MANILA, PHILIPPINES (18 November 2020 ) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Emmanuel Jimenez as its new Director General of Independent Evaluation. In a career spanning over 3 decades, Mr. Jimenez has focused on evaluation, policy advice, research, and teaching in the fields of economics and development.
As the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3IE) from February 2015 to February 2020, Mr. Jimenez led the organization’s work in 40 countries, raised funds from government and private donors, and advocated globally for evidence use in decision-making.
Prior to that, he headed the Public Sector Department of the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) at the World Bank Group (WBG) from 2012 to 2014. He had joined WBG in 1984 to conduct research on public and social policies. He then went on to lead departments in the South Asia, East Asia, and Pacific regions responsible for operations on human development (education, health, nutrition, population, and social protection) and provided strategic direction and management oversight for large lending programs. Prior to that, Mr. Jimenez taught at the economics department of Western University in London, Canada.
“The recent pandemic, natural disasters, and other events have highlighted the increasing risks confronting countries in the Asia and Pacific region as they try to recover,” Mr. Jimenez said. “But they also offer an unprecedented opportunity to learn lessons that can increase the effectiveness of the responses of countries, and of the support of ADB and its development partners, in their goals of long-term sustainable growth and poverty reduction. I am very excited to be joining my colleagues in independent evaluation in contributing to that effort.”
Mr. Jimenez’s appointment is for a single 5-year term. He succeeds Marvin Taylor-Dormond, who retired in October after 5 years of leading the department. As the Director General of Independent Evaluation, Mr. Jimenez will report to ADB’s Board of Directors to enhance development effectiveness of ADB’s operations.
Mr. Jimenez has published extensively in peer-reviewed professional journals, books, and reports on economic development, focusing on public policy to improve social and economic outcomes of poor households and individuals. He serves as managing editor of The Journal of Development Effectiveness, and also lectures regularly on the practice of international economic development.
A dual national of the Philippines and Canada, Mr. Jimenez has degrees in economics from Brown University (doctor of philosophy) in the United States, the University of Toronto (master of arts), and McGill University (bachelor of arts) in Canada.
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.
About Independent Evaluation at ADB
ADB’s Independent Evaluation, reporting to the Board of Directors through the Development Effectiveness Committee, contributes to development effectiveness by providing feedback on ADB’s policies, strategies, operations, and special concerns in Asia and the Pacific.