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Professor Dato’ Woo Wing Thye

Woo Wing Thye is Research Professor at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur where he heads the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia and Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development. He is also Vice-President for Asia at the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network in New York City; and is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at University of California in Davis. He also holds academic appointments at Fudan University in Shanghai and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.

He is an expert on East Asian economies, particularly China, Indonesia and Malaysia. His current research focuses on designing efficient, equitable pathways to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals with projects on Green Finance, Middle Income Trap, and Global Economic Architecture for the Multi-Polar World.

Woo has advised several governments and international organizations. In early 1990s, he advised several centrally-planned economies on their transition strategies to market economy (Economies in Transition: Comparing Asia and Europe, MIT Press, 1997); and Indonesia on growth strategies and exchange rate management (Macroeconomic Crisis and Long-Term Growth: The Case of Indonesia,1965-1990, World Bank Press, 1994). He advised China’s Ministry of Finance on the comprehensive tax and exchange rate reforms implemented in January 1994 (Fiscal Management and Economic Reform in the People’s Republic of China, Oxford University Press, 1995), and the U.S. Treasury in 1997-98 on the Asian Financial Crisis (The Asian Financial Crisis: Lessons for a Resilient Asia, MIT Press, 2000). From 2002-2005, he was the Special Advisor for East Asian Economies in the Millennium Project of the United Nations; in July 2005, he was appointed to the International Advisory Panel to Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi of Malaysia; and in 2008, he became the economic advisor to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng of Penang State.
Woo’s article “The Monetary Approach to Exchange Rate Determination under Rational Expectations: The Dollar-Deutschemark Case,” Journal of International Economics (JIE), February 1985, was identified by JIE in 2000 as one of the 25 most cited articles in its 30-year history. His article “China Meets the Middle-Income Trap: The Large Potholes in the Road to Catching-Up,” Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies (JCEBS), November 2012, was awarded the Best Paper Prize at the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Chinese Economist Association (UK/Europe) in 2018.

University of California, Davis awarded Wing its Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award in 2004 and appointed him Distinguished Professor in 2019; the Ministry of Education of China appointed him Chang Jiang Professor in 2006; the Governor of Penang conferred on him the title Dato’ in 2009; and the Thousand Talents Program of China appointed him a National Distinguished Expert in 2016. In 2020, The University of Cambodia awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Sustainable Development and conferred on him Honorary Membership of the Board to Trustees.

In collaboration with Jeffrey Cheah Institute (JCi) on Southeast Asia 
The seminar will discuss the post-pandemic economic landscape in Asia, with special attention given to Malaysia and China.

The post-pandemic landscape will be different because of changes due to COVID-19 (C19), and changes from the continuation of pre-C19 trends.  The changes in the socio-economic landscape will be driven by the usual market forces (e.g. investments to expand online shopping and delivery services), and, for well-organised countries not mired in culture wars, these changes will also be driven by institutional innovations necessitated by enlightened self-interest (e.g. provision of clean dormitories and medical services to temporary foreign workers). 

Equally large changes in the economic landscape will come from renewed assertion of pre-C19 trends, notably, (a) climate change and the global response to it, and (b) the intensification of bipolar disorder in the large, powerful countries as the world hurtles towards a multi-polar global system.  Dealing successfully with these existential threats will test both the human limit of enlightened self-interest, and the natural limit of good luck.

The Post-Pandemic Economic Landscape of Asia 

May 5, 2021 [ Wednesday] @ The RuMa Hotel and Residences

About the Event’s Agenda:

5 :00 PM  Registration
5 :30 PM  Welcome address
5 :40 PM  Commence Seminar
6 :45 PM  Q & A Session 
Venue: The Pavilion, Level 6

7 :15 PM  Buka Puasa and Networking
9 :00 PM  End of event
Venue: The Frangipani, Level 6

Price :
MYR 280 for Members
MYR 350 for Non-Members

*NOTE* Invoice will be sent out via email once the completion of the registration with us.
Dateline for Registration: 28th April, 2021


Post-Pandemic Economic Landscape of Asia Seminar


The RuMa Hotel and Residences

7 Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur 50450


Organized By:

Malaysian Spanish Chamber Of Commerce & Industry – La Cámara