Simon Baptist is the Global Chief Economist at The Economist Intelligence Unit. He is responsible for providing intellectual leadership for the EIU’s coverage, for ensuring that our economic and political analysis and forecasts are the best available for international decision-makers, and for managing a global team of economists, consultants and editors. As Managing Director for the EIU’s Asia consultancy arm, Simon works with governments to design and assess the impact of public policy, and with companies to drive successful strategy and operational performance in Asia. Simon is an experienced economist who has previously spent time as a lecturer at Oxford University and as an economics consultant advising many governments, multinational corporations and international organisations around the world. Simon has a doctorate in economics from Oxford University, where his research investigated productivity and technology in emerging-market manufacturing firms. He also has degrees in economics and science from the University of Tasmania.