As the head of the Global Research Team, Louis provides leadership and direction for researches on market developments in the Americas and Europe. To provide a macro view for SMEs to formulate export strategies, Louis and his team monitor and evaluate the performance, changing trends and competitiveness of Hong Kong’s trading, manufacturing and service sector, at the industry-specific levels. To facilitate SMEs’ sales efforts, they also keep a close eye on the emerging business opportunities, consumption and sourcing trends, as well as regulatory changes in the Americas, Europe and Central Asia.
Nicholas started his career 40 years ago in business and macro-economic research. Today, as HKTDC’s Director of Research, he provides in-depth analysis and advice on economic and trade issues, covering key industries and services in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and most major and emerging markets. He has a particular passion for East Asia economic development, especially China, Hong Kong and ASEAN markets.
Prior to joining HKTDC in 2013, Nicholas spent six years at Standard Chartered Bank as its Asia Research Head, seven years working for the Hong Kong Monetary Authority covering both macro-economic and policy research, and 11 years at Merrill Lynch, finishing as its Asia-Pacific Chief Economist.
Hans Poulis has been CEO of IGC International since 2011. He has worked in the premium and incentive industry since 1992. Hans has been chairman of the Dutch Industry Association Platform Promotional Products (PPP) and president of the European Promotional Products Association (EPPA). He is also currently Chairman of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association and Vice Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide on behalf of Europe.
IGC International empowers global brands to create perfect branded products. The company has a strong international network, including an office in Hong Kong, that enables it to develop, source and produce quality products for major clients.