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Yuwa Hedrick-Wong is currently Adjunct Professor at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
Yuwa is a business strategist and economist with 25 years of experience gained in over thirty countries. He is a Canadian who grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, and spent the last 20 years working in Europe, Sub-Sahara Africa, the Indian Sub-continent, and Asia/ Pacific. He has served as strategy advisor to over thirty leading multinational companies in the Asia/Pacific region.
In 2009, Yuwa was appointed as Global Economic Advisor to MasterCard Worldwide. Prior to this role, he was Economic Advisor to MasterCard in Asia/Pacific, a position he held since 2001. As economic advisor, he chairs a MasterCard Knowledge Panel of leading economists, policy analysts, academics and business strategists for regular exchange and knowledge sharing. In 2007 he was appointed Advisor at Southern Capital Group, a private equity fund; and in 2008 he was appointed to the Investment Council of ICICI, India’s largest private bank.
Yuwa is a frequent speaker at numerous international high-profile conferences. Recent presentations include the Morgan Stanley Investment Forum, McKinsey & Co’s Kitzbeuhel Forum, the BusinessWeek CEO Forum, Asia Business Conference at Harvard University, the Indian Economic Summit, and the Annual Asia Leadership Forum. He has also spoken at, among others, The Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, London; the World Finance Forum; the World Knowledge Forum; the Trinity Forum in London; the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit; The Economist Strategic Forecast Forums; Pacific Basin Economic Council of APEC; and the Forbes Global CEO Conference. Yuwa is a frequent commentator in the broadcast media on current economic, policy and business issues in Asia/Pacific, and is a published author in consumer market dynamics, economic development, trade, and international relations. He was voted “Communicator of the Year” in Asia in 2006 by the Asia Association of Public Relations Professionals. He wrote a regular column in Forbes Asia called “Asian Angles” in 2005 and 2006. He was adjunct professor at the School of Management, Fudan University, Shanghai, China; from 2005 to 2008; and guest lecturer at the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago.
As a student of philosophy, political science, and economics, Yuwa studied at Trent University and pursued post-graduate training at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Canada, where he received his Ph.D. He also received training, at the post-doctoral level, in health economics, energy and environmental economics, and scenario forecast and planning.
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