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Geoffrey Yu is Senior Specialist Advisor in the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Singapore Ministry of Law. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Intellectual Property Academy of Singapore; Adjunct Senior Fellow of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies of the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore; Senior Fellow, the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Visiting Professor, People’s University, Beijing, China; and Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
Prior to his current appointments in Singapore, he spent twenty-five years in the World Intellectual Property Organisation ( WIPO ), based in Geneva, dealing primarily with intellectual property policy and development issues. His last position at WIPO was Deputy Director General, in charge of the development cooperation program for developing and transition countries. He began his career at WIPO as Senior Program Officer for Asia and the Pacific, later occupying the posts of Senior Director-Advisor, Office of the Director General, Assistant Director General of Global Communications and Assistant Director General of the Copyright sector.
Before joining WIPO, he served in the Singapore Administrative Service in the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Services. Later, he joined the Singapore Foreign Service, where he worked in Singapore, Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong.
In the course of his career in the Singapore Government and WIPO, he participated in many international meetings and negotiations and spoke in numerous national and international conferences as well as in academic institutions in many countries.
Geoffrey Yu studied at the University of Singapore and at Brasenose College, Oxford University.