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Dr Goh Chor Ching is the Economic Adviser at the Strategy and Operations Unit and will join the Africa Region’s Chief Economist Office shortly. Chor Ching obtained Simultaneous BA and MA, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale University, and was awarded the Morse Master Cup at graduation. She was supported by full University Scholarship and the Sawyers Fellowship to complete an AM and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

Chor Ching has been working at the World Bank over the last twenty years on a spectrum of development issues in countries over Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Republics, the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She was involved in lending operations, research, report writing, technical assistance, client capacity building, strategic discussions at the regional and sectoral levels, and policy dialogues. Chor Ching has worked on the independence of South Sudan from Sudan with multilateral partners; delivered a high-profile report, Urban China, requested by Premier Li Keqiang; produced flagship reports in Cambodia, the Philippines and Mongolia; advised the authorities in China and Ethiopia on their countries’ Five-Year Strategies; led and completed various reports on economic issues for Russia. She initiated the Eurasia Report on Cities investigating the connectivity issues across the former Soviet Republics and Russia. Chor Ching was a deputy director for the World Development Report on Reshaping Economic Geography. She has also worked on the Middle East and North Africa flagship report on lagging regions.

Chor Ching has been an Adjunct Professor at the Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China. She has advised graduate students studying economics, and mentored younger professionals, interns, and research assistants, over the years working on development issues.

I attribute my formative years in the embrace of the entire community of PCGS as a critical factor for shaping who I am. I’ve grown and benefited from phenomenal friendships with classmates and peers, the nurturing mentorship of teachers, and the profoundly supportive learning experience. These forces in the larger PCGS family as well as the cultural, sentimental, familial and patriotic elements in the society of Penang during my first 18 years of life defined my trajectory thereafter.