About Us

The Asian Economic Forum is an economic focused “think tank” with a research interest in public policy

We are a platform for regional Asian communities and global stakeholders to meet and discuss ideas and solutions for the long term sustainable economic development and advancement of Asian economies and the stability of their underlying financial markets.

We trace our roots to our pioneering discussions and dialogue under difficult circumstance in South East Asia. With the passage of time we have organized ourselves as a nonprofit entity in the United States with our offices in Washington D.C.

Our forward looking statement is to provide thought leadership on Asia related Public Policy discussions, research and writings.

Our value added is to engage with critical thinkers who have established thought leadership over years of life experiences in Asia.

Additionally as an American lead organization we also hope to provide unique Asian perspectives and insights within the framework of our Policy discussions and writings in Washington D.C.

Our focus has traditionally been to enable Discussions and ‘Engagement with Policy Stakeholders’ that support long term sustainable economic development and advancement of Asian economies and the stability of their underlying financial markets.

In the midst of rising trade tensions in 2018 we had initiated the Indo-Pacific Dialogue to gain valuable insights and perspectives on the US engagement strategy for this region.

Looking at 2021 and beyond, we intent to continue similar discussions for the important subjects of the day (to include exploring Policy options for Afghanistan and Burma) and build on regional and multi-stakeholder participation.

Additionally the Asian Economic Forum also wishes to embark on a journey to explore how economic policies in Asia could meaningfully impact Climate Change.

Climate Change Economics is the name of our Policy Group within the Asian Economic Forum.

The immediate focus of our work will initially be in the Mekong region of South East Asia.

Our objective is to help contribute to various macro-economic policy Discussions that effect economic growth and regional development on subjects ranging from Climate Change to Macroeconomic, Trade and Investment issues within the Asia and Indo-Pacific geographies

Our long-term goal is to highlight economic policies that enable economic growth, stability, transparency and free markets in Asia and also enable global stakeholders to have more engagement opportunities in Asia in addition to their traditional points of interaction.

Our execution strategy on a going forward basis will be to continue to seek collaboration from institutes of global excellence and to work with various multi-stakeholders.

Furthermore, we embarking on the following two key initiatives that we believe will support our long term goals:

1. Briefing Papers Initiative

Our initial objective for this initiative is to publish a Briefing Paper on any number of important subjects related to US Policy in Asia to a Washington D.C. Policy stakeholder audience.

A Briefing Paper (2 to 4 pages) written by thought leaders and Policy experts is envisioned to provide unique Asia related dynamics and insights on critical subjects for the benefit of US Policy stakeholders, that perhaps maybe absent from mainstream discussions or conventional thinking.

2. Non-Resident Fellowships

To highlight valuable data, insights and perspectives to policy makers within the Asia geography and beyond, we are in the process of bringing together a small group of domain experts and practitioners as Non-Resident Fellows to the Asian Economic Forum.

To supplement our focus as an economic focused public policy think tank; our Non-Resident Fellows will be collaborating with our Briefing Papers initiative along with any one of the following Policy Groups:

The first of these Non-Resident Fellows will be collaborating from within the following Policy Groups:

Climate Change Policy Group at Climate Change Economics

Renewable Energy Policy Group at Climate Change Economics

Digital Trade & Cybersecurity Policy Group at the Indo-Pacific Dialogue

Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment Policy Group at the Indo-Pacific Dialogue

Our forward looking objective is to help shine the spotlight on challenging issues and stimulate discussions for policy maker considerations.

3. Public Policy Scholarships

We are working on a collaborative effort with institutes of excellence, globally, to initiate a program by which we can help aggregate and thereafter fund scholarships in Public Policy. 

Our forward looking objective is to encourage more students and future leaders to incorporate the cutting edge economic tools and academic resources of public policy into their skill sets for the benefit of sustainable economic development and advancement of their societies and underlying economies.


Our history 
and journey towards becoming a “think tank” started by an accident of geography and time in 2015 when we were exploring Myanmar as a frontier economy for doing business and thereafter when requested by regional stakeholders, we embarked on capacity development initiatives to help support a nascent democracy in the form of discussions ranging from sovereign rating to banking policy considerations under the platform of the Myanmar Economic Forum and therein the transition to becoming a think tank.

However with the military coup of February 2021, the Myanmar Economic Forum had to consider the safety of its local stakeholders, abandon its Myanmar operations and re-organize itself under an independent Burma / Myanmar initiative under the umbrella of the Asian Economic Forum.

Now as we continue our journey tackling subjects far and wide, we look forward to your active participation.

We look forward to hearing from you at outreach@asianeconomicforum.com

Come join the platform … be part of the dialogue.

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