Judy Cheng-Hopkins was appointed Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support (heading the PBSO) on 17 April 2009 by Secretary-General Ban Ki -moon.
Before joining the PBSO in New York, Ms. Cheng-Hopkins had a long and successful UN career spanning over 30 years covering development and humanitarian work in Africa and Asia, with a 10 year stint in the field in Africa. Ms. Cheng-Hopkins was the UN’s Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees from February 2006 to August 2009 where she helped develop UNHCR’s policies on IDPs as well as refugee/IDP return and reintegration.
Previously, Ms. Cheng-Hopkins served as the Director of the World Food Programme’s Office Asia and Eastern Europe Bureau from 1997-2000, where she supervised some of WFP’s largest and most significant operations of that period, in DPRK and Kosovo, and conceptualized and managed a smooth and innovative exit from China.
Prior to that, she served UNDP in Africa for 10 years, first in Zambia (1982-1988), then in Kenya (1988-1992). She was also Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa (2002-2003) and Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Capital Development Fund from 1993-1997.
Ms. Cheng-Hopkins received a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (1978), USA. She has also received diplomas from Universitè d’Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France and the Business School at Harvard University.
Ms. Cheng-Hopkins is Malaysian and is the first Malaysian to be listed in Forbes magazine's list of “The 10 Most Powerful Women at the UN”. She is married to Dr. Thomas J. Hopkins and is the mother of two daughters.