Yuwa is currently Global Chief Economist and Chair of the Academic Advisory Council at Mastercard Inc. In 2019, he will also join the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore as Senior Fellow. Prior to his global role at Mastercard, he was based in Singapore as Economic Advisor to Mastercard in Asia/Pacific, Middle East, and Africa from 2001 to 2009.
At Mastercard, Yuwa leads the effort in dissecting and clarifying structural and cyclical trends to evaluate investment and business opportunities worldwide. He also focuses on assessing emerging markets in the context of evolving patterns of international trade and globalization.
In addition to Mastercard, Yuwa has served as economic advisors to over 30 leading global companies in the past two decades.
He was HSBC Visiting Professor of International Business at the University of British Columbia, Canada from 2010 to 2014; Adjunct Professor at the School of Management, Fudan University, Shanghai, China from 2006 to 2011, and Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, Singapore from 2003 to 2004.
He is a Canadian who spent 25 years working in Europe, Sub-Sahara Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Asia Pacific before returning to Canada in 2011.
Yuwa studied philosophy, political science, history and economics at Trent University, and pursued post-graduate studies at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Canada, where he received his Ph.D. He lives on Salt Spring Island, off the West Coast of Canada, with his wife and their cat; where he gardens enthusiastically.