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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


8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Registration and networking
8:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Opening presentation
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
Panel discussion
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM


  • 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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  • Suhaimi Zainul-Abidin (Director of Quantedge Capital)

    Suhaimi Zainul-Abidin

    Director of Quantedge Capital

    Suhaimi Zainul-Abidin is a Director of Quantedge Capital and Quantedge Global Fund. Prior to joining Quantedge in 2013, Suhaimi was a Partner in the Banking & Finance practice of Allen & Gledhill LLP.

    While in practice, he was named by various legal profession and industry guides as a leading and notable legal practitioner in his area of specialization.

    Suhaimi graduated from the University of Nottingham with an LLB (Hons) degree and was called to the Singapore Bar in 2005 when he joined Allen & Gledhill LLP. He holds several board and equivalent positions at a number of Singapore government-related agencies and entities, including the National Environment Agency, the SkillsFuture Singapore Agency and the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre. He is also a director of Quantedge Foundation.

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  • Angie Stephen (Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific of Royal Caribbean International)

    Angie Stephen

    Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific of Royal Caribbean International

    Angie Stephen is Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, for Royal Caribbean International, the world’s largest cruise line. Angie has been with Royal Caribbean for over 24 years and has been based in Singapore since 2018.

    She oversees all marketing, commercial and operational activities for the company’s brands in the region, while also driving business growth within its markets. Most recently, Angie led Singapore to be the first market to return for Royal Caribbean globally, following the international pause of cruise vacations. Angie worked closely with the Singapore Tourism Board and regional governments to flawlessly implement conscientious health and safety procedures, while still delivering a world class holiday experience for guests.

    Prior to this, Angie was based in Shanghai, where she led Market Development for Greater China, developing sales distribution channels, brand marketing and partnerships. She was also previously based in Miami at the RCL Global Headquarters, where she has held many leadership positions within the sales and marketing function, including District Sales Manager, Trade Strategy, Training & Event Planning, and Marketing Operations.

    Outside of work, Angie can be found exploring nature and cycling with her family or enjoying local delicacies around town.

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  • Polka Mishra (Partner and Managing Director of Javelin Wealth Management)

    Polka Mishra

    Partner and Managing Director of Javelin Wealth Management

    Polka has almost 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, including nearly a decade as a Partner at Javelin Wealth Management. In her role, she is responsible for delivering sustained profitable growth of the business by building long-term client relationships and generating consistent returns based on each client's unique needs.

    Prior to Javelin, she worked as an investment banker, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and private equity syndication at Daiwa Capital Markets and Avendus Capital.

    She holds a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Post Graduate Program in Management from the Indian School of Business.

    Beyond her work, Polka's interests include scuba diving, and she is a certified professional scuba diving instructor. Additionally, she holds a black belt in Taekwondo.

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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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Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

(Crescent Ballroom)
190 Orchard Boulevard,
Singapore 248646


If you have any questions please contact EICN SEA

Contact Organizer

+65 65345177

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