Institutional Event

Innovating for Economic and Environmental Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific

Wednesday, 4 May 2016, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The 2016 Annual Meeting comes at a time when ADB is preparing its new corporate strategy—Strategy 2030. Based on findings and lessons from the recent thematic, corporate, country and project evaluations, the distinguished panel at Independent Evaluation’s seminar will discuss how ADB can prioritize its support most effectively to help achieve continued progress in a rapidly changing Asia and the Pacific. Key issues for discussion during the institutional event will be on inclusive and sustainable growth; climate change and resilience; and governance and institutions.


Veronika Baumgartner Alternate Director for Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, ADB

Veronika Baumgartner is a national of Austria. She received her Master of Arts in Political Economy from the University of Essex, United Kingdom in 2004. She has also earned a Law degree and Master in Law from the University of Vienna, Austria in 2000.

Prior to her appointment in ADB, Ms. Baumgartner held several positions in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance from 2010-2015. For most of that time, she was a Senior Advisor for International Financial Institutions, inter alia as Portfolio Manager for the Asian Development Bank. She also worked as a Senior Advisor for Export Financing and International Export Promotion Policy and as Economic Policy Advisor focusing on issues concerning the Eurogroup and the European Stability Mechanism. Before, from 2007-2009, she was with the United Nations Development Programme in Burkina Faso where, as a Programme Manager for Economic Governance, she specialized in anticorruption issues. From 2005-2007 she was with the Austrian Development Agency in Vienna as Programme Manager for Private Sector and Multilateral Cooperation and lived in Brussels from 2001-2003 where she worked at the European Commission’s EuropeAid Cooperation Office and, after that, held a position at a consultancy firm.

Norbert Kloppenburg Executive Board Member, KfW; Former Senior Vice President and Head of the Europe and Asia Department, KfW

Norbert Kloppenburg first worked as a consultant in Burundi before transferring to the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in India. He has been working for KfW since 1989. After heading the Brussels office of KfW in the mid-1990s, he returned to KfW in Frankfurt/Main in 1998 and was responsible for the Energy and Environmental Technologies Division of the Export and Project Finance Department. From 2002 onwards he headed the Asia and Europe Directorate at KfW Development Bank. He has been on the Executive Board of KfW since 2007, in charge of international financing activities carried out by KfW Development Bank and by the fully-owned subsidiaries of KfW, DEG and KfW IPEX-Bank.

In addition to serving as a member of the KfW Board, Mr. Kloppenburg is a member of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing that was set up by the UN from 2013-2014, as well as the German-Indian Advisory Group and German-Indonesian Advisory Group. Mr. Kloppenburg is also a board member or a trustee of several international business associations.

Maatia Toafa Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Tuvalu


Vinod Thomas Director General, Independent Evaluation, ADB

Vinod Thomas is Director General of Independent Evaluation at ADB. Reporting to ADB’s Board of Directors, he leads the team that assesses ADB’s development effectiveness and provides lessons to inform actions. He is responsible for evaluating policies, programs, and projects, as well as thematic issues at the regional, country, and sector levels. Prior to this, he was the director general and senior vice-president of the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.