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Thomas Panella

Thomas Panella

Director, Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division
East Asia Department

As Director, Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture, East Asia Department, Mr. Thomas Panella is managing ADB operations in Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China including project development, administration, and programming; policy dialogues; and knowledge management. He is also the Chair of the Water Sector Committee and provides oversight for the policy development, institutional engagement in water issues, and strategic directions of ADB water operations.

Mr. Panella joined ADB in 2003 and served as ADB’s Chief of Water Sector Group from 2017-20 and Afghanistan Country Director from 2014-17. He has led water operations in Central, South, and Southeast Asia, directing water and climate change programs in Indonesia and heading operations in Uzbekistan.

Mr. Panella holds a masters and doctoral degree in public policy from the Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley.