Event Details

This is a moment of transition for international trade and the global economy. And thus an ideal time to explore how companies are navigating disruptions amid economic headwinds, the war in Ukraine, uneven post-pandemic rebounds, supply chain concerns, rapid technological advances, and more. This navigation is taking place amid a geopolitical contest for the future of the global economic world order, even if the conversation has shifted from decoupling to de-risking. Asia is poised to be a bright spot for growth in a year of stagnation, even if China's recovery has been more muted than hoped. And looking ahead to 2024, we expect to see continued improvement in most markets. Companies are assessing these developments and the new geography of global business by focusing on risk resilience.

We invite you to join us for our September Regional Strategic Forecast. This flagship programme convenes twice a year to explore how companies can make the most of this moment and how what feels daunting might in fact be exciting.

In this programme, we will:

- Present our latest analysis of the global and Asian economies and look ahead to 2024

- Discuss implications of continued inflation, cost of living crises, energy security concerns, supply chain transformations, and more

- Look at digitalisation, AI, and the role of tech in business

- Unpack how companies can navigate through geopolitical influences on business

- Consider how companies can manage risk, remain resilient, and unlock opportunities

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Breakfast & Networking
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Keynote Speaker Presentation & Q&A
9:15 AM - 9:40 AM
Coffee Break
9:40 AM - 10:05 AM
China Outlook Presentation
10:05 AM - 11:00 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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  • Professor Huang Shaoqing (Professor, Antai School of economics and management, Shanghai Jiaotong University)

    Professor Huang Shaoqing

    Professor, Antai School of economics and management, Shanghai Jiaotong University

    Professor of Economics at Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research mainly focuses on the Chinese economy, political and public economics, and industrial economics. Professor Huang’s work frequently appears in leading domestic and international academic journals, and he is also the author of several socially influential book publications, including "Breaking Out of the Development Trap," "Infrastructure Investment: Funding Sources, Investment Efficiency, and Local Fiscal Risks," "Contract Execution in Economic Transition," and "Supply Chain Finance," etc.

    He was awarded the First Prize in the 11th Shanghai Decision Consulting Award (sole author) and led several government counseling projects that received approval from national and provincial-level leaders. Professor Huang has been the Principal Investigator or the main contributor of over 30 research projects funded by the National Philosophy and Social Science Fund and Shanghai Philosophy and Social Science Fund. He also serves as a consulting expert at the Ministry of Finance's Local Government Debt Research and Evaluation Center, a part-time researcher of the Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance (CIDEG) at Tsinghua University, Chairman of the Shanghai Huizhi Foundation for Economic and Management Development, and a former member of the Private Enterprise Research Center at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

    Professor Huang obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and was a visiting scholar at the University of California San Diego.

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  • Jane Lin-Baden (Chief Executive Officer, APAC at Publicis Groupe)

    Jane Lin-Baden

    Chief Executive Officer, APAC at Publicis Groupe

    Jane is CEO of Publicis Groupe’s Asia Pacific region and oversees Groupe’s operations and 26,000 employees in 15 markets. She is also a member of the Global Management Committee.

    Joining the Groupe in 2018, she was previously Managing Partner of Publicis Groupe APAC and Chief Executive Officer of North Asia, where she oversaw the business of North Asia (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan), digital brands operations and market expansion in the APAC region.

    She advises clients in various industries and brings over 20 years of experience in digital, technology, communication, start-up and corporate management. Before Publicis, Jane was the CEO of Isobar APAC, Dentsu Aegis Network.

    Jane received the Women to Watch award from AdAge, the Top 50 Business Innovators award from CBN Weekly and the Fastest Growing Agency CEO of the Year award from China 4A.

    She holds an MBA from The Wharton Business School and an MA in the History of Contemporary Art from the University of London. She is also a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network of the Aspen Institute, USA, and Jury of leading industry awards, including of Cannes Festival Titanium Award and Effie Awards.

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  • Franc Kaiser (Partner at InterChina)

    Franc Kaiser

    Partner at InterChina

    Franc Kaiser is a Director and Partner with InterChina Consulting and leads business development efforts for the Chinese as well as European market. Mr. Kaiser is based in Shanghai and works with clients to explore faster or novel tactics for growth. He is also a member of InterChina's Management Committee.
    Mr. Kaiser looks back on 10 years of working experience in consulting in China, and brings extensive expertise on strategy development in key sectors such as industrial goods and healthcare. Mr. Kaiser has a long track record in working with clients as a project manager, supervisor, as well as a team member for complex and comprehensive market research and strategy projects, including both market entry and market expansion / penetration issues. Before moving to China in 2002, Mr. Kaiser worked in Switzerland and South Korea. Before joining InterChina Consulting in 2006, he worked for 4 years with a German management consulting company in China. He also served, on a voluntary basis, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai between 2004 and 2006.
    Mr. Kaiser is a Swiss national and graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland as UAS business manager.

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  • Charles Zheng (Senior Director of Engineering at NVIDIA Corporation)

    Charles Zheng

    Senior Director of Engineering at NVIDIA Corporation

    Mr. Charles Zheng is currently Senior Director of VLSI Engineering at NVIDIA. Mr. Zheng joined NVIDIA at Santa Clara in 2001, and was assigned to build up NVIDIA Shanghai R&D center in 2005. Under his leadership, his team has delivered multiple generations of GPU and Tegra products through latest technology nodes, and turned into volume production to serve various market segments, including Gaming, AI, Datacenter, and Autonomous Machines, since 2007. Prior to join NVIDIA, Mr. Zheng worked at Avant! to support EDA software, engage in business development, and deploy design flow for various customers.

    Mr. Charles Zheng has served as Chairman of CDNLive China Committee from 2015 to 2022, and Chairman of SNUG China Committee from 2016 to 2021.

    Mr. Charles Zheng received his bachelor & master degree of Physics at Fudan University in 1993, and master degree of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Washington in 1997. He also received his EMBA degree at CEIBS in 2012.

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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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