The World Ahead 2023

The World Ahead 2023 will build on more than three decades of publishing success. This will be the 37th edition. It will consider the interlocking crises facing the world in the year ahead: the global consequences of the war in Ukraine for geopolitics, energy and food supplies; the struggle to control inflation, a side-effect of the pandemic magnified by the war; the energy crunch’s impact on the transition to renewables; and China’s uncertain post-pandemic path.

About this event

The World Ahead 2023

Once again, we are delighted to invite EICN members to gaze into the crystal ball with Tom Standage​, deputy editor of The Economist and editor of its future-gazing annual, The World Ahead.

A special section, "Understand This", will explain the jargon and buzzwords readers will need to know in 2023, such as blue hydrogen, frozen conflict, dead pool and post-quantum cryptography.

On 8 December, Tom will bring to life the content of this year’s publication exclusively for members of the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network.

At this exclusive event, which will bring together EICN members from all nine of our network cities, Tom will join us online from Singapore to present his compilation of predictions for 2023, and explore some of the world’s most pressing issues for the year ahead.

Keynote speaker

Tom Standage

Editor, The World Ahead 2023; deputy editor at The Economist

Tom Standage is deputy editor of The Economist and editor of its future-gazing annual, The World Ahead. He is also responsible for the newspaper’s digital strategy and the development of new digital products, including Espresso and Economist Films. He joined The Economist as science correspondent in 1998 and was subsequently appointed technology editor, business editor and digital editor. He is the author of seven history books, including “Writing on the Wall” (2013), “The Victorian Internet” (1998) and “A History of the World in 6 Glasses” (2005). He studied engineering and computing at Oxford University and has written for other publications including the New York Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian and Wired, taking a particular interest in technology’s cultural and historical significance.

Event details


Date: Dec 8, 2022
Time: 18:00 – 21:00 (GMT+9)
Venue: The Place of Tokyo 3-5-4 Shiba Koen, Minato ku


Date: Dec 8, 2022
Time: 12:30 – 15:00 (GMT+4)
Venue: InterContinental Dubai Marina Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Singapore skyline


Date: Dec 8, 2022
Time: 17:00 – 20:00 (GMT+8)
Venue: The Westin Singapore, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2

Cars driving on a road in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong

Date: Dec 8, 2022
Time: 17:00 – 21:30 (GMT+8)
Venue: Hong Kong Jockey Club Hall, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty


Date: Dec 8, 2022
Time: 17:00 – 20:00 (GMT+8)
Venue: MESS Gallery Restaurant & Bar, No.4777 Binjiang Da Dao, Pudong New District


Date: Dec 8, 2022
Time: 18:00 – 21:00 (GMT+9)
Venue: Kensington Hotel Yeouido16, Gukhoe-daero 76-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu

Beijing, China


Date: Dec 8, 2022
Time: 17:00 – 20:00 (GMT+8)
Venue: Hotel Eclat Beijing, No. 9 DongDaQiao Road, Chaoyang


Date: Dec 8, 2022
Time: 11:00 – 13:30 (GMT+2)
Venue: Killarney Country Club, 60 5th St, Houghton Estate

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