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The pandemic is liberating companies to experiment with radical new ideas. All over the world, businesses are coming up with solutions to keep making existing products despite disrupted supply chains, or, as demand collapses amid self-isolation, create new goods and services. Meanwhile, some are even changing the very way they innovate. Having been forced to raise their corporate metabolism and overcome "analysis paralysis", managers have been emboldened to move faster and to try out risky new ideas which would normally have taken rounds of stakeholder consultation to push through.

Just like war, covid-19 is also forcing innovation in the public sector on a scale and at a speed that few governments had previously contemplated. From the British civil service to the Indian bureaucracy, there has been an overhaul of decades of procedures and habits as well as a welcome change in attitudes. In response to the crisis, more officials are no longer looking for reasons to say no, but for ways to make things work. New partnerships are being formed between the private and public sectors at a rapid pace.

These developments arguably could, and should, have materialised sooner. For the past decade, humankind has stood on the brink of a technological revolution that is fundamentally changing all aspects of our personal and professional lives. Yet, it took a global health crisis and its massive disruptions to truly change the way governments, corporates and societies think about their future and accelerate digital solutions to challenges. Technologies that were frontier in 2019 could now be mainstream by the end of the pandemic.

How has covid-19 driven industry innovation? How can global disruptions accelerate or retard digital megatrends? Which companies and governments have turned crisis into opportunity? What makes an organisation resilient to crises? What distinguishes companies that are future-ready from companies that are fundamentally flawed and need resigning for the 21st century?

Join us as we invite Stefano Scuratti and Michael Frank, our experts from The Economist Group's public policy consulting practice, to discuss global disruptions and the impact on innovation. We will also be inviting a panel of business leaders to share their vision of industry innovation, amid and beyond covid-19.

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 Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please send an email to ecn_sea@economist.com.


8:30 AM - 8:40 AM
8:40 AM - 9 AM
9 AM - 10 AM


  • Stefano Scuratti (Regional Director, APAC – Public Policy of The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU))

    Stefano Scuratti

    Regional Director, APAC – Public Policy of The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU)

    Stefano heads The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Public Policy Consulting practice in the Asia-Pacific region. In this role, he leads a team of public policy specialists and economists across multiple geographies, supporting clients through public policy engagement programmes, policy strategy design, thought leadership, and developing insights on macroeconomic, geopolitical, and regulatory issues. Previously, he was a Principal in our Washington D.C. and Singapore offices. Stefano is an expert in the development of macroeconomic and geopolitical scenarios and in multi-country policy and regulatory benchmarking frameworks. He has led engagements on government effectiveness, urban sustainability, the impact of automation and AI on emerging Asia, disaster risk management, and international migration.

    Prior to joining The Economist Intelligence Unit, Stefano was an Analyst at Accenture, focusing on global trend analysis, emerging markets, innovation, and economic development. He also worked for Grameen Bank, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the United Nations.

    Stefano is a graduate of the University of Trento and holds a Master's degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics. He studied Scenario Planning at Oxford University.

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  • Michael Frank (Senior Analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU))

    Michael Frank

    Senior Analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU)

    Michael Frank is a Senior Analyst with EIU Public Policy based in Hong Kong, working with Asia-based clients in support of their public policy-related strategic initiatives.

    Michael designs and manages both internal and public research programmes for clients in need of policy advocacy, thought leadership, strategy and analysis. His recent research has focused on technology and public policy, including themes such as the economic impact of emergent technologies; international best practices and influence in technology policymaking; and the roles of infrastructure, human capital and industry connectivity in advancing digital transformation in Asia. He also monitors global and regional trends such as geopolitical conflict, trade policy, and regulatory politics.

    Michael also serves as Vice Chair of the Financial Services Committee at The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He holds a Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Policy Review, and a BA in international relations and economics from Colgate University.

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  • Pamela Qiu (Director, South-east Asia of Economist Corporate Network)

    Pamela Qiu

    Director, South-east Asia of Economist Corporate Network

    Pamela Qiu is the Network Director of the South-east Asia chapter of The Economist Corporate Network. She advises multinational corporations on the latest economic, political and market developments affecting business in the Asia Pacific region. She regularly chairs Economist events and roundtables, and delivers custom briefings to senior business executives. She joined The Economist in June 2011.

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Pamela worked as a policy analyst and associate at the Singapore Ministry of Finance, where she worked on policies to tackle socio-economic problems such as inequality and unemployment. She also worked on policies that were featured in the Singapore Budget. From 2009 to 2011, she was a researcher for the Center for Public Economics at the Civil Service College, the Singapore government’s core institution for public policy and economics research. Her research areas included the role of government in markets, public private partnerships, privatisation, fiscal policy, and behavioural economics. From 2004 to 2006, Pamela also worked as a market analyst with Prudential Health Insurance, based in London.

    Pamela holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in development studies, both from the London School of Economics.

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