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This event will address the impact on Southeast Asia of the US-China strategic rivalry, the massive changes in China under Xi Jinping, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the accompanying oil and gas supply shocks, deglobalisation, changing supply chains and the energy transition. We will also look at the political changes in each country in Southeast Asia. From the new cabinet in Malaysia, and the upcoming elections in Thailand to the Presidential elections in Indonesia in 2024.

Vriens & Partners, Southeast Asia’s leading government affairs consultancy, will give an overview of key geopolitical developments and what impact this will have for businesses operating in the region.



8.30 am Registrations and Networking
9.00 am Welcome Remarks by EuroCham
9.05 am Opening Remarks by Francois Chirol, Chief Trade Officer, CMA CGM
9.10 am Presentation by Hans Vriens, Managing Partner, Vriens & Partners
9.40 am Q&A
9:55 am Closing Remarks by EuroCham

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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.

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