Prasenjit Basu with Alex Travelli
Prasenjit K. Basu is the author of “Asia Reborn: A continent rises from the ravages of colonialism and war to a new dynamism” (Aleph, 2017) and co-author (with Brahma Chellaney, Parag Khanna and Sunil Khilnani) of “India as a new global leader” (Foreign Policy Centre, London, 2005).
He was Chief Economist for South-east Asia & India at Credit Suisse First Boston (5 years), Chief Asia Economist for Daiwa Securities (5 years), and has had shorter stints as Chief Economist at Khazanah Nasional (Malaysia), Global research head at Maybank group, Chief ASEAN economist and head of Malaysia research at Macquarie Securities, and Director of Asian Macroeconomics at UBS. He began his career at Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates in 1990 (becoming Director of their Asia Service in 1994), after obtaining Dual Master’s degrees in Public Administration and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained a BA (Hons) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, having schooled at St. Paul’s Darjeeling. He now runs an economics consultancy based in Singapore, and is an adjunct professor at ESSEC Asia-Pacific Business School.
PK Basu is a regular commentator on Asia’s economies and political affairs on the BBC World Service, CNBC-Asia, Channel News Asia, Zee Business, NDTV-Profit, BTVi, etc., and has written Op-Ed and Comment articles for the Financial Times, International New York Times, India Today, Business Times (Singapore), The Statesman, Asian Age and New Straits Times, and has been a columnist for The Edge (the leading SE Asian financial weekly), The Star (Malaysia) and IndiaSe. He is the President of Singapore’s India Club and Tagore Society.
Alex Travelli is The Economist’s news editor in Asia and an India correspondent based in Delhi. As an editor he works on the European edition of Espresso, commissions articles from across Asia and manages the home-page of the website. As a correspondent he writes stories from around India, concentrating on political issues in the states. Prior to his posting to South Asia he was The Economist’s bureau chief in Hong Kong, having joined the company in New York in 2005.