The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Bradford Philips as the new country director in Vietnam. Philips will assume office in mid January 2004.
As country director of the Vietnam Resident Mission (VRM) Philips will be responsible for setting the priorities for the ADB’s assistance programme to Vietnam, totalling nearly US$1bn over the next three years, as provided in the Country Strategy and Program Update for 2004-2006 and subject to the approval of the ADB’s board of directors. He will also oversee the implementation of the ADB’s current loan portfolio in Vietnam, consisting of 31 projects totalling about US$1.9bn, eight of which are delegated to VRM for implementation.
Philips joined the ADB in 1986, and has served in various capacities. He was director of the agriculture, natural resources, and social sector division in the regional and sustainable development department; manager of the agriculture and rural development division for East and Southeast Asia; and senior project engineer, involved in loan processing and project administration. He was also previously assigned to the ADB’s Indonesia resident office as project engineer and was later promoted to senior project engineer.
Before joining the ADB, Philips worked as an engineering consultant, lectured on water resource issues at a regional university, and was a volunteer for grassroots development projects in Thailand.