Citigroup Global Markets has enlisted the services of Dr Hak Bin Chua in a newly created role in Singapore. For Citi, Chua will answer to the title of Asian economist in its economic and market analysis (EMA) research team.

Effective 1 May, Chua will work on regionwide economic issues, with a particular emphasis on Southeast Asian economics and Asian equity-related themes. Upon arriving at Citi, he will report to Yiping Huang, its managing director and head of EMA Asia-Pacific.

To Citigroup, Chua brings vast experience in the Asian economic sphere. He joins the firm from DBS in Singapore where was the senior regional economist (Southeast Asia) and Asian equity strategist. During his DBS tenure, Chua was also the honorary secretary of the Economic Society of Singapore and frequently quoted in the press.

Prior to his role at DBS, Chua worked at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) where he headed the external economies division, planning, policy and communications division and the financial surveillance division. In total Chua was with the MAS for six years.

Chua has also been a visiting lecturer and research fellow at the Economic Growth Centre at Yale University.