In this episode, Matthias Catón speaks with Talal Rafi, Senior Global Management Consultant at Deloitte and a Deloitte Global Economist Network member. The discussion investigates how markets, notably emerging markets, can navigate the current economic climate when developing corporate strategies. Talal highlights the importance of supply-chain diversification through different lenses, how democracy can influence investment choices, and the transformation of economies during sustainability. Matthias and Talal map these theoretical concepts to the infamous India-China choice. Talal shares his expertise on Sri Lanka, the strategically-located country, the reasons for its recent distress, and its untapped potential.
About the guest
Talal Rafi is a Management Consultant and an Economist. He is a Senior Global Management Consultant at Deloitte and a Deloitte Global Economist Network member. He was also a member of the Global ESG Operations Team at Deloitte. He Co-Chairs the Global Plastic Innovation Network action group of the World Economic Forum. He is a regular columnist for the International Monetary Fund, writing on Public Financial Management topics.
He has given talks globally, including at the NASDAQ Center, S&P Global, and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank, the World Economic Forum, UNFCCC, the London School of Economics, and Forbes have published his work.
Executive Briefing – what you should read now
- Backstage: The Story Behind India’s High Growth Years by Montek Singh Ahluwalia (2020)
- What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence by Stephen A. Schwarzman (2019)