Keiko Nowacka is a Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development) in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department at the Asian Development Bank. In this role she focuses, in particular, on women’s entrepreneurship and promoting the ADB’s gender mainstreaming mandate, including the gender transformative agenda in line with Strategy 2030’s Operational Priority 2.
Prior to joining ADB, Keiko led the gender program at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Development Centre, where she was responsible for the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI). She has also held positions at UNESCO, where she led the first Global Report on gender and culture (2014) and focused on gender mainstreaming in the cultural and creative industries; she has also worked as an Operations Manager at Camfed, an NGO supporting secondary girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa. She has a PhD From the University of Cambridge and is a graduate from the University of Sydney.