The Independent Evaluation Department (IED) at ADB in partnership with the Thammasat University of Bangkok, Thailand (Faculty of Economics) will host a learning event entitled Caught in a Trap? Asia and the Pacific’s Middle-Income Countries at a Crossroads, at the Shangri-La Hotel on 21 June 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Its main focus will be the variety of challenges and opportunities that face middle-income countries in Asia and the Pacific. The event will lay out a frank assessment of the problems and top priorities associated with middle-income countries, and will also present cutting-edge solutions and promising experiences.

The event will be anchored in a range of topical studies that IED, Thammasat University, and the wider development community have produced recently. The proceedings of the event will be used by Thammasat University and ADB to inform future work and studies, including the preparation of ADB’s new corporate strategy (Strategy 2030). The findings are expected to feed into the policy agenda considered by Thammasat University and others in the region, policy makers and the operational agenda of ADB, and other financiers.


Participants are comprised of senior government officials, international experts, academes, civil society, private sector, and development partners.


The event is being organized by the Thammasat University of Bangkok, Thailand (Faculty of Economics) in partnership with ADB's Independent Evaluation Department.


  • The importance of second generation structural reform and innovation
  • The role of the private sector and private sector development
  • Regional cooperation and regional public goods
  • The importance of subnational financing to pursue social equity and inclusion in Asia’s growing cities

Others: A tailored training program will also take place on 20 June 2017 for government officials on core evaluation principles for public sector projects with a special focus on the methodology applied by the Independent Evaluation Department of ADB.


  • Marvin Taylor-Dormond, Director General, Independent Evaluation, Asian Development Bank
  • Surakiart Sathirathai, Chairman of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC), Thailand; former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
  • Wencai Zhang, Vice President (Operations 1), Asian Development Bank
  • Praipol Koomsup, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University; former Vice Minister of Ministry of Energy
  • Nagesh Kumar, Director of Social Development Division, UNESCAP
  • Kolone Vaai, Co-Managing Director, KVAConsult Ltd; former Finance Secretary, Government of Samoa
  • Nitinant Wisaweisuan, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Dean of Pridi Banomyong International College, Thammasat University
  • Jesus Felipe, Advisor, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank
  • Cosette Canilao, Managing Director - PPP Advisory, Atkins Acuity
  • Manop Thamsirianunt. Managing Director, Silicon Craft Techonology, Thailand
  • Shuji Hashizume, Senior Investment Specialist, Private Sector Operations Department, Asian Development Bank
  • Iwan Jaya Azis, Professor, Cornell University
  • Vinod Thomas, Visiting Professor, National University Singapore and Asian Institute of Management
  • Jan Willem van der Kaaij, Inspector General, European Investment Bank
  • Pimchanok Vonkorporn, Director General, Trade Policy and Strategy Office, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand
  • Emmanuel Jimenez, Executive Director, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
  • Veronique Salze-Lozach, Deputy Director General, Independent Evaluation, Asian Development Bank
  • Boonchai Charassaangsomboon, International Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Thailand
  • Lauren Sorkin, Regional Director, 100 Resillent Cities
  • Michael Kim McQuay, Managing Director, Program Specialists Group, Asia Foundation
  • Sakon Varanyuwatana, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University; former Dean Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University
  • Farzana Ahmed, Lead Evaluation Specialist, Independent Evaluation, Asian Development Bank
  • Chayun Tantivasadakarn, Dean, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University
  • Hans van Rijn, Principal Evaluation Specialist, Independent Evaluation, Asian Development Bank

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