Diana is recognised as one of the foremost experts on the Chinese economy. As Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England from 2003-2013, said of her, “It is increasingly rare to find an economist who eschews the conventional wisdom and is prepared to think for herself. In today’s uncertain world it is a priceless quality. Diana Choyleva is such a person.”
In her words, Diana says: “To understand the Chinese economy you have to understand the communist mind, and I have the unlikely advantage of having grown up in Bulgaria before the Berlin Wall came down. But, having been trained by some of the greatest Western economists, I also understand how the market economy works. I am one of the few economists who really knows capitalism, communism and how the two have come together in China.”
Diana set up Enodo Economics, an independent macroeconomic forecasting company, in 2016 to untangle complexity, challenge the consensus and make sense of the future.
For 16 years prior she worked at Lombard Street Research, most recently as their chief economist and head of research. In that role, she set the agenda for the firm’s team of economists and strategists while conducting her own global analysis. She joined LSR after completing her master’s degree in economics in 2000, and over the years has covered a wide range of developing and developed economies. Diana became a director of LSR in 2005 and headed the firm’s UK service from then until 2009. Between 2010 and 2013 she was based in Hong Kong overseeing LSR’s expansion in Asia.
She is best known for her analysis of China, including the book she co-wrote in 2011, ‘The American Phoenix – and why China and Europe will struggle after the coming slump’. Diana writes regular opinion pieces for the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, etc. She has extensive global experience engaging with all manner of audiences and has made frequent television appearances, including on BBC’s Newsnight on the day that Lehman Brothers collapsed.
Chief Executive Officer
Seamus knows what matters to the end users of economic analysis and insight. He is the voice of the customer at Enodo. It is down to him that our clients acclaim our technology platform and the way we make our economic intelligence available. “Enodo has the best platform to present and deliver its analysis. This is how the research of the 21st century should look,” says Henry Maxey, CIO, Ruffer.
In his words, Seamus says: “In a world of information overload, I understand that concise and clear content, delivery platform innovation and client relationships are imperative. As you would expect, these are the areas where Enodo Economics strives for excellence.”
Seamus joined Enodo Economics as CEO in November 2016. Since graduating from the University of Warwick in 1995, he has had a commercial career focused on news, commentary and independent research services for the financial industry. He has held senior positions at Dow Jones Newswires, Reuters Breakingviews and Lombard Street Research.
He has successfully managed global sales, operations and IT teams focused on providing products and services for institutional asset managers, hedge funds, private equity firms, pension funds, family offices and investment banks.
Geopolitical and Intelligence Analysis
Nigel has had a long career as a security and intelligence expert. Understanding China is not just about China in isolation. To understand China, you have to be able to read its long-term strategic intentions, especially at this time of tectonic political change. As James Mulvenon at SOS International LLC says, “Nigel Inkster fuses impressive academic learning with decades of experience as a senior intelligence professional.”
In his words, Nigel says: “I have followed China's development from the Cultural Revolution to the present day and have sought to analyse this within both the context of China's history and culture and the contemporary global strategic context. I regularly read, listen to and watch Chinese-language media and seek to combine what I learn from this with my own first-hand experience.”
He worked for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London think-tank, from 2007 to 2017. Prior to that he served for 31 years in the British Secret Intelligence Service, retiring at the end of 2006 as assistant chief and director of operations and intelligence.
His research has focused on transnational terrorism, insurgency, transnational organised crime, cyber security, intelligence and security and the evolving character of conflict. He has written and broadcast on all these topics and has also been engaged in a variety of para-diplomatic activities on behalf of the UK government, including leading a Sino-UK Track 1.5 Cyber Security Dialogue. In 2020, he authored “The Great Decoupling: China, America and the Struggle for Technological Supremacy”, a book published by Hurst and which Professor Rory Medcalf described as, “A timely, sane and compelling account of the techno-strategic contest that will shape the worlds of 2020s and beyond”. In 2016, he authored China’s Cyber Power, an IISS Adelphi book published by Routledge.
He graduated from St John’s College Oxford with a BA in oriental studies (Chinese). He is married with two children and one grandchild and lives in London.
TL Tsim has studied China’s political scene since the 1970s. Immersed in the ever-changing complexities of Chinese politics and culture, he ensures that Enodo’s analysis stays grounded in the realities of a country where economics and politics are connected in a way alien to most Western commentators.
In his words, TL Tsim says: "When I analyse the politics of China, I am always mindful of the country's dynastic history and the behaviour of its people. At the heart of it is a civilisation which has survived intact for 5,000 years and a culture which is shared by 1.3 billion people over 9.6 million square kilometres. Chinese people respond quickly to material incentives, but do not take so readily to political change. The Chinese culture is very unyielding. I believe you will not understand Chinese politics without coming to grips with Chinese culture."
TL read Chinese politics at the University of Manchester and worked as a journalist before starting his own consultancy.
He has published extensively, including “From Culture to Civilisation”, six volumes of his work published in Chinese by Oxford University Press. He is a Justice of the Peace and is a director of three listed companies in Hong Kong and New York.
He lives in Hong Kong.
Financial Markets Analysis Contributor
Fraser has worked in China’s financial markets as a practitioner and a researcher since the 1990s, giving him a rigorous understanding of the markets that is unrivalled. The book he co-authored with Carl Walters, Red Capitalism: The Fragile Financial Foundation of China’s Extraordinary Rise, was named by The Economist as one of its books of the year in 2011. The weekly said: “Two bankers with years of experience in China shine an unprecedented light on the remarkable 32-year effort to build the country's financial system—on its vices, virtues and many conflicts of interest.”
In his words, Fraser says: “Never accepting anything at face value is key to understanding China. With decades of direct investment experience coupled with in-depth research I have perhaps a unique perspective which allows a better handle on Chinese capital markets than most other observers."
Fraser is co-author of two more books on the Chinese financial system, “Privatizing China: Inside China’s Stock Markets” and “To Get Rich is Glorious!: China’s Stock Market in the ‘80s and ‘90s”.
He studied natural sciences (physics) at Cambridge University and Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University. He has worked for Baring Securities, Bankers Trust, Morgan Stanley, CICC and CLSA, where from 2003 to 2012 he was a managing director in the listed derivatives and synthetic equity department.
Fraser’s work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, China Economic Quarterly and the Nikkei Asian Review. He is a regular commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg and the BBC.
Banking and Financial Markets Analysis
Dinny spent a decade working as a financial journalist in Beijing and Shanghai. As the Wall Street Journal’s finance correspondent, he tracked closely the evolution of China’s shadow banking system and the rapid expansion in corporate debt that followed the Global Financial Crisis. Dinny is also the author of China’s Great Wall of Debt: Shadow Banking, Ghost Cities, Massive Loans, and the End of Chinese Miracle, which The Economist said "comes closer than any previous writer to covering the Chinese economy as Michael Lewis, the hugely popular author of The Big Short, might do."
In his words, Dinny says, “China’s financial system needs to be understood from the bottom up. Top-down policy is invariably implemented by firms and lower level bureaucrats in ways shaped by their own interests, incentives, and priorities, and not the interest of the leaders in Beijing. When trying to understand changes in China’s financial system I start by asking myself the question, “what aren’t I seeing.”
Dinny spent two years in Beijing and Kunming learning Chinese before spending a year at the John Hopkins SAIS campus in Nanjing to study international relations. After that he wrote for Dow Jones Newswires in Shanghai, where he also contributed to the Far Eastern Economic Review, before moving to Beijing with WSJ. He wrote China’s Great Wall of Debt while a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC, before moving to MacroPolo, the Paulson Institute’s think tank in Chicago, where he focused on China’s efforts to clean up its financial system.
China News That Matters
Beijing-based for over two decades, Calum has got to grips with multiple aspects of China’s remarkable transformation. A fluent Mandarin speaker, and former China correspondent for The Times, he’s reported from every province - and helped build factories in some as an investment consultant for British firms. Calum is the co-author of ‘China Remembers’, an oral history containing “some of the most honest, varied and compelling accounts of the country ever compiled”.
In his words, “Covering China is an often frustrating but endlessly fascinating occupation. Long rich in contradictions, the PRC is run by a regime both stronger and yet more fearful than I’ve ever known it. Rejoice that it’s also home to personalities big enough to sprinkle optimism however bleak the outlook.”
Calum studied Chinese at Oxford University. He has worked at China advisory firm Batey Burn, as Beijing bureau chief for The Independent, and as Asia correspondent for USA Today, reporting from as far west as Kyrgyzstan, south to Indonesia and east to Japan. He co-wrote the guidebook ‘Uzbekistan - The Golden Road to Samarkand’, described by the New York Times as “one of those rare travel guides that is a joy to read whether or not you are planning a trip.”
Calum lives in London.
Alan was the China Economics Editor for Reuters based in Beijing from 2005-11, as part of a career in which he reported from more than 40 countries. Alan is the co-author and editor of ‘Power of currencies, currencies of power’, a 2013 book that argued why the renminbi – then as now - is unlikely to dethrone the dollar any time soon.
In his words, “The CCP is so opaque that it’s easy for outsiders following the Chinese economy and policymaking to be swayed by the last cogently expressed opinion they heard. When peering through the fog it’s vital to be clear on the Party’s priorities in key areas such as technological modernisation, debt sustainability, financial liberalisation and the property sector.”
In the course of a career with Reuters news agency spanning more than three decades, Alan covered economics and financial markets in London, Frankfurt, Paris, New York, Washington, Tokyo and Singapore. He attended countless IMF, G7 and EU summits and reported on landmark economic events including the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s; the 1985 Plaza Accord; negotiations to create the euro; Japan’s struggle to defeat deflation; and the euro zone crisis – plus, of course, the meteoric rise of China in the 2000s.
Alan studied French and German (interpreting and translating) at Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh and divides his time between London and Provence.
Julie is a research analyst at Enodo Economics, supporting Chief Economist Diana Choyleva in her macroeconomic analysis of China.
Julie has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the Sichuan University of China, and later read finance and marketing at the Auckland University of Technology of New Zealand.
Julie joined Enodo Economics in June 2018. Prior to joining Enodo Economics, she worked at a state-owned import and export enterprise in China and at KVB Kunlun – a financial investment company in New Zealand.
Julie is based in London.
Kuiyan is a research analyst at Enodo Economics, based in Changchun. He provides on-the-ground economic and financial market research.
He joined Enodo’s team in June 2020 as a summer intern, after graduating with a master’s degree in economic finance from the University of Reading, in the UK. Kuiyan has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Ji Lin University in China, and another master’s degree in programme and project management from the University of Warwick, in the UK.
Kuiyan did several internships during his studies in China. In 2018-2019 he worked for ShenWan Hongyuan securities, in 2016 for Jilin Degu law firm and in 2014 for China Merchant Bank.
His research interests include China’s monetary policy, the digital yuan and China’s payments system.
He is based in Changchun, the capital city of Jilin Province.
Daniel is a part-time research analyst at Enodo Economics, focusing on data modelling, analytics and forecasting.
Daniel joined Enodo Economics in April 2017 and has worked as an economist at the Bulgarian National Bank, the country’s central bank, since 2013. He has been teaching a course in fundamentals of finance at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia since 2013.
He has a PhD in international finance and a BSc and MSc in finance and macroeconomics from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia.
Daniel is based in Sofia.
Xiulei is a part-time research analyst at Enodo Economics based in Shanghai providing on-the-ground economic research.
After graduating with a master’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Cambridge, Xiulei joined Enodo Economics in the summer of 2016 as a research analyst in London.
He has a first-class BSc in business economics from the University of Leicester and has worked at Jones Lang LaSalle in Shanghai and interned at the Bank of China.
After graduating from high school, Xiulei had to take the reins of the family firm after his father fell ill. He oversaw the Weifang Liufeng Trade Co for nearly two years, during which time he developed the business and increased profits, allowing him to save money for his future education.
James joined Enodo Economics in February 2018. He is responsible for executing our global sales strategy and ensuring our existing clients are served to the highest of standards.
In his words: "I enjoy engaging with investors and learning what aspects of China are most critical to their investment outlook. I love to apply our expertise to help clients avoid risk and spot emerging opportunities".
Prior to joining Enodo Economics, James worked in commercial and client-focused roles, including 8 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and senior roles at Lombard Street Research and Caplin Systems.
James is based in London.
Salma Abou Zaki
Senior Project and Client Manager
Salma joined Enodo Economics in June 2019. Salma manages relationships with a number of our key clients and she is also responsible for executing a variety of business development projects.
In her words: "I strive to learn and understand our clients’ business and any China issues they are currently grappling with. I am keen to ensure that they are kept up-to-date on China themes that are critical to their investment/business planning and decision making".
Prior to joining Enodo Economics, Salma worked in consulting and client-focussed roles, including 5 years at Deloitte and senior roles at Grant Thornton and Gallup. Salma also worked for a couple of years at Pfizer.
Salma is based in London.