Principal Finance Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Participating session(s)
Session 1
Topic: The importance of access to low carbon and affordable energy

Mr. Pladet is a principal Finance Specialist in the Energy Division of the Central and West Asia Department (CWRD) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila. He joined CWRD as Principal Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Specialist in January 2011, in which position he was responsible for providing transaction advisory services (TAS) to clients by developing, structuring, and implementing PPP projects in ADB developing member countries (DMCs). Mr. Pladet was a key member of ADB’s TAS team for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline Project from November 2013 until May 2016. Following his role as project team leader (PTL) for the Shah Deniz Gas Field Expansion Project in Azerbaijan since August 2016, he became PTL for the TAPI Project in May 2019. Since July 2018, Mr. Pladet has also been PTL for ADB’s technical assistance conducting a feasibility study covering a pool of 18 ADB DMCs for the proposed establishment of an Asian multilateral trade credit and investment guarantee agency. Prior to joining CWRD, Mr. Pladet was Senior Guarantees and Syndications Specialist in ADB’s Office of Co-financing Operations (May 2008 – December 2010). Before joining ADB, Mr. Pladet was Chief Underwriting Officer with the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), Nairobi (September 2005 – April 2008) responsible for business operations, market and product development, and management of ATI’s underwriting team. Prior to joining ATI, he was Vice President – Cross Border Structured Finance with ABN AMRO Bank, Amsterdam (May 2001 – September 2005). Mr. Pladet held several positions with the World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, Washington (October 1994 –April 2001). He was Guarantee Officer - Latin America and Caribbean and promoted to Regional Manager - Africa & Middle East and Global Sector Manager - Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Services in July of 1997 and 1999, respectively. Mr. Pladet’s career started at Atradius (formerly Nederlandsche Credietverzekering Maatschappij), Amsterdam (April 1989 – October 1994). Mr. Pladet has a MA in Economics from Tilburg University (Aug 1988) and successfully concluded the World Bank Group’s Executive Development Program and International Project Finance Training at Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA (December 2000). He holds the military rank of Reserve Captain (retired) with the Cavalry of the Royal Netherlands Army.