Ross O’Brien


The Economist Corporate Network

Ross O’Brien has been an analyst, consultant, writer and presenter of business intelligence in Asia for nearly 20 years (half that time in Hong Kong), with expertise in high-technology and professional-services sectors.

Mr O’Brien was a partner and managing director of a B2B market research consultancy, Intercedent Hong Kong, where he served as practice director for the information and communications technology industries. He served as primary consultant and project manager on all client work related to information technology, telecommunications, and the digital media service and equipment market, and remains a director in the firm.

He brings over a decade’s worth of experience with the Economist Group: in addition to his earlier work at Pyramid, he writes frequently for Business Asia and Business China, has authored many EIU studies in the technology space (including the annual E-Readiness report) and has chaired the Economist Conferences’ Asia-Pacific Roundtable on Telecommunications, as well as worked with Executive Services on consulting projects. He also contributes opinion and analysis pieces for TelecomAsia, serves as the Asia-Pacific editor of VON Magazine and regularly comments on Asian technology for CNN and CNBC Asia.

Mr O’Brien is conversant in Mandarin and Indonesian. He has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College (US) and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

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