Stephen P. Groff

Stephen P. Groff

Download photo
in high resolution.

Stephen P. Groff is Vice-President (Operations 2) of ADB. He assumed office in October 2011.

Mr. Groff is responsible for the full range of ADB's operations in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

Stephen P. Groff is Vice-President (Operations 2) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He assumed office in October 2011.

Mr. Groff is responsible for the full range of ADB's operations in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. His mandate includes establishing strategic and operational priorities in his areas of responsibility, producing investment and technical assistance operations amounting to approximately $5 billion annually, managing an existing portfolio of about $23 billion, and leading about 650 staff.

In addition, Mr. Groff supports ADB's President in managing ADB's  overall operations, represents ADB in high-level multilateral fora, and contributes to managing its relationships with its 67 member country shareholders, other multilateral financial institutions, and key government, private sector, and civil society partners.

Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Groff was Deputy Director for Development Cooperation at the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where he led OECD's work on a wide range of development-related economic and political issues. He also served as OECD's envoy to the G20 Working Group on Development and was a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council. Prior to this he was the Deputy Vice-President for Operations at the Washington-based Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where he helped set up the agency and led MCC programs while advising the CEO on development issues, strategy, and policy. Prior to MCC, Mr. Groff held several staff positions at the ADB.  Before this, Mr. Groff was the deputy director and chief economist on a large U.S. Agency for International Development project designed to encourage private sector development in the southern Philippines, a Program Director for the U.S. Refugee Program, and a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer.

Mr. Groff has worked across Asia, Africa, and Latin America and writes regularly on development issues. He also serves on a number of advisory boards for development-related organizations.

Mr. Groff holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology from Yale University.

Professional history

September 2011 Vice-President (Operations 2), Asian Development Bank
2007-2011 Deputy Director for Development Cooperation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
2006-2007 Deputy Vice President for Operations, Millennium Challenge Corporation
2004-2006 Managing Director – Eastern Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Millennium Challenge Corporation
2001-2004 Senior Advisor to the Vice-President, Asian Development Bank
1997-2001 Senior Project Economist, Asian Development Bank
1996-1997 Chief Economist, Louis Berger International Inc./ U.S. Agency for International Development
1995-1996  Research and Teaching Assistant, Harvard Institute for International Development
1989-1994 Program Director, U.S. Refugee Program
1987-1989 Marine Fisheries Extension Agent, U.S. Peace Corps




  • 22 September 2015

    Vice President Stephen Groff on the Sustainable Development Goals

    ADB Vice President Stephen Groff discusses the significance of the summit in New York this week to approve a new global development agenda: the Sustainable Development Goals. He talks about why these new goals are critical for Asia and how ADB is going to contribute to their realization.
  • 10 July 2015

    How Will We Pay for the World's New Development Goals?

    Financing the Sustainable Development Goals will require a shift from simply providing aid to leveraging a diverse range of funding sources, according to ADB Vice-President Stephen Groff. Government leaders will gather with the private sector, civil society and others at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss the best strategies for moving forward. 
  • 14 May 2014

    Green Cities Are an Imperative for Asia's Future

    ADB Vice-President Stephen P. Groff explains that the way cities in Asia and the Pacific are developed in years to come will be the defining element in the region’s long-term prosperity and stability.
  • 25 November 2013

    ADB's Response to Typhoon Haiyan

    ADB Vice President Stephen P. Groff has just returned from the region that was hit by Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November. He talks about what he saw in and around the city of Tacloban that was completely devastated by the storm, and about ADB's support for the relief effort.
  • 14 September 2012

    Greater Mekong Subregion Celebrates 20th Year of Cooperation

    Asian Development Bank's Vice President for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Stephen P. Groff, explains what the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) program achieved in the last 20 years and how the future look like for the GMS program in the next decades.


  • 9 Mar 2015 3 ways to serve Asia and the Pacific's 'unbanked'

    Every time I stop and withdraw cash from an ATM or use my credit card to buy something online, I wonder how many people in Asia have access to such services. In fact, these simple transactions are beyond the reach of 45% of adults in East Asia and the Pacific alone. They are excluded from the formal financial system and will remain so until they open a bank account.

  • 28 Oct 2014Fast-tracking Myanmar's reform

    Over just 3 years, Myanmar has introduced ambitious reforms which have put it on track to become a modern economy. But big challenges still lie ahead.

  • 11 Feb 2014 Asia Pacific post-2015 priorities, MDG8 and Global Partnerships

    Any contemporary story on development in Asia-Pacific begins with reflection on massive gains achieved in the fight against poverty. The incidence of people living on less than $1.25 a day fell from 54.5% in 1990 to 20.7% in 2010, with the number of extreme poor declining from 1.48 billion to 733 million. This precipitous decline in poverty incidence has been accompanied by tremendous gains in access to health and education.

  • 6 Jun 2013 Turning on the lights in Myanmar

    A multitude of statistics underscore the challenges that the people of Myanmar face when it comes to access to electricity - many of these illustrating a lack of conveniences other parts of the world consider commonplace, ranging from water pumps to stovetop ranges.

  • 25 Feb 2013 Myanmar: Cautionary tales for a country on the move

    Can a nation once intentionally isolated from the world be rebuilt from the outside in? After decades of isolation, Myanmar has an extraordinary amount of work to do on every imaginable front. The country needs access to billions of dollars to bring modern irrigation systems to rural farmers, roads and electricity to remote communities, as well as technical and vocational training to prepare the country's youth for the jobs of the future.

  • 12 Dec 2012 Dialogues on Change: Up Close with Aung San Suu Kyi

    My second meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was in early November. I had returned to the country to meet with officials and discuss next steps following our Board’s approval of our interim country partnership strategy. Following a variety of meetings in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, we returned to her residence on the outskirts of the capital. Madame Suu Kyi again greeted us at the entrance to her home and ushered us to the same table.

  • 4 Dec 2012 Meeting Myanmar’s Iconic Lady

    Over the course of our eleven-month “re-engagement” with Myanmar and my three trips to the country since June, I have discussed prospects for the country with literally hundreds of people. In a September op-ed, I quoted Rudyard Kipling who referred to the country as "quite unlike any land you know about" in his 1898 collection Letters from the East and these discussions leave me convinced that this century-old observation holds true.