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 Shanghai 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.

Agenda

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration & breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Presentation and Q&A
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
Coffee break
9:40 AM - 10:30 AM
Panel discussion

Speakers

  • 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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  • Mattie Bekink (China Director of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Mattie Bekink

    China Director of The Economist Corporate Network

    Mattie Bekink is responsible for the Economist Corporate Network’s China strategy, including programme development and client servicing across China. She also provides support to all Economist Corporate Network programmes worldwide with a China component.

    Ms Bekink has extensive experience in the public, private and policy sectors. Prior to joining The Economist Group, she was the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in the Netherlands. She also ran an eponymous consulting business, advising senior executives from businesses, universities and non-profit organisations on China policy, strategy, public affairs, and corporate social responsibility. Ms Bekink practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has worked with the US-Asia Law Initiative at NYU Law School and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative China Program, and served in the legal department at General Motors China.

    Ms Bekink has a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Dr. Guoxiong Zhang (Shanghai Director, Economist Corporate Network)

    Dr. Guoxiong Zhang

    Shanghai Director, Economist Corporate Network

    Dr. Zhang is the Network Director of the Economist Corporate Network at Shanghai. He is also leading the Economist Corporate Network's economic and business research in China.

    Before joining The Economist Group, Dr. Zhang was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Dr. Zhang has extensive research experience in the Chinese economy, particularly China's monetary and fiscal policies, from both academic and policy perspectives. His research journey on the Chinese economy started at the Asian Development Bank in 2011. As a faculty member at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dr. Zhang leads two state-funded research projects as the principal investigator. Dr. Zhang's research has been presented at numerous international academic conferences and published in several prominent academic journals. At Shanghai Jiao Tong University, he taught macroeconomics and finance.

    Dr. Guoxiong Zhang graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a Ph.D. in Economics and an MS in Statistics. He also holds a BA in Economics from Zhejiang University.

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  • Tina Wu (Global Vice President, Advanced Solutions & Head of Asia Pacific Region DuPont Mobility & Materials)

    Tina Wu

    Global Vice President, Advanced Solutions & Head of Asia Pacific Region DuPont Mobility & Materials

    Tina Wu is Global Vice President, General Manager of Advanced Solutions and Asia Pacific Regional Head for DuPont Mobility & Materials (M&M). In her current role, she has full P&L responsibilities for the Advanced Solutions business which comprises: Automotive Fluids, Adhesives, Microcircuit & Component Materials, Tedlar®, Solar Silicones and the DuPont Teijin Films Joint Venture. She also represents M&M leadership in Asia.

    Ms. Wu brings deep experience and a track record of driving growth across a variety of markets including electronics, packaging, automotive and industrial. She has strong business acumen and rich experience in leading teams through complex transformations. With her global and diverse background, she has been passionate in developing high-potential talents across regions and has been a dedicated advocate of DuPont Women Networks. Prior to the current role, Tina was Global Vice President of Adhesives & Fluids. Before that, Tina was Global Commercial Vice President for Performance Solutions where she led Sales, Marketing and Application Development efforts globally for a $1.7B specialty business portfolio. Prior to that, she was Managing Director for APAC, accountable for leading $2B regional business and cross-functional teams.

    Wu joined DuPont in Wilmington, US in Jan. 2005, and advanced through various leadership roles at DuPont Global headquarters. She relocated to Shanghai in 2013 from US when she was named Regional Business Leader for Packaging Graphics and was later appointed as Regional Director for Packaging & Industrial Polymer Business, leading $500MM+ portfolio and two large joint ventures. She assumed her current role in 2021.

    Tina Wu has a B.S. in Economics from the University of International Business and Economics in China and an MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology. She has also completed an Executive Program in Leadership at Harvard University.

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  • SawGin Toh (Managing Partner, Incite Consulting (The Growth Division of MediaCom China))

    SawGin Toh

    Managing Partner, Incite Consulting (The Growth Division of MediaCom China)

    SawGin Toh is Managing Partner at Incite Consulting (The Growth Division of MediaCom China) which was initiated, created and established by her in 2020. With a career spanning 20 years across advertising, media and client side organisations she has had the privilege to work across a multitude of product categories and consumer segments within South East Asia and Mainland China. With the last seven years leading insights in China for MediaCom, her recommendations and decisions are led by data, fueled with intuition.
    Driven by her constant curious observations and being immersed in the day to day of China, SawGin quickly identifies and deep dives into potential growth opportunities in an environment where business landscape change overnight. She has recently published a future gazing thought leadership paper titled “Finding Growth in China – 7 strategies to accelerate business growth” bringing in 20 voices of senior executives of various companies, across a broad spectrum of industries in China’s key major cities to capture the aspirations and strategies business leaders will develop in 2021 and beyond.

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