Kanokpan Lao-Araya, M.A., '94, Ph.D., '98, has been appointed as Country Director for Asian Development Bank's (ADB) operations in the Kyrgyz Republic and will supervise the implementation of the bank's country partnership strategy, 2018–2022 and country operations business plan, 2021–2023. Both aim to support growth and economic diversification, improve access to public and social services, and leverage regional cooperation and integration. She has more than 25 years' experience working on development and economic issues across the Asia-Pacific region. She joined ADB in 2001 from the Ministry of Finance in Thailand and has since held a series of increasingly senior positions. Latterly, she was ADB Country Director for Bhutan where she led the bank's operations including the implementation of ADB's COVID-19 support.
Aditi Nayar, B.A., '03, has been promoted to Chief Economist at ICRA Limited, an Indian credit rating agency. ICRA Limited was set up in 1991 as a full-service Credit Rating Agency by leading Indian financial/investment institutions, commercial banks and financial services companies as an independent and professional investment information and credit rating agency.
Xuejuan Su, M.A., '01, Ph.D., '04, was recently promoted to full professor of economics at the University of Alberta.