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Natalie Black (HM Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific at Department for International Trade)

Natalie Black

HM Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific at Department for International Trade

Natalie Black is Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Asia Pacific, covering North-East Asia, South-East Asia and Australasia.

Previously, Natalie was the Deputy Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit where she championed the UK’s tech sector and developed the new modern industrial strategy. In addition to this role, Natalie held the post of Director of the Internet Harms Unit where she coordinated efforts to tackle the challenges of the internet including terrorist use and online safety. Her first role in the Civil Service was Deputy Director and then Director of the Office of Cyber Security in the Cabinet Office where she oversaw the National Cyber Security Strategy and the National Cyber Security Programme.

Before joining the Civil Service, Natalie was the Chief of Staff for Security at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, London2012, and a management consultant.

Natalie is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Fulbright scholar.

Simon Baptist (Chief Economist, Managing Director Asia of The Economist Intelligence Unit)

Simon Baptist

Chief Economist, Managing Director Asia of The Economist Intelligence Unit

Simon Baptist is the Global Chief Economist at The Economist Intelligence Unit and is currently based in Singapore. He is also the Managing Director for The EIU in Asia, with oversight for The EIU’s research, consultancy and C-suite advisory services in the region.

Simon has a doctorate in economics from and was a lecturer at Oxford University, along with degrees in economics and science from the University of Tasmania. His academic research investigated technology and the determinants of productivity in manufacturing firms.

Simon has published a number of academic articles, including in World Development, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A and Global Journal of Emerging Market Economies. He is frequently invited to participate on TV and in other international media.

David Kelly (Executive Director of British Chamber of Commerce)

David Kelly

Executive Director of British Chamber of Commerce

David Kelly is the Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore, responsible for the strategy, growth and profile of the Chamber to support businesses and connect opportunities with the UK and across ASEAN. A Chartered Marketer, David joined the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore in 2019. David has lived in Singapore since 2015.

Prior to his role at the Chamber, David worked at the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) where he spearheaded the development and execution of a completely reinvigorated global marketing strategy along with an Asia Pacific regional expansion plan which fortified the Institute and supported rapid growth between 2012-2019, seeing the Institute double in size from 11,000 members to 23,000 with membership in Asia Pacific increasing from 19% to 40% of global subscribers. Alongside his role at the IMarEST, he was also the Chair of the UK’s Marine Industries Leadership Council (MILC) Image Working Group from 2014 – 2016 and was involved in a number of industry reports covering skills, education & training and automation in the shipping industry.

Before the IMarEST, David led and delivered the global marketing programmes for the International Wine & Spirit Competition Group of brands in the UK, America and Asia after marketing B2B and B2C solutions, both online and offline, in the financial services industry.

Born in Manchester, UK, David is passionate about mentoring and supporting others and is a mentor at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore) for Business and Marketing students and a committee member on the Singapore Institute of Technology’s Marine Programmes' Industry Advisory Committee (IAC).

Mark Worthington (Partner & Managing Director of Klareco Communications Pte. Ltd.)

Mark Worthington

Partner & Managing Director of Klareco Communications Pte. Ltd.

Mark is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Klareco Communications. He is a career media and communications expert with extensive experience in crisis management, strategic corporate and financial communications, and public affairs.
Mark joined Klareco Communications after a decade as a front-line TV journalist with the BBC.
Mark works with regional and international companies across Asia. He has advised a variety of professional and financial services clients, including corporate banks, wealth and asset managers, law firms and management consultancies.
Mark graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA in English Language and Literature. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University, London.