Konideo's Story

Konideo is a project that began in late 2009, then as “Connect the dots”, when we met in Hong Kong. As we were trying to make sense out of this world, we slowly began to adopt a holistic view of our environment which allowed us not only to look at one particular matter but to include all connected topics in our analysis. We believe it is a mistake to segregate branches of knowledge because it only creates narrow perspectives of the world we live in and thus prevent us from reasoning with a complete understanding of all the explicit or hidden forces exerting power. As with ecological life, any small component of the system has an effect and, following the butterfly effect, can produce great consequences, may they be good or bad.

How does this framework works in reality? We believe that any issue must be looked at within its general context, being the result of an intricate combination of human psychology, environmental factors (may they be economic, military, financial, cultural, social, ecological…) and chance at a particular moment. Always changing, always uncertain yet always present. From there only can we try to draw several schemes mapping potential resolution paths. All those fields are intimately linked and we believe it is dangerous to cut them off one another.

This is why one must look through various lenses to understand the real dynamics behind any event, its main drivers and smaller influences or tipping points… It does take time and a serious dose of reading, watching and thinking, but it is the only way to work out credible and viable solution with outcomes benefiting all classes of society, international actors as well as our relationship with our Mother Earth.

We had the chance to travel and work in different continents, experience different cultures and be introduced to different points of views, often hard to fit in our own thinking framework. Going abroad is what made us who we are today, changing our perspectives and broadening our understanding. We believe that it is important for everyone to go travelling, even if in your own country, your own city, to refresh your ideas, meet new people and new ways of thinking and eventually foster your curiosity.

We hope that you will find something that will open your perspectives on Konideo. Keep on learning and sharing!

Carlito Riego


Luxembourg based analyst with a focus on Asian politics and economics. Previously worked in finance and strategy consulting, and lived 8 years abroad including 6 in China. Areas of interest include: political economy, military matters, geopolitics, history, and commodities (energy, agriculture, mining & metals…).

"Great perfection may appear imperfect, but its usefulness is inexhaustible.
Great abundance may appear empty, but its usefulness cannot be exhausted.
Great correctness may appear twisted, great skills appear crude, great eloquence appear awkward.
Activity conquers cold; inactivity conquers heat.
Clear serenity governs the world." - Lao Zi



Hong Kong based business analyst & knowledge enthusiast, with a constant focus on making sense of why things are going the way they go. Staying curious at all times helps him understand how everything relates to each other and all falls into place as a coherent story of Humanity. Major interests on social science, psychology and journalism and how they create the narratives of anyone’s reality. Also spending most of his time on making sure Konideo runs smoothly and keeps improving as a self-taught developer, hence the very few written contributions.

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. Never lose a holy curiosity. … Don't stop to marvel." - Albert Einstein

Nicolas Houilliez


Luxemburg based with strong analytical skills, I worked as market and strategy analyst in large multinational companies. Passionate about China, economics, geopolitics and finance.

Steve Nguyen


Analyst based in China for 4 years, with significant analytical skills in Macroeconomics, Financial Markets and the Chinese economy.

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin