Ms. Jennifer Ngai currently serves as Assistant General Counsel of Asian Development Bank (ADB). ADB is a multilateral development bank with 68 members, committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.
Ms. Ngai leads the legal team responsible for institutional and administrative matters, including privileges and immunities issues, governance, human resources policy formulation and implementation, management of external disputes and internal grievance, and information and data privacy issues.
Ms. Ngai joined ADB in 2010, specializing in sovereign operations in the Central and West Asia region and later the South Asia and Pacific regions. In 2018-2021, Ms. Ngai served as Senior Advisor to the Vice-President for Administration and Corporate Administration. In that role, she advised on a wide range of key institutional and administrative activities, including ADB’s institutional response to the Covid-19 pandemic; organizational resilience; human resources initiatives including on diversity and inclusion, and ADB’s comprehensive review of compensation and benefits in 2020; pension governance; and IT reforms.
Prior to ADB, Ms. Ngai practiced law at Linklaters and worked in its London, New York, Hong Kong, and Shanghai offices over 7 years. She specialized in structured finance and capital markets transactions.
Ms. Ngai completed her Master of Arts degree in Law with Honors at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge; Master of Arts in International Relations and International Law with Distinction at Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University; and Postgraduate Certificate of Laws with Distinction at City University of Hong Kong. She is an alumna of the Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong.
Ms. Ngai holds legal qualifications as solicitor in Hong Kong, and England and Wales, and as attorney in the State of New York.