The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Eugene Zhukov as Director-General of its Central and West Asia Regional Department, effective immediately.
Mr. Zhukov has more than 25 years’ experience at ADB. He joined ADB as a Young Professional in 1995. Mr. Zhukov became The Secretary overseeing the ADB department in charge of interfacing with the bank’s Board of Directors and Management, managing board meetings and ADB’s annual meetings..
Mr. Zhukov previously held several managerial roles at ADB including Director, Pacific Operations Division; Regional Director, Pacific Liaison Office based in Sydney, Australia; Director, Budget and Management Division; and Senior Advisor, Office of the Director-General, Budget, Personnel, Management Systems Department. He served in the Strategy and Policy Department, supporting operations planning and developing policy and strategy as well.
Zhukov hails from Kazakhstan. He holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Claremont Graduate University, United States, and a University Degree with Distinction in Political Economy from the Philosophy and Economics Department of Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Mr. Zhukov will now lead ADB’s engagement with 10 countries in the region as Director General. The countires include Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan; and oversee the bank’s regional portfolio of $24 billion.
Mr. Zhukov will be responsible to manage 10 country offices and 7 sector divisions: energy; environment, natural resources, and agriculture; public management, financial sector, and trade; regional cooperation and operations coordination; social; transport and communications; and urban development and water. He will also supervise ADB’s engagement with the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program, a partnership for 11 members to promote economic growth and sustainable development through cooperation.
Mr. Zhukov replaced Werner Liepach who retires as DG after almost 30 years with the bank.
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