Member-elected (current term ends 2014) – Asia and the Pacific Regions
Stephen P. Groff is Vice-President (Operations 2) of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines where he is responsible for the full range of ADB’s operations in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific as well as for the Central Operations Services Office which coordinates all ADB procurement and consulting services. 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 $22 billion, and leading about 700 staff.
Prior to joining ADB, Steve was Deputy Director for Development Cooperation at the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where he led OECD’s work on a wide range of development-related economic and political issues and served as OECD’s envoy to the G20 Working Group on Development.
Prior to this he was the Deputy Vice-President for Operations at the Washington-based Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where he helped set up the agency and led MCC programs while advising the CEO on development issues, strategy and policy. Prior to MCC, Steve held several staff positions at the ADB. Before this, Steve was the deputy director and chief economist on a large USAID project designed to encourage private sector development in the southern Philippines, a research assistant at the Harvard Institute for International Development and a Program Director for the U.S. Refugee Program.
Steve has worked across Asia, Africa and Latin America and writes regularly on development issues. He is a member of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council. He also serves on a advisory boards for a number of organizations, including Innovations for Poverty Action and the Global Footprint Network. He is a member of the Peace Corps Alumni Foundation for Philippine Development and the NPCA’s Director Circle.
Steve was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, working as a Marine Fisheries advisor for the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Steve holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology from Yale University. He speaks Tagalog and French.