Omer A. Zafar

Principal Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist
Profile / Bio: 

Omer serves as a Principal Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist of the Asian Development Bank, covering Southeast Asia. He is currently based at the ADB resident mission in Lao PDR.

Before joining ADB, he worked for IFAD and UNOPS, where he covered about 35 countries of Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caribbean. Most recently, Omer served as IFAD Country Director for Bangladesh and the Maldives.

Omer's worked has focused on global, regional, and country-level policy and strategy related to agriculture, food systems, natural capital and climate change, and leading large and complex investment portfolios in these sectors.

Omer is an economist with a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from the University of Cambridge.


Title Date Learning Materials Topic
Structural, Business, and Environmental Dimensions of Sustainable Food Systems 23 March 2022 Slides Agriculture and Natural Resources
SERD Policy Talk (SPOT): Strengthening the Agri-food System 10 June 2022 Multimedia Agriculture and Natural Resources, Climate Change, Environment, Governance and Public Sector Management, Knowledge Management