Dr. Yu has approximately 25 years of experience in sovereign wealth fund investment, private equity investment, fund management and real estate development industries, real estate-related consultancy work. Dr Yu joined the Department of Real Estate, School of Design & Environment at National University of Singapore as a post-graduate researcher, research assistant and teaching assistant between March 1988 and September 1997. Between October 1997 and March 2006, he worked at Jones Lang LaSalle and was the regional director and Asia Pacific head of consultancy and research. He was subsequently appointed as managing director and country head. He was employed as the chief financial and investment officer of Nakheel Developments in Dubai from April 2006 to July 2006, and was subsequently employed as the Group Chief Investment Officer of Dubai World from July 2006 to April 2010.
Between August 2000 and December 2000, he was also a focus group member for the Ministry of National Development, providing advice on urban land economics in the formulation of the concept plan for the development of Singapore. From June 2003 to March 2006, he was an honorary advisor to the Real Estate Developer’s Association of Singapore. He was a member of the Singapore Land Authority advisory panel from July 2014 to July 2016 and an adjunct associate professor of the Department of Real Estate, School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore between March 2014 and December 2015. He is the lead independent director of Koufu Group Limited, a company listed on the Mainboard of the SGX-ST. He is also the Non – Executive Chairman and Independent Director of OTH Holdings Limited, a company listed on Catalist of the SGX-ST.
Dr. Yu holds a Bachelor of Science (Estate Management) (Honours) degree and a Master of Science (Estate Management) degree from the National University of Singapore. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Land Economics from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers.