Yuwa Hedrick-Wong
Yuwa Hedrick-Wong

Yuwa Hedrick-Wong

Global Economic Advisor, MasterCard Chair of Academic Advisory Council, MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth


Yuwa Hedrick-Wong is currently HSBC Visiting Professor of International Business at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a Global Economic Advisor of Mastercard. He is also Chair of the Academic Advisory Council at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.

Yuwa is an economist and business strategist 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 2010, 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. His other appointments are: Advisor at Southern Capital Group, a private equity fund (since 2007); member of the Investment Council of ICICI, India’s largest private bank (since 2008); and Adjunct Professor at the School of Management, Fudan University, Shanghai, China (since 2006).

Yuwa is a frequent speaker at international conferences and a regular commentator in the broadcast and print media on economic, policy and business issues. He is a published author on consumer markets, economic development, trade, and international relations. He was voted “Communicator of the Year” in Asia in 2006 by the Asia/Pacific Association of Public Relations Professionals. He wrote a regular column in Forbes Asia called “Asian Angles” in 2005 and 2006.and guest lecturer at the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago from 2004 - 2006.

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.

He lives with his wife and two cats on Salt Spring Island, off the west coast of Canada, and is an eager apprentice in the fine art of gardening.