Asian Development Bank representative to speak at Ilitch School Jan. 19

Bart Edes of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will visit the Mike Ilitch School of Business on Friday, Jan. 19. He will give a talk, “Economic Prospects for Developing Asia and the Pacific: How Regional Integration is Strengthening the Asian Economies,” at 11:30 a.m. in the Prentis Building Rini Room, and he will meet with students and faculty after his talk.

He will speak to students about employment opportunities at the ADB in both Washington DC and in the Asia-Pacific region, and will discuss research opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region with graduate students and faculty.

Please email Professor Attila Yaprak if you will be attending Edes’s talk.

Edes has served as the ADB’s representative in North America since October 2017. In this capacity, he mobilizes financing for ADB’s developing member countries; shares development knowledge and experience; establishes and deepens partnerships with public, private and nonprofit organizations in North America; and raises public awareness of ADB in Canada and the United States.

His earlier ADB experience includes leading teams responsible for knowledge management, social development, gender equity, the social sectors, civil society engagement, ICT for Development, inclusive business, governance and public sector management. He guided the formulation of ADB’s Public Communications Policy, which set a new global benchmark for transparency and information sharing among the international financial institutions. Edes has also served as alternate chairperson of ADB’s Appeals Committee and member of the ADB Integrity Oversight Committee.

Between 1994 and 2000, Edes managed communications at SIGMA, a joint initiative of the European Union and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development providing support to public governance reform in Central and Eastern European countries. Edes has also worked as a journalist, researcher, policy analyst, and specialist on international trade and foreign direct investment.

He has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in government (cum laude) from Georgetown University. Edes is a dual national of Canada and the United States.


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