Kris Panday

Executive Director,Constituency Office rep. Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, The Netherlands
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Radha Krishna “Kris” Panday was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank in April 2018. In this capacity, he represents Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, with responsibility for the direction of the general operations of the Bank, including: (i) approving policies, loans, guarantees, investments and technical assistance, (ii) approving borrowings, and (iii) approving budgets. Kris has served as Chair of both the Audit and Risk Committee and the Compliance Review Committee and Member, Ethics Committee, and previously served on the Human Resources Committee. He currently serves as the Dean of the Board of Directors.
Kris is a career member of the Canadian Foreign Service. Prior to his appointment to the Bank, he was seconded from Global Affairs Canada to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as Director General of the Market Access Secretariat, with responsibility for the management of bilateral relations, market access issues, and market development activities. Immediately before that, he served as Minister (Commercial) at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. Other overseas assignments have included Dubai, as Canada’s first Consul General, Washington DC, as Minister Counsellor (Congressional Relations), Seoul, as Counsellor (Market Access), and Singapore, as Trade Commissioner. Headquarters assignments with Global Affairs Canada have included roles as Director, Softwood Lumber Division, and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of International Trade.
Kris holds a BA (Economics and Political Science) and an MA (Economics), both from the University of Toronto.