Cheng Hoon Lim is an Assistant Director in the Western Hemisphere Department of the IMF. She reviews the department’s financial surveillance work and serves as the mission chief for Canada. Ms. Lim also has extensive experience in financial and capital markets. After a short secondment at the U.K. Financial Services Authority, she spent 13 years in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the IMF where she was involved in a wide range of issues, including on financial crisis and sovereign debt restructuring, the development of analytical tools to assess systemic risk and bank soundness, macro-financial surveillance of advanced and emerging economies, and the delivery of technical assistance to the Asia and Pacific region. She also led the IMF’s financial sector assessment program (FSAP) to South Africa, Australia and Indonesia.
Notable among Ms. Lim’s accomplishments is her work on the effectiveness of macroprudential policy instruments in mitigating systemic risk. She has also contributed to several book publications, including as a co-editor of The Future of Asia’s Finance, and Financial Sector Reform in Transition Economies. Ms. Lim holds a BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College, and received her PhD from Cambridge University in 1994.