Ramesh Subramaniam

Director General
Profile / Bio: 

Ramesh Subramaniam has been with the Asian Development Bank for over 24 years. He has worked in different functions and areas in over 25 countries across the various sub-regions of Asia and the Pacific. As Director General of the Southeast Asia Department (SERD) from July 2017, he is in charge of ADB’s relationship with the 10 countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Timor Leste, as well as all of its sovereign engagement. He has been a member of various Global Future Councils of the World Economic Forum (WEF) since 2012, and currently serves as the co-chair of the ASEAN Hub of WEF’s Sustainable Development Investment Partnership.

With a strong focus on policy and institutional reforms across the region, Mr. Subramaniam’s strong interest has been in helping the region’s developing member countries reduce poverty, achieve equitable growth and attract greater private sector investments. He has led several important initiatives such as the establishment of the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund, various critical post-crisis counter-cyclical reform and restructuring programs in many countries, as well as post-disaster reconstruction projects across the Asia and the Pacific. The ASEAN Policy Network and ASEAN Innovation Hub were established under his leadership in 2017, and he oversaw the establishment of the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility. Among other aspects of his work, Mr. Subramaniam is most humbled by his role in formulating ADB’s support after several devastating natural disasters, including the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami; 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake; 2006 Pakistan earthquake; 2009 Pakistan floods; 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines; 2018 Palu earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia; and most recently, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Subramaniam has an MA in Economics from University of Madras, India; and a Ph.D. in Economics from McMaster University, Canada, where he was also a Lecturer (1992-93). He was a Research Fellow on Industry at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom from December 1993 to January 1994, and a Rockefeller Fellow at Yale University Economic Growth Center from February 1994 to March 1997.


Title Date Learning Materials Topic
Charting the Course for Climate-Smart Education and a Just Transition 18 October 2023 Multimedia Education
ASEAN and Global Value Chains: Locking in Resilience and Sustainability 30 March 2023 Multimedia Climate Change, Energy, Environment
Recorded Solidarity Message from ADB Southeast Asia Department's Director General 05 October 2022 Multimedia Gender Equality, Social Development and Protection
ADB Disaster Policy and Strategy 27 June 2022 Slides ADB Administration and Governance, Governance and Public Sector Management, Private Sector
Meaningful Youth Engagement in ADB Operations 05 May 2021 Slides Civil Society, Public-Private Partnership, Social Development and Protection
Video: Session 1: Adapting to the New Normal 10 November 2020 Multimedia ADB Administration and Governance
Welcome Remarks - High-Level Seminar: How Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Regional Cooperation Drive Cambodia’s Structural Transformation? 02 November 2018 Document Economics, ICT, Industry and Trade, Regional Cooperation and Integration
Introducing the Asian Development Bank 22 March 2017 Slides ADB Administration and Governance
Update on ADB Procurement Reforms 16 March 2016 Slides ADB Administration and Governance
Introducing the Asian Development Bank 16 March 2016 Slides ADB Administration and Governance
Regional Economic Integration: Perspectives from Four Continents 22 February 2013 Slides Economics, Regional Cooperation and Integration