Asian Development Bank’s Asian Development Outlook 2021: Discussion with Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada


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When: May 18 2021 - 9:00am until May 18 2021 - 10:00am
Where: Zoom Webinar

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to the
Indo-Pacific Political Economy and Trade Seminar Series:

 Asian Development Bank’s Asian Development Outlook 2021:
Discussion with Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada


Ms. Lesley Bearman Lahm (Opening Remarks)
North American Representative,
Asian Development Bank

Dr. Yasuyuki Sawada
Chief Economist,
 Asian Development Bank

Dr.  Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East-West Center in Washington

Developing Asia’s recovery has strengthened. Manufacturing and trade have rebounded, remittances have been relatively resilient, and policy support has been strong. But outbreaks are reemerging, vaccination efforts face challenges, and tourism remains hobbled. For this webinar, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada discussed findings from ADB’s flagship economic publication, the Asian Development Outlook 2021. Dr. Sawada's PowerPoint slides can be viewed here


Lesley Bearman Lahm is North American Representative of the Asian Development Bank. In this role, Ms. Lahm mobilizes financing and support for ADB’s developing member countries; shares development knowledge and experience; establishes and deepens partnerships with public, private, and nonprofit organizations in North America; and raises public awareness of ADB with key stakeholders in Canada and the United States. Ms. Lahm previously led strategy and policy development coordination for key strategic and institutional considerations relating to non-sovereign operations, public-private partnerships, and SOE engagement. She also led ADB’s participation in G20 activities and chaired the Blended Finance Committee. Ms. Lahm earned a JD cum laude in 1993 from Tulane University, School of Law, and a BA in East Asian Studies magna cum laude in 1988 from Columbia University, Barnard College in New York. Her full biography can be found here.

Yasuyuki Sawada is the chief spokesperson for ADB on economic and development trends and leads the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD), which publishes ADB's flagship knowledge products. Previously, Dr. Sawada was professor in the faculty of economics at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He previously worked at the ADB Institute in Tokyo and served as a consultant for various projects at the World Bank Group. Dr. Sawada is a Japanese national. He holds a Doctorate degree in Economics and a Master's degree in International Development Policy (Food Research Institute) from Stanford University, USA. His full biography can be found here.

Satu P. Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); and Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

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