Tomorrow Matters

Tomorrow Matters is a new platform curating articles from local writers in Asia. Carefully selected articles will cover local and regional politics, economics, history and culture, and raise points not normally found in mainstream and global media.

The world does not know enough about what happens across the broad swathe of nations in Asia. Lessons learned and actions taken by Asian governments, policymakers and societies helped to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. If non-Asian countries were paying closer attention and had access to better information, they might have also taken necessary measures to protect themselves and others.

Global reporting on Asia, Africa and the Middle East tends to reflect only part of the story. Events are viewed through a Western framing, and thus the conclusions drawn may only be partially correct at best. Certain events, narratives and arguments are put aside out of a belief that Western audiences would not be interested. Nor are global outlets truly willing to devote the space needed to talk about these developments with the necessary detail.

Tomorrow Matters will share insights written by locally-based writers who better understand the nuances of what is happening in their country because they are more locally invested. These pieces may share a story that global media isn't talking about, present greater context to political, social or economic developments, or give new answers to important questions that affect the region.

We will share this curated selection of insights every 3-4 weeks, and we hope it helps give you the Asian perspectives you need to better understand what people are saying and doing in this part of the world.


November 22, 2021

Tomorrow Matters: Nov 2021

October 13, 2021

Tomorrow Matters: Oct 2021

September 7, 2021

Tomorrow Matters: Sep 2021

August 1, 2021
Aug 2021 TM

Tomorrow Matters: Aug 2021

July 1, 2021
Jul 2021 TM

Tomorrow Matters: July 2021

June 1, 2021
June 2021 Tomorrow Matters

Tomorrow Matters: June 2021

May 24, 2021

Tomorrow Matters: May 2021

May 24, 2021

Tomorrow Matters: April 2021

March 3, 2021

Tomorrow Matters: March 2021

February 5, 2021

Tomorrow Matters: February 2021

January 12, 2021

Tomorrow Matters: January 2021

December 14, 2020

Tomorrow Matters: December 2020

November 11, 2020

Tomorrow Matters: November 2020

October 2, 2020

Tomorrow Matters: October 2020

September 1, 2020

Tomorrow Matters: September 2020

August 7, 2020

Tomorrow Matters: August 2020



    Vinobha Anthony Doss is a Programme Associate at GIFT ASEAN. Prior to joining GIFT he was in the practice of civil litigation and dispute resolution. He has been involved in various public policy shaping cases lodged in the Malaysian courts. His creative approach coupled with the depth in legal knowledge has resulted in effective legal reasoning and client management. Vino graduated from the University of London and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2017. He speaks fluent English, Malay, basic Cantonese and basic French.


    Viji is the Operations Manager at GIFT Asean.  She oversees the operational management of the KL office.

    Prior to joining GIFT, Viji worked in various organisations and has spent the last 15 years on NGO work mainly focusing on performance arts and cancer respectively.  Viji holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology from the Dublin Business School.  She speaks English, Bahasa Malaysia, and Malayalam.


    Brenda oversees the programme design and implementation, as well as content development at GIFT. Prior to GIFT, Brenda was a Senior Economist at the Central Bank of Malaysia for almost 8 years, leading macroeconomic assessments and growth projections for monetary policy deliberation. Passionate about public policy, she also sought to diversify her research interests and expertise over the years – ranging from trade competitiveness and investment incentives to social protection. When COVID-19 hit, Brenda had a hand in crafting various stimulus measures to support the vulnerable groups in Malaysia.

    She holds a degree in BSc. in Economics with honours from the University of Warwick, UK. She has also attended various professional courses by the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of Korea at Washington D.C., Singapore and South Korea. She is fluent in Malay, speaks several Chinese dialects and knows basic Korean.


    Venus is Programme Associate at GIFT. Prior to joining GIFT, she worked at the United Nations, USL Technology and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has experience in climate change and sustainability planning, stakeholder engagement and community outreach. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies, with an additional concentration in Inequality Studies. She is fluent in English and Hindi, proficient in Spanish, and conversant in Cantonese.


    Karim joined GIFT in 2010 as Business Development Manager. Over the next decade he served as Head of Programmes in Hong Kong, and as Managing Director of GIFT ASEAN in Malaysia where he led the transformation of a small rep office into a fully-fledged regional business.

    During this period Karim designed and facilitated dozens of public and custom development programmes for thousands of professionals from Fortune 500s, regional MNCs, Government Agencies and NGOs. Karim’s articles on insights gathered through his work in the classroom and in the field have appeared in a range of publications.

    In 2021 Karim left his executive role at GIFT to pursue graduate studies in mindfulness – a practise he is deeply passionate about. He continues to contribute to programme design and facilitation, and is an advisor to GIFT’s new EdTech company GIFT.ed

    Karim has lived in Asia for over 20 years. Prior to GIFT, he was a partner in a successful Shanghai-based food and beverage company which today operates almost 50 restaurants across a dozen major Chinese cities. Karim has an MBA from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in China, and is pursuing a Masters in Teaching Mindfulness Based Courses at Bangor University in the UK.


    In addition to leading GIFT’s dynamic team and business, since 2008, Eric has facilitated more than 50 experiential leadership programmes in fifteen countries. He is well versed in introducing new ideas on governance, business and sustainability and coaching participants to think critically about their role as leaders. Before joining GIFT, Eric spent several years managing multi-stakeholder partnerships between global brands and civil society groups in the United States and China. He writes and speaks regularly on topics related to leadership development and the changing role of business in society. Eric is an alumnus of Standford University and holds a Masters from Hong Kong University.


    For more than three decades, Chandran has advised governments and MNCs on strategic management, leadership issues and sustainability, and is often invited to facilitate for top corporate education providers including Duke CE, INSEAD and NUS. He was previously Chairman of ERM in Asia Pacific, helping establish it as the world’s leading environmental consultancy. Chandran is on the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome and is a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability and Experts Forum, where his thought leadership is sought for its fresh insights and intellectual honesty. He is the author of the best-seller – Consumptionomics: Asia’s Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet, and The Sustainable State: The Future of Government, Economy and Society.