Benjamin Graham

Benjamin Graham

Director, Fragility and Engagement
Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department (CCSD)


Ben serves as the institutional lead on fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCAS) and small island developing states (SIDS) and civil society organization (CSO) engagement, managing the division’s FCAS/SIDS and NGO and Civil Society Center (NGOC) teams on the design and application of a differentiated approach and capacity building in FCAS/SIDS, and enhanced ADB engagement with CSOs.

Prior to joining CCSD, Ben served as senior/principal evaluator and advisor in ADB’s Independent Evaluation Department (IED). As advisor, he supported the director-general and leadership team in managing IED operations and engagement with the board, management, and other stakeholders. As senior/principal evaluator, he led evaluations covering public sector management and governance, social protection, knowledge management, the Asian Development Fund, Strategy 2020, results-based lending (RBL) and policy-based lending (PBL) operations, and ADB programs in China, India, and the Pacific.

Ben’s prior roles included chief secretary and advisor in the Marshall Islands, project manager at the US Census Bureau International Programs Center, and consultant on a range of ADB, WB, UNDP, and other development partner operations in the Pacific.

Ben is a dual-national of the Marshall Islands and the U.S. He has educational qualifications from the Australian National University (MPP), Georgetown University (MBA), and the University of Hawaii (BA Econ).