Event Details

At the start of this year, there were high hopes that a global economic recovery was underway, with opportunities for Asian economies and businesses to reposition and rebuild firmer foundations for growth. While the global economy has been picking up stream, the emergence of dangerous new variants of the virus and ensuing recurring waves of Covid-19 infections alongside vaccine bottlenecks suggest that the challenges of the pandemic are far from behind us. Meanwhile, the global economic system is undergoing seismic shifts, as globalisation is strained and major economies increasingly compete in economic, technological, geopolitical, and ideological spheres, in many instances with a goal of putting domestic interests first. Amid ongoing US-China tensions, calls for supply chain diversification, uneven recoveries in regional markets, the spectre of inflation, and recent experiences prompting new concepts of risk resilience, multinational companies in Asia are considering how to effectively navigate this new geography of global business.

Please join us for the Regional Strategic Forecast for Hong Kong which will feature the following:

- Our latest analysis of the global and Asian economies;

- Monetary policies and inflation concerns;

- US and global foreign and trade policies and implications for Asian markets;

- New frontiers for Asia's tech sector;

- The outlook and driving factors for the local economic and political environment;

- A panel of business leaders sharing how they are finding opportunities amid these ongoing challenges.

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.


8:30 AM - 9:10 AM
Global and Asia outlook by Simon Baptist, Editorial Director and Chief Economist, The Economist Intelligence Unit
9:10 AM - 9:30 AM
9:40 AM - 10:25 AM
10:25 AM - 10:30 AM
Wrap up and Session Close


  • Christopher Brewer (Senior Consulting Partner at Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific)

    Christopher Brewer

    Senior Consulting Partner at Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific

    As Managing Director, Chris leads Ogilvy Consulting, the advisory and innovation arm of The Ogilvy Group, based out of Hong Kong, which he has called home for 15 years. Chris is also a member of the Asia executive leadership team, corporate member of the marketing society and leads Ogilvy’s patronage with MIT Center for Information Systems Research.

    Chris believes changing consumer behaviours, a new breed of competition, digital in its many flavours, and ever evolving market conditions are just some of the forces in play that businesses must now leapfrog– not just keep pace with – to realise above category growth, right now, and for the future. In 2021, more so than ever.

    With creativity through and through, Chris unites teams across Asia to help clients identify growth opportunity, simplify, solve and transform around complex business issues, birth new business models and reinvent customer experiences that are truly human, to deliver this growth.

    Advising boards and business leaders, Chris has created transformational strategy for businesses that have included Jardine Matheson, China Mobile, PVH, HSBC, Marriott International, Huawei, Asia Miles and AXA to name notables, resulting in both palpable business outcomes and award-winning work: work that goes beyond theory and sees the real world.

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  • Richard Lin (Global Semiconductor Practice Group Leader at Egon Zehnder)

    Richard Lin

    Global Semiconductor Practice Group Leader at Egon Zehnder


    Richard Lin serves as Global Semiconductor Practice Group leader and is also a core member of the firm’s Technology and Communication Practice in Greater China. With deep expertise in semiconductor, enterprise technology, and technology officers, he engages clients on executive search, board advisory, and leadership development strategy.

    Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Richard was Vice President of Asia Sales for Atmel Corporation and was responsible for their broad line semiconductor and solutions business. Previously, he held several global and regional management roles at TriQuint (now Qorvo) in the United States and China. Earlier, he worked in technology marketing at Centillium Communications, a Silicon Valley start-up. Richard began his career in Japan as a Research & Development Engineer for Mitsubishi Electric.

    Richard has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree from Stanford University, both in electrical engineering. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He enjoys travel with his wife and two children, and is an avid hiker and drone videographer.

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  • Thomas Walsh (Council Member at Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Partner at Clifford Chance)

    Thomas Walsh

    Council Member at Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Partner at Clifford Chance


    Thomas co-leads the firm's Greater China international arbitration practice and is the head of its Korean disputes practice. He has a particular focus and experience in post-M&A, private equity and tech related disputes. Thomas acts in arbitrations under all of the major arbitration rules such as HKIAC, SIAC, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL and has been based in Asia since 2010 so has a depth of experience in the region.

    He is recognised as one of the leaders in Asia in international arbitration. In accordance with this he has leadership roles with many of the leading global and regional arbitral institutions. This includes being appointed to the HKIAC's Council and Appointments Committee, being elected as the Chair of ICC HK's Nominations Committee and appointed to KCAB Next's Steering Committee.

    His is similarly recognised by all the leading legal directories; Who’s Who Future Leaders – Arbitration describes him as "exceptional; one of the best [...]" (2017) and "is very much a leader in the Asian market” (2018) and "wins high praise as “one of the best arbitration lawyers in the market”". He is “a top-notch advocate” who peers “cannot recommend highly enough” (2019). He is similarly recognised by Chambers & Partners and by Legal 500, who lists him as a 'Next Generation Partner' for International Arbitration.

    Finally, alongside his work as counsel and as an arbitrator, he also regularly writes and speaks on arbitration. He was previously an adjunct professor at Hong Kong University and is one of the two General Editors of the Arbitration and ADR Volume of Hong Kong Civil Procedure (or "White Book").

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  • Simon Baptist (Global Chief Economist & Editorial Director of The Economist Intelligence Unit)

    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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  • Anne Chiou (Director, Hong Kong of The Economist Corporate Network - Hong Kong)

    Anne Chiou

    Director, Hong Kong of The Economist Corporate Network - Hong Kong


    Anne Chiou is the Director of The Economist Corporate Network in Hong Kong. She engages top executives throughout Asia in providing key insights and industry knowledge on strategic issues central to business developments in the region.

    Ms. Chiou brings extensive regulatory, business and policy as well as non-profit expertise. Prior to joining the Economist Group, she was Head of Programs for Business and Policy at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. She also worked extensively with senior banking executives as a regulator at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York during the Global Financial Crisis, supervising large international banks. Ms. Chiou also worked in banking policy at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority as well as supervising financial market activity under the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong. Ms. Chiou also formerly worked with multiple fintech start-ups, advising them of regulatory trends in Asia. Ms. Chiou has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Pomona College and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University.

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