Viewpoints by Weiyi Zhang, Ph.D., at Manulife Investment Management
Weiyi is responsible for driving agricultural economic initiatives at Manulife Investment Management. In this role, he’s directly involved in farmland transactional due diligence and initiating new investment strategies and concepts. In addition, he leads the global agricultural economic, financial, and statistical analytical efforts, including commodity price forecasting, portfolio analysis, and authoring thought leadership publications. Previously, Weiyi was the senior natural resource economist, where he supported economic research and analysis for the group’s timberland and farmland business sectors.
- Education: B.S., Agricultural and Applied Economics, M.F.R., Forest Business, Ph.D., Forest Finance and Economics, University of Georgia
- Joined the company: 2018
- Began career: 2018
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