ACEF 2018 Speaker

Deborah Stokes

Vice-President (Administration and Corporate Management)
Asian Development Bank


Ms. Deborah Stokes is the Vice-President for Administration and Corporate Management of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She assumed the position in January 2016.

Ms. Stokes is responsible for the overall management of the operations of the Budget, Personnel, and Management Systems Department; Office of Administrative Services; Office of the General Counsel; Office of Information Systems and Technology; Office of the Secretary; and Operations Services and Financial Management Department.

Prior to this, Ms. Stokes was a senior official in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australian Agency for International Development. She was most recently High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, and has served as Australia’s Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna, and Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.

She also held positions at the Australian Embassy in Yangon and the United Nations Development Programme in New York.

Ms. Stokes holds a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide in Australia.

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