FRASER THOMPSON

     

    Fraser Thompson
    (Director)

     

    Fraser is the co-founder of AlphaBeta and Director of AlphaBeta in Singapore.

    Fraser is passionate about using economics to help address major societal challenges, with a particular focus on sustainability, the future of work, and accelerating economic development. Some of the work that Fraser has led at AlphaBeta includes:

    • Sustainability: Fraser has led work with organisations including Temasek, the World Economic Forum, the ASEAN Secretariat and various investors / businesses on topics including protecting biodiversity, accelerating action on the Sustainable Development Goals, addressing plastic waste, rethinking food systems (including the development of alternative proteins), supporting the energy transition compatible with long-term climate goals, creating circular economy models, and establishing smart and sustainable cities.

    • Future of work: Fraser has worked with a range of organisations including the Asian Development Bank, Google, and Microsoft on understanding how technology and Industry 4.0 could shape the future of work, and how to create multi-stakeholder approaches to prepare workers.

    • Economic development: Fraser has led work with a range of organisations include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the ASEAN Secretariat on topics such as accelerating digital financial inclusion and deepening connectivity (including infrastructure, people and digital flows).

    Prior to AlphaBeta, Fraser was a consultant at McKinsey & Company for almost 9 years, working with a range of governments and leading corporates in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the United States, and in Indonesia. During this time, Fraser was a Senior Fellow at McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, where he led work on themes such as productivity and growth, resource efficiency, climate change, foreign investment attraction, economic development in resource-rich countries, and obesity. Before McKinsey, Fraser worked as a consultant at the World Bank and the Boston Consulting Group, and was also a lecturer of economics at Oxford University.

    Fraser received a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford, Fraser was the President of the Oxford University Athletic Club and selected as the Athlete of the Decade. He has also represented Australia at an international level in cross country.

    Fraser served as the inaugural President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in ASEAN, launched by the Australian Prime Minister in 2017. He has previously served as a board member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and OnPurpose (a European organisation that aims to grow the next generation of social enterprise leaders). Fraser is currently a board member and director of Sun Cable, which is creating the world’s largest solar PV project (based in Australia’s Northern Territory) with an undersea cable providing renewable energy to Southeast Asia.

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