Lecture: "Contemporary Development Challenges in a Rising Asia"


Location: Room 1050, Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Bart W. Édes, the Asian Development Bank’s representative in North America, will discuss current economic prospects in developing Asia, sustainable development goals, and the role(s) of ADB and other actors, such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development; the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies; and the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Event URL: ndigd.nd.edu/ADB18

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About Our Speaker

Bart W. Édes has served as the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) representative in North America since October 2, 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. Édes has also served as alternate chairperson of ADB’s Appeals Committee, and member of the ADB Integrity Oversight Committee.

Between 1994 and 2000, Édes 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. He has also worked as a journalist, researcher, policy analyst, and specialist on international trade and foreign direct investment.

Édes 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. He is a dual national of Canada and the United States.


Aviva Wulfsohn, administrative coordinator, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development.

Phone: 574-631-2940.

Email: awulfsoh@nd.edu.

Originally published at ndigd.nd.edu.