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Mr Christopher Bruton is Founder and Director of Dataconsult Ltd., based in Bangkok and has been resident in South East Asia now for over 35 years. He has extensive experience in publishing, finance, real estate development and mining, together with market research and market entry strategy development for major multinational companies acquired during 35 years working throughout the ASEAN region, with specialisation on Thailand and Indochina.

Since 1982, Chris Bruton has worked on research and consulting assignments for multinational corporations, particularly in the field of market entry strategies for Thailand and Indochina . He provides counsel to senior business and government leaders and publishes monthly periodicals. His policy and investment recommendations have been instrumental to the market entry strategies of major multinational companies in ASEAN, as well as Bangladesh, Malaysia and Singapore. He provides market entry consulting and research has included tourism, finance and insurance, construction and building materials, automotive industry, healthcare, electronics, consumer products, food and beverages, as well as economic and social surveys and political risk assessments.

He is also closely associated with the Economist Group, leading the Economist Intelligence Unit's Corporate Network Associate programme for Thailand and Mekong/Indochina Region Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam) since July 1979. He has been organising senior government level conferences on investment and trade, privatization, healthcare, infrastructure and other sectors of development, as well as peer group forums and business seminars.

Mr Bruton has been closely associated with The Economist Group, having started the Thailand Regional Forum, a peer group forum for multinational companies, back in 1987. He also publishes the Thailand Corporate Alert and Business Indochina. He has worked extensively on more than 20 government roundtables and investment-related conferences, in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

He holds an honors degree in Economics Law and Accounting and Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Administration from the London School of Economics, University of London, plus postgraduate qualifications in French, Thai and Malay from the Universities of Paris and Malaya . He is also a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the professional body for human resource management in the UK.

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