MANILA, PHILIPPINES (14 May 2018) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Ms. Amy S.P. Leung as the new Director General of its East Asia Department (EARD), where she will lead ADB’s engagement with the People’s Republic of China (PRC); Hong Kong, China; the Republic of Korea; Mongolia; and Taipei,China.
An urban planner by profession with expertise in urban development, water resource management, and project design and monitoring, Ms. Leung has three decades’ experience managing multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary projects in Asia and North America.
Since joining ADB in 1999, Ms. Leung has played a central role in building up its work in East Asia. She has served as EARD’s Deputy Director General, and as Director of its Urban and Social Sectors Division. In taking up her new role as Director General of EARD, Ms. Leung also works concurrently as Director General of ADB’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department.
“Knowledge and innovation will increasingly be the hallmark of ADB’s work in East Asia,” said Ms. Leung. “In earlier days, our work was focused on financial assistance to meet pressing economic and social needs. The complex nature of remaining challenges—inequality and demographic change, for example—demands a new approach where we now focus on helping member countries make the right policy choices and spending decisions.”
A Canadian national, Ms. Leung holds master’s degrees in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and in Geography from the University of Toronto. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Geography at the University of Hong Kong.
ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region. In 2017, ADB operations totaled $32.2 billion, including $11.9 billion in cofinancing.