Mr. Eric Sidgwick took up the post of the ADB Country Director for Viet Nam on 7 September 2015. In this post, he is responsible for prioritizing and ensuring the effective implementation of the ADB’s assistance program to Viet Nam. Mr. Sidgwick will also lead the preparation of ADB’s next country strategy and program for Viet Nam, for the period 2016-2020, in close consultation with government agencies, development partners, business community and civil society and nongovernment organizations.
Mr. Sidgwick was the ADB Country Director in Cambodia from September 2012 to September 2015; Principal Economist in the Regional Cooperation Division of the Southeast Asia Department from May 2010 to September 2012; and Senior Country Economist in Cambodia from October 2007 to May 2010.
Before joining ADB, Mr. Sidgwick spent over 20 years working as an international macro economist at the IMF. In his early years, he worked mostly on fiscal issues in a number of countries in the Middle East and francophone Africa. He then worked on a variety of macroeconomic issues in Asian and Pacific countries, including Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, and Sri Lanka.
From June 2000 to January 2004, Mr. Sidgwick was the IMF’s Resident Representative in the Lao, P.D.R, based in Vientiane. From July 2004 to July 2006, Mr. Sidgwick was seconded from the IMF as Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Bangkok office, where he worked on public sector governance in Thailand, macroeconomic developments in Malaysia, and private sector development issues in Cambodia.
In both the Fund and the Bank, the analyses he produced were relied upon to form the essential underpinnings to both surveillance and program loan-related policy recommendations for senior government officials.
A French national, Mr. Sidgwick holds Master's degrees in international relations from the John Hopkins University and in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.