DATUK DR. VICTOR ENG-LYE WEE
Datuk Dr. Victor Wee is currently Chairman of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, the agency responsible for promoting Malaysia as a tourism destination. In 2010, he served as the leader for the Tourism Laboratory to draw up Malaysia Tourism Transformation Programme up to 2020 that is currently being implemented.
During his tenure as Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism, he led the successful campaign of Visit Malaysia Year 2007, which saw an increase of 3.5 million tourist arrival and over RM10 billion tourism receipts in one year. He was instrumental in establishing the Cabinet Committee on Tourism and Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) One-Stop Centre at the Ministry of Tourism.
In the international arena, he is Chairman of the Programme Committee of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) since 2008. He had been a regular speaker in tourism conferences organized by United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and ASEAN National Tourism Organisations as well as presented papers at the World Tourism Conferences (2007 and 2010). He has also given talks and conducted workshops on tourism branding on behalf of the UNWTO for Albania and Vietnam. In 2007 he chaired the officials meeting in the 17th General Assembly of the UNWTO at Cartegena de Indias, Columbia.
He started his career at the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department where he rose to the position of Senior Director of Macroeconomics. During his tenure, he was responsible for the preparation of the Third Outline Perspective Plan, 2001-2010 and served on the editorial board for Malaysia’s Five Year Development Plans. He was Deputy Head in the National Economic Action Council during the Asian Financial Crisis (1997-98) and prepared the National Economic Recovery Plan, which served as the Blueprint for Malaysia’s economic recovery. He went as consultant on several economic missions to other countries under the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He previously served as Advisor to the Ministry of Finance.
He obtained his Bachelor degree in Economics from University of Malaya, Master of Arts from Brown University, U.S.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Bristol University, United Kingdom. Dr. Wee had also received training at Harvard University, Institute of Manpower Studies at University of Sussex and the East West Center in Hawaii.