As the Philippines rebounds from the pandemic, strengthening labor market programs will be critical to help workers and enterprises make the transition.
Kelly Bird is Country Director for the Philippines, appointed to the position in January 2018. Prior to this assignment, he was Director of the Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division in the Southeast Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank. Prior to joining the ADB in 2006, he worked as part of a USAID-funded project with the Indonesian government from 1999 to 2005, and in 2006 as a consultant on trade policy with the World Bank in Jakarta. He graduated with a PhD in economics from the Australian National University in 1999. He has published several papers in international journals including Applied Economic Letters, Bulletin of Indonesian Studies, Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, Southeast Asian Affairs, World Economy, and World Development.
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