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Manu Bhaskaran

Asia Economist, ASEAN Strategic Affairs, Director & CEO-Centennial Asia Advisors, Singapore

Manu Bhaskaran has spent nearly 30 years analyzing political and economic trends in Asia, first working for the Singapore government in the area of regional security and then for 12 years as Chief Economist and Chief Strategist for Asia of SG Investment Bank, the international investment banking arm of Société Générale. He has also developed excellent personal contacts with policy makers as well as business leaders in Asia. He is a leading figure in a number of economic institutions.

"Manu Bhaskaran is a well-regarded commentator on Asian financial & economic affairs"

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In detail

Manu Bhaskaran has a Masters degree in Public Administration from the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelors degree in economics from Cambridge University. In addition to these, he has also qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has penned columns for the Far Eastern Economic Review and continues to have regular columns in business weeklies such as the Nikkei in Japan. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, a Singapore think tank. Although he left service with the Singapore government in 1989, he has continued to participate in several governmental initiatives. He is a Council Member of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs which advises the Singapore Foreign Ministry. Manu joined Centennial Group in 2002.

What he offers you

Heading the Centennial Group's strategic advisory work in developing Asia and leading the group's economic research practice, which provides in-depth analysis of Asian macro trends for investment institutions, governments and companies with interests in Asia, Manu Bhaskaran is ideally positioned to provide unique, on-the-ground assessments of the Asian macroeconomic environment for business executives trying to weigh-up the risks and rewards of investing across different countries in Asia. He is a frequent speaker on Asian issues at major conferences such as the World Economic Forum. His strength is in being able to look at countries from an overall perspective, rather than looking at them as individual economies.

How he presents

With experience from close to 30 years working at the highest levels in both the financial sector in South and Southeast Asia and government service in Singapore, leading Asian economist, Manu Bhaskaran delivers highly informative and astute presentations at prestigious events worldwide.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • Asia-Pacific Macro Issues
  • South East Asian Prospects
  • Economic Prospects for Australia & Developing Asian Economies
  • Political Risks in Asia
  • State Capitalism in Asia
  • Asian Market Outlook
  • Long Term Trends & Business Implications in Asia
  • Emerging vs Developed Markets

Books and publications

  • 2003
    Re-Inventing the Asian Model: The Case of the Singapore
  • He is a widely published author on regional political and economic issues, a regular columnist for Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun and Singapore's The Edge, and contributor to Yale Global and Global Asia journals.

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