Event Details

Following a year of turbulent change, 2021 presents opportunities for Asian economies and businesses to reposition and rebuild firmer foundations for recovery and growth. At the same time, the stop-start pattern induced by recurring waves of Covid-19 infections and vaccine bottlenecks generates concerns that 2021 could be a continuation or a déjà vu of 2020. Meanwhile, the global economic system is undergoing seismic shifts, as globalisation gives way to a new era of sluggishness and major economies increasingly compete in economic, technological, geopolitical, and ideological spheres, in many instances with a goal of putting domestic interests first. A patchwork of trade and investment agreements shows the emergence of new alliances across the Asian region, with new implications for how multinational companies organise their businesses in the different markets they serve.

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

- Our latest analysis of the global and Asian economy;

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

- A panel of business leaders sharing how they are navigating near-term volatility while positioning for longer-term growth


8 AM - 8:45 AM
8:45 AM - 9 AM
9 AM - 9:30 AM
Panel discussion


  • 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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  • Seok Gil Park (Executive Director of J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.)

    Seok Gil Park

    Executive Director of J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

    Seokgil Park is an Executive Director and Chief Korea Economist at J.P. Morgan, analyzing Korean macro economy and policies. Before joining the firm in 2015, he worked at the International Monetary Fund (2010-2015) and the Bank of Korea (2002-2005). He received his B.A. from Seoul National University, and a PhD in Economics from Indiana University focusing on monetary and fiscal policy interaction issues.

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  • Lena Schipper (Seoul bureau chief Seoul, South Korea at The Economist)

    Lena Schipper

    Seoul bureau chief Seoul, South Korea at The Economist

    Lena Schipper is Seoul bureau chief for The Economist. Previous to this role she worked as assistant news editor in London. Before joining the paper in 2016, Lena was a freelance journalist in Beirut and a staff reporter on the business and economics desk of Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, a leading German weekly. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked as a researcher for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, for the German Institute of International and Security Affairs in Berlin, and as a political-risk consultant for clients across the Middle East and Africa. She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics and International Relations at Oxford University.

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  • Takuji Okubo (Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Takuji Okubo

    Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network

    Takuji Okubo is the North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network, managing the Networks in Japan and in South Korea.

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Takuji was the Managing Director and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, serving global fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in Japan and abroad. In his past career, Takuji was a Chief Economist at Societe Generale, in charge of Japan and of South Korea, and a senior economist at Merrill Lynch and at Goldman Sachs. Outside his role at ECN, Takuji also serves as a non-executive director at Japan Risk Forum, an association of Chief Risk Officers among Japanese financial institutions.

    Takuji holds B.A in Economics from Tokyo University and while at the university he was a recipient of prestigious INOUE scholarship. He holds MBA from INSEAD and Msc. In Economics from UPF in Barcelona. Apart from work, he enjoys motor-cycling, scuba-diving, cooking as well as worrying about the future of the Japanese economy.

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