Archive for March 2016

Yuwa Hedrick-Wong is the Chief Economist and Chair of the Academic Advisory Council at MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth – a group that just might make you doubt what you think you know about multinational financial organizations.  He’s also the Global Economic Advisor for MasterCard Worldwide. Prior to his global role, he was Economic Advisor to MasterCard in Asia/Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. He has served as economic strategist and advisor to over fifty leading multinational companies, advised executives and boards of directors for over 100 leading international businesses, and has delivered key note addresses at various prestigious business conferences around the world.  He is a regular commentator interviewed on CNBC, BBC World, CNN, CCTV (China), CBN (Shanghai), BTV (Beijing), Channel News Asia, Bloomberg Forum and many others.

Hedrick-Wong believes that economic growth drives shared prosperity – that it is not just limited to a single class or group of individuals. The Center for Inclusive Growth works to expand the middle class—in both developing and developed nations —in order for a better sharing of the benefits of economic development. According to Hedrick Wong, “in this situation, there is large-scale betterment—a boost to the common good—and growth for MasterCard’s business as well: a win-win process.”

He stresses the importance of taking this a step further. “We work with governments to create a deeper understanding of the importance of inclusive growth—and of equity,” he explains. “The impact of this can lead to being a win-win-win situation.”

It’s a revolutionary approach to economic development.  And one we delve into during this extended interview.

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Dalal Al Waheidi discusses what it means to be a global citizen -- including the “why” behind global citizenship and its significance especially in the current political climate.

Al Waheidi was the 2016 Jack Matthews Fellow at Trent. She is the executive director of We Day Global, where she is responsible for leading the team that brings the power of We Day to cities in Canada, the US and the UK. Ms. Al-Waheidi joined Free the Children in 2002 after graduating from Trent with a degree in International Development Studies, and has held a variety of roles including international project director, chief operations director and executive director.

“Dalal truly embodies the uniquely Canadian values of global citizenship that Jack Matthews embedded in the institutions he established,” said Dr. Michael Allcott, director of TIP. “An immigrant to Canada, her extraordinary leadership and commitment to others is an example of the strength of the Canadian mosaic—her work so far has empowered thousands of young Canadians to engage civic discourse and service, and to begin changing the world for the better.”

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2015 Ph.D. grad Andressa Lacerda is in mid-career stride, despite being only 26.  She’s a founding partner and the CFO in Noble Inc., a company that will manufacture and distribute filtration systems to remove nanosilvers from wastewater as well as introduce pharmaceuticals that will cure cancer and diseases that are caused by virus’.  Her partner in this is Adam Noble, a whiz-kid who has set both the Trent community and world on fire with research that he accomplished in the labs at the university when he was just a high school student. 

 

Andessa helped mentor Adam into becoming one of Canada’s “20 Under 20” in 2014.  Together they have just signed on as cornerstone tenants of Trent University’s new Research and Innovation Park, with a $20 million, 50,000-square-foot production facility to be built soon.

 

Andressa’s own research has shed new light onto neurological disorders – in particular how mutations of LITAF protein cause the genetic Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. 

 

It’s a fascinating discussion – and one where another of Andressa’s talents shine: the ability to take complex ideas and make them relatable to students and laypeople.

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