Stephen P. Groff

Vice-President for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Mr. Groff assumed office in October 2011 and has since been responsible for the full range of ADB’s operations in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. His mandate includes establishing strategic and operational priorities in his areas of responsibility, producing investment and technical assistance operations amounting to $4-5 billion annually, managing an existing portfolio of about $23 billion, and leading about 700 staff.

Blogs by this Author

  • A young boy fetching water in Nepal.

    Challenges facing Asia and Pacific in terms of sustainable development

    Published on Thursday, 03 March 2016

    International financial institutions must recalibrate their strategies for maximum impact in the post-2015 era.

  • How ADB is helping Fiji recover from Cyclone Winston

    Published on Tuesday, 01 March 2016

    Vice President Stephen P. Groff describes the devastation wrought by Cyclone Winston, and discusses what ADB is doing to help Fiji recover.

  • A vendor displays her merchandise at a market in Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia.

    Let’s scale up, vary access to SME finance to boost Asia’s growth, cross-border trade

    Published on Monday, 21 September 2015

    We need to make the best possible use of all financial instruments in our national and regional tool boxes so SMEs in Asia can continue driving national economies, providing jobs, and becoming globally competitive.

  • An ADB-supported microfinance institution in Uzbekistan.

    3 ways to serve Asia and the Pacific’s 'unbanked'

    Published on Monday, 09 March 2015

    To ensure ongoing economic growth in Asia and for the poorest to have a chance to benefit from the region’s growing prosperity, we must prioritize bringing financial services readily and cheaply to the “unbanked”.

  • Fast-tracking Myanmar's reform

    Published on Tuesday, 28 October 2014

    Over just 3 years, Myanmar has introduced ambitious reforms which have put it on track to become a modern economy. But big challenges still lie ahead. 

  • Asia Pacific post-2015 priorities, MDG8 and Global Partnerships

    Published on Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    Any contemporary story on development in Asia-Pacific begins with reflection on massive gains achieved in the fight against poverty. The incidence of people living on less than $1.25 a day fell from 54.5% in 1990 to 20.7% in 2010, with the number of extreme poor declining from 1.48 billion to 733 million. This precipitous decline in poverty incidence has been accompanied by tremendous gains in access to health and education.

  • Turning on the lights in Myanmar

    Published on Thursday, 06 June 2013

    A multitude of statistics underscore the challenges that the people of Myanmar face when it comes to access to electricity - many of these illustrating a lack of conveniences other parts of the world consider commonplace, ranging from water pumps to stovetop ranges. 

  • Photo Credit: Chor Mui Lee

    Myanmar: Cautionary tales for a country on the move

    Published on Monday, 25 February 2013

    Can a nation once intentionally isolated from the world be rebuilt from the outside in? After decades of isolation, Myanmar has an extraordinary amount of work to do on every imaginable front. The country needs access to billions of dollars to bring modern irrigation systems to rural farmers, roads and electricity to remote communities, as well as technical and vocational training to prepare the country's youth for the jobs of the future.

  • Dialogues on Change: Up Close with Aung San Suu Kyi

    Published on Wednesday, 12 December 2012

    My second meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was in early November. I had returned to the country to meet with officials and discuss next steps following our Board’s approval of our interim country partnership strategy. Following a variety of meetings in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, we returned to her residence on the outskirts of the capital. Madame Suu Kyi again greeted us at the entrance to her home and ushered us to the same table.

  • Meeting Myanmar’s Iconic Lady

    Published on Tuesday, 04 December 2012

    Over the course of our eleven-month “re-engagement” with Myanmar and my three trips to the country since June, I have discussed prospects for the country with literally hundreds of people. In a September op-ed, I quoted Rudyard Kipling who referred to the country as "quite unlike any land you know about" in his 1898 collection Letters from the East and these discussions leave me convinced that this century-old observation holds true.