Since 1996 Christopher Stephens has called Asia his home. Recently appointed as the General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Stephens will counsel the bank’s president, board of directors, and board of governors on legal matters and will head a legal department of 42 lawyers located in 16 countries.
Stephens accepted the position of General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank because of its exceptional vision: a poverty-free Asia-Pacific region. The Asian Development Bank, established in 1966, aims to create a poverty-free Asia and facilitate economic development in the region.
The Asian Development Bank’s current projects include an $800 million road project to connect remote areas of India with critical services and a $300 million investment to produce and support energy-efficient tricycles in the Philippines.
Stephens, as General Counsel, aims to fulfill the Asian Development Bank’s aims to create a poverty-free Asia through investments in health care services, infrastructure, public and financial administration systems, and through aiding Asian countries prepare against effects of climate-change and for better management of natural resources.
As General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank, Stephens says he is excited about the prospect of working with a wide range projects, targets, and countries and with a committed band of colleagues across all departments of the Asian Development Bank with the shared aim of a poverty-free Asia.
– Mantra Roy