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🌐📚 Vinod Thomas: A Trailblazer in Sustainable Development and Evaluation 🌿🌍

Vinod Thomas is a prominent figure in the realms of teaching, research, and outreach, embodying a commitment to excellence. Currently serving as a Board member for the International Evaluation Academy and a distinguished fellow at the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Vinod’s work is characterized by a focus on cultivating knowledge and fostering positive change.

In 2023, Vinod Thomas added another milestone to his illustrious career with the publication of his book, “Risk and Resilience in the Era of Climate Change,” published by Palgrave Macmillan. This publication serves as an extension of his extensive research and work in the field.

One of Vinod’s notable contributions is the initiation of a groundbreaking program at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, part of the National University of Singapore (NUS). The program, centered on Risk and Resilience, has rapidly expanded to maximum capacity, impacting both NUS students and Singaporean professionals. Recognizing the profound influence of his teaching on the School’s sustainability direction, Vinod received the NUS Teaching Excellence award in 2022.

Vinod’s professional journey includes a significant role as the Director-General Evaluation of the Independent Evaluation Department at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In this capacity, he reported directly to ADB’s Board of Directors through the Development Effectiveness Committee. His work aimed at assessing ADB’s development effectiveness and providing invaluable lessons to guide the bank’s actions. Notably, his efforts have played a crucial role in integrating green growth into ADB’s strategy.

As Director-General Evaluation, Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), and Senior Vice President at the World Bank Group, Vinod spearheaded a transformative agenda. His emphasis on accountability and knowledge in independent evaluation has shaped sector and corporate policies. Under his leadership, three separate evaluation units of the World Bank, IFC, and MIGA were unified into one entity, IEG.

In 2009, Vinod chaired the Evaluation Cooperation Group of the multilateral development banks, a testament to his influence in the global evaluation landscape. His tenure at IEG oversaw influential evaluations on topics ranging from trade, natural disasters, gender, and development to primary education, environment, climate change, and Africa’s agriculture.

Vinod Thomas has not only led a renewal at IEG but has also championed innovative evaluations, collaborative efforts across the World Bank Group, and strengthened external partnerships, outreach, and dissemination. His dedication to sustainable development and evaluation has left an indelible mark, inspiring positive change on a global scale. 🌟📊 #VinodThomas #SustainableDevelopment #EvaluationExpertise

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