ASEAN Economist is an independent news source that aims to bring quality coverage of the business and economic aspects of the ASEAN member states. Our mission is to become a valuable and reliable source of information on ASEAN’s economic development both for the domestic and international community. We focus on providing news features, opinion, blogs and interactive videos on a wide range of economic issues on a regional and country specific level. ASEAN Economist is a participative site and we welcome outside contributions from writers with a particular expertise in the various economic facets of the region.


William Baldwin – Editor in Chief 

William has worked for East Asian newspapers, websites and magazines for more than a decade. He currently edits an independent Myanmar newspaper, while also providing his expertise on the ASEAN region in the form of news and features for ASEAN Economist. He is happiest showing his two young children interesting corners of the tropics and his favourite sizeable ASEAN cities are Yangon and Georgetown.

Taylor McDonald – Staff Writer

Born and raised in the US, Taylor has a BA in International Relations and specialises in the intricate relationships between ASEAN member states and the United States, calling for cooperation on all fronts to encourage the economic and democratic development of Southeast Asian nations. He is currently working on his thesis on the history of the military junta in Thailand and is a part time writer for ASEAN Economist.

Ai Ballesteros – Staff writer

Ai Ballesteros studied Journalism at a state university in the Philippines, currently working as a writer. For years, she has been writing about metropolis, politics, and business issues. Apart from writing, Ai also loves to travel.

Zi Liang Wee – Staff Writer

Hailing from the island of Penang, Zi Liang studied political economy at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a BA in 2014. He went on to earn the Master of Economic Management from Universiti Sains Malaysia. As a proud disciple of Daisaku Ikeda, Zi Liang firmly believes in the critical role of ASEAN and other multilateral organizations in advancing world peace and prosperity.

Sharon Ong – Staff Writer

Born and raised trilingual in Malaysia, Sharon picked up her fourth language – Spanish – while completing her B.Sc. in Economics in the States and from spending her summers gallivanting around Mexico and South America. She currently works as an APAC recruiter at the world’s largest adhesive company. On the weekends, Sharon works on her side hustle- Careersifu, cooks and takes long walks with her dog.

Martin Joseph Raymundo – Contributor

Martin is an experienced journalist and writer in the fields of politics, philosophy and social economy. As a graduate of Cum Laude at the University of the Philippines, he was able to work as a research analyst at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies – the top government think-tank in the Philippines. He is now focusing on his career as an online writer for various media entities.

Joanna Marie Canlas – Community Manager

Joanna is a 28-year-old Filipino that has years of experience in the business processing outsourcing industry and also has her own small businesses locally. She’s very passionate about helping build a community of freelancers and develop the freelancing scene in the ASEAN region. She also blogs in her spare time and was formerly a content creator for several international blogs.