What is the outlook for businesses as the economy braces itself for slower growth in 2021? What lies ahead for South-East Asia in our bid to return to pre-Covid levels of trade?
The economic briefing will be led by the Asia Lead Economist at Oxford Economics, followed by a discussion on how the economic outlook of South-East Asia will take shape as the world recovers from the global pandemic.
This virtual event will be moderated by David Matthews, ICAEW President, and joining him are business leaders and lead economists from the region. The panel will delve into the economic effects on international trade, changes to policies and potential areas of growth, with a focus on Malaysia and Indonesia.
Audience will have the opportunity to participate and have your questions answered 'live' during the Q&A segment. Sign up to join the economic forum now!
Contact: Carlyn Lee
Please note that the programme is subject to change
All timings are in GMT+8.
Guest Speaker and Panellist
Sian Fenner, Lead Asia Economist, Oxford Economics
Sian has over fifteen years experience in macroeconomic research and forecasting across emerging markets. She is currently a Lead Asia Economist for Oxford Economics (OE) responsible for the forecasts and research across key ASEAN economies.
As part of the Asia leadership team, her role includes driving OE’s Asia views and forecasts, undertaking related risk analysis and consultancy work and client presentations. In addition, she specializes in macro-modelling and scenario analysis aimed at quantifying risks to the short and medium-term outlook on different economies.
Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Sian worked for Lloyds Bank as the lead emerging market economist responsible for forecasting the economic outlook, foreign exchange and monetary policy across key emerging economies.
Sian spent the first five years of her career as an economist at the Australian Federal Treasury and worked on forecasts and modelling for the Australian economy, and a broad range of research for advanced and emerging economies.
David Matthews, President, ICAEW
David worked with KPMG since graduating from the London School of Economics in 1982. He qualified in 1985 and became a partner in 1996, working primarily with large multinational organisations which have included AstraZeneca, Bunzl, Diageo, Cadbury, Eurotunnel, Johnson Matthey, United Biscuits and VT Group.
Whilst at KPMG, he has held a number of management roles, including a member of both the Board and Executive Committee of KPMG in the UK (2012-2018); Head of Accounting Advisory Services (2008-2011); Head of Audit for KPMG’s Consumer and industrial Markets group (2004-2007); and Head of KPMG’s Drinks sector (2001-2007).
In addition to being a Council member since 2010, his work with ICAEW has included membership of the Professional Standards Board (2011-2012) and of the Technical Strategy Board (2012-2018), including as Chair (since 2013).
Beyond ICAEW, David was previously a member of the Working Group and Technical Task Force of the International Integrated Reporting Committee and responsible for KPMG’s relationships with Tomorrow’s Company and the Directors’ Forum.
He is also a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Justice of the Peace and a trustee of the Treloar Trust, and has recently retired as a trustee of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
Ralph van Doorn, Senior Economist, World Bank Group
Ralph van Doorn is the Acting Lead Economist for the World Bank in Indonesia focusing on macroeconomic policy, fiscal policy and debt management. Previously he was the country economist for Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Maldives, and supported governments on fiscal, growth and debt issues in countries across Africa, East Asia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
Prior to joining the World Bank he worked at the emerging markets fixed income team at Credit Suisse in London focusing on Egypt, Kazakhstan and the GCC countries. He holds a Master of Research degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Master of Science degree in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology.
Irvin Menezes FCA, Audit Partner, PwC Malaysia
Irvin trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the United Kingdom. He returned to Malaysia to join PwC in 1993 after 8 years with a London-based audit firm. Irvin is an ICAEW fellow Chartered Accountant and the current Chairman of the ICAEW Members Society, Malaysian Chapter. He is also a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.
Irvin is a partner in PwC’s Technology, Information, Communications and Entertainment (TICE) and Energy division. He currently leads the firm’s Technology Media and Telecommunications Industry Group. He has over 20 years of experience delivering audit and business advisory services to top tier companies in the Communications Industry in Malaysia.
He has successfully delivered several multi-billion dollar corporate projects including an initial public offering of a major regional mobile operator with operations in over 5 countries, the de-merger of the largest fixed line operator in Malaysia, acquisitions of mobile operators in Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Malaysia, and multi-billion ringgit fund raising transactions for both mobile and fixed line operators amongst others. He is also the lead partner on the Axiata Group audit engagement, a large Malaysian multinational telecommunications operator.
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