ASEAN Economist is an independent news source that aims to bring quality coverage of the business and economic aspects of the ASEAN member states. Our mission is to become a valuable and reliable source of information on ASEAN’s economic development both for the domestic and international community. We focus on providing news features, opinion, blogs and interactive videos on a wide range of economic issues on a regional and country specific level. ASEAN Economist is a participative site and we welcome outside contributions from writers with a particular expertise in the various economic facets of the region.


William Baldwin – Editor in Chief 

has worked for East Asian newspapers, websites and magazines for more than a decade. He currently edits an independent Myanmar newspaper, while also providing his expertise on the ASEAN region in the form of news and features for ASEAN Economist. He is happiest showing his two young children interesting corners of the tropics and his favourite sizeable ASEAN cities are Yangon and Georgetown. He can be reached at wb@aseaneconomist.com.

Cara Mannings – Assistant Editor

Cara is a political affairs freelance writer and online media specialist. Following several years of experience covering EU-US relations, Cara has focused her attention on Southeast Asian affairs with a particular emphasis on economic and geopolitical issues in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. She has a BA in Politics and a Masters in European Affairs and has a passion for black and white photography and all things green. She is the Senior Editor at ASEAN Economist and assists in the development of content and the publication of commentary and analysis. She can be reached at cm@aseaneconomist.com.

Taylor McDonald – Writer

Born and raised in the US, Taylor has a BA in International Relations and specialises in the intricate relationships between ASEAN member states and the United States, calling for cooperation on all fronts to encourage the economic and democratic development of Southeast Asian nations. He is currently working on his thesis on the history of the military junta in Thailand and is a part time writer for ASEAN Economist. He can be reached at tmcd@aseaneconomist.com.

Anne Nielsen – Graphic Designer

Originally from Copenhagen, Anne currently works as a freelance graphic designer, assisting her clients with anything from media site design and corporate websites to wedding invitations and infographics . Additionally, she is an expert on all things tech and assists ASEAN Economist with its graphic and technical development. She can be reached at an@aseaneconomist.com.


Want to contribute to ASEAN Economist? Please see our writers guidelines below and email us with your stories at contact [at] aseaneconomist [dot] com

We welcome submissions from both well-known and beginner writers in the form of news features (400-500 words) and opinion pieces (800-1,000 words), which provide new insight and analysis on the economy of individual countries and ASEAN region as a whole.

Formatting: Please single space between sentences, single line break between paragraphs and do not indent paragraphs.

Style: Please take care to proofread your own work for grammar before submitting it. All submissions are subject to an editorial review process, proofing and possible headline change. Writers will be notified if major editing is required.

Sources: Please be sure to source your work by including hyperlinks of quotes and ideas in the text.

Please look at our existing content before submitting your piece to give yourself a better idea of style, language and type of content we are looking for.

Original content: We are only looking for original content that has not been published elsewhere. If you wish to republish your piece on another site or your own blog after publication, please contact us to receive permissions.

Please do not submit items that:

  • Are not yours (by rights) to submit, post, disseminate or transmit;
  • Are unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, obscene, harmful, tortuous, libelous or invasive of another’s privacy;
  • Infringe or violate any party’s copyright, trademark, trade secret, patent or other proprietary right;
  • Contain any viruses, worms or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files, code or programs;
  • Include any unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, chain letters, spam, junk mail or any other type of unsolicited mass email to people or entities that have not agreed to be part of such mailings.

We look forward to receiving your submissions at contact [at] aseaneconomist [dot] com.


Here at ASEAN Economist we welcome comments and encourage you to express your own opinion. No need to register, but please provide us with your name and email address.

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