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Mr. Giovanni Capannelli

Independent Director - Member of the Board of Directors of the Company

Giovanni Capannelli, an Italian national, joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2002 as Economist in the Pacific Department, where he served as the focal point for loan performance-based allocation and as Country Economist for Timor-Leste, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

In 2004, Mr. Capannelli became Senior Economist (macro/finance) and was transferred to the Office of Regional Economic Integration (OREI), where he designed and implemented capacity building programs for ASEAN+3 government officials on financial market integration. He also contributed to the preparation of ADB’s first regional cooperation and integration strategy. Mr. Capannelli served as task manager and team leader for two ADB flagship publications on regional economic cooperation: “Emerging Asian Regionalism: A Partnership for Shared Prosperity”, and “Institutions for Regional Integration: Toward an Asian Economic Community”.

In 2009, Mr. Capannelli became Principal Economist (Regional Cooperation) and in 2010 he was seconded to the ADB Institute (ADBI) in Tokyo, where he served as Special Advisor to the Dean. He led operations-oriented research with a focus on ASEAN countries, contributing to the preparation of an ADB loan to enhance Myanmar’s seed industry. Mr. Capannelli was also the task manager and lead author of the ADB/ADBI 2014 study: “ASEAN 2030: Toward a Borderless Economic Community”.

In 2014, Mr. Capannelli returned to ADB headquarters assigned to the Central and West Asia Department (CWRD) as Knowledge Management Focal Point. He designed the knowledge management strategy and oversaw the preparation of country knowledge plans for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. He also served as Principal Country Economist for Azerbaijan and task manager of the study: “Good Jobs for Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia”.

Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Capannelli was Professor of Regional Economic Integration at the Asia-Europe Institute of the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Fellow-in-Residence of the European Commission’s European Studies Program. He also taught economic development at Hosei University and Obirin University in Tokyo, Japan, and served for three years as Regional Economist for Bank of Italy’s representative office in Tokyo, covering Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Mr. Capannelli holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the School of Political Economy of Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and a Masters degree and PhD degree in Economics from the School of Economics of Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan.

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