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North American Representative Office (NARO)

Enhancing ADB’s presence in Canada and the United States from Washington, DC

In the Spotlight

Institutional Document | 26 Jul 2018

Strategy 2030: Achieving a Prosperous, Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Asia and the Pacific

Strategy 2030 sets the course for ADB’s efforts to respond effectively to the Asia and Pacific region’s changing needs. 

News Release | 13 Oct 2021

ADB Raises 2019–2030 Climate Finance Ambition to $100 Billion

The Asian Development Bank has announced it is elevating its ambition to deliver climate financing to its developing member countries to $100 billion from 2019–2030. 

Article | 13 Sep 2021

ADB’s COVID-19 response for developing Asia surpasses $20 billion

ADB’s committed assistance to help its developing member countries address the COVID-19 pandemic including vaccination support has surpassed $20 billion

Article | 12 Aug 2021

Bridging Financing Gaps for Women Starts with Better Data and Technology

ADB recently launched the Women’s Finance Exchange to promote awareness about how women can improve their finances and livelihoods. Here's how it can help to ensure nobody is left behind as countries recover.

NARO's Role

NARO acts as a liaison between ADB’s Headquarters in Manila and policymakers and major stakeholders in the United States and Canada. Based in Washington, DC, NARO works to:

  • Raise public awareness in the United States and Canada about ADB and the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Mobilize resources and support from the public and private sectors in North America for ADB operations.
  • Share development knowledge and experience and strengthen collaboration with other multilateral institutions based in North America.


Lesley Bearman LAHM
Lesley Bearman LAHM (Ms) | Read profile
Fei YU
Fei YU (Dr) | Read profile
Deputy Representative
Laura SCHWARTZ (Ms) | Read profile
External Relations Officer
Jerome HERRADURA (Mr) | Read profile
Administration and Communications Coordinator
William Nanshan LUCHT
William Nanshan LUCHT (Mr) | Read profile
Associate Administration and Communications Coordinator
Sunny NEELAM (Mr) | Read profile
Administrative Assistant

Fact Sheets

ADB and Canada

Canada has contributed $8 billion in capital subscription as of 31 December 2020. It has contributed and committed $2.11 billion to Special Funds since joining in 1966.

ADB and the United States

The United States has contributed $23.86 billion in capital subscription as of 31 December 2020. It has also contributed and committed $4.85 billion to Special Funds since joining in 1966.

Video | 13 Jul 2021

How Cofinancing Spurs Private Investments in Climate Solutions and Gender Equity across Asia and the Pacific

The Government of Canada is a key partner in ADB’s efforts to establish an enabling environment for private sector climate financing in Asia and the Pacific. 

Video | 10 Aug 2021

Power and Empower: Improving Lombok Women’s Lives by Investing in Clean Energy

Solar power projects in Lombok Island, Indonesia have opened opportunities for women through jobs and training.

Project Result / Case Study | 24 Apr 2020

Five years after the Nepal earthquake – building back better schools for a safer future

ADB's Earthquake Emergency Assistance Project in Nepal, jointly financed by ADB, US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Government of Nepal, financed the rebuilding of quality schools to withstand future disasters.


North American Representative Office (NARO)

900 19th Street NW, Suite 700
Washington DC 20006

 Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday

  Tel +1 202 984 0100

Holidays 2022

The North American Representative Office is closed on these dates:

New Year's Day January 3 (Monday), in lieu of January 1
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. January 17 (Monday)
Washington's Birthday February 21 (Monday)
Memorial Day May 30 (Monday)
Juneteenth June 20 (Monday), in lieu of June 19
Independence Day July 4 (Monday)
Labor Day September 5 (Monday)
Veterans Day November 11 (Friday)
Thanksgiving Day November 24 (Thursday)
Christmas Day December 26 (Monday), in lieu of December 25

Last updated: 7 January 2022