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We are not yet in a global recession, but governments and businesses the world over are bracing for rising costs, continuing inflation, and slower growth. As the war in Ukraine and pandemic disruptions continue to wreak havoc on supply chains, it seems that stagflation is here to stay. The picture is not entirely bleak, however. Unemployment levels across many economies are very low, recession is less likely for most Asian economies, and there remain opportunities for innovation regionally and globally in areas like climate or digitalisation that can be drivers of corporate growth that address pressing global problems.

Join us for the Regional Strategic Forecast where we will consider how companies can cut through the noise about the challenges of this moment and constructively think about risk resilience and standing up to the next recession. We will explore the factors contributing to a potential global recession - including interest rates, energy and commodity price volatility, supply shocks and more - and the factors mitigating it - including high employment, household savings, high corporate profits, and more. We will also explore the drivers of growth in Asia moving forward amid shifting supply chains, capital flows, and the role of China. Against the backdrop of geopolitical challenges, the tension between the climate and energy crises, and the shifting geography of global business, join us to gain insights on the crucial issues companies ought to watch and how to remain cognisant of current risks while seizing opportunities.


8 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration & Networking
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Presentation (Live Stream)
9:30 AM - 11 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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  • Carla Tang (Executive Director of Santander Consulting)

    Carla Tang

    Executive Director of Santander Consulting

    Carla Tang has over 15 years of professional experience in financial services industry across China, Spain and UK. She joined in Banco Santander since 2007 and has a diverse background in strategic partnerships, governance, risk management and projects. She is currently working as the legal representative and Executive Director of Santander Consulting (Beijing) Co,. ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Santander Group in China, with a focus of strategic collaboration with partners. Before that, she worked as Asia-Pacific Head of Risk Governance and Asia-Pacific Head of Corporate Risk in Banco Santander. Prior to Santander, Carla worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an auditor serving banking clients. Carla has a bachelor’s degree in International Finance from Fudan University and an MBA degree from China Europe International Business School.

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  • William Yu (President at Honeywell China)

    William Yu

    President at Honeywell China

    William Yu is appointed as President of Honeywell China in February 2022, and is responsible for driving Honeywell’s organic growth in China and building the best talent pool across the board to support Honeywell’s East-for-East (E4E) and East-to-Rest (E2R) strategies. William will work closely with the businesses to drive Key Strategic Accounts initiative at the C-Suite level to bring One-Honeywell solutions addressing their most critical needs. He will also focus on establishing new growth vectors, including Sustainability, Life Science, Logistics, Digitalization, and explore other potential new vectors and expand the MMS strategy to serve China’s booming middle-class population.

    William returns to the Honeywell China team from his most recent global role of Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell Smart Energy business, Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT). Before that, William led Honeywell China and PMT APAC businesses, and was the first Chairman of Huosheng business. William joined Honeywell in 2017 as the Vice President and General Manager of PMT Asia Pacific.

    William brings to Honeywell a long track record of significant growth in multiple businesses and industries. He was the Senior Vice President and APAC President of Allegion, a spin-off from Ingersoll Rand and a global pioneer in safety and security solutions. Before that, William served at Ingersoll Rand for 16 years in senior executive roles, including President of its Security Technologies and Residential Solutions business in Asia Pacific.

    William is a well-known Lean Six Sigma expert, Guest Researcher at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Guest Professor at Shanghai International Studies University, Lecturer at Schools of Management of Shanghai Fudan University and East China University of Science and Technology, Fellow of Shanghai Institute of Management Science, and Senior Member of American Society for Quality. He has published several books on business management and Six Sigma practice.

    William earned his bachelor’s degree in German at Shanghai Science and Technology University, and later executive MBA at China-Europe International Business School.

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  • Mattie Bekink (China Director of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Mattie Bekink

    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.

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  • James Chen (Director of Alantra)

    James Chen

    Director of Alantra

    James is a Director at Alantra’s Corporate Finance team. His main focus is the cross-boarder M&A activities in China.

    Alantra is a global mid-market investment bank and asset manager, with over 500 professionals and 20 offices across Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America.

    Prior to Alantra, James has spent significant period of career in the overseas capital market before returning to China to lead Trina Solar’s global M&A team, looking after the company’s strategic acquisitions internationally.

    As a corporate finance specialist, he has been engaged to lead negotiation, deal structuring, valuation and execution for various transactions, including M&A, divestment, capital injection and restructure in China. Over the span of 12 years in investment banking and direct investment, James has provided transaction advice for a large number of leading MNCs and funds such as Lear, SKC Group, Kraft Heinz, Lone Star, Investor AB, Bureau Veritas and etc.

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  • Dr. Weisi Xie (Shanghai Director of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Dr. Weisi Xie

    Shanghai Director of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Weisi Xie is the Shanghai Director at the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network (EICN), and is responsible for engaging with top executives in the region on key economic and political issues as well as industry-specific analysis to support their businesses in the dynamic Chinese market.

    Mr. Xie served as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University before joining EICN. As a trained trade economist, his teaching and research mainly focused on the fields of international trade, industrial economics and economic development, with a particular emphasis on China’s economy in a global perspective. He also possesses extensive expertise in the non-profit sector through work experience with think tanks and international organizations, including the Shanghai Institute for National Economy and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he contributed to multiple government counseling projects and policy studies. His work has appeared in leading academic journals as well as major economic policy publications.

    Mr. Xie has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a B.A. in International Business from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.

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