ACEF Speaker 2021

Samantha Hung

Chief of Gender Equality Thematic Group Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department,
Asian Developmebt Bank

Samantha Hung is the Chief of Gender at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) where she provides leadership for advancing gender equality across all aspects of ADB operations and knowledge work. Samantha has over 20 years of experience in gender equality at project, program and policy levels in the Asia Pacific. Before ADB, she held various gender advisor and specialist roles for the New Zealand Agency for International Development, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, UNICEF, Australian Government Office on the Status of Women and UK Institute of Development Studies attached to the University of Sussex.

Samantha is also a seasoned provider of management support, including for an ADB Vice President and the Director General of Budget and Human Resources, and was previously the Deputy Representative of ADB’s European Representative Office. She started her international development career as a Australian-funded volunteer in Vietnam.

Samantha is a dual Australian/UK citizen. She holds a Masters in International Development from RMIT University in Melbourne, Honors Law and Commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne, and a post-graduate qualification in Human Resources Management from CIPD, UK.


  • Spotlight Session: Women Powering the Future: Innovation and Resilience (ADB)