Changyong Rhee is New ADB Chief Economist

The Asian Development Bank has appointed a new chief economist: Changyong Rhee.

Rhee was the secretary-general of the Group of 20 summit’s presidential committee. The summit was hosted by South Korea in November.

He brings to ADB more than 20 years of experience as an economist, financial adviser and academic. He has served in various leadership positions in South Korean financial and economic institutions, as well as an international consultant for ADB.

As ADB’s chief economist, Rhee will be the bank’s spokesperson on economic issues. He will head the economics and research department, which is in charge of policy research on development challenges in Asia and the Pacific. The department is responsible for producing ADB’s flagship publication, the Asian Development Outlook.

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