Mr. Édes effectively serves as ADB's "chief knowledge officer." He is responsible for developing and promoting systems, processes, and practices that enable ADB to manage its intellectual capital, maximize returns on investment in knowledge, share good practices, stimulate innovation, and harness both tangible and intangible knowledge. Since assuming his current role in August 2016, Mr. Édes has guided the launch of Development Asia, an online portal (http://development.asia/) for sharing development practices and experience in Asia and the Pacific, and k-Learn (http://k-learn.adb.org/), a rich repository of ADB sectoral and thematic course materials and workshop presentations. Mr. Édes is now driving ADB's adoption of a Digital First approach to sharing content, and a consumer-centric model of knowledge sharing; embrace of greater social collaboration; expansion of online learning programs; and internal crowdsourcing of innovative project ideas encouraged by grant financing. He has also led the formation of a community of interest for knowledge management professionals at international development agencies.
In previous roles at ADB, Mr. Édes implemented ADB strategy, policy, and knowledge work in education, health and social protection, and in thematic areas including gender equity, governance, capacity development, labor, poverty reduction, civil society engagement, and inclusive business. In 2004, he prepared ADB's Public Communications Policy, which set a new global benchmark for transparency among the multilateral development banks. Between 1994 and 2000, before joining ADB, Mr. Édes managed communications at SIGMA, a joint initiative of the European Union and OECD providing support on public governance reform to central and eastern European countries in transition.
In earlier positions, Mr. Édes worked as a journalist, policy analyst, and specialist on international trade and foreign direct investment. He has a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor's Degree in Government from Georgetown University.
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Published on Thursday, 22 January 2015
Children are generally more at risk than adults when environmental threats gradually grow, or when natural disaster suddenly strikes.
Published on Tuesday, 11 June 2013
More than 220 proposals have been advanced for a global development framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which come to an end in 2015.
Published on Monday, 20 May 2013
Thankfully, the eventual impact of Cyclone Mahasen on South Asia was softer than feared before it struck land this past week. However, the storm still left dozens dead and caused the precautionary evacuation or subsequent displacement of one million persons living in coastal areas around the Bay of Bengal.
Published on Saturday, 04 May 2013
Poor people rely more on the state for essential services and assistance than those in the middle and upper classes, who have more options available to them.
Published on Monday, 15 April 2013
Millions of workers from developing Asia and the Pacific venture to richer economies in the region, the Middle East, and beyond to fill gaps in the labor market. They take on menial jobs that require little schooling and no formal qualifications.
Published on Monday, 25 March 2013
With their middle and lower economic classes being squeezed, governments overseeing several leading Asian economies are responding with greater social spending and tax relief.
Published on Monday, 11 March 2013
Social enterprises have collectively established themselves as a viable and productive sector within the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) economy. There are over 60,000 social enterprises in the country employing at least 800,000 persons.
Published on Wednesday, 09 January 2013
Students from developed East Asia are leading the world in math and science according to just-published results of exams delivered to 600,000 fourth grade students in more than 60 countries and territories including many OECD members.
Published on Thursday, 27 December 2012
Perhaps the most significant global social policy development in 2012 was approval of the International Labour Organization (ILO) recommendation on creation of social protection floors. Approved in June, the recommendation calls on the ILO’s 185 members to ensure that everyone in need has access to essential health care and basic income security.