The Future of Global Trade and Prosperity

Impacts of the US-China Trade War and Brexit

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 (18:00 – 20:00)   |   Shake Farm, 01-02 50 Robinson Road, Singapore    

Participation is free of charge. Seats are limited.

The US-China trade war has dominated financial and economic news in Asia in the past year. How big has the impact been in China, the USA and beyond? Will there be a winner, or will everyone lose? Similarly, in Europe and the UK, Brexit has been the dominant news story for three years now. Will a no-deal Brexit be the disaster most economists and the media seem to believe?

Together, the two stories are being presented as posing an existential risk to the multilateral trading system. Where does the multilateral trading system go from here and how are the trade war and Brexit likely to impact global prosperity?

The Hinrich Foundation and UnHerd Insight have teamed up to organize a vibrant evening discussion with three global trade and international affairs experts:

The discussion will be followed by a networking session with drinks and canapes.

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Join us for an evening discussion with food and drinks:

18:00     Registration

18:15     Roundtable discussion

18:45     Q&A

19:15     Networking, drinks and canapes

Speaker biographies

Stewart Paterson

Stewart Paterson, Research Fellow, Hinrich Foundation

Stewart Paterson is the author of “China, Trade and Power: Why the West’s Economic Engagement Has Failed”, a book published in 2018 that describes the unintended consequences of a policy of engagement with China that led to its accession to the WTO in 2001. Paterson has been following the Chinese economy since 1991. After a stint in London and Mumbai, he lived in Hong Kong from 1998 to 2007 working firstly for CLSA as Head of Global Emerging Market Strategy and then for Credit Suisse, as Managing Director and Head of Asia-Pacific Strategy. He then moved to Singapore in 2007 to co-found the eponymous Riley Paterson investment Management. He now lives and works in the UK. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen.


James Crabtree

James Crabtree, Associate Professor of Practice, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

James Crabtree is a Singapore-based author and journalist. Prior to academia, James Crabtree worked at the Financial Times, most recently as Mumbai bureau chief. He is also a columnist for Nikkei Asian Review, and also a non-resident fellow at the Asia-Pacific program at Chatham House. He provides analysis on topics relating to Asian geopolitics and development, with a particular focus on South and South East Asia. Before journalism, Crabtree was a senior policy advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under primie ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He spent a number of years living in the US, initially as a Fullbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Sam Olsen

Sam Olsen, Head of Asia Pacific, UnHerd Insight

Sam Olsen is the Head of APAC for UnHerd Insight, based in Singapore. Olsen is a commentator on international political affairs, and has written for the UK Government on foreign policy with a particular focus on Asia, where he has lived for almost a decade. Before that, Olsen served as an intelligence officer in the British Army in Iraq and Kosovo. He was educated at Oxford University and Cass Business School.


Berenice Voets

Berenice Voets, Director of Public Affairs, Hinrich Foundation

Berenice Voets develops trade research partnerships for the foundation and manages its external communication and public affairs activities. She has over 20 years of public affairs, government relations and corporate communication experience, acquired in Singapore, China, Thailand and Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Hinrich Foundation, she was a senior advisor to the CEO of the East West Seed Group, Director of Public Affairs and Sustainability at the Clarins Group in Asia Pacific, and Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations at APCO Worldwide in Shanghai. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew of Public Policy and a master’s degree in Business Administration from EDHEC Business School in France.