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Working with ADB in Private Sector Financing

Video | 3 July 2017

Staff from the Private Sector Operations Department discuss what drew them to this dynamic area of ADB's work, how they like living in Manila, and what they enjoy away from the office.

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ADB Private Sector Operations
Asian Development Bank
Manila, Philippines

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We lend money, we invest, but we do it with a heart.

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Michael Barrow
Head, Private Sector Operations Department
ADB

An institution with diverse investments in development in developing Asia

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So we have a very big group from many backgrounds. They want to do something good for the Asian region.

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Meet peers with the same professional passion 

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I always wanted to work in development and I was looking for a position I can do that but also apply my banking and finance skills – and ADB has been the right choice for me.

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Tina Rohner
Investment Specialist – Financial Institution Division
Private Sector Operations Department, ADB

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Political dynamics, social dynamics and of course environmental standards that ADB sets for our counter parties – that kind of scope of work in one finance job is actually pretty hard to find...the intellectual breadth is quite astounding. 

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Scott Roberts
Senior Investment Specialist – Infrastructure Finance Division
Private Sector Operations Department, ADB

Get involved in innovative projects in the region

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I work a lot in financial inclusion-related transactions where for example we would give a loan to a bank or a micro finance institution. 

So right now, we are outside MakBan—MakBan was one of two projects that were financed by the transaction. MakBan is the fourth largest geothermal project in the world. We think it’s a landmark project for development.

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Enjoy a real work-life balance in Manila and beyond

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It’s not all about work… it is about enjoying being here.

I moved here from Singapore and have lived here now close to 3 years. At first when I moved here, I was bit skeptical but I have come to really enjoy myself here, and Manila has a lot to offer.

At ADB, we have a few sport facilities. So over lunch or after work, I might just go play a game of squash with a few colleagues.

My husband as well has enjoyed his time in Manila. He is a golf professional and he set up his own teaching business here. There are a lot of great golf courses in Manila and close-by. And he found his time here very rewarding.

I love living in Manila. I’ve lived in Manila several times, not just with the ADB. It’s large, very young and it’s globally-connected.

I have a young family with 2 young kids. And we found living in Manila is a great place to raise them.

The mountains here are stunning. But my real passion is diving. I've dived since I was 18 years old, I've dived around the world and this is one of the best places to dive. 

I usually try to get out of Manila and the beautiful countryside that we have here. There are definitely a lot of places in the Philippines that are perfect for these outdoor activities.

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Look forward to a variety of career options

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To a certain extent, the world is your oyster or the Asian world is your oyster. We let people rove, to find the deals they want to do. 

…You will be out in the field very, very quickly.

Travel is an important part of the job. When we are doing development finance, it’s not at a distance in a shiny office tower, a long way away from our markets and beneficiaries. We try, as much as possible, we work in the ground.

In a few months from now, I will be outposted to Tbilisi in Georgia…

The Caucusus and the surrounding countries are extremely unique place to live and work.

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Discover a rewarding career as an investment professional

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My name is Scott Roberts. I’m a Senior Investment Specialist.

My name is Tina Rohner. I’m an Investment Specialist.

I’m Mike Barrow. I’m head of ADB’s Private Sector Operations. We deal with private sector clients throughout Asia.

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Join ADB’s Private Sector Operations Team

https://www.adb.org/investment-specialists