OECD COP28 Virtual Pavilion


Woochong Um

ADB - Asian Development Bank

Managing Director General


Mr. Um is ADB’s Managing Director General. He assumed the position on 22 February 2021. Mr. Um reports to the ADB President and is responsible for ensuring bank-wide coherence on key initiatives and issues. He provides oversight to the Transformation Office, Office of Safeguards and Department of Communications and Knowledge Management. Together with the Office of the President he also oversees the Office of the Ombudsperson, Office of Professional Ethics and Conduct and Office of the Special Project Facilitator. He oversees various special initiatives which cut across ADB. He is currently looking after operations of the Market Solutions group. Mr. Um joined ADB in 1993. He served most recently as Director General and concurrently Chief Compliance Officer of ADB’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, leading knowledge management and innovation work in all thematic and sector operational areas. He served as ADB Secretary from 2014 to 2018. Prior to joining ADB, he worked for Pfizer Inc. in New York and Pitney Bowes Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut, United States. Mr. Um holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Boston College.