Edwin R. Lim

Dr. Edwin Lim was educated at Princeton University (B.A.) and Harvard University (Ph.D. in Economics). He joined the World Bank in 1970 and in the following 30 years, was responsible for the Bank’s work in a number of developing countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, India and China.

In 1980, Dr. Lim was a member of the management team of the World Bank that conceived and directed the Bank’s program in China. He established the World Bank’s office in China and served as the first Chief of Mission from 1985 to 1990. He returned to headquarters in 1990 when he was appointed a Director, with responsibility for Western Africa.

In 1994, Dr. Lim took two years external leave from the World Bank to set up China International Capital Corporation (CICC), China’s first international investment bank, and served as CICC’s first CEO. He returned to the World Bank in 1996 and was appointed the first Country Director to be stationed in New Delhi, India.

Since 2003, Dr. Lim has been directing the China Economic Research and Advisory Programme which provides policy advice, pro bono, to the Chinese authorities.

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