Mr. Tao ZHANG has been Chief Representative of the BIS Office of Asia and the Pacific since September 2022. Prior to this, he was Chairman of the Supervisory Board at the People’s Insurance Company (Group) of China Limited. He also served as Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC during 2016-2021 and Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China (2016).
Mr. Zhang has extensive policy making experiences both in international arena and at the national level in China. As the IMF’s Deputy Managing Director, he oversaw the Fund's engagement with more than 100 member countries and had a wide portfolio, ranging from financial stability policies, fintech and digital currencies, climate change, sustainable growth, gender, to engagement with other international and regional organizations.
Mr. Zhang also held senior positions with the People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank, including heads of various departments. Earlier in his career, he had worked as an economist at the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
Mr. Zhang has a Ph.D. and M.A. in International Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, and M.S. and B.S. from Tsinghua University, China.■