Woo Wing Thye

Professor Woo heads both the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia and the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University. He is Distinguished Professor at the University of California at Davis. He also holds academic appointments at Penang Institute, Fudan University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Columbia University, and Australian National University. His research focuses on Asian economies, notably China, Malaysia and Indonesia. He has written extensively on Sustainable Development, the middle-income trap, globalization and international governance architecture, macroeconomic and exchange rate management, and regional economic disparity. In 1997-1998, Professor Woo served as a special advisor to the U.S. Treasury in 1997-1998, and headed the Asia Competitiveness Report 1999 to analyse the Asian financial crisis for the World Economic Forum in Davos. He was a Special Advisor for East Asian Economies in the Millennium Project of the United Nations from 2002-2005, and serves on the governing board of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which has more than 1,100 member organizations. Prof Woo appears regularly in international media, and is a contributor to Project Syndicate and East Asia Forum.