Mr. Song, a national of Australia, has 25 years of professional experience. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Master’s degrees in Commerce from the University of Wollongong, Australia, and in Information Science from Wuhan University, PRC. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science from East China Normal University, PRC. Before joining ADB he was with the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research as a Research Fellow for six years. He was a Visiting Academic at the Australian Treasury in Canberra in 2006. Mr. Song started his career in 1991 as a Research Fellow at the China Development Institute in Shenzhen.

Mr. Song joined ADB in 2007 as an Economist in the former Office of Regional Economic Integration and progressed to Senior Economist and Principal Economist before transferring to the Office of the President in 2014 as Senior Advisor to the President, where he provides timely and quality advice on macro-economic issues and supports the President on policy dialogues with policy makers in ADB’s developing member countries. As Regional Economic Advisor, he will be responsible for providing leadership and coordination of economic work and development research in ADB’s South Asia Department, and is expected to identify opportunities for policy dialogue on substantive economic, thematic and sector work.