Simon Baptist

Expertise: Climate change, Competitiveness, Development, Energy, Environment, Taxation, Trade, Risk, Public policy
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Simon Baptist

Simon Baptist is the Global Chief Economist at The Economist Intelligence Unit and is currently based in Singapore. He is also the Managing Director for The EIU in Asia, with oversight for The EIU’s research, consultancy and C-suite advisory services in the region.

An experienced and eloquent speaker, he regularly appears on international media channels to comment on global news events.

He also helps business, government and international organisations to understand the operational and strategic implications of political and economic events.

Simon 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.

He has published a number of academic articles, including in World Development, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A and Global Journal of Emerging Market Economies. He is frequently invited to participate on TV and in other international media.

Speaking Topics

What are the main factors and countries that will determine the trend in globalization? How will these evolve and what will the next stage of globalization look like?

What are the top Geopolitical risks to the global system? Why has geopolitics returned to be so central to the global system? Who are the main players and what are their motivations?

What are the main drivers of global economic growth? How does growth compare across the regions? Where are the opportunities for growth and where lies the biggest risks?


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