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The New Year ushered in a fresh start for CDIA as its very own Neil Chadder was appointed as Program Manager effective January 2018. He took on the post from Joris van Etten, who will still be involved with CDIA as Unit Head in addition to his broader responsibilities within ADB’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department. Neil will lead the team in cooperation with Program Coordinator Eva Ringhof.
Neil joined CDIA in July 2016 as its Urban Environmental Engineer. In a span of 18 months, he was able to work closely with 12 cities in Bangladesh, Georgia, India, Pakistan and Tajikistan in developing their infrastructure projects, with an estimated investment value of USD1.2 billion.
Neil is a water supply and sanitation engineer with over 35 years of experience in the urban development sector. He has worked throughout Asia and Africa on a wide variety of projects funded by ADB, KfW, JICA and the World Bank. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton in England, and Masters in Public Health Engineering from Imperial College London.
His appointment as Program Manager came at an opportune time when the organization is adopting its new Strategy 2018-2022 and shifting to a new governance structure under an ADB-hosted Trust Fund. As CDIA builds on its 10 years of experience, Neil’s in-depth knowledge of the initiative will enable him to lead the team not only in reaching its full potential but also in improving its responsiveness to the needs of cities and funding agencies. How CDIA can help more citizens across Asia and the Pacific is at the heart of his remit in the coming years.
“I love working with our partner cities and organizations and I think we’ve done great things together, but I’m absolutely sure that there’s more we can do and there are a lot of exciting opportunities coming up,” said Neil. “I’m really looking forward to working with our team and I’m eager to get on with it,” he added.