PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Hawaii; MBA, University of Hawaii; Bachelor of Science degree in forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Professor Yeah is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Economic Studies Programme at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia at Sunway University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry and a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics. His research interests span development economics, monetary economics, capital markets and industry studies. These topics reflect his previous experiences as an economic analyst at a national policy think-tank, a chief economist at a credit rating agency and a lead consultant at an economics consultancy services subsidiary. His current project at the Jeffrey Sachs Center focuses on tax systems and structures and their effects on fiscal sustainability, economic growth and income inequality. He is an external member of the central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee.


  • Bank Negara’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) Member, 2019- present
  • Deputy President of the Malaysian Economic Association
  • Trustee of the Malaysian Tax Research Foundation
  • Member of the National Consumer Advisory Council at the Malaysian Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs

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Selected Publications

JCI Events

World Economic Outlook 2018

March 6, 2018 • 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The world economy in 2017 outperformed most predictions...


The accidental professor

What do the Malay words “sampan,” “satay” and “buaya” have in common? All were assimilated into our national language from the Hokkien dialect. ...

SME digital economic outlook

In Malaysia’s dynamic business landscape, SMEs can become disruptors, be disrupted or continue to operate in the business-as-usual (BAU) ways...

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