Karma Yangzom

Principal Environment Specialist
Profile / Bio: 

Karma is a Principal Environment Specialist in the Safeguards Review Division in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) of ADB. Karma is responsible for environment safeguards review of projects under the transport, agriculture, and private sector for selected operational departments at ADB. She also works under the Environmental Thematic Group (ETG) where she is the focal point for air quality management and green infrastructure. Before taking on her current role, Karma worked as the Environmental Specialist in the South Asia Transport and Communications Division of the ADB for 10 years from 2010 to 2020, where she prepared and implemented environment safeguards for over 45 projects. Many of these projects involved sensitive ecological issues. She led the production of two ADB publications on climate proofing transport infrastructure and green infrastructure design for transport projects. Prior to joining ADB, Karma worked for World Wildlife Fund Bhutan and as a freelance consultant in Bhutan and South Asia.

Karma is from Bhutan. She has a master’s degree in environmental management from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University in the US and a bachelor’s degree in science from Sherubtse College in eastern Bhutan.


Title Date Learning Materials Topic
Key Message from Greening Transport, Energy, and Coastal Development 26 October 2022 Slides Environment
Introduction to Asia Clean Blue Skies Program (ACBSP) 07 September 2022 Slides Environment
ACBSP plans 07 September 2022 Slides Environment
VIDEO: Opportunities to Scale Up Economic and Market-Based Instruments to Address Air Pollution 26 August 2021 Multimedia Energy, Environment, Health, Transport, Urban Development
Draft Guidance Note on Safeguards Implementation during the COVID-19 Pandemic 12 November 2020 Slides ADB Administration and Governance, Social Development and Protection
Video: Session 5: Rebuilding the Momentum: Project Implementation and Stakeholder Engagement 12 November 2020 Multimedia ADB Administration and Governance