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Bambang Susantono is the Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He assumed the position in July 2015.

Mr. Susantono is responsible for management of ADB's Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, and Department of Communications.

30 July 2020

ADB, ADBI, Korea Development Institute sign memorandum of understanding

VP Bambang Susantono, on behalf of ADB, virtually signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 30 July 2020 with ADB Insitute Dean Tetsushi Sonobe and Korea Development Institute President Jeong Pyo Choi. The MOU aims to advance the production of evidence-based research, knowledge sharing, and capacity building collaboration for DMCs. 

29 July 2020

VP Susantono urges deeper regional cooperation to facilitate economic recovery

VP Bambang Susantono on 28 July 2020 delivered remarks at a webinar on Leveraging the Effects of the Pandemic towards Regional Cooperation in Asia, jointly organized by the Antalya Diplomacy Forum and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and hosted by Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu. He emphasized the need for deeper regional cooperation in the post-pandemic economic recovery, when digital technologies promoting regional trade and facilitating health responses can accelerate the recovery. 

22 July 2020

VP Susantono leads knowledge sharing on COVID-19 impact on MSMEs

VP Bambang Susantono and Indonesia’s Minister of Cooperatives and SMEs Teten Masduki on 22 July 2020 co-chaired a webinar to discuss ADB’s survey on the impact of COVID-19 on micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises in select Southeast Asia developing members. VP Susantono underscored the importance of the survey to help the governments develop evidence-based policies and support the MSMEs affected by the pandemic.

14 July 2020

University of Diponegoro, ADB hold joint webinar on future education, sustainable cities, and SDGs

The University of Diponegoro, Indonesia and ADB on 14 July 2020 jointly organized an international webinar on Future Education, Sustainable Cities and SDGs. VP Bambang Susantono delivered introductory remarks highlighting the urgent need to adopt life-cycle approach in education and skills development, supported by effective use of digital technology. He emphasized that cities will play a transformational role in the future education and sustainable development. 

7 July 2020

ADB, ESCAP, UNDP present at joint side event at high-level political forum on the SDGs

VP Bambang Susantono, ESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Alisjahbana, and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Asia-Pacific Director Kanni Wignaraja on 7 July 2020 presented at a joint side event, Fast-Tracking the Sustainable Development Goals: Driving Asia-Pacific Transformation. VP Susantono stressed the need for COVID-19 recovery efforts to support low-carbon development for the attainment of SDGs, and the importance of partnerships in finding new ways to meet long-standing challenges in unprecedented times.   

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Dr. Bambang Susantono is the Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is responsible for ADB’s knowledge management through direct oversight of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Economics Research and Regional Cooperation Department, and Department of Communications.

Dr. Susantono supervises the development of ADB’s flagship publications and reports on Asia’s Key Development Indicators, Asia Development Outlook, and Economic Indicators. This includes macro, micro and regional economic research and financial integration to inform country partnership strategies and diagnostic studies among others. He coordinates ADB's multi-sector operations research to support its investments through technical assistance programs from multiple donor trust funds across energy, transport, urban, water, finance, education, and health sectors. Dr. Susantono provides strategic leadership on ADB’s commitment to the global sustainability and climate change agenda through mainstreaming of environment, climate change and disaster risk, governance, regional cooperation and integration, social and gender equity, rural development and food security, across ADB’s respective business lines. He is also responsible for ensuring due diligence and quality assurance of operations through the management of environment and social safeguards. He anchors ADB communication on development issues and access to information across multiple stakeholders, internal and external audiences.

Prior to this, Dr. Susantono was the Acting Minister, and Vice-Minister of Transportation of Indonesia, and Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development at the Office of Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs. He chaired several research institutes and taught in universities. He was also Member of the Board for airline, port, telecommunications and media companies.

Dr. Susantono holds a PhD in Infrastructure Planning, and has Master’s degrees in Transportation Engineering, and City and Regional Planning from the University of California Berkeley. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Bandung Institute of Technology.