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Kopi Time podcast with Taimur Baig
Kopi time is a podcast series on insights from markets and economies around the world, hosted by Taimur Baig, Ph.D., Chief Economist of DBS Bank Ltd.
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Kopi Time E041: EY’s Varun Mittal on FinTech
Varun Mittal, Partner of EY Asia Pacific Financial Services Strategy and Transaction Services, talks about all things FinTech. We begin by going over the tech foundation that has been built up over the past decade, which is now enabling a wave of innovation. Varun scans both the start-ups and big tech companies, and details his views on payments, wallets, remittance, regulation, WealthTech, e-currency, and digital banks. We discuss the role of FinTech in levelling the playing field between the wealthy and not-so-wealthy investors, and between those who have access to banking services and those who don’t. As the co-author of "Singapore – Fintech Nation of the World,” Varun is particularly passionate about Singapore’s model of strict compliance and risk mitigation, which he believes is particularly suited for success in the regulated world of FinTech. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 12, 2021
Kopi Time E040: Dr. Deborah Elms on RCEP, CPTPP, CAI
We start the new year with an engaging discussion on the implications of various trade and investment agreements in the region, with Dr. Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre. How should companies prepare for RCEP? How deep and beneficial are the various stipulations of the agreement? Who will gain the most? What about CPTPP? Will the US come back to it? Who else is in line to join? What about digital trade and commerce in the region? Dr. Elms provides tangible and realistic insights on all this. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 14, 2020
Kopi Time E039: Dr. Jenny Low on vaccines
The year’s final Kopi Time podcast features a deep dive into the science of vaccines. Associate Professor Jenny Low, a senior consultant with the Department of Infectious Diseases in Singapore General Hospital, breaks down everything we need to know with respect to ongoing vaccine developments. Want to know the difference between the vaccines being developed by Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer? How are they being developed so much faster than ever before? How is effectiveness calculated? Can a vaccinated person be infectious? How long are we likely to remain immune after vaccination? How is Singapore’s efforts to develop a vaccine going? All this and more from Dr. Low, who is at the forefront of the fight to end this once-in-a-century pandemic. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 7 min
Dec 9, 2020
Kopi Time E038: Stephen Schwartz, Fitch Ratings
Stephen Schwartz, head of Asia-Pacific Sovereigns at Fitch Ratings, joins Kopi Time to explain how the Covid-19 pandemic fits into sovereign ratings analysis. He outlines the recovery outlook and flags the sovereigns under most ratings pressure. We then scan the macro landscape with Stephen to highlight the key risks for next year, and the geopolitical factors involving the US and China that matter for this region. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 1, 2020
Kopi Time E037: Ziad Haider on geopolitical risk management
Ziad Haider, Head of Geopolitical Risk and Director of Risk, Asia at McKinsey & Company, joins Kopi Time to talk about his work on risk analysis. In addition to shedding light on what he does in his current job, Ziad shares with us his experience in US presidential transitions. He also provides insights into what one can expect from the incoming Biden administration on relationship with China, Asean, and trade. Finally, we discuss the way companies can prepare to manage the various axis of geopolitical risks that lie ahead. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 16, 2020
Kopi Time E036: Eswar Prasad on USD, RMB, and CBDCs
Dr. Eswar Prasad, Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University, joins Kopi Time to share his deep insights on the global economic outlook and major developments in the currency world. He goes deep into the arguments over why the US dollar reigns supreme and will likely continue to do so. He walks us through various initiatives that would increase the role of the Chinese RMB in global payments, but is skeptical that it would take up safe haven status. Eswar then delves into the promises and challenges of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). He goes over the possible applications, as well as regulatory and financial stability concerns involving CBDCs, both in developed and emerging economies. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 6, 2020
Kopi Time E035: Marsha Vande Berg on US elections
Dr. Marsha Vande Berg, fellow with the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University, talks about the significance and implication of the 2020 US presidential elections. We discuss the impact on domestic policy, ranging from the key outstanding issues in pandemic management, healthcare, inequality, climate change, infrastructure, and jobs. We talk about the persistent polarisation getting in the way of fundamental reforms time and again. We then shift to foreign and trade policy implications for China, North Asia, Asean, and India. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 30, 2020
Kopi Time E034: Arvind Subramanian on the US, China, India, development
A wide ranging discussion with Dr. Arvind Subramanian, nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and former chief economic advisor to the Government of India (2014-18). We talk about the risks to global growth, from deglobalisation to job-replacing technologies, independent of the damage from the ongoing pandemic. From climate change to the need for basic public goods to support growth, Arvind assesses the imperatives and tradeoffs. Arvind also shares his deep knowledge on China and India, about their fundamental trends, existing macro constraints, opportunities lost, and remaining potential. Arvind firmly believes that basic economic laws cannot be defied, but at the same time he draws insights from cutting edge research and eschews dogmatism. Fascinating conversation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1 hr 9 min
Oct 20, 2020
Kopi Time E033: Prof Andreas Rasche on sustainable investing and corporate responsibility
Andreas Rasche, Professor of Business in Society at the Copenhagen Business School’s Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, joins us in Kopi Time for a wide ranging discussion on the current state and promise of sustainable investing. Andreas finds the world of investment and climate change increasing characterised by VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) factors. It is critical for business leaders and investors to recognise this world with a degree of humility and analyse their outlook around multiple, data-driven, well thought-through scenarios. Andreas points out the importance of forward-thinking leadership, use of big data and technology, and learning from the ongoing pandemic in creating resilient firms and portfolios. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 14, 2020
Kopi Time E032: Ben Bland on Indonesia and President Jokowi
Ben Bland, director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Lowy Institute, and former journalist at Financial Times, joins Kopi Time to discuss Indonesia, world’s third largest democracy. Ben draws on his multi-decade experience in covering the nation’s economic, politics, and history to shed light on the present juncture, as the Covid-crisis challenges Indonesia like never before. We discuss the idiosyncrasies driving the present narrative and the outlook for reforms and possible fault-lines ahead. We also delve into Ben’s new book on President Joko Widodo, in which Jokowi’s rise to power, challenges of governance, key views and instincts, and personality traits are discussed insightfully. For those of you who find Indonesia fascinating like I do, you will enjoy this chat. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 6, 2020
Kopi Time E031: James Crabtree on US elections and the impact on Asia
James Crabtree, Singapore-based author and journalist, and Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, joins Kopi Time to talk about elections, politics, trade, and technology in the near-and-medium term. What are the scenarios and risks around the US elections? How would the outcome impact Asia in general and China in particular? How will trade and tech wars pan out? How are Asian economies doing through this all? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 29, 2020
Kopi Time E30: ADB’s Abdul Abiad on pandemic, outlook, and wellness
Dr. Abdul Abiad, Director of the Macroeconomic Research Division at the Asian Development Bank, joins Kopi Time to talk about the region’s pandemic response, macro vulnerabilities, and economic outlook. ADB is urging the regional governments to recognise that there is not trade-off between lives and livelihood while dealing with the pandemic; success in one is a prerequisite to success in the other. Dr. Abiad also goes over highly insightful research done by ADB on the wellness of Asians. Examining data and evidence on diet, healthcare, traffic congestion, climate, sports and recreation, and workplace safety, it is clear that much more needs to be done in the region to improve the well being of the citizens. As Asia transitions from low to medium income and beyond, aspirations and demands are evolving; people want a holistic pathway to physical and mental wellness. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 21, 2020
Kopi Time E029: Sir Ivan Rogers on Brexit
A deep dive on Brexit, past, present, and future, with perhaps the foremost expert on the issue, Sir Ivan Rogers. Sir Ivan was the Permanent Representative of the UK to the EU between 2013 and 2017; he also served various top treasury roles under Kenneth Clarke, Gordon Brown, and Tony Blair. Eloquent and prescient, he takes stock of how the UK ended up with Brexit. On the current juncture, he summarises the risks around the rift between the UK and EU, the usefulness of multilateral pacts governing trade and commerce, and perhaps most profoundly, the role of the UK in the global landscape. Looking forward, he offers caution and hope for the UK, with clear eyed exposition on the challenges associated with the pandemic, innovation, labour market, debt, trade in goods and services, and evolving relationship with the EU and the US. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 13, 2020
Kopi Time E028: Grayscale’s Michael Sonnenshein on private digital currencies
Michael Sonnenshein, Managing Director at Grayscale Investments, the world’s largest digital currency asset manager, joins Kopi Time to talk about private digital currencies or cryptos. We discuss the notion of crypto as an asset class, as a store of value versus safe haven, current trend in transactions and interest from Institutional investors, and the Impact of crisis-level fiscal and economic policies on cryptos. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 6, 2020
Kopi Time E027: Hans Vriens on the current state of politics in Southeast Asia
Hans Vriens of Vriens & Partners, which analyses government affairs, public policy, and political risk analysis around Southeast Asia, joins Kopi Time to talk about regional political developments and outlook. We go over Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam, all affected by the pandemic and associated economic crisis, while grappling with intensifying China-US tension. At the same time, all of these cases have their unique contexts. Hans. who has been in Asia for three decades, and his team, are highly regarded; you will enjoy the insights. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 27, 2020
Kopi Time E026: Accenture’s Sonia Gupta on changing consumer trends
Sonia Gupta, Managing Director, Growth and Innovation, Accenture Growth Markets, joins Kopi Time to talk about the new and lasting trends in consumer behaviour through the ongoing pandemic and accelerating digitisation. She draws on the findings from a series of large sample surveys carried out by Accenture across the world to shed light on consumers’ sense of security, comfort with working from home, preference toward sustainable and local products, and the extent of trust vis-a-vis their employers and governments. Sonia gives a series of insightful examples on how companies are reacting to these seismic changes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 17, 2020
Kopi Time E025: World Gold Council’s Shaokai Fan on gold supply, demand, and market structure
Shaokai Fan, head of Central Bank Relationships, World Gold Council, joins Kopi Time to talk about the precious metal that has rallied around 25% in the past year. Without getting into the outlook for the asset’s price, he lays out many useful insights related to gold production (geography, cost, storage), demand (safe haven, low yield, usage, liquidity, positioning), market structure (OTC, funds, ETF), and industry standards (data, education, ESG). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 10, 2020
Kopi Time E24: GIC’s Prakash Kannan on global macro and asset price outlook
Prakash Kannan, GIC’s Chief Economist and Head of Total Portfolio Management, joins Kopi Time to talk about the sovereign wealth fund’s long-term investment outlook. We discuss pockets of sovereign risk, headwinds to globalisation, implication of rapid debt buildup, paradigm shifts in central banking, unintended consequence of massive liquidity injection and exceptionally low interest rates, froth in the global equity markets (especially big tech), China’s crisis response, both with respect to the pandemic and economic lockdown, and outlook for USD and EUR. Prakash also touches on GIC’s three pillars of ESG investment approach—offence (seizing opportunities in clean energy and technology), defence (screening its portfolio and engaging comapnies that form large holdings), and excellence (internal commitment to sustainability). GIC believes that companies with stronger sustainability credentials will deliver superior long-term risk adjusted returns. We share their be…
Aug 3, 2020
Kopi Time 023: Dr. Lynn Kuok, Senior Fellow, IISS
We discuss the great power rivalry of our time with Dr. Lynn Kuok, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security at the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Dr. Kuok walks us through the key factors driving the ongoing deterioration in US-China relationship, what that means for the countries in Asia, various elements of tension in the South China Sea, recent developments in US-India relationship, and the narrowing window of options for the nations in South-East Asia. The hope is for a rules-based, multilateral order to deal with China-US frictions, but the danger is that a transactional and bilateral skirmish is deepening, with a wide array of fallout that affects all of us. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 19, 2020
Kopi Time E22: Dr. Khor Hoe Ee on AMRO’s views and role in the region
Dr. Khor Hoe Ee, Chief Economist of AMRO (ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office), joins Kopi Time to explain the role of the organisation in the region and the scope of the USD240bn liquidity support and crisis prevention Chiang Mai Initiative for 14 Asian economies. Dr Khor also highlight’s AMRO’s forecasts and analysis, along with some its recent research on credit risk contagion. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E21: IFC's Regional Director Vivek Pathak on investing in East Asia
Vivek Pathak, Regional Director for East Asia and Pacific at the International Finance Corporation, joins Kopi time to discuss the organisation’s portfolio of investments in the region. Affected by the health challenges of the pandemic in varying degrees, but facing the economic stress across the board, regional authorities and companies are trying to rise to the occasion. The IFC is supporting many initiatives along the way, Vivek explains. He then goes over the where and how of IFC’s investments in East Asia, focusing on the demand side and ideas on projects related to climate change and green urban infrastructure. He concludes by providing overviews of Indonesia and Vietnam, two economies with very different orientation, but with plenty of promises for the medium term. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E20: ECB's Paul Hiebert on the intersection of financial stability and climate risk
“What can be measured, can be managed” Paul Hiebert, Head of Systemic Risk & Financial Institutions Division at the European Central Bank, joins Kopi time to talk about climate change and financial risks. He goes over the key initiatives undertaken by various Euro area institutions to produce and disseminate better data, standards, and analysis so that private and public sector can prepare for the impending high cost of dealing with climate change. Paul shares estimates of relevant long-term potential loss in GDP and the annual cost of remedial measures that are now being used for planning and regulation purposes. He then goes over key initiatives by regulators and governments to estimate climate change related credit risk on the balance sheet of the financial sector, work in progress to build the capacity to price such risks, and simulation and scenario analysis to quantify the need for further investment. Paul also sheds light on initiatives beyond the Euro Area, such as by th…
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E19: Professor Sir Charles Bean on the economics of coronavirus
“It’s a mistake to assume that where we are now, is going to be where we are for ever more" Eminent macroeconomist and former Deputy Governor of Bank of England Charles Bean joins Kopi time to talk about economic policy during a pandemic. He recognises the necessity of lockdown and the associated seismic support measures, but going forward, he favours far more targetted policies. Instead of across the board sales tax cuts, for instance, only highly vulnerable firms and individuals should be supported in the next round of measures. Sir Charles is concerned about the scarring effect of the economic crisis on the current generation of youth about to enter the workforce. To ensure that their lifetime job and earning prospects don’t suffer in a lasting manner, policy support is imperative, including in the areas of job training and incentive for employers. These measures can be financed by long-term government borrowing that locks on to the prevailing low rates. On monetary policy,…
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E18: Atul Kapur on demystifying private equity and investing in India
Atul Kapur joins Kopi time to talk about the journey of Everstone Group, which manages over USD5bn across private equity, real estate, green infrastructure, and venture capital in India and South-East Asia. Atul and Sameer Sain founded the firm almost 15 years ago; what was the motivation, what were the capital raising and recruitment challenges along the way? Has India delivered the envisaged returns to investment firms like Everstone despite all the political and economic volatility along the way? Which sectors in India are holding up, and where is the promise going forward? Atul also sheds light on the process of active private investing, which he calls the un-peeling of many layers of the firm’s “onion,” that sets it apart from public investing. Fascinating insights, full of rich details. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E17: Frank Engels on Eurozones challenges and prospects
Dr. Frank Engels, in charge of investment strategy of over €300bn AUM in Germany’s Union Investments, joins Kopi time to talk about Eurozone’s battle with Covid-19, the large fiscal measures in the pipeline, the prospect for regional unity on critical matters such as debt mutualisation, sectors that may benefit the most from additional spending, Europe’s relationship with China, risks around Brexit talks, and the asset market outlook, ranging from the euro to corporate debt to equities. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E16: Munib Madni on putting sustainability at the core of investment decisions
“The game is optimising and maintaining profits for the long-term, not maximising it over the short-term” Munib Madni, CEO of Singapore-based Panarchy Partners, explains why he transitioned from a career in traditional buyside fund management to setting up a firm that seeks to redefine the notion of wealth and its creation. He walks us through the key aspects of sustainability-driven fund management, focusing on returns and progress on four forms of capital; human, social, environmental, and financial. Munib has joined a group of visionaries who use data analysis to assert that companies with strong social purpose and progress deliver sustainable financial returns over time. He addresses the challenges and opportunities, conceptual and practical, that come with this approach. The ongoing pandemic has shone a strong light on the resiliency of companies with greater purpose and responsibility, along with their preparedness to deal with forthcoming regulations in the post-pandemic…
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E15: Dr. Alexis Crow on the US, Covid-19, economic outlook, policy response, long-term
“This will be a crisis wasted if we do not acknowledge and instil the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity, the dignity of work, and the recognition that each person matters and has something unique to contribute to society” We speak with Dr. Alexis Crow, Lead, Geopolitical Investing Practice at PwC US, on the health and economic situation in the US, complicated by the “red-blue” divide. We also touch on issues beyond the near-term, examining fiscal sustainability, income inequality, and the future of work. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E14: Dr. Sri-Kumar on likely stagflation, long gold, short USD and selectively positiv
“You can always pull the Fed's chain" In this podcast, long-time buyside strategist Dr. Komal Sri-Kumar (ex-The TCW Group and Drexel Burnham Lambert) joins us from Santa Monica, California to explain why he foresaw a US recession last January. He also underscores his beliefs that (i) the Federal Reserve has become hostage to the equity markets, (ii) the fixed income market is the best leading gauge of economic growth, (iii) endless QE will create zombie companies and drive down return on capital, (iv) the US dollar may have peaked, (v) oil prices may have some short-term upside, (vi) long gold makes sense, and (vii) some emerging markets provide attractive investment opportunities. Sri goes far beyond just asserting his views; he walks us through his arguments lucidly and comprehensively. There is a reason Bloomberg and CNBC can’t get enough of him. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E08: Ex-IMF chief economist and ex-RBI governor, Prof Raghuram Rajan
“Until you have defeated the virus everywhere, you haven’t really defeated it anywhere” I discuss a wide range of conjunctural topics with Professor Raghuram Rajan, a foremost global authority on central banking, financial markets, and economic development. Prof Rajan begins by underscoring the high degree of uncertainty around economic forecasts and major risks weighing on financial markets. He shares with us his take on the impact of Covid-19 on developed economies, where there are early signs of curve flattening. His key concern is countries like India, characterised by not only weak economic fundamentals, but also weak administrative machinery and inadequate public health coverage. See his article with Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Amartya Sen on this topic at https://go.dbs.com/2wITOH0 On fiscal and monetary policy measures, Prof Rajan supports strong and innovative life-line measures for those most affected by the crisis, but he is not in favour of support for a…
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E13: Prof Wang Linfa on Covid-19, origins, spread, test, treatment, vaccine developmen
Talk about a masterclass. We talk to the man who discovered the bat-to-man link of the SARS virus back in 2003 and is currently deeply involved in getting to the bottom of the ongoing pandemic. Professor Wang Linfa, Director of the Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke-NUS Medical School, walks us through numerous questions about the coronavirus wreaking lives and livelihood worldwide. What’s the difference between SARS-COV-2 and Covid-19? Where did it originate, and could it be man-made? Why is it so infectious? Are asymptomatic carriers infectious? How good are the tests, and what’s the pipeline for rapid-tests? What about anti-bodies and convalescent plasma therapy? What’s the latest on anti-viral developments? What about the holy grail of vaccine development? You will not find a more informed set of answers! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E12: Former Deputy Assistant Secretary at US Treasury Robert Dohner on Fed, IMF, Asia
In this highly informative and insightful podcast, former senior US Treasury official Dr. Robert Dohner illustrates the contrast between a lack of US political leadership in dealing with the pandemic at the global level against an energised Fed taking actions to ease USD funding conditions worldwide. He weighs in on the much talked about scenario of the Fed heading toward negative rates, and makes a series of meticulous arguments why that is unlikely. Dr Dohner shares his view on the role multilateral organizations like the IMF and World Banks are playing to address the financial and economic dimensions of the pandemic. He then sheds light on why he thinks Asia is relatively well placed to come out of the crisis. He concludes with his perspective on how Donald Trump will deal with China in his second term versus the way a Biden administration would. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E11: Manu Bhaskaran on ASEAN, China, and the future of trade
In this Podcast, we discuss ASEAN and China with Centennial Group’s Manu Bhaskaran, a prominent Singaporean economist. During the discussion, Manu delves into Singapore’s economic outlook, the likely divergence between manufacturing and services, and the impact of the large fiscal and monetary support measures announced so far. He then provides insights on Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, three very different economies in terms of sectoral composition and risk exposure. Manu examines the China-ASEAN dimensions in the context of trade war, supply chain realignment, and rising anti-China sentiments in the West. He concludes by looking constructively at the nature of the recovery ahead, and the fundamental changes likely in train. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E10: Vandana Hari on plunging oil prices and industry implica
How on earth did WTI May contract turn negative? What is the supply and demand picture, between Opec production cuts and ongoing global demand destruction? How are energy traders doing? Will US shale see an existential challenge? What would exceptionally low oil prices mean for the energy industry worldwide, from jobs to investment to credit risk? What about geopolitical implications? Would low oil crowd out the investment and demand necessary for renewable energy? We talk about all this and more with seasoned energy sector analyst Vandana Hari, founder and CEO of Vanda Insights. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E09: Prof Alexander Capri on the global supply chain
Global supply chains are ever evolving, but the current juncture appears to be potentially seismic. China has been, for over a decade, pushing out low value-added manufacturing to the economies of South and South-East Asia, although many components of those processes still reside in mainland China. US and a few allies have been pushing, largely in the name of national security, for removing some of their reliance on the Chinese supply chain, especially at the top end of the value-added spectrum. Meanwhile, robotics and automation are changing the need for cheap labour to produce many goods. Finally, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has revealed both the complexity and the fragility of global supply chains. NUS Professor Alexander Capri, with decades of experience both in academia and the private sector on global value chains and international trade, provides us with an engaging narrative of the economics, business reality, and geopolitics of this compelling topic. See omnystudio.com/list…
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E07: Princeton's Bernard Haykel on Saudi oil strategy and Middle-East
We connect with New York City in this episode, where in the East Side of Manhattan is our guest, Dr. Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. So far in this podcast series we have restricted ourselves to the geography of Singapore and sitting down with our guests face to face. But it is high time to go remote, and that frees up geographical barriers and our guest pool considerably. We connect with New York City in this episode, where in the East Side of Manhattan is our guest, Dr. Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Bernie recently published an article in Project Syndicate, provocatively titled “Saudi Arabia’s radical new oil strategy.” We begin by going over his theory that Saudi Arabia, under the stewardship of crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman, is done being the swing producer of oil, and with climate change and renewable energy in the horizon, may well want to pump in 20 coming years its entire oil rese…
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E06: Simon Tay on Singapore, China, US, and Asean
“Having lived through the Asian financial crisis and the SARS crisis, if you add the two together, this (Covid-19) is possibly more challenging... (For the world) we can hope for good leadership to emerge, but I sometimes wonder if we have got the right (global) leadership right now. Where we are now… there is a dark path ahead. It might emerge in light, we could be better people, but there is a long way to go, and there will be challenges every step of the way.” --Prof Simon Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and a tenured Associate Professor of international law at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law In this podcast, we have an in-depth conversation with Prof Tay, who digs into his extensive experience to go over how Singapore is balancing its fight against Covid-19 between mitigation and suppression. In a wide-ranging discussion, he walks us through the need for pragmatic governance (independent of ideology), the grim path ahe…
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E05: Mikkel Larsen on climate change and the tragedy of the commo
This podcast can be broadly classified under sustainability, but it is important to underscore that sustainability is an exceptionally broad and all-encompassing subject. From DBS bank’s perspective, for instance, sustainability entails considering responsible banking, improving reporting of our standards and practices, encouraging responsible behaviour in the society, creating social impact, and carrying out research to extract society -relevant insights on our planetary footprint. We cannot possibly deal with all that in a half-hour session. For that, you should read our annual sustainability report, available on https://go.dbs.com/33ztcVa The person who is in charge putting that excellent annual report together is Mikkel Larsen, Managing Director & Chief Sustainability Officer of DBS. He is also the co-chair of the DBS Sustainability Council and an adjunct professor corporate sustainability at Copenhagen Business School. Mikkel, on his eighth year in DBS, is a committed vegan, car…
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E04: Dean Ho on AI to fight cancer and COVID-19
We discuss the game-changing work going on in Singapore’s N.1 Institute for Health as well as the Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM) at National University. Dean Ho, who runs both institutes, walks us through the use of Artificial Intelligence in transforming the landscape of drug discovery and repurposing, matching patients to clinical trials, and personalised cancer therapy. Dean also highlights Singapore’s powerful ecosystem involving biomedical engineers, clinicians, regulators, and policy makers, with fully aligned incentives that is accelerating progress in these areas. This integrated approach will not only improve care and support innovation, but also keep healthcare costs under control. On COVID-19, Dean points out that his AI system took three days to come up with an optimal drug dose combination to fight the virus, which could be in clinical trial by end of this month. This podcast offers hope and excitement, much needed in these bleak times.SHOW LESS See omnystudio…
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E03: Angela Mancini on the intersection of political and business risks
We chat with Angela Mancini, partner at Control Risks. Angela’s team advises global clients on business strategy while navigating political, governance, and regulatory risks. We discuss the evolving political picture in Malaysia and Indonesia, followed by China-US relationship in light of COVID-19 and trade war, and finally, the US presidential election outlook. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E02: Slava Shilin on learning Mandarin and humanising China
We chat with credit strategist Slava Shilin, Russian born, UK national, Singapore resident, and almost fluent in Mandarin. In this highly engaging podcast, Slava talks about travelling through small towns in China, assessing the depth of the country’s progress at grass-roots level, and surprising aspects about day-to-day living there. He stresses why being able to read and write adds considerable depth to understanding China than just attaining Mandarin speech proficiency. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time E01: Prof Bert Hoffman on COVID-19 and China
In this inaugural podcast, we speak with China expert Prof Bert Hoffman of National University. Bert headed World Bank’s China office for several years prior to moving to Singapore last year. In a fascinating 30-minute chat, we go over the COVID-19 fallout, likely economic impact and policy response, the political dimensions, and the Chinese economy’s much needed move toward service and consumption orientation. Bert has sharp insights on the world’s second largest economy; he presents them here simply, candidly, and tightly. Enjoy the podcast! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Kopi Time podcast with Taimur Baig - Intro
Kopi time is a podcast series on insights from markets and economies around the world, hosted by Taimur Baig, Ph.D., Chief Economist of DBS Bank Ltd. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.