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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 and Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department.

25 February 2021 VP Susantono opens Regional Dialogue on Carbon Pricing in Central Asia

VP Bambang Susantono on 25 February 2021 delivered keynote remarks at the Regional Dialogue on Carbon Pricing in Central Asia organized by ADB with UNFCCC, UN ESCAP, UNEP, and UNDP. He stressed that Central Asia has great potential in using carbon pricing to achieve a clean energy transition and green economic development. Senior government officials from the CAREC region attended the event. 

29 January 2021 VP Susantono speaks at World Economic Forum Davos Agenda 2021

VP Bambang Susantono on 29 January 2021 gave the opening remarks at a private session on Transforming Supply Chains in Asia Pacific, representing ADB as the lead agency in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Regional Action Group for Asia Pacific on Trade and Supply Chain workstream. The VP led the discussion on the supply chain transformation in ASEAN during the COVID-19 recovery. Public and private CEOs and high-level managers joined the Davos Agenda 2021 held virtually on 25-29 January. See the VP's blog on regional cooperation and integration strategies to promote inclusive and resilient recovery in the region.

27 January 2021 Indonesia, ADB launch Asian Water Development Outlook 2020

Indonesia’s Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono and VP Bambang Susantono on 27 January 2021 co-chaired the country launch of Asian Water Development Outlook 2020. VP Susantono underscored the importance of operationalizing water security to help foster resilient rural-urban economies in Asia and the Pacific, noting this can be done through investment supported by good governance and the right finance strategies.

26 January 2021 VP Susantono participates in Climate Adaptation Summit 2021

VP Bambang Susantono participated in the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 (CAS2021) held virtually on 25-26 January 2021. In a CAS2021 anchoring event on locally led adaptation, the VP joined COP26 Regional Ambassador Ken O'Flaherty and Nordic Development Fund Country Program Manager Aage Jorgensen in launching ADB's Community Resilience Partnership Program, which aims to scale up implementation of climate adaptation solutions at the local levels. In a separate event on nature-based solutions (NBS) for adaptation, VP Susantono discussed the roles of multilateral organizations in promoting NBS by highlighting ADB's key approaches and projects in the region. Around 12,000 people participated in the virtual event.

15 January 2021 ADB, EIB sign new cooperation agreement on clean and sustainable oceans

VP Bambang Susantono and European Investment Bank (EIB) VP Christian Kettel Thomsen signed a memorandum of understanding for a new Clean and Sustainable Ocean Partnership at a virtual ceremony held on 15 January 2021. The partnership will expand cooperation on projects, technical assistance programs, and advisory support in healthy oceans and sustainable blue economy projects, including reducing marine plastic pollution; sustainable fisheries management and seafood supply chains; restoration of coastal ecosystems and resources; disaster risk preparedness; and green shipping, ports, and maritime infrastructure. Read the news release and VP Susantono's message.

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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 and Economics Research and Regional Cooperation Department.

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.

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.