needed to Korea’s business culture in order to achieve the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

    Peter has spent most of his life in Seoul and is fluent in Korean. He earned his MBA at the University of San Francisco and his B.A. in International Affairs & History at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon.

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  • Andrijana Cvetkovikj (Director, North Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Andrijana Cvetkovikj

    Director, North Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Andrijana Cvetkovikj has a Doctoral Degree from Nihon University, and an Executive MBA from the Fox School of Business, Temple University, and a Master Degree in Cinema and Media Studies from the National Academy of Theater and Film Arts of Sofia, Bulgaria. She is recipient of the the WIN Inspiring Women Worldwide Award 2022. Cvetkovikj was the first resident Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia in Japan from 2014-2018. Cvetkovikj was also the Head of the Digital Diplomacy Unit (2013-2014)and the Public Diplomacy Unit (2018) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Macedonia. She sits on the Board of Del Sole Corporation, and used to be an Executive Advisory Board Member of Cartier-Japan (2018-2020), promoting women’s entrepreneurship and mentoring. Cvetkovikj was a visiting professor at Kyoto University (2012), the International Center for Japanese Studies(2010-2011), the European University and other academic institutes. She is currently an Advisor to the OIST Foundation (the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology).

    Cvetkovikj is the Founder & CEO of BrioNexus, Co., Ltd., Tokyo based consultancy firm, and of a non-profit organization Ambassadors of Change. She is a member of the Japan Board Diversity Network (JBDN), and the Worldwide Women Corporate Directors (WCD) Organization. She has been a speaker at the UN Conference for Climate Change, the World Economic Forum, and other venues. In 2018 she received the distinguished award Doctor Honoris Causa by the European University for contributions in the Sciences and Arts.

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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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