ACEF Speaker

Ramesh Subramaniam

Director General and Chief, Sectors Group,
Asian Development Bank

Ramesh Subramaniam has been with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for over 26 years. He is now Director General and Chief of the Sectors Group, under the New Operating Model (NOM). The Group is responsible for the delivery of all lending and technical assistance operations in seven sectors across the Asia and the Pacific Region, working closely with all regional, private sector-related and other support departments within ADB. In this new capacity, Ramesh and the Sectors Group, with 7 Sector Offices in its structure, will help ADB achieve the 4 shifts of NOM: Climate; Private Sector Development; Solutions; and New Ways of Working. Trained as an economist, his work at ADB has focused on economic policy reforms, infrastructure financing, and urban development. He has worked on shaping ADB’s engagement overall and in selected sectors in 23 countries directly. From 2007, he has held various senior positions; and from 2015-17, he served as ADB’s Director General for Procurement and Financial Management; from July 2017-March 2023, he served as the Director General of Southeast Asia Department (at SERD). At SERD, he had established the ASEAN Policy Network and the Green Finance Hub and oversaw ADB’s efforts to help the Southeast Asian countries overcome the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. He is quite passionate about helping developing countries avoid and overcome economic crises as well as manage disasters caused by natural hazards. Ramesh has served on various Global Future Councils of the World Economic Forum (WEF) since 2012, including as co-chair of the WEF Sustainable Development Investment Partnership ASEAN Hub.


  • Opening Plenary: Time for Action Now