Thomas Panella

Thomas Panella

Director, Agriculture, Food, Nature, and Rural Development Sector Office
Sectors Group (SG)


Mr. Thomas 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.

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