Dr. Wen Chiat Lee was born on 26 November 1986 in Kuching, Sarawak. He received his Ph.D in environmental and resource economics from the Universiti Utara Malaysia in 2014. He is currently the Senior Lecturer of Economics at the Universiti Utara Malaysia. Before obtaining his PhD., Dr. Lee completed his Bachelor of Economics from UNIMAS (2009) and the Corporate Master of Business Administration (Financial Economics) (2011) degrees from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).
While at the UUM, he participated in discussion on international trade, environmental economics and fisheries economics. He has completed several projects on these few areas. His college grant focuses on the environmental economics field on estimating the price of carbon emissions from oil palm production in Malaysia. He has been appointed as the chairman and the panel of evaluation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA): An Empirical Analysis On the Impact of Malaysia’s Trade on Economic Growth in a seminar organized by the School of Economics, UUM. He has also been appointed as the chairperson and a presenter of the 4th ASEAN Consortium on Department of Economics (ACDEC) 2015. Besides that, he is a reviewer for PhD student during the presentation for fifth colloquium entitled the Trade Liberalization and environmental impact issue in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation organized by the School of Economics, Finance and Banking, UUM. Finally, he also engages in a project and is the project leader of a four-member team of trade experts from School of Economics, UUM analyzing the patterns, determinants and prospects of Malaysia and five major emerging national economies namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Trade Linkages funded by Research Acculturation Grant Scheme of Malaysia (RAGS).
He has experience in international trade, environmental economics, economics on relocation, economics of compensations and fisheries economics. He is now concentrating on issues related to the Malaysian trade, ASEAN trade blocs, regional integration trade blocs, government policies on trades and fisheries economics, which includes fisheries trade and agriculture economics. He has taught courses on Principle of Economics, Applied Economics and Agricultural Marketing.