Emma M. Veve is Director of Urban, Social Development and Public Management Division in the Pacific Department of the Asian Development Bank. Ms. Veve’s division is responsible for following sectors and topics: (i) urban development, (ii) social development, (iii) public management and economics, (iv) fragile and conflict-affected situations, (v) and information and communications technology. She manages a project portfolio valued at US$280 million comprising 16 projects across 14 Pacific countries, with a further US$190 million of projects in development.
As Director, she has overseen ADB’s financing of submarine cables in Palau and Samoa, with work progressing currently in both the South and North Pacific on regional cable systems. A related area of business growth is ICT applications, with ongoing work including use of ICT in education and development of health management information systems.
Previously, she was Principal Economist in the Pacific Department responsible for macroeconomic monitoring, research and regional programming for the Pacific. She also worked with ADB’s Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji.
She joined ADB in 2005 following a period as Economic Adviser with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji. Prior to this she held various positions in the Australian commonwealth public service, predominantly in economic research. She completed a double degree in agricultural science and economics from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of New England, Armidale, Australia.