Event Details

Recent events in South-east Asia have reminded us that, no matter what path we think we are on, surprises may lurk around every corner. Leaders need to be aware of the underlying trends that are moving economies forward so they can evaluate the impact on their industry and their markets. The pandemic has had immediate implications, but the ripple effects are reshaping our views on technology, talent, investment, supply chains, and other key elements of our businesses.

As much as the pandemic has been front-and-center in our minds, it is not the only change out there. Political uncertainty has an impact on investment. Cyberattacks lead to a reassessment of risks. Aging populations are reshaping our workforce. It helps to pause and take stock of what is happening in our region so we can find the best path forward.

Our goal for this event is to help members understand where we are and where we are going in South-east Asia, so they can ask the right questions as they develop their plans for the rest of this year and into 2022. We will start by exploring regional trends that affect multiple markets, then look at some of the challenges and changes in specific countries. Our panel of leaders from Singapore and Malaysia will help us understand digital rollouts, government technology policies, workforce realignments, financial challenges and opportunities, political factors, and other trends that will shape our future business planning.

We look forward to seeing you online!

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 - 10 AM
Presentation and Discussion


  • Barbara Navarro (Head of Google Cloud APAC, Government Affairs and Public Policy at Google Asia Pacific Pte Ltd)

    Barbara Navarro

    Head of Google Cloud APAC, Government Affairs and Public Policy at Google Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

    Barbara Joined Google 13 years ago, where she started as Head of South of Europe at the Public Policy and Government Relations team. In 2014, she moved to Hong Kong to lead the Operations and Strategy Public Policy team for APAC. Currently, Barbara is leading the Google Cloud team for Government Affairs and Public Policy for APAC, based in Singapore.

    Before joining Google, Barbara was at NBC Universal, as Director of Regulatory Affairs for Spain and Portugal and at Clarke Modet & Co, an Intellectual property firm, as Director of Trademarks. Barbara has a law degree and an executive MBA at IESE business school and has taught at the Law School for 8 years.

    Barbara is actively involved in different Institutions and associations and is a Member of the Steering Committee of Digital Asia Hub, board member of ASIFMA and part of the Exco of Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA).

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  • Chin Han Lim (Managing Director and Country Head of Willis Towers Watson (Malaysia))

    Chin Han Lim

    Managing Director and Country Head of Willis Towers Watson (Malaysia)

    Chin Han is the Managing Director and Country Head for WTW in Malaysia, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company. He oversees the overall service offerings in Malaysia which include the human capital consulting, broking, investment and actuarial businesses, with more than 130 associates in total. He has been in consulting for more than 25 years and has consulted with both private sector and governmental organisations in various situations including change events, mergers, transformations and strategic investments and divestments. His main areas of expertise include strategic and tactical HR interventions, leadership assessments, corporate governance, organisation & Board effectiveness and M&As.

    Chin Han is a graduate of the London School of Economics and is also a member of the Institute of Actuaries.

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  • Gautam Puntambekar (Chief Executive at Bank of America N.A, Singapore Branch)

    Gautam Puntambekar

    Chief Executive at Bank of America N.A, Singapore Branch

    Gautam Puntambekar has been with Bank of America since 2005. He joined the Bank in Mumbai, India and moved to Singapore in 2012. Gautam is currently Managing Director and Head of Regional Coverage, Corporate Banking Subsidiaries business in addition to being responsible for some key relationships on a pan APAC basis. He is also the Chief Executive Officer for Bank of America, Singapore.

    Gautam has over 25 years of banking experience across cash management, trade finance, syndications and corporate banking. Prior to joining BofA, Gautam was working for ABN AMRO Bank in Mumbai in the commodities and cash management division.

    Gautam is a Bachelor of Commerce, Management Graduate and also holds a distinction in Cert – ICM, a course done by the Association of Corporate Treasurers, UK. He is also currently pursuing Diploma in Global Business course from Said Business School, Oxford University

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  • Charlotte McCann (South East Asia correspondent at The Economist)

    Charlotte McCann

    South East Asia correspondent at The Economist

    Charlie McCann is South-east Asia correspondent for The Economist, based in Singapore. Her areas of coverage include Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, and Singapore, and she recently wrote the April 17th cover story on the situation in Myanmar. Before her current role she was deputy digital editor and assistant editor at The Economist‘s sister magazine, 1843, where she wrote about the arts, music and gender.

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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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