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Dr Yuwa Hedrick-Wong's combination of rigorous economic analysis and effective communication is a potent cocktail; he identifies the key developments that matter and interprets their implications in terms that business leaders can understand.

Yuwa Hedrick-Wong is a highly-respected independent economist with over 25 years of experience as a global economist and business strategist. He is the Global Economic Advisor to MasterCard Worldwide International and Chief Economist, MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth. He is on the Investment Advisory Committee of ICICI (India's largest private bank) and Advisor to the Chairman of Southern Capital Group (Singapore-based private equity firm).  Until recently, he was also the Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Business at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

Yuwa has a strong understanding of the world's dynamic emerging economies, and in particular Asia's dynamic markets of China, India, Indonesia and others, which makes him a sought-after advisor as companies focus increasingly on the emerging markets. He advises on policy and strategy, monitors and forecasts economic growth and emerging regional trends. He advises on market entry, public policy challenges, impacts of demographic and lifestyle changes and overall business opportunities and threats. Yuwa Hedrick-Wong has authored four books on demographics.

He speaks at global and regional conferences, is engaged to stimulate client group meetings and regularly injects his insights and forecasts into confidential in-house strategy and planning meetings. He has advised Chief Executives and Boards of over 100 leading international businesses and has delivered key note addresses at various prestigious business conferences around the world.

He is a regular commentator interviewed on CNBC, BBC World, CNN, CCTV (China), CBN (Shanghai), BTV (Beijing), Channel News Asia, Bloomberg Forum and many others.


  • "Yuwa was outstanding. I heard from a couple of folks that he was the best economist we've ever had (and that's saying something!). What worked was his clarity and distinct point of view. I can guarantee you, we will have him again soon!"   Director  – World 50 Inc
  • "Yuwa combines a disciplined economist's appreciation for rigorous analysis with a consummate communicator's knack for delivering a message that is both memorable and actionable. He is undoubtedly one of the leading pundits on Asian economic development and business strategy."   President of AT&T China
  • "On behalf of the [participants] I would like to sincerely thank you for a superb delivery and an enlightening presentation. Everybody was impressed by your ability to link various complex issues together and still come up with an "easy to understand" explanation. You addressed all the topics relevant to the strategic board". Director for Asia Pacific – DSM Nutritional Products

Yuwa Hedrick-Wong was born and educated in Canada and holds a BA in Philosophy, Political Science & Economics from Trent University, Canada (1972), a MA in Economics (1979) and a Ph.D. in Economics from Simon Fraser University, Canada, (1981).

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