Senior Management Group
Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support
On 16 August 2009, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Judy Cheng-Hopkins as the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support.
Before joining the PBSO in New York, Ms. Cheng-Hopkins was the UN’s Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees from 15 February 2006, a position in which she supervised all UNHCR operations around the world.
Prior to this job, Ms. Cheng-Hopkins was the Director of the World Food Programme Office in New York. From 1997 to 2000 she was Director of WFP’s Asia and Eastern Europe region, where she oversaw large and complex emergency operations. Prior to that, she served UNDP in Africa for 10 years, first in Zambia (1982-1988), then in Kenya (1988-1992) and as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa (2002-2003).
Ms. Cheng-Hopkins received a Master of Arts degree in Economic Development from Columbia University (1978), USA. She has also received diplomas from Université d’Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France, and Harvard University, USA.
Ms. Cheng-Hopkins is Malaysian. She is married and the mother of two daughters. She enjoys playing tennis and listening to jazz.