MANILA, PHILIPPINES (12 December 2023) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Muhammad Ehsan Khan as Director General of its East Asia Department (EARD), where he will be responsible for the department’s vision and strategy in the region. He assumed office last week.  

“I am honored to serve East Asia, which is deeply committed to combating climate change—an effort that ADB is supporting as Asia and the Pacific’s climate bank,” said Mr. Khan. “I look forward to strengthening the partnership with our developing member countries as we work to build inclusive and sustainable growth, efficient and equitable services, as well as resilience against economic shocks.”

Mr. Khan has more than 34 years of experience, including nearly 21 years in ADB. In previous roles at ADB, he significantly contributed to COVID-19 Pandemic Response Option operations in Central and West Asia and has led the organization of several of ADB’s annual meetings amid pandemic challenges. Prior to joining ADB, he worked with Halcrow Pakistan as Manager, Social Sector, Rural Development and Agriculture, and had advised the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Islamic Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office for Project Services, and the World Bank on strategic and operational issues.

Mr. Khan, a national of Pakistan, holds doctorate and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University and University of Wyoming, respectively. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

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