Director General, Independent Evaluation
Vinod Thomas is Director General of Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In this capacity he reports to ADB's Board of Directors on the development effectiveness of the work of the organization. This work is intended to assess the accountability of the organization in delivering results while providing lessons of experience to help strengthen those results. Prior to coming to ADB in August 2011, Vinod was the Director-General and Senior Vice-President of the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank Group. He was formerly Country Director for Brazil and Vice-President, a position that he held from October 2001 to July 2005. Before that he was Vice-President of the World Bank Institute, where he led the Institute’s efforts to improve its focus, quality, and impact. He joined the World Bank in 1976 and held several positions, including Chief Economist for the East Asia and Pacific region, Director for the World Development Report (on The Challenge of Development), Chief of Trade Policy and Principal Economist for Colombia, and Economist for Bangladesh. Vinod has a PhD and MA in Economics from the University of Chicago and a BA from St. Stephen's college, Delhi. He has authored numerous books, articles, and reports on macroeconomic, social and environmental issues. His books include The Quality of Growth, Oxford University Press, 2000, and the latest (with Xubei Luo), Multilateral Banks and the Development Process from Transaction Publishers, 2012. He has taught at Vassar College, New York and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has addressed numerous professional and academic fora in all regions.
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