Speaker Sessions

Behavioural Science

The first SPECtrum (Social-Political & Economic Conversations) session was conducted by Preeti KS, Behavioural Science Lead at Grab.

 

The topic of the sharing was: How Behavioural Economics Affects Our Daily Lives As Consumers.

 

Some areas that were covered by Ms Preeti KS include:
 

  • Introduction to Behavioural Science

  • How Behavioural Science is applied at Grab

  • How tech companies might be using behavioural economics for bad

Emerging Southeast Asia in 2021

The second SPECtrum session was conducted by Mr Ashu Agarwal, Senior Analyst, Southeast Asia at FrontierView.

 

The topic for the sharing was: Emerging Southeast Asia in 2021.

Some areas that were covered include:

 

  • Macroeconomic and political overview of emerging Southeast Asia

  • Impact of COVID-19 on the countries in the region

  • How macroeconomic political factors affect MNC strategies in ASEAN

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

The third SPECtrum session was conducted by Ms Divya Sangaraju, Research Analyst, Asia at the Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU).

 

The topic of the sharing was: Comprehensive and Progressive agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

 

Some areas that were covered include:
 

  • Useful learning about the CPTPP and how it evolved into what it is now

  • Tariffs and Non tariff barriers

  • Existence and understated importance of RCEP

 

She had also shared with the students some amazing essay writing tips for their next analytical piece!

Defining Democracy

The fourth SPECtrum session was conducted by Prof Sebastian Dettman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, SMU.

 

The topic of the sharing was: Defining Democracy.

 

Some areas that were covered include:
 

  • Pure democracy

  • Existence of rudimentary version of democracy

  • Democracy in global politics

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SEIC’s Research Analyst program had driven me towards pursuing my passion towards studying in the field of economics, through reading global economic current affairs, interpreting trends and graphs, and intellectually challenging me in applying economic theories learned in SMU modules in inferring, analyzing and suggesting potential recommendations and solutions.

—   Ace Chua,   Research Analyst