Event Details

In a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world, organisations more than ever need to anticipate and respond to changes in the business environment at speed. As the challenges of the pandemic have shown, those who are able to pivot quickly to new norms and business models survive, while those unable to are soon left scrambling.

Leaders need to continually refine their strategies to achieve their business objectives, often in response to fast-paced industry and environmental shifts. At the heart of it, critical thinking skills are crucial to solve complex problems and plan for future growth. It is not just "what" you think but also "how" you think that matters. What does strategy, and being strategic in approach, mean for your organisation? How can you best develop strategic thinkers and prepare your business for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead?

Join Christina Choong, our Network Moderator in Kuala Lumpur, as she welcomes Professor Charles Fine, founding President and Dean of Asia School of Business and Chrysler LGO Professor at MIT Sloan, and Hana Raja, Managing Director of Cisco Malaysia, to discuss their views on developing strategic thinking for organisations and implementing strategic capabilities, based on their experiences and case examples. We will examine how developing strategic thinkers should be at the core of your organisation and discuss how this capability could be made widespread among all levels of your business.

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.


9 AM - 10 AM
Panel discussion and Q&A


  • Hana Raja (Managing Director of Cisco Systems Malaysia)

    Hana Raja

    Managing Director of Cisco Systems Malaysia

    Hana Raja is the Managing Director of Cisco Systems Malaysia, and has >12 years experience in strategic planning, business management and leadership roles across various sectors.

    Previously, Hana was the Chief Strategy Officer for Cisco ASEAN where she led the Strategy and Operations across 6 key countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines).

    Prior to joining Cisco, Hana was a Senior Manager in Bain and Company with experience in strategy, performance improvement, customer experience and frontline/sales transformation. She has worked with some of the largest companies in SEA to define their strategy and drive change sustainably, working closely with the executive leadership teams. A significant number of her projects involved helping organizations through their digital transformation and defining their ‘Engine 2.0’ strategy; evolving to succeed in today’s digital world.

    Before Bain she worked in Schlumberger as a consultant, focused on driving Oil and Gas transformations in Southeast Asia and Australia.

    She is also a mentor in Teach for Malaysia and Girls4Girls Malaysia; she is passionate about championing women’s participation in leadership roles.

    She has a degree in Economics from London School of Economics and is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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  • Charles H. Fine, Ph.D. (President, CEO and Dean of Asia School of Business)

    Charles H. Fine, Ph.D.

    President, CEO and Dean of Asia School of Business

    Charles H Fine is the Chrysler LGO Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding CEO, President and Dean of the Asia School of Business in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a collaboration between the MIT Sloan School of Management and Bank Negara Malaysia, the country’s central bank. For more than 35 years at MIT Sloan, Professor Fine has taught MBA and Executive Education courses in Operations Management, Operations Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Quality Management, and Innovation. He led the collaboration between MIT Sloan and the Indian School of Business on manufacturing curriculum development (2011-2014), was a founding co-director of MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design (2012-2015), and a founding co-director of MIT’s Communications Futures Program (2002-2015). He previously served as co-director of MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program (1993-1998).

    Professor Fine’s recent research focuses in two areas: (1) the development of principles for entrepreneurial organizations to build operations strategies and capabilities consistent with their business objectives, and (2) principles and practices for designing sustainable urban mobility systems. Some of his previous work addressed strategic supply chain design principles for fast-clockspeed manufacturing and service industries, as well as issues in quality management and manufacturing flexibility.

    Professor Fine has an AB (1978) in Mathematics and Management Science from Duke University, and an MS (1981) in Operations Research and a PhD (1983) in Business Administration (Decision Sciences), both from Stanford University. He is the author of Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage (Perseus Books, 1998), and co-author of Faster Smarter Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility (MIT Press, Fall 2017). In addition, his work, on quality management, flexible manufacturing, supply chain management, and operations strategy, has appeared in a variety of leading publications.

    Professor Fine has consulted and taught widely in industry, with clients including Accenture, Boeing, Microsoft, Toyota and many more.

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  • Christina Choong (Network Moderator - Malaysia at Economist Corporate Network)

    Christina Choong

    Network Moderator - Malaysia at Economist Corporate Network

    Christina is the Network Moderator Malaysia at the Economist Corporate Network in South-East Asia. An experienced strategy consultant, she has previously been in Accenture's ASEAN Strategy practice as a Strategy Manager, advising large GLC and MNC clients globally on strategy, operating model and innovation developments. She has also held leadership positions as Head of Business Development in a fast growing coworking startup.

    Christina's focus areas are on healthcare, consumer goods, business services and Oil & Gas, delivering on innovation-based projects for large corporations to build new capabilities and processes into their vast stable of business units.

    Christina graduated Magna cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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  • William Thomas (Director, South-east Asia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    William Thomas

    Director, South-east Asia of The Economist Corporate Network

    William Thomas is the Director of the Economist Corporate Network in South-east Asia. An experienced advisor to senior business and government leaders, he helps organisations understand the strategic, operational, and talent implications of geopolitical changes.

    William holds a PhD in public policy from George Mason University in the US, as well as a degree in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA. His academic research has centered on managing change in large, multinational organisations, with an emphasis on organisational culture.

    William is a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel, having spent much of his 21-year career as a strategic planner for complex operations such as humanitarian assistance and counterterrorism. He was Associate Professor of Political Science at the US Air Force Academy, and later taught at Georgetown University in Washington DC and as a Fulbright Scholar at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

    Having worked in Asia since 2012, William has focused on leadership development and organisational change as a consultant, leadership coach, and training facilitator.

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