Annual Economic Debate: Is This the Winter of Our Discontent?

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Annual Economic Debate: Is This the Winter of Our Discontent?

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You can’t please all of the people all of the time, but is there anyone out there remotely happy with their political and economic lot?  No matter which runes you are reading, there seems to be a pall of negativity over even positive outcomes that you would think would bring some cheer. 

Join us to hear from two economic gurus, Dr Jim Walker and Dr Simon Ogus, and be uplifted and depressed by turns with their singular takes on the opportunities and travails that are exercising Hong Kong, Asia and the world.  It will be lively!


About the speakers

Dr Jim Walker is the founder and chief economist of Asianomics Limited, an economic research and consultancy company servicing principally the fund management industry.
Prior to establishing Asianomics he was Chief Economist at CLASA from 1991 to 2007 and was regularly voted ‘best regional economist’ in Asiamoney, Institutional Investor and Greenwich surveys. A key speaker at major economic conferences and a presenter at global investment forums, Dr Jim regularly airs his views on economic issues on major television programmes.

Before coming to Asia, he worked in his native Scotland as a research fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute for Research on the Scottish Economy, and then at The Royal Bank of Scotland’s Edinburgh headquarters. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree and a doctorate in economics from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.


Dr Simon Ogus has lived in Hong Kong for more than a quarter of a century and is the founder and CEO of the independent consultancy DSGAsia Limited. DSGAsia offers analysis of the economies and politics of Asia, and works with a variety of multinational and regional entities in the financial, non-financial and governmental spheres.  He is also an adviser to and a shareholder in the Silverhorn Group, a fully integrated wealth management boutique with a core focus on Asia.

Simon serves on the board of a number of companies and official bodies, and has also held academic positions and lectured at various universities across the region. Prior to starting his own company, Simon worked in fund management and subsequently investment banking. He is generally recognised as one of the few analysts who accurately predicted both the Asian and the more recent global economic and financial crisis, and during his time on the sell-side he was consistently voted as one of the top ranked macro analysts in the region across a range of industry surveys.


About the moderator

John Bruce is Managing Director for Hill & Associates an Asian based risk consultancy. As such John manages a team of dedicated professionals who assist clients in making decisions over investments, partnerships and strategy in Asia. John has also headed up the gaming portfolio at Hill & Associates since 2003 and has significant experience in assisting both operators and investors in understanding the convoluted nature of the Asian gaming business and the individuals and corporations involved in the industry.



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Annual Economic Debate: Is This the Winter of Our Discontent?

Thu, October 25, 2018
12:15 PM - 02:00 PM

Dr Jim Walker, Founder & Chief Economist, Asianomics


Dr Simon Ogus, Founder & CEO, DSGAsia


Moderated by: John Bruce, Managing Director, Hill & Associates Ltd

Harcourt Suite, The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central. Hosted by Andrew Seaton
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