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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 in-person event, Tom will present his compilation of predictions for 2023, and explore some of the world's most pressing issues for the year ahead.

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 eicn_sea@economist.com.


5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Registration and Networking
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Keynote by Tom Standage (dinner served from 6pm)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Panel Discussion


  • 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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  • Sheila Pakir (Founder and Principal of Kaye Consulting)

    Sheila Pakir

    Founder and Principal of Kaye Consulting

    Sheila is the Founder and Principal of Kaye Consulting, which provides expertise in strategic communications, leadership development and coaching, and strategic foresight. She is also a Singapore Futures Fellow with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, an Associate with the Civil Service College of Singapore (International), an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, and the LEAD Impact Initiative Coach with OCBC Bank and the NUS Business School.

    Prior to founding her consultancy, Sheila spent a decade in the Singapore Government. A former Administrative Officer, she last held Deputy Director appointments in Communications Group, Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Communications and Information, where her portfolios included crisis communications, building resilience against misinformation, and whole-of-government communication strategy. Prior to that, Sheila held appointments in the Pioneer Generation Office coordinating ground outreach on national healthcare programmes, in the Ministry of Home Affairs drafting domestic security policies, and in the Centre for Strategic Futures undertaking scenario planning and foresight work to help shape national strategies.

    An accomplished writer and editor, Sheila co-edited “Navigating a Complex World: A Simple Guide for Public Officers” with Mr Peter Ho, a previous Head of the Civil Service, on Singapore’s experience with strategic foresight and complexity. Sheila is also an Editor with The Birthday Collective.

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  • Takayuki Yokota (Director, Representative Senior Managing Corporate Executive of Azbil Corporation)

    Takayuki Yokota

    Director, Representative Senior Managing Corporate Executive of Azbil Corporation

    Takayuki Yokota has been successively serving as the head of Group Management Headquarters and the head of International Business Headquarters of Azbil Corporation. He assumed the post of Director in 2018 and has been responsible for overall corporate administrative functions, and he has worked on risk management, corporate governance, CSR initiatives, active returns to shareholders as well as appropriate compliance in accounting. Moreover, he is making use of his experience of global business and IR activities, gained at a financial institution, to improve the structure of overseas subsidiaries as well as develop a global foundation for overseas business growth. Also, as the chief officer in charge of Corporate Communications, he is actively promoting measures such as constructive communication with stakeholders. Since he possesses broad knowledge concerning business management overall and outstanding leadership, the Company has judged him to be an appropriate and necessary person for the enhancement of sustainable enterprise value.

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  • Chor Pharn LEE (Principal Foresight Analyst at Centre for Strategic Futures)

    Chor Pharn LEE

    Principal Foresight Analyst at Centre for Strategic Futures

    Chor Pharn has extensive public service experience helming strategic and business development roles. In his current post as Principal Foresight Analyst, he supports and advises on CSF’s foresight research agenda, and translation into strategy at various government platforms. He has also served in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, overseeing strategic foresight and futures thinking to support economic policy analysis, and in a business development role at the China office of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. Chor Pharn has a Masters of Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

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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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Asia Square Tower 2,
Singapore 018961


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