This may be the "Asian century" but pitfalls still abound for the region, among which contested geopolitics is the most prominent. The Asia region is now looking similar to late 19th-century Europe, with territorial disputes among neighbouring countries; intensifying competition between a rising power (China) and an established power that is reluctant to cede influence (the US), and the lack of a recognised arbitration framework with which to manage this conflict.
Most countries are desperate to avoid taking sides, as they balance economic ties to China with support for the security role played by the US. Their ability to be neutral, however, will be tested as superpower competition deepens and is dictated more by ideology.
Join us as we discuss how the two superpowers will navigate trade, manage international relations and what role does Asia play in their strategic visions. Mattie Bekink, our China director with years of experience operating in China will share her views.
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China Director of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network
Mattie Bekink is responsible for the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network’s China strategy, including programme development and client engagement across China.
Ms Bekink has extensive experience in the public, private and policy sectors. Prior to joining The Economist Group, she was the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in the Netherlands. She also ran an eponymous consulting business, advising businesses, universities and non-profit organisations on China policy, strategy, public affairs, and CSR. Ms Bekink practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has worked with the US-Asia Law Initiative at NYU Law School and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative China Program, and served in the legal department at General Motors China.
Ms Bekink has a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Vice President at Temasek International (Geo-economics and Geo-technology)
A former litigator with a multi-regional, 17-year career spanning regulatory affairs, geopolitics, and public policy, she leads global geo-economic and geo-technology analysis at Temasek’s Macro Strategy team.
Operating at the intersection of regulation, geopolitics, and technology, she brings a unique cross-disciplinary skillset to the field. She develop risk frameworks and scenario analysis, working cross-functionally with a diverse network of regulatory, policy and financial stakeholders and experts to devise strategies to help investors navigate evolving complexities in the global regulatory and policy landscape. She leads analysis on the global economic, technology and national security trends that are driving trade, technology, and financial decoupling, translating this into the macro and market outlook for risk assets.
Global Director of Geopolitical Risk at McKinsey & Company
Ziad leads the firm’s internal efforts on managing geopolitical risk; counsels our clients on how to build out capabilities and frameworks to understand, monitor, and mitigate geopolitical risks; and is one of the firm’s principal thought leaders around building geopolitical resilience.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Haider served in a range of senior roles in the US government, supporting US businesses globally on managing market access, political, and regulatory risks, and conducting strategic planning around Asia and geo-economics.
He previously practiced international law specializing in sanctions and investment disputes and worked with human rights organizations across Asia. His writings on international affairs have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the Nikkei Asia among others.
Haider serves on the board of advisors of the International Rescue Committee, a leading global humanitarian and development organization, and is a senior advisor with the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).
Proficient in Mandarin and fluent in Urdu, Haider grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and is an avid squash and guitar player.
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.