Penang girl Judy heads UN Peacebuilders

By Cecilia Ng

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Judy Cheng-Hopkins of Loh Boon Siew Road is the highest ranking Malaysian in the United Nations (UN). Her long career in development and humanitarian work in Africa and Asia spans 32 years. Her secret is to aim “outwards and upwards”. Being “at the right place at the right time with the right gender” also helps, she admits.When UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Penang girl Judy Cheng-Hopkins as Assistant Secretary- General for Peacebuilding Support (PBSO) on April 17, 2009, she became...

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Cecilia Ng

an independent researcher and women’s rights advocate, is currently a visiting professor at the Women’s Development Research Centre (KANITA), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang.