In-Profile – Claudia Buentjen and Hanif Rahemtulla, Asian Development Bank

For the 50th edition of the DeLoG Newsletter we had the pleasure to interview Claudia Buentjen and Hanif Rahemtulla from the Asian Development Bank. Enjoy their insights on past and future trends in the area of local governance and decentralisation and their reflections on the impact of COVID-19 for ADB’s work in the region and local governments in general.

Until May 2020, Claudia Buentjen worked as the Principal Public Management Specialist at the Asian Development Bank. Claudia is a macroeconomist / public sector reform specialist with more than 20 years of experience in project management, advisory services and research in more than ten developing countries in the Asia and Pacific region. Claudia holds a Dr. rer pol. in international economics and a Diploma in business administration and economics from the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.
Hanif Rahemtulla is Claudia’s successor at the Asian Development Bank and is stationed in Manila. Hanif specialises in public financial management, public investment management, fiscal decentralisation and service delivery in East Asia and the Pacific. He obtained his Doctoral degree from the University College London (UCL) and Postdoctoral from McGill University, Canada.

In their joint interview, Claudia shares her perspective on the role of the DeLoG Network for her work at ADB over the years and discusses past and future trends in terms of local governance and decentralisation. Hanif, in turn, reflects on the impact of COVID-19 for ADB’s work in the region and local governments in general. He shares his views on the relevance of online learning formats like DeLoG’s webinars as well as his expectations for working with the DeLoG Network.

To read the full interview, please click here.