A Malaysian native, Woan Foong Wong was a research analyst from July 2009 to July 2011 who worked with Senior Fellows Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Jeffrey J. Schott. Her research areas included international trade policy, foreign investments, economic growth, and development. Prior to this position, she held research assistantships at Williams College and Oberlin College with Professors Kenneth N. Kuttner and Alberto Ortiz, respectively. She also worked on policy research and advocacy at the Center for Public Policy Studies, a think tank in Malaysia.
Wong is coauthor of Figuring Out the Doha Round (2010). She graduated in 2009 with two degrees from Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory of Music: high honors in a BA in mathematical economics and a bachelor of music in music composition. Her honors thesis, "An Analysis of Education Subsidy in the presence of Fertility Decisions, Human Capital Accumulation, and Spillovers," was presented at the 8th Annual Carroll Round Proceedings at Georgetown University and awarded first prize at the 2009 Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and Akron University Economics Poster Competition. In recognition of her work, she received the 2009 Comfort Starr Prize in Economics from Oberlin College.