Mr Manu Bhaskaran is currently a Partner of the Centennial Group. As founding CEO of its Singapore subsidiary, Centennial Asia Advisors, he co-ordinates the Asian business of the Group which provides independent economic research on Asian political and macroeconomic trends for investment institutions, government agencies, multilateral institutions and companies with interests in Asia.
Mr Bhaskaran is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies. From 1989 to 2001, Mr Bhaskaran was with Societe Generale’s Asian investment banking division where he supervised Asian economic and investment strategy analysis and was a member of the Executive Committee. From 1982 to 1989, Mr Bhaskaran worked for the Singapore government, supervising a team that prepared strategic political and economic assessments of Asia for senior Singapore government officials.
Mr Bhaskaran has served as Chairman of a high-level government committee reviewing the regulation of moneylenders in Singapore in 2014 and 2015. He is also Member of the Competition Appeals Board, Singapore, a Member of the Regional Advisory Board for Asia of the International Monetary Fund, Trustee of the Asia Foundation in Asia, Member of the Board of Advisors, School of Economics, Singapore Management University, Council Member in Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), and Vice-President, Economics Society of Singapore. He currently serves on the boards of CIMB Investment Bank, IFS Capital, Jebsen & Jessen SE Asia Limited and Luminor Capital.
Mr Bhaskaran graduated with an honours degree in Economics from Magdalene College, Cambridge University in 1980 and a Masters in Public Administration from John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1987. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.