Event Details

After more than a year of managing the impacts of the pandemic, the balance between lives and livelihoods remains a challenging policy objective. The economy and the broader society face new risks with more deadly virus variants creating a new dynamic to virus containment. Business continuity is facing new threats amid a slower than anticipated pace of vaccinations. From a broader perspective, additional business challenges have arisen on the back of ongoing supply chain shortages (especially in the computer chips sector), commodity price surges, and the uncertainties of fiscal policy support which will likely be scaled back later this year. Although some bright spots of resilience have come through and some beneficial structural advancements have been accelerated -- such as the digitalisation movement and sustainable development initiatives -- various economic uncertainties affect short-term performance and the medium-term growth trajectory. Needless to say, the expectations of the Malaysian economy returning to pre-pandemic levels seem a little further down the road than initially projected.

In this discussion, we aim to focus on how the economic recovery is panning out in Malaysia and how it compares with our expert panel's initial expectations, from both a macroeconomic and sector-level perspective. We will also assess the factors that have supported economic performance, and those that have held it back. Our discussion will touch on thematic issues such as investments, technology adoption and government policy, which are instrumental in driving the longer-term growth trajectory. The goal is to give you a macro-level understanding of how the economy is doing so you can make your plans accordingly.

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.


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Panel discussion and Q&A


  • Lee Heng Guie (Executive Director – Socio-Economic Research Centre of Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia)

    Lee Heng Guie

    Executive Director – Socio-Economic Research Centre of Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia

    Lee Heng Guie had 30 years of professional experience as an economist, with almost 12 years in Bank Negara Malaysia and 18 years in financial services. Since July 2016, Mr Lee was appointed as the Executive Director of Socio-Economic Research Center (SERC), an independent research center of the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM).

    He also participates actively in providing economic commentaries to print and electronic media as well as participates in seminars/conferences as a resource person.

    Mr. Lee holds a BA (Hons) majoring in Economics from University of Malaya, Malaysia and a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from Williams College, USA.

    Mr. Lee is the recipient of many awards: He was voted “Best Economist” in The Edge Polls twice and ranked top 3 four times from 2000-2008; “Best Economist” by the Asset Magazine Hong Kong- Local Currency Bond Market of Malaysia in 2007. He also led CIMB Macroeconomic research to be ranked among top 3 for nine consecutive years (2005-13) in the Asiamoney Polls.

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  • Julia Goh (Senior Economist - Global Economics and Markets Research at United Overseas Bank (Malaysia))

    Julia Goh

    Senior Economist - Global Economics and Markets Research at United Overseas Bank (Malaysia)

    Julia joined UOB Malaysia in 2015 with 12 years of research experience working in the stockbroking industry. In her current role, she is responsible for the UOB Global Economics and Markets Research team’s coverage of Malaysia and is frequently quoted in the local and foreign media on the country’s economic trends and developments and currency. Julia was recognised as one of the Best Sell-Side Individuals at the Asset Benchmark Research Awards 2020.

    Prior to joining UOB Malaysia, Julia covered Malaysia and regional economies at an ASEAN investment bank and contributed to the research team being ranked among the top three in country research on Malaysia at the Asiamoney Brokers Poll for seven consecutive years. She also previously worked in the consultancy sector.

    Julia graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce and a First Class Honours in Master of Economics, specialising in international and monetary economics and applied econometric techniques.

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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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  • Kristina Fong (Director, Malaysia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Kristina Fong

    Director, Malaysia of The Economist Corporate Network

    Kristina is a highly accomplished economist, specializing in the fields of macroeconomics and public policy. She possesses over a decade of experience advising firms and governments on economic and business regulatory developments in Malaysia, enabling clients to make well-informed strategic decisions in a complex business landscape.

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Kristina was the Head of the Economic and Sovereign Research at RAM Ratings Berhad, Malaysia’s first Credit Rating Agency. Apart from providing research and analysis capabilities in-house, she also led the delivery of macroeconomic briefing services for a range of clients in sectors such as financial services and public utilities. These briefings served as valuable inputs for corporate planning and risk strategy purposes.

    Kristina also garnered significant public policy experience working at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (KL) – the UK government’s department in charge of foreign affairs. During this time, she specialized in economic governance and trade policy issues. Notably, she was involved in market access strategies and Free Trade Agreement consultations between the European Union and Malaysia. Outside her role at ECN, Kristina also serves as an economic consultant for the World Bank, working on private sector development projects.

    Kristina holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a MA in Economics from the University of Malaya.

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