Manu Bhaskaran, Founding CEO, Centennial Asia Advisors and Partner of the Centennial Group

 Manu Bhaskaran, Founding CEO, Centennial Asia Advisors & Partner of the Centennial Group.

In this episode, Ashutosh Garg engages in a conversation with Manu Bhaskaran, Founding CEO, Centennial Asia Advisors and Partner of the Centennial Group. The senior corporate virtuoso is an alumnus of Harvard and Cambridge.

Manu Bhaskaran, Founding CEO, Centennial Asia Advisors & Partner of the Centennial Group.

In this episode, Ashutosh Garg engages in a conversation with Manu Bhaskaran, Founding CEO, Centennial Asia Advisors and Partner of the Centennial Group. The senior corporate virtuoso is an alumnus of Harvard and Cambridge

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Overview

In this episode, Ashutosh Garg engages in a conversation with Manu Bhaskaran, Founding CEO, Centennial Asia Advisors and Partner of the Centennial Group. The senior corporate virtuoso is an alumnus of Harvard and Cambridge.

Manu talks about the three key milestones in his life. He shares the story of his life, transitions and experiences. He talks about Centennial Group and his scope of work in the company. He elaborates on how to repair the damaged economy post pandemic. He analyzes the macroeconomic trends in Asia after COVID- 19.

Manu talks about the future of four big economies in Asia- Japan, China, India, and Indonesia. He opines about ‘protectionism’ and the dream of ‘a world without boundaries’. He shares his thoughts about the border tension in China. Manu foresees the outcomes of Biden-Xi China-US relations. He tells how relevant a candidate India is in China’s game plan, China being a 13 trillion dollar economy versus India being a three trillion dollar economy. He pragmatically analyzes India’s dream of becoming a 5 trillion dollar economy. He opines about the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.

Later in the episode, Manu defines success in a very unique way. He shares his source of inspiration. Before concluding, he advises individuals starting their life in Singapore.

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Profile

Manu Bhaskaran

Mr Bhaskaran is a Partner of the Centennial Group, a strategic advisory firm headquartered in Washington DC. As Founding CEO of its Singapore subsidiary Centennial Asia Advisors, he co-ordinates the Asian business of the Group which provides independent economic research on Asian political and macro-economic trends for investment institutions, government agencies, multilateral institutions and companies with interests in Asia, leveraging off 40 years of studying Asia. 

Mr Bhaskaran is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies in Singapore where his main interests are in analyzing macro-economic policy frameworks in Singapore. 

Prior to Centennial, Mr Bhaskaran held senior positions at Societe Generale’s Asian investment banking division where he supervised Asian economic and investment strategy analysis and was a member of the Executive Committee, in charge of Asian equity research. In 12 years with the firm, Mr Bhaskaran helped to establish its business presence in Southeast Asia and in South Asia while also helping to develop the firm’s highly-rated equity and economic research. Prior to that, Mr Bhaskaran worked for the Singapore government, supervising a team that prepared strategic political and economic assessments of Asia for senior Singapore government officials. 

Mr Bhaskaran holds a range of other positions. In terms of public service, he served as Chairman of a high-level government committee reviewing the regulation of moneylenders in Singapore in 2014-2015. He is also Member of the Competition Appeals Board, Singapore. In addition, he is a Member of the Regional Advisory Board for Asia of the International Monetary Fund; Trustee of the Asia Foundation in Asia; Council Member, Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA); and Vice-President, Economics Society of Singapore. 

Mr Bhaskaran also serves on the boards of several companies whose businesses span the ASEAN region including CIMB Investment Bank (a subsidiary of CIMB Bank, Malaysia’s second largest bank and which operates across ASEAN), Japfa Ltd (listed in Singapore) and Luminor Capital. 

Mr Bhaskaran was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge University where he earned an MA (Cantab) and at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he obtained a Masters in Public Administration. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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