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Chris Clague (Managing Editor Asia & Global Editorial Lead, Trade and Globalisation at The Economist Intelligence Unit)

Chris Clague

Managing Editor Asia & Global Editorial Lead, Trade and Globalisation at The Economist Intelligence Unit

Chris Clague is a managing editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division in Asia. He is an expert in international trade and trade policy and has also advised clients throughout the Asian region on the strategic implications of megatrends and political risk. He was a consultant in The EIU’s Tokyo office and was the project leader and editor for the EIU/Nikkei BP publication The World to 2050 (available in Japanese only).

Prior to joining The EIU, he was a senior consultant and Director of China Operations for a boutique consulting firm that worked with governments and MNCs on issues related to international trade, investment, and commodities.

Chris holds an MSc in Asian Politics from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a certificate in International Trade Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute’s summer academy. He provides regular commentary on trade and the Japanese economy to international media.

Stuart Thornton (CEO & Co-Founder of hoolah)

Stuart Thornton

CEO & Co-Founder of hoolah

Stuart is the CEO and Co Founder of hoolah – a Singapore headquarted Fintech business. hoolah is a Buy Now Pay Later solution that enables responsible affordability for consumers and omni channel conversion for retailers. As CEO his role is focused at leading the strategy and growth of hoolah across Asia. Prior to setting up hoolah, Stuart’s career spanned 5 countries in the telecommunications and Fintech industries and included companies such as Verizon, Vodafone Global Enterprise and Worldpay. Originally from the UK, Stuart has lived in Asia for over 15 years. He is passionate about the startup space having also been an active mentor for several growth companies in Singapore.

Harry Woo (SVP/MD, Asia Pacific at Panduit Singapore Pte Ltd)

Harry Woo

SVP/MD, Asia Pacific at Panduit Singapore Pte Ltd

Harry Woo is Panduit’s Senior Vice President/Managing Director for the Asia Pacific Theater. In this role, Harry is responsible for executing the company’s business strategy by leading Sales and all of the functional areas in-theater including human resources, marketing and business operations, which encompasses planning and operations, enterprise client support, credit, customer service, pricing, finance and IT. He is a member of Panduit’s Executive Leadership Team.

Andrew Staples (Global Editorial Director of Economist Corporate Network)

Andrew Staples

Global Editorial Director of Economist Corporate Network

Andrew is the global Editorial Director of The Economist Corporate Network (ECN), the Economist Intelligence Unit’s briefing and advisory service for senior business leaders. He leads and supports a team of Network Directors (NDs) across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and ensures that editorial consistency and quality are maintained to the highest level.

As editorial director, Andrew ensures that the values and standards of The Economist brand are upheld across all the networks and drives ECN editorial strategy through the innovation of new services and products.

Andrew joined the Economist Group in 2013 and prior to his current role, ran ECN in Tokyo (later North Asia) and South-east Asia.

Andrew provides members with insight and analysis on a range of topics related to ASEAN and the broader East Asian economy. He regularly chairs and moderates major Economist events, delivers custom briefings to senior executives (including Fortune 500 C-suite) and public figures (including heads of states) in his areas of expertise in the international media (BBC, CNN, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, Al Jazeera).

Prior to joining The Economist Group, Andrew was an associate professor of international business at business schools and leading universities in the UK (University of Sheffield) and Japan (Keio University, Doshisha Business School and Globis University Graduate School of Management).

Andrew has published widely in his areas of expertise and his major publications include Responses to Regionalism in East Asia: Japanese Production Networks in the Automotive Sector published as part of the Palgrave Macmillan Asian Business Series and chapters in edited volumes including Asian Inward and Outward FDI: New Challenges in the Global Economy and popular textbooks including Asian Business and Management. He was also a Senior Editor for the internationally peer reviewed journal Asian Business and Management.

Andrew has an MSc in East Asian Business and a PhD in International Political Economy from the University of Sheffield, U.K., and was a Ministry of Education research scholar at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo (2001-2003).