Manu Bhaskaran is one of Asia's top economists. A former senior official in the Singapore government, he has four decades of experience providing authoritative assessments on economic, political and security issues that shape the region. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Centennial Asia Advisors, a subsidiary of the Washington DC-based strategic advisory firm Centennial Group, directing its economic research practice which provides in-depth analysis of macro trends in Asia. He works extensively with investment institutions, governments and blue-chip corporations. Manu began his career in Singapore's Ministry of Defence as a top-tier analyst before joining the private sector. He worked for SocGen Securities as a chief economist and Managing Director in charge of research, prior to taking on his current appointment in the Centennial Group. He has conducted studies on a wide range of issues which include consumer finance in Asia, regional integration, Asian and country-specific outlooks, China's impact on the landscape, and portfolio capital flows in emerging markets, amongst other subjects of critical interest. Manu is a regular columnist for the Edge (Singapore) and holds positions in think tanks. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Vice President of the Economics Society of Singapore and Council Member of the Singapore Institute of Policy Studies. He is also a member of the International Monetary Fund's Regional Advisory Group for Asia and the Pacific as well as the Competition Appeals Board in Singapore. He sits on the boards of CIMB Investment Bank and Japfa Limited. Manu holds degrees from Cambridge University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.