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.

wb (at) 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.

cm (at) 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.

tmcd (at) 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.

an (at) aseaneconomist.com