Fatima Yasmin becomes ADB’s first Bangladeshi vice-president

The senior secretary of Bangladesh's Ministry of Finance will be one of the five VPs of the regional development bank headquartered in Manila.


Fatima Yasmin. Photo: ADB website

June 30, 2023

DHAKA – Fatima Yasmin has been appointed as the first Bangladeshi vice-president of The Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The current senior secretary at the Finance Division of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Finance is scheduled to leave her position here to join ADB in August, according to sources. This is the first instance of a Bangladeshi finance secretary joining a high-ranked position in the ADB.

The ADB has appointed Fatima Yasmin as the vice-president for Sectors and Themes for a period of three years, according to a press release issued in this regard. She will be one of the five VPs of the regional development bank headquartered in Manila.

She will be responsible for management of the newly created Sectors Group and the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department under ADB’s new operating model, reads the release issued today.

She has more than 32 years of broad development experience, including in macroeconomic management, public sector and fiscal policy reform, and trade and poverty reduction in government and international organisations.

Fatima holds a master’s in development economics from Australian National University and a master’s of business administration from the Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University.

She also received a Fellowship in Public Policy and Human Rights under the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program at Rutgers University in New Jersey, United States.

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.

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