Bart Édes

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Project on Prosperity and Development

Bart Édes is a policy analyst and commentator and author of Learning From Tomorrow: Using Strategic Foresight to Prepare for the Next Big Disruption (2021, John Hunt Publishing). He focuses on developing Asian economies, international development, innovation, social policies, cross-border trade, and transformative trends reshaping the world. Between 2001 and 2020, he held senior staff positions at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), most recently serving as the lender’s North American representative. While based in the ADB’s Manila headquarters, he oversaw teams responsible for policy; strategy; and operational guidance on education, governance, health, inclusive business, information technology for development, knowledge management, poverty reduction, social protection, and stakeholder consultation. He guided formulation of the ADB’s landmark Public Communications Policy, explored the impact of climate change on migration in Asia, launched the ADB’s largest community of practice (on social development), and managed partnerships with donors and international organizations. From 1994-2000, Édes led communications for an EU-OECD joint initiative (SIGMA), supporting public administration reform in Central and Eastern Europe. From 1987-1992, he supported U.S.-Canada trade relations and contributed to U.S. government positions and negotiations on foreign direct investment agreements at the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration. Before that, he served on the founding teams of a credit union (Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union) and radio station (WGTB) in Washington, D.C. Édes has a bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.