Driving commercial and political engagement between Asia, the Middle East and Europe

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  • Driving commercial and political engagement between Asia, the Middle East and Europe

    An experienced research team 

    The Asia House research team possesses a broad range of expertise across global economics, international business, and trade policy. Drawing on in-house expertise and a highly experienced Advisory Board, Asia House research is at the forefront of thinking on business and policy in Asia.

    Key people

    Phyllis Papadavid
    Director of Research and Advisory

    Phyllis Papadavid is a leading international economist and financial strategist with extensive research experience across the private and public sectors. She leads Asia House’s Research and Advisory work, driving the organisation’s research agenda and directing projects. Before joining Asia House, Phyllis was a Research Associate and formerly head of international macroeconomics at the Overseas Development Institute, and held leadership roles at BNP Paribas and Societe Generale CIB, and has advised the Government of Mongolia. She has also advised multilateral organisations including the World Bank and the United Nations. Phyllis is an associate faculty member in Applied Analytics and Strategy at Columbia University.

    Phyllis’s recent research has focused on the management of financial shocks, the economic impact of COVID-19 on emerging markets, and the rising role of the renminbi, which was featured in Barron’s Asia’s Best Minds. She has a strong interest in financial inclusion, economic transformation and spatial economics.

    Michael Lawrence
    Chief Executive

    Michael Lawrence was appointed Chief Executive of Asia House in September 2012 following a career in journalism that took him to the highest levels of international media. Michael was Global Editor of Reuters from 2006 to 2012, leading a team of 3,000 journalists covering news in text, video and pictures from almost 200 bureaux around the world. Michael was part of the editorial team that delivered Reuters’ much-praised coverage of the Iraq war, and he ran the region through the turbulent years that followed. He has an in-depth knowledge of the Asian geopolitical landscape and economic affairs in the region.

    Charlie Humphreys
    Director of Corporate Affairs

    Charlie leads Asia House’s corporate and government relations, as well as the business and policy programme. He has led discussions at Asia House public policy events with leading business figures, government ministers from Asia and the west, and experts on Asia. He helped establish Asia House’s Advisory business, advising multinational corporations, governments and other institutions. With an academic background in political economy, before joining Asia House, Charlie worked in finance‚ managing portfolios for investors from Asia and Europe. He also spent a number of years in China where he worked on capacity building projects with the government.

    Zhouchen Mao
    Head of Research and Advisory

    Zhouchen Mao is the Head of Research and Advisory at Asia House, manging and contributing to the organisation’s research as well as engaging with stakeholders from a range of sectors. Holding a PhD in International Relations, prior to joining Asia House, Zhouchen was the Senior Analyst at AKE International, leading the firm’s Asia Pacific desk. He was also a Teaching Fellow at SOAS, University of London, where he taught both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on international relations in East Asia and China’s foreign policy. Zhouchen’s research focuses on international norms, China’s domestic and foreign policy, and geopolitical and macroeconomic risks.

    Freddie Neve
    Senior Middle East Associate

    Freddie leads the Asia House Middle East Programme, convening briefings and events with leading business and policy figures and conducting research focused on the region. He is central to Asia House’s engagement with the Middle East. Before joining Asia House, Freddie spent five years with Pall Mall Communications advising Middle Eastern clients across a range of sectors.

    Asia House Advisory Board

    In addition to our in-house team, Asia House is able to call upon the insights of the Asia House Advisory Board, comprised of high-level business leaders and former government decision-makers.

    View the Asia House Advisory Board members here