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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.
Ahmed M. Saeed is Vice-President (Operations 2).
Mr. Saeed is responsible for operations in the East Asia Department, the Southeast Asia Department, and the Pacific Department and was appointed on 26 February 2019.
The Asian Development Bank joined with the Global Environment Facility at COP27 to announce $12.5 million in grants for the Blue Pacific Finance Hub.
ADB and the Government of Indonesia launched a scoping study to map the pathway for the country’s future national capital, Nusantara, to identify, track, neutralize, and reduce carbon emissions.
The South Commuter Railway will offer commuters fast public transport, help to ease road traffic congestion, and contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Philippines’ climate change agenda.
ADB has pledged to help Indonesia plan its new capital, Nusantara, as a carbon-neutral and inclusive city.
Opening remarks by Ahmed M. Saeed, ADB Vice-President, Operations 2, at the Philippine Department of Transportation – ADB Office of Public-Private Partnership Signing Ceremony for Transaction Advisory Services Mandates, 2 February 2023
Keynote address by Ahmed M. Saeed, ADB Vice-President, Operations 2, at the Ministerial Dialogue on Regional Energy Transition Outlooks: Southeast Asia Energy Transitions at the IRENA Assembly, 15 January 2023
Statement by Ahmed M. Saeed, ADB Vice-President, Operations 2, at the COP 15 High-Level Session, 16 December 2022
Opening remarks by Ahmed M. Saeed, Vice-President, Operations 2, at the ADB Regional Technical Assistance on the Promotion of Gender-Responsive Judicial Systems Training on Gender-Based Violence Cases for Timor-Leste Judges, 10 December 2022
Opening remarks by Ahmed M. Saeed, ADB Vice-President, Operations 2, at the 25th GMS Ministerial Conference, 8 December 2022
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Mr. Ahmed M. Saeed joined ADB in 2019 and has significant prior leadership experience in both government and the private sector. He is currently responsible for overseeing ADB’s operations in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Between 2004 and 2008, Mr. Saeed served in senior roles at the US Treasury. He was an advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury (2004-05) and the later Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for the Middle East and Africa, with responsibility for US economic diplomacy and financial engagement across 68 countries (2005-08). He has worked closely with two Secretaries of the Treasury (John Snow and Hank Paulson). He was deeply involved in a number of significant debt relief exercises (for Liberia, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq) and laid the basis for what became the Santiago Principles for sovereign wealth funds.
Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Saeed spent close to eight years as Managing Director and head of JPMorgan’s coverage for finance ministries, central banks and sovereign wealth funds across the Middle East and North Africa. He has raised over $100 bn in financing for governments, including the debut sovereign bond issuances for several sovereigns and the largest ever sovereign bond offerings in emerging markets (twice).
Mr. Saeed began his career as a lawyer at White & Case. In the late 1990’s, he led technology related businesses in the UK, US and Japan, raising over $150 m for companies in which he was a key principal.
Mr. Saeed holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Chicago Law School and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, as well as a BA (Economics and Political Science) from McGill University. He is a former White House Fellow and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.