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Can we expect 2024 to be as tumultuous as 2023? Join us for an exploration into the economic landscape of 2024, where we will navigate the intersections of political events, global conflicts, and their increasing impact on the global economy.
Key topics to be covered include the election dynamics in the US and Indonesia, China’s economic recovery and the reverse course of interest rates.
This event offers a unique opportunity to gain insights from leading economists, industry experts, and thought leaders.

Join us on 22 January 2024, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, featuring Carl van der Elst, Chair of the Financial Services Committee, Taimur Baig, Managing Director and Chief Economist at DBS Bank and Hans Vriens, Managing Partner at Vriens & Associates.



4.00 pm Registration and Networking
4.15 pm Welcome Remarks & Housekeeping by Ms Nele Cornelis, Executive Director of EuroCham Singapore
4.20 pm Opening Remarks by Mr Jens Rübbert, President of EuroCham Singapore
4.30 pm Keynote Presentation from Dr Taimur Baig, Managing Director and Chief Economist at DBS Bank
5.00 pm Panel Discussion and Live Q&A moderated by Mr Carl van der Elst, Chair of the Financial Services Committee
– Dr Taimur Baig, Managing Director and Chief Economist, DBS Bank
– Mr Hans Vriens, Managing Partner, Vriens & Partners
5.40 pm Closing Remarks by Mr Carl van der Elst, Chair of the Financial Services Committee
5.50 pm End of Event

Light refreshments will be served.
The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.



Speaker & Panellist


Dr Taimur Baig
Managing Director and Chief Economist
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.



Mr Hans Vriens
Managing Partner
Vriens & Partners

Hans is the founder and Managing Partner of Vriens & Partners, the leading government affairs, public policy and political risk analysis firm around Southeast Asia. It is headquartered in Singapore and has more than 90 staff
and 30 senior counsellors around the region. The firm has offices in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, and Cambodia.

Hans has lived and worked in Asia since 1990. He is a regular commentator on regional issues. Prior to establishing V&P, Hans was Vice Chairman, Asia at APCO Worldwide. He set up and served as Managing Director of the Indonesia practice for six years. Prior to this, he worked as a political economist at the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy in Hong Kong. Earlier he practised law in the M&A practice at Clifford Chance and was the Asia correspondent for a leading Dutch financial and economic daily. In 1995, he was elected president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, then the largest in the world.

Hans serves on the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of UWCSEA. He was a founding member of the Europe ASEAN Business Alliance, Chairman of the Foundation Dutch Education at UWCSEA, a board member of EuroCham, and founding chairman of DutchCham in SG.

Hans graduated from law school in civil and public law at Groningen University in the Netherlands. During his studies, he was a research assistant in European parliamentary history and public law. In 1982 he took a year off from his studies when he was elected Senatus Rector of the Student Union (VAP).

Hans studied at the Bologna Center of the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University. He also did stints at the Universities of Grenoble in France, and Krakow in Poland.

His family lived in Batavia, Semarang and on Biak off Papua in the Dutch East Indies for several generations until the handover of Papua in 1962. He is married to Katy le Blanc. They have two sons.

Specialities: Government Affairs, Political and Economic Analysis around the Asia Pacific.




Mr Carl van der Elst
Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch

Carl is within Deutsche Bank responsible for the coverage of the European multinational clients active in the Asia Pacific region. Originally from Holland, Carl has lived in Asia for more than 20 years, with the majority of his time spent in China. Carl joined Deutsche Bank in Beijing in 2008 after previously working at Credit Suisse and ING. Carl has a Masters in Law from Leiden University and a MBA from UC Berkeley. Carl is fluent in Dutch, English and German while conversant in French and Mandarin.



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On 22 Jan, EuroCham hosted our flagship Economic Outlook event in partnership with DBS Bank.

We had the pleasure of listening to Taimur Baig, Managing Director, and Chief Economist at DBS Bank, as he discussed the 2024 elections globally and regionally, along with current geopolitical matters and other relevant topics. We delved into areas to keep an eye on, and despite challenges and difficulties, the economy is performing well, providing reasons for optimism in the market.

We hope you enjoyed the insightful session organised by our Financial Services Committee Chair, Carl Otto van der Elst.

Thank you again to DBS for your continuous support, and we look forward to next year’s event!