Event Details

The Economist Corporate Network is launching a special series of exclusive, interactive online meetings entitled 'Global Round Table' for senior business executives in the same job functions or industries. We are leveraging our networks across nine cities from Johannesburg to Tokyo to allow members to share their knowledge and experience with their peers in other countries.

For this round we are inviting Chief Financial Officers and Finance Directors from leading multinational and local companies in Asia, Middle East and Africa to discuss how their jobs and their priorities have changed during the covid-19 pandemic.

Some of the questions we will aim to address include:

  • How is the role of the CFO different in this crisis compared to the 2008 financial crash?
  • Have CFOs been able to maintain their strategic focus, or are they being swamped by demands for cost-cutting and budget overhauls?
  • What have been the hardest challenges for you and your teams in recent months, and what learnings can you share with your fellow CFOs?

Join us for a discussion on August 27 at 16:00-17:00 SG/HK time (17:00-18:00 TK/SK time, 12:00-13:00 UAE time, 10:00-11:00 SA time). We encourage all participants to join with their audio and video turned on in order to facilitate an engaging and stimulating discussion.

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 contact us.


4 PM - 4:10 PM
Introduction & input presentation
4:10 PM - 4:55 PM
Interactive discussion
4:55 PM - 5 PM
Closing remarks


  • Dimitry Rakin (Associate Director, ECN North Asia of Economist Corporate Network)

    Dimitry Rakin

    Associate Director, ECN North Asia of Economist Corporate Network

    Dimitry Rakin is the Associate Director of the Economist Corporate Network North Asia, where he is responsible for events planning, private briefings, data analysis and research in Japan and South Korea. He is an expert on Japanese economy, business and trade as well as on the history and politics of the East Asia region.

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Dimitry was a Senior Officer of Economic Affairs in the Trade Delegation Unit of the Russian Embassy in Japan connecting Russian and Japanese companies, promoting Russia as an investment destination and facilitating Russia-Japan intergovernmental negotiations on economic cooperation. He started his career as an editor covering East Asia in one of the biggest Russian news agencies (ITAR-TASS) working in the central office and Tokyo Bureau of the agency.

    Dimitry has an MA degree in Japanese language and history from the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and was also a Japanese government (MEXT) research scholar at Meiji University’s Graduate School of Law, Tokyo. In addition to native Russian language skills, he is fluent in English and Japanese.

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  • Mary Boyd (Network Director, Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Mary Boyd

    Network Director, Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network

    Mary Boyd is responsible for programme development and client servicing in Shanghai. She also provides research and conceptual support on China for Economist Corporate Network programmes. Before joining the Economist Group Mary Boyd was in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, serving on assignment in Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan and China (in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing). Since leaving government service she has researched and published on economic development and governance issues in China, and has undertaken consultancy work for the World Bank and other international institutions, as well as multinational companies. She has written for a number of Economist Intelligence Unit publications, including Country Report, China Hand and Business China. She co-authored the Economist Intelligence Unit report: Taking on the Competition: Domestic Companies in China. Ms Boyd has an MA (area studies) and an MSc (public policy and management) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and has also completed language studies at Nanjing University. Her research interests include local governance and decentralisation policies and public-sector reform.

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