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Former Chief Sector Officer, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
Robert was responsible for ADB-wide technical collaboration, innovation, and knowledge management for sector groups in transport, energy, urban, water, education, health, and finance. Before becoming chief sector officer, he directed divisions responsible for transport, energy, and the environment in the East Asia and Pacific departments. He holds a doctorate in Planning, master's degrees in Urban Planning and Public Administration, and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to joining ADB in 2003, he worked as an engineer and held faculty appointments at universities in the United States, Republic of Korea, Fiji, and New Zealand.
Smart planning and spending improves public services and raises productivity, attracting more private capital and labor and sustaining growth.
Pacific island countries need to include climate action in national development plans to lessen the economic costs of climate change.