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Santitarn Sathirathai
Group Chief Economist
Santitarn Sathirathai

Dr. Santitarn Sathirathai is Group Chief Economist at Sea, the leading internet company in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. Sea’s businesses include Shopee, the region’s largest and most popular e-commerce platform, Garena, a global leader in games publishing and development, and AirPay, one of the pioneers of Southeast Asia’s digital financial services sector.

At Sea, he heads the company’s Research and Public Policy Unit and leads Sea’s engagement with policymakers and influencers around the region, with a particular focus on promoting digital skills and literacy for young people, SMEs, and other industry stakeholders.

Prior to joining Sea, Santitarn was the Head of Emerging Asia Economics Research at Credit Suisse where he advised public and private investors, covering 10 economies. He was the only economist in Asia to have won the prestigious best economic forecaster award by Consensus Economics for three consecutive years. He has also worked at Thailand’s Ministry of Finance and at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, as well as the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.


Gamma Stage
Growth Through Digital Inclusion: A Deep-Dive Into Sea's Shopee and Garena Businesses
Growth & Expansion Track

This is a keynote session that will discuss:

  • How digital inclusion leads to better business outcomes
  • Digital inclusion strategies, focusing on digital upskilling and user empowerment
  • The application of local-scale strategies on global-scale expansion