Mitchell Wigdor

Mitchell Wigdor

Associate Researcher


Mitchell Wigdor is a specialist in international business transactions and economic development with a focus on Southeast Asia. He has helped business leaders seize domestic and foreign expansion opportunities and collaborated with public policy makers to foster economic development. Drawing upon over thirty years’ experience structuring and negotiating corporate transactions and advising international institutions, Mitchell offers an uncommon combination of practical advice and theoretical perspective to SMEs, multinationals, governments and international organizations.

Mitchell is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law where he teaches Investment and Growth in Emerging Markets and at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy where he supervises Masters students in the Capstone course, Financial Risk stream. A frequent traveller to Southeast Asia since 1984, he has taught at the National University of Singapore and has spoken about sustainable growth and Asian development at conferences, universities and institutes in Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei and Myanmar.

Mitchell is an expert in the fields of ICT and growth and the role of the private sector in economic development. He is the author of No Miracle: What Asia Can Teach All Countries About Growth (Ashgate: 2013) which illuminates the crucial position effective institutions play in translating ICT usage into sustained growth and how governments can build them.

Earlier in his career., Mitchell was a partner in the corporate department at the Toronto law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon. He is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B.), the London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Sc.), McGill Law School (B.C.L.-LL.B.) and the University of Toronto (S.J.D.).  He is a member of the Bars of Ontario and Quebec and is the Honorary Consul for Malaysia in Toronto.

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