About The Speaker

About The Speaker [Dr. Li Lian Ong]


Dr. Li Lian Ong
Group Head, Financial Surveillance & Acting Group Head, Regional Surveillance, ASEAN +3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) (Singapore)



Ong Li Lian is responsible for financial stability analysis, developing AMRO’s financial sector surveillance infrastructure and capacity, and building its data and analytics capabilities. She is also currently overseeing regional surveillance, including the production of AMRO’s flagship report, the ASEAN+3 Regional Economic Outlook.

Before taking up the position as Group Head in 2018, Li Lian was a Financial Advisor (Asian Development Bank Consultant) at AMRO. Prior to that, she was a Senior Vice President in the Economics and Investment Strategy Department at GIC Pte. Ltd.

Li Lian was a Deputy Division Chief at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC, which she joined as an Economist in 2002. During her tenure at the IMF from 2002–14, she covered the Asia- Pacific, European and Western Hemisphere regions from the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, and contributed to the IMF’s bilateral and multilateral financial surveillance work and crisis programs. Li Lian also oversaw and delivered financial sector technical assistance to member countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Before moving to the IMF, she was a Senior Economist (Asia) and Associate Director at Macquarie Bank.

Li LIan obtained both her PhD in International Finance and Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from The University of Western Australia, where she subsequently became a member of faculty. She has published on a variety of topics in financial economics, and is the author of the book, The Big Mac Index: Applications of Purchasing Power Parity, as well as editor of the 2014 IMF volume, A Guide to IMF Stress Testing: Methods and Models, and co-editor of the 2020 sequel, Stress Testing: Principles, Concepts, and Frameworks.

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