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

Taylor McDonald – Staff 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

Joanna Marie Canlas – Community Manager

Joanna is a 28-year-old Filipino that has years of experience in the business processing outsourcing industry and also has her own small businesses locally. She’s very passionate about helping build a community of freelancers and develop the freelancing scene in the ASEAN region. She also blogs in her spare time and was formerly a content creator for several international blogs.