ADB's New PRC Country Director

BEIJING, PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA – Hamid L. Sharif today assumes office as the Country Director for the Asian Development Bank's Resident Mission in the People's Republic of China (PRC).

As Country Director, Mr. Sharif leads the planning and implementation of ADB's work in PRC; manages the ADB portfolio of more than US$10 billion in the country; maintains and strengthens strategic partnerships with clients, including central and local governments; assists in loan and technical assistance processing; formulates the country partnership strategy; manages external relations; and develops and delivers knowledge products.

Mr. Sharif was the Principal Director of the Central Operations Services Office at the ADB Headquarters in Manila from 2008 to 2012. He also served as the Assistant General Counsel (AGC) from 2002 - 2005 and from 2007 - 2008. As AGC, his work included directing ADB’s work on Law and Policy Reform, including in the PRC.

Mr. Sharif joined ADB in 1993 as Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel. After serving as Senior Counsel (1995 - 1998) and Principal Counsel (1998 - 2002), he was appointed as AGC in 2002. From 2005-2007, Mr. Sharif, was on leave from ADB and was the Representative for The Asia Foundation in Pakistan.

A Pakistan and United Kingdom national, Mr. Sharif is a UK qualified Barrister from Lincoln’s Inn. He earned his Master of Law degree from Cambridge University. He holds his Bachelors of Law degree from Kingston University.