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V. Nagarajah Gnanathurai
  Ph.D,  Boston University;

Advisor, Office of Director General
South Asia Department
Asian Development Bank

 Country Director

Afganistan  Resident Mission, ADB




Assistant Chief Economist
Statistics and Data Systems Division

Asian Development Bank



Brief  CV from ADB:

Mr. Gnanathurai has worked in ADB since 1990. From 1990-1993, he was seconded by the Government of Malaysia to ADB as Programs Economist and later was promoted to Senior Programs Economist for the People's Republic of China. His next appointment was as ADB's Resident Representative to Uzbekistan, a position he held from January 1998 to February 2001. Nagarajah Gnanathurai was the Assistant Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank from March 2001 till December 2002. In this job, Mr. Gnanathurai  supervised the preparation of Investment Climate Studies for the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. He was also intimately involved in building capacities in developing member countries of the ADB for tracking progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). From January 2003 till February 2005, Mr. Gnanathurai was the Country Director of the ADB in Afghanistan and was primarily responsible during his tenure for implementing projects in the roads, irrigation, education and health sectors worth more than $500 million. He is currently an Advisor in the Office of Director General, South Asia Department which covers Afghanistan,  Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.


            Before ADB, Mr. Gnanathurai worked with the Government of Malaysia, occupying several high-level positions. In 1972-1975, he was appointed as Assistant Secretary (Economics), Ministry of Finance in the Administrative and Diplomatic Service. In 1976-1984, he was promoted to Principal Assistant Secretary (Economics), International Economics Section, Ministry of Finance for helping build and maintain the Ministry's Econometric Forecasting Model.


            He also worked at the Macroeconomics Section of the Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department as Deputy Director, Macroeconomics Section, in January 1998 and later as Director from September 1998 onwards prior to joining the ADB. He was responsible for a wide range of macroeconomic planning and specific project-related activities in his capacity as chair of the committee responsible for coordinating and drafting the Sixth Malaysia Plan (1991-1995) and the long-term National Development Plan (1991- 2010).


            His education background includes a Bachelor's degree in Economics, from the University of Malaysia (1969-1972), Masters in Political Economy from Boston University (1980-1982), and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Boston University (1985-1987).







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