ADB appoints Albert Park as chief economist


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) professor Albert Park as its new Chief Economist. He will assume office on December 15, 2021, says a statement issued by the ADB on Wednesday.

As Chief Economist, Mr. Park will serve as Director General of the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, where he will lead ADB’s work on policy research and regional cooperation and integration. The department produces key analytical forecasts and reports, including the Asian Development Outlook, the bank’s flagship economic publication.

“Asia and the Pacific’s remarkable achievements in development are facing severe challenges in the form of COVID-19 and climate change,” Mr. Park said. “I look forward to contributing to ADB’s long and established presence in providing knowledge and policy advice that will help shape a green, resilient, and inclusive recovery for the region.”

Mr. Park has more than 2 decades of experience as a development economist. A well-known expert on the economy of the People’s Republic of China, he has directed a number of large-scale research projects in the country. He has also served as an international consultant for the World Bank and a member of the steering committee for the Asia-Pacific Research Universities’ Population Ageing Hub. Mr. Park has worked on a broad range of development issues including poverty and inequality, intergenerational mobility, microfinance, migration and labor markets, the future of work, and foreign investment.

Albert Park is Chair Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Policy at HKUST. Previously, he served as a founding director of HKUST’s Institute for Emerging Market Studies, professor at the University of Oxford, and associate professor at the University of Michigan. He has also held editorial positions at a number of leading economic journals.

A national of the United States, he received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and his doctorate in applied economics from Stanford University.

The statement added the ADB was committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.