Event Details

2022 is turning out to be a more interesting year than we expected. Despite a sense in January that we could see the light at the end of the Covid tunnel, the outbreaks in China have shown us that there are still challenges in other markets that can affect us here in South-East Asia. The war in Ukraine is a reminder that disruptions do not have to come singly but instead can occur simultaneously, suggesting we really need to keep an eye on what is coming even as we deal with what is here now.

It helps to step back and assess where we are and where we think we are going, and to that end we offer this mid-year update on the political, economic, technological, and demographic factors shaping the business environment in the region. We will explore the trends that will affect through the rest of this year and into the next, allowing you to make informed mid-course corrections to your business strategy. Some of the questions we expect to help you answer include:

  • What is the impact of the war in Ukraine on South-East Asia's economic growth?
  • How is China's economy faring, and what effect will that have as the largest customer for many firms in our region?
  • Where will inflation go, and how are central banks responding?
  • How might elections in the region affect domestic policies and international relations?

We look forward to seeing you there!

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 ecn_sea@economist.com.


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Presentation, panel discussion and Q&A


  • Sharon Seah (Senior Fellow and Coordinator at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute)

    Sharon Seah

    Senior Fellow and Coordinator at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

    Ms Sharon Seah is Senior Fellow and Coordinator at the ASEAN Studies Centre and the Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. Prior to academia, Ms Seah spent 15 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore and the National Environment Agency. Her research interests are in ASEAN, multilateralism, rule of law, and climate change. Ms Seah graduated with a Master in Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne in 2018. She is co-editor of 50 Years of ASEAN and Singapore (World Scientific: 2017) and editor of Building a New Legal Order for the Oceans (NUS Press: 2019) by Tommy Koh. She is also the lead author of The State of Southeast Asia Survey Report and the Southeast Asia Climate Outlook Survey.

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  • Syetarn Hansakul (Country Analyst at Economist Intelligence Unit)

    Syetarn Hansakul

    Country Analyst at Economist Intelligence Unit

  • William Thomas (Director, South-east Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    William Thomas

    Director, South-east Asia of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    William Thomas is the Director of Economist Intelligence Corporate Network in South-east Asia. An experienced advisor to senior business and government leaders, he helps organisations understand the strategic, operational, and talent implications of geopolitical changes.

    William holds a PhD in public policy from George Mason University in the US, as well as a degree in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA. His academic research has centered on managing change in large, multinational organisations, with an emphasis on organisational culture.

    William is a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel, having spent much of his 21-year career as a strategic planner for complex operations such as humanitarian assistance and counterterrorism. He was Associate Professor of Political Science at the US Air Force Academy, and later taught at Georgetown University in Washington DC and as a Fulbright Scholar at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

    Having worked in Asia since 2012, William has focused on leadership development and organisational change as a consultant, leadership coach, and training facilitator.

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Raffles Hotel Singapore

Casuarina Suite (Level 3),
1 Beach Road,
Singapore 189673


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