Director General

Vinod Thomas

Vinod Thomas assumed office on 17 August 2011 as the Director General of Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank.

He reports to the Board of Directors through the Development Effectiveness Committee and oversees the activities of IED. Mr. Thomas brings 35 years of professional experience from the World Bank Group--the latest as Director General and Senior Vice-President of the Independent Evaluation Group.

He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago and authored numerous books, articles, and reports.

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The frequency of intense natural disasters (defined here as events triggered by hazards of nature and causing at least 100 deaths or affecting the survival needs of at least 1,000 people) has been on the rise over the past 40 years. This is especially true for Asia and the Pacific, where such disasters have long been relatively frequent. A crucial question is the extent to which the frequency of such disasters is related to increases in the number of people exposed to hazards, changes in people’s vulnerability to hazards, and temperature and precipitation anomalies. This paper addresses this question with an econometric analysis of disaster risk determination for countries of Asia and the Pacific during 1971–2010.

As part of the United Nations Evaluation Group's "Lessons and Insights Series," Vinod Thomas shares his thoughts on evaluation and what it can do, as well as challenges moving forward.

At an ADB knowledge sharing event, Independent Evaluation Director General discusses a recent report, Inclusion, Resilience, Change: ADB's Strategy 2020 at Mid-Term, which calls on ADB to support the region's development with a triple bottom line of fostering growth, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability, underpinned by better governance systems.

Shell's Powering Progress Together forum aims to spark debate around how to remain resilient in a changing world. The forum convened a panel discussion composed of Jericho Petilla, Energy Secretary of the Philippines; Simon Henry, Royal Dutch Shell Chief Financial Officer; Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies, Centre for Policy Research; and Vinod Thomas, Director General of Independent Evaluation, Asian Development Bank.

This paper considers three main disaster risk factors behind the increased frequency of intense natural disasters—rising population exposure, greater population vulnerability, and increasing climate-related hazards.

Despite Asia’s remarkable economic success in the last half century, income inequality has worsened substantially and the region has become the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases. Should Asia simply continue on its established growth path? How can Asian governments pursue growth strategies that are socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable?