Expertise

  • Disaster Risk Management, Economics, Economic and Trade Policy, Program Evaluation

Research Interests

  • Climate Change and the Environment, Green Growth, Disparities and Inclusive Growth, Health and Education, Economic Policy and Reform, Governance and Institutions, Evaluation and Results, Organizational Change and Management
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Vinod Thomas, PhD

Visiting Professor


Academic Background

  • B.A. Honors Economics, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi (India)
  • M.A. & B.A. Economics, W. Michigan University (USA);  M.A. Economics, University of Chicago (USA)
  • Ph.D. Economics, University of Chicago (USA)

Professional and Academic Experience

  • Director-General, Independent Evaluation, Asian Development Bank, August 2011-2016
  • Director-General and Senior Vice President, The World Bank Group, September 2005 – August 2011
  • Country Director, Brazil, World Bank, November 2001 – August 2005
  • Vice President, World Bank Institute, World Bank, February 2000 – October 2001
  • Director, Economic Development Institute, October, 1994 – January 2000  
  • Chief Economist, Asia Region, World Bank, September 1991 - November 1991; East Asia and Pacific Region, 1991 - 1994
  • Staff Director, World Development Report 1991, World Bank, June 1990 - August 1991

Affiliations

  • Contributor to Results for Development, Centennial Group, World Resources Institute, Evaluation Cooperation Group, current. 
  • Advisor, Evaluation functions for DFID, UK
  • Honorary Advisor, Emerging Markets Forum, 2007- present
  • Member, Research Committee, The World Bank Group, 1994-1997 and 2007 - present.
  • Member, External Advisory Panel, Public Administration and Development Journal, 1999 – present.
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Development Planning Literature, 1998 - present.
  • Member of various selection committees for the World Bank Group, 1990-present

Awards and Honors

  • ADB Photographer of the Year, 2014
  • World Bank Green Award, 2004
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Western Michigan University, 2004
  • Global Award 2002, Kerala, Kala Kendram
  • Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from Mar Ivanios College, Kerala, 2004
  • Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from Mar Ivanios College, Kerala, 2004

Books

  • Climate Change and Natural Disasters. Transaction Publishers: Rutgers, 2017.
  • Remembering our Future, Results for Development Institute: Washington DC. 2015
  • Evaluation for Better Results. 10 Year of Independent Evaluation at Asian Development Bank, with others. Asian Development Bank: Manila. 2014
  • Multilateral Banks and the Development Process: Vital Links in the Results Chain, with Xubei Luo. Transaction Publishers. 2012.

     

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