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An uneven economic rebound and relentless asset price run-up characterised the end of 2020. With US elections and Brexit behind us, and Covid vaccinations underway, will 2021 be marked by unimpeded tailwind?

Come join us as Dr Taimur Baig, Managing Director and Chief Economist at DBS Bank, presents the estimates of the momentum in place for Asean growth, trade, and inflation. We will also take stock of the currency, credit, commodity, and interest rates markets, most of which are already at risk of being over-valued, but with no let-up in investor enthusiasm. Finally, we will examine the impact of recent spate of trade and investment deals (from RCEP and CAI) and the new era of China-US relationship.



3:30 pm – Welcome remarks and introduction – Philippe Van Hoof, EuroCham Singapore

3:35 pm – Overview – Janet Pau, The Economist Corporate Network

3:45 pm – Economic outlook presentation – Dr Taimur Baig, DBS Bank

4:00 pm –  Q&A session moderated by Philippe Van Hoof, EuroCham Singapore

  • Dr Taimur Baig, DBS Bank 
  • Janet Pau, The Economist Corporate Network

4:25 pm – Closing remarks – Nele Cornelis, EuroCham Singapore

4:30 pm – End

Meet the Speakers and Moderator

Dr Taimur BAIG (Speaker)
Managing Director and Chief Economist
Group Research 
DBS Bank

Taimur Baig, Ph.D., heads economics as well as macro strategy for interest rate, credit, currency, and equities at DBS Group Research. He also advises the bank on risk management and investment strategy. Prior to joining DBS, Dr Baig was a Principal Economist in the Economic Policy Group, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Earlier he spent nine years at Deutsche Bank’s Singapore office, where his last position was Managing Director and Chief Economist, Asia. Before Deutsche Bank, he was based in Washington, DC, at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund, for eight years, where his last position was Senior Economist. Dr Baig has published extensively for both specialists and a general audience, on areas including monetary policy in a deflationary environment, exchange rate regime determination, demographics, energy sector, frontier markets, fiscal policy efficacy, and financial market contagion. Dr Baig sits as a council member for the Asian Financial Think Tank, Economic Society of Singapore, and Women’s World Banking. Dr Baig holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He attended London School of Economics and Wabash College for his B.A. in Economics.


Janet Pau (Speaker)
Hong Kong Director
The Economist Corporate Network

Janet Pau is the Director of The Economist Corporate Network in Hong Kong. She brings her experience working with top executives throughout Asia, coupled with economic knowledge and industry insight to help organisational leaders and their teams gain a holistic, practical appreciation of the opportunities and challenges in Greater China and across Asia.

Before joining The Economist Corporate Network, Janet was Program Director for the Asia Business Council, developing and delivering content for private forums for an all-CEO membership in Asia for more than a decade. Prior to that, she was Manager at the Global Business Policy Council at consulting firm A.T. Kearney in Washington D.C., where she led consulting projects and intellectual capital publications for senior executive clients in both business and government.

Janet’s publications include Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation (Wiley, 2012) and Building Energy Efficiency (Encyclopaedia of China Publishing House, Chinese edition, 2008). She was an op-ed contributor and columnist for the South China Morning Post from 2011 to 2019. She has also contributed opinion pieces and book chapters, and spoken at various local and regional business conferences.

She serves on the leadership team of Hong Kong-based charity Beyond Foundation, which advocates for children with special needs and their families. She was a member on the Hong Kong Government’s Antiquities Advisory Board, Museum Advisory Board, and Central Policy Unit.

Janet received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and psychology with honours from Yale University and a Master in Public Policy specializing in economic policy and competitiveness from Harvard University.


Philippe Van Hoof (Moderator)
Managing Director & Head of Financial Institutions (FI) Asia
ING Bank N.V., Singapore Branch

Philippe Van Hoof is Member of the Senior Management Team for ING Wholesale Banking Asia Pacific. Philippe and his team in 10 countries cover a wide range of Financial Institutions
in Asia Pacific. He has over 25 years of banking experience, including 12 years in Singapore, Korea and Japan. In addition to managing strategic relationships with banks, Philippe has extensive experience in covering insurers, asset managers, securities companies and sovereign wealth funds at executive/board level on a wide range of strategic topics including the impact of regulations, macro-economic, new
products launch and M&A. 

Next to ING, Philippe was also the Chairman of EuroCham Singapore Financial Services Committee until 2018 and has been elected as Board Member of Eurocham in 2019 and currently serves as Vice President.


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