Despite extensive aid, countries with fragile and conflict-affected situations are generally failing to significantly improve the lives of their people. New thinking is needed.
As focal point for fragile and conflict-affected countries, Mr. Safran supports ADB operations in this context. Previously, he helped developed ADB’s strategic and results-oriented approach to fragile situations; focal point for disaster and emergency assistance; ICT coordinator; and project specialist and focal point for coastal and aquatic resources management. Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Safran was regional manager for Asia-Pacific and Latin America at French agricultural research agency CIRAD. He has PhDs in Agriculture from Tohoku University in Japan and in Natural Sciences from Lille University in France.