Jill R. Baker

September 3, 2021

What Would a Cashless Society Mean for Asian Consumers?

Technology and COVID-19 have led to increasing adoption of cashless transactions. More and more, consumers are buying online, and vendors are rushing to adjust their business models to accommodate remote buying and touchless payments. In the face of this change, what does going cashless mean for different economies?

June 16, 2021

China’s Ministry Of Ecology And Environment Responds To Concerns Over Damaged Fuel Rods At Taishan Nuclear Plant

Against a backdrop of electricity shortages in China’s most important provincial economy, a report of a possible radiological leak from China’s Taishan nuclear reactor is raising questions about safety and transparency of information.

April 24, 2021

China’s Central Bank, Known As The ‘Central Mother,’ Calls For Relaxing Restrictions On Family Size

Chinese policy makers are increasingly worried that the country’s rise could be stymied by the same demographic factors that bedevil Japan, which has become the poster child for an aging society.

February 22, 2021

How To Charge Your Portfolio With Chinese EV Disruptors Like Nio, Xpeng and Li

Following an announcement by China that it would phase out sales of new internal combustion engine cars by 2035, the promise of fast growth in electric vehicles and batteries has sent stocks soaring.

December 22, 2020

With zero-carbon target set, time for Hong Kong to get serious about climate change

The goal of carbon neutrality as a shared community project could be a powerful way to rebuild trust in a divided city.

October 26, 2020

E-Commerce and Fintech Players Fight For Share in Indonesia’s Hot Market

Amid the humanitarian crisis of Covid-19, Indonesia has discovered a silver lining. The digitization of traditional offline businesses is accelerating in the shadow of the pandemic. Now, e-commerce and fintech players are fighting to dominate the digital world.

June 16, 2020

Asia’s renewable energy push is a bright spot amid coronavirus gloom

With solar and wind power now cheaper than coal and technical problems such as intermittency being solved, investing in renewable energy makes economic sense. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

May 13, 2020

Tesla’s Newest Board Member Talks About Changing The World Through Japan’s $1.5 Trillion Pension Fund

Hiro Mizuno rocked the world of traditional pension finance by putting environmental, social, and governance (ESG) at the heart of investments during his tenure as head of the world’s largest pension fund. Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker spoke with Mizuno about his crusade for ESG investing in his first interview since leaving Japan’s Global Pension Investment

April 2, 2019

Singapore leads way as Asian developers wake up to climate risk

Air conditioning is one of the biggest energy efficiency challenges in a region that is home to the world’s hottest and most crowded cities. By Asia Business Council Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.

March 20, 2019

The View: Kong’s property developers should have the sense to go green and protect assets from climate change

Hong Kong, with key assets just above sea level, faces threats from climate change. A new low-carbon charter shows it makes business and political sense to collaborate with Beijing to improve energy efficiency in buildings and reduce emissions. By Adjunct Fellow Jill Baker.