For our development projects to be effective, we must learn the root causes of conflict and fragility, and use that knowledge to guide our planning and implementation efforts.
As focal point for fragile and conflict-affected countries, Mr. Safran supports ADB operations in this context. Previously, he helped developed ADB’s strategic and results-oriented approach to fragile situations; focal point for disaster and emergency assistance; ICT coordinator; and project specialist and focal point for coastal and aquatic resources management. Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Safran was regional manager for Asia-Pacific and Latin America at French agricultural research agency CIRAD. He has PhDs in Agriculture from Tohoku University in Japan and in Natural Sciences from Lille University in France.
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Transport, energy, information and communication technology (ICT), and water infrastructure enable a state to grow its economy and provide a quality life for its citizens.