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Mark Williams is Capital Economics' Chief Asia Economist. He leads a team of macroeconomists covering the whole region, while paying particularly close attention himself to developments in China's economy and financial markets, and their implications for the rest of the world. Mark also works closely with William Jackson on the Emerging Markets Service looking at issues common to different parts of the emerging world. Mark has been with Capital Economics since 2007. He was previously Asia economist at HM Treasury, responsible for analysis of the risks and prospects in non-Japan Asia and prior to that lived and worked for several years in Taiwan. He speaks and reads Chinese and has degrees in Chinese and Economics from the universities of Edinburgh and Oxford.
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Marcel Thieliant is Capital Economics’ Head of Asia Pacific. Marcel runs our Australia and New Zealand Service as well as our Japan Service from our Singapore office. Marcel joined Capital Economics in June 2013. Previously he worked for six years at Credit Suisse Private Bank, covering Asian and European economies. He has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen and is a CFA charterholder. Focus Economics named Marcel the #1 Overall Forecaster for both Australia and New Zealand in 2020 and again in 2021. Marcel also won the Consensus Economics 2020 Forecast Accuracy Award for Australia and the Consensus Economics 2019 Forecast Accuracy Award for New Zealand.
Darren Tay joined Capital Economics in July 2022 as the Japan Economist. Prior to joining us, Darren worked at Fitch Solutions for four years, where he eventually led the China macroeconomic research team, and had also covered among other Asian economies, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Darren graduated Summa cum Laude from the Singapore Management University with a B.Sc in Economics and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.