Event Details

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 8 December, Tom will bring to life the content of this year's publication exclusively for members of the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network.

At this exclusive event, which will bring together EICN members from all nine of our network cities, Tom will join us online from Singapore to present his compilation of predictions for 2023, and explore some of the world's most pressing issues for the year ahead.

For Seoul we will be offering members the opportunity to join us physically. Those who attend in-person - at 6pm at Kensington Hotel Yeouido - will be able to enjoy dinner & drinks.

If you'd like to attend online, please register from here.


6:00 PM - 6:20 PM
Registration and networking
6:20 PM - 6:30 PM
Welcome introduction
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
World ahead 2023 and dinner
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cocktail party


Kensington Hotel Yeouido

16, Gukhoe-daero 76-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu
Seoul, Korea (South)

If you have any questions please contact EICN North Asia

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  • Tom Standage (Editor, The World Ahead: 2022, Deputy Editor at The Economist)

    Tom Standage

    Editor, The World Ahead: 2022, Deputy Editor at The Economist

    Tom Standage is deputy editor of The Economist and editor of the yearly “The World in..” series. He is also responsible for the newspaper’s digital strategy and the development of new digital products, including Espresso and Economist Films. He joined The Economist as science correspondent in 1998 and was subsequently appointed technology editor, business editor and digital editor. He is the author of six history books, including “Writing on the Wall” (2013), “The Victorian Internet” (1998) and “A History of the World in 6 Glasses” (2005). He studied engineering and computing at Oxford University and has written for other publications including the New York Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian and Wired, taking a particular interest in the internet’s cultural and historical significance.

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  • Michael Breen (CEO of Insight Communications)

    Michael Breen

    CEO of Insight Communications

    Michael is a consultant, author and columnist with a varied experience with Korea. He is the founding chairman and CEO of Insight Communications Consultants, a Seoul-based consultancy which works with local and international companies on their public relations-related issues both in Korea and overseas. Michael has lived in Seoul for 40 years. He was the correspondent for The Washington Times as well as The Guardian, and later for The Times (of London). He is a past President of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents’ Club. He left journalism to start a consultancy advising companies in North Korea and later became the managing director of the Korea office of the US communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He established his own company in 2004. He was made an honorary citizen of Seoul in 2001.

    He has been a columnist for The Korea Times and Chosun Ilbo and currently writes for Asia Business Daily. He has also written columns for international publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic. Michael is the author of two books on South Korea, The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation and The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies.

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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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