Former Director of Economics, Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry
Dr. Friedrich Wu is Adjunct Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Before his academic appointment, he served as Director of Economics (2001-2005) at Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry.
In this capacity, he was the principal government spokesman for the official releases of annual and quarterly GDP economic estimates and forecasts, as well as the government’s chief representative for the APEC Economic Committee. Before entering government service, Dr Wu was Head/Vice President of Economic Research for 16 years (1985-2001) at the Singapore-based DBS Bank, the largest banking group in the island-republic and in Southeast Asia, and the 4th largest banking group in Hong Kong. Originally from Hong Kong, Dr. Wu received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) with a dissertation on the political economy of China’s “open door” policy. Before joining DBS Bank, Dr. Wu did research and consulting work with Frost & Sullivan (USA) and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore).
Dr. Wu is a regular conference/seminar speaker and his comments on Asian economic, financial and political issues have been frequently quoted by international media such as Business Week, The Economist, The Financial Times, Fortune, International Herald Tribune, Japan Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. His 70-plus publications on these subjects have appeared in many book chapters, peer-reviewed international academic journals, trade magazines, and newspaper columns.
From 1991-2005, Dr. Wu was a member of the Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, which represents Singapore at the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council – a tripartite multilateral organization that comprises distinguished business leaders, senior government officials and prominent academics.
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