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Webinar: Business Opportunities in the Asian Development Bank – Infrastructure


About this webinar

This event is the first of three webinars with ADB and is on business opportunities in infrastructure, transport and energy.

ADB is an important multilateral partner for the UK, delivering a range of the UK’s objectives and values across Asia and the Pacific. As a development institution, APAC governments have relied on the ADB to finance projects, for cost-effective loans and quality-assured project delivery. The ADB procures goods, civil works, and consultancy services for its financed projects, with contracts open to international competitive tendering.

The UK holds a good winning record in consultancies with the ADB, averaging an annual export of £85mn in ADB contracts since 2015. UK strengths cut through a wide berth of ADB priority sectors, such as transport, energy, water and urban development, education, and agriculture. This first event of the series will examine opportunities in infrastructure.

Join us and a panel of ADB experts for insights and a dynamic discussion on the ADB’s procurement guidelines, and upcoming ADB opportunities in infrastructure, transport and energy.

Webinar speakers

Dinesh Shiwakoti

Dinesh has been working for ADB’s Procurement Division 1 since June 2017. His education includes a Doctorate in Civil Engineering at Yokohama National University, Japan; Master’s in Construction Law and Arbitration from Robert Gordon University, UK; Master in Soil Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, India.

Before joining ADB, he worked in Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, and Nepal. He has extensive experience in physical infrastructure projects including planning, designing, procuring, executing, and implementing contracts. He served as a Project Manager, Contract Specialist, Quantity Surveyor, Geotechnical Specialist, and Civil Engineer.

His affiliations include – Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrator (FCIArb), UK; Fellow, Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Malaysia; Empaneled Arbitrator and Adjudicator, Asian International Arbitration Centre, Malaysia.

James “Jamie” Leather

James Leather is the Chief of the Transport Sector Group at the ADB. James has thirty years of experience in transport, working internationally with development organisations, governments, the private sector, and research institutions. He leads ADB’s transport sector operations and oversees the strategic direction of ADB’s knowledge, technical and financial support to its developing member countries, private sector clients, and partners. He obtained his Master of Science in Transport Planning and Engineering from the Institute of Transport Studies, Leeds University.

Dr Kee-Yung Nam

Dr Nam is the Principal Energy Economist of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC), ADB where he conceptualises development of energy sector strategies and policies whilst advising on the formulation of the energy sector lending and non-lending pipeline of projects.

He is also responsible for the Energy Sector Trust Funds and undertakes analysis and assessment of key energy sector issues, particularly in clean energy technologies. Before joining SDCC, he was Principal Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department.

In this department, he provided contributions to analytical research and technical advice on multiple disciplines including power sector development and reforms, renewable energy, fossil fuel subsidy, transport, impact evaluation, country diagnostic studies, and issues related to economic analysis on investment projects; particularly on energy, infrastructure, and environment sectors.

Before joining ADB, he worked in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the United Nations for Industrial Development (UNIDO).

Rustam Abdukayumov

Rustam is the Director of Procurement Division 2 of Procurement, Portfolio and Financial Management Department (PPFD) in ADB; he oversees procurement and consulting services operations in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Pacific countries.

He has been with ADB for 19 years. He joined in 2001 as a Portfolio Management Officer in ADB’s Uzbekistan Resident Mission and later moved to become a procurement specialist in PPFD. His experience in ADB includes working on large and complex turnkey, civil work and supply contracts in the irrigation, transport, urban and energy sectors, carrying out country, sector, project procurement risk assessments, and procurement capacity assessment of executing agencies.

He served as Secretary to ADB’s Procurement Committee, responsible for oversight of high-value procurement transactions across all ADB developing member countries and as Head of the Procurement Support Unit providing data and analyses on procurement transactions for PPFD management.

He is a national of Uzbekistan. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Oriental Studies in 1989 from Tashkent State University.

Webinar agenda


Opening Remarks (5 minutes)

Host Organisation Representative


Introducing ADB (5 minutes)

Introduction of Virtual BOS Goals

Rustam Abdukayumov, Director, Procurement Division 2


ADB Business Opportunities: Project Pipelines

Brief presentations of ongoing and upcoming business opportunities within ADB’s regional departments

Energy Sector (15 minutes)

Dr Kee-Yung Nam, Principal Energy Economist, SDCC


Transport Sector (15 minutes)

James Leather, Chief of Transport Sector Group, SDCC


Doing Business with ADB and the ADB Procurement System (40 minutes)

ADB Update on Procurement Processes and Systems

Dinesh Shiwakoti, Procurement Specialist, PPFD


Q&A (15 minutes)


Closing Remarks (5 minutes)

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