A glimpse of the Asian Development Bank's library. Photo by: Kristine Ballad

Dishes, languages, staff – and ranks – mix every lunch at the Asian Development Bank. In this relaxed atmosphere, assistants and directors share a table and a hearty chat.

The recently remodeled cafeteria at ADB headquarters in Manila serves as a microcosm for the bank’s multicultural staff, which hails from at least 58 of the bank’s 67 member countries.

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  • Kristine Ballad

    As Devex staff writer, Kristine focuses on breaking news from around the globe, and on Philippine development in particular. She served more than half of her working years in Philippine government, working as public information officer and as writer at the House of Representatives.

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