The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced that it had appointed Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, who was next in line to become the Chief Election Commissioner in 2021, as its Vice President (VP) for Private Sector Operations and Public-Private Partnerships.

The Manila-headquartered regional bank said: “Mr. Ashok Lavasa will succeed Diwakar Gupta whose term will end on August 31. Mr. Lavasa has a long and distinguished career in the Indian civil service. He has extensive experience in public-private partnerships and infrastructure development at the state and federal levels, with deep knowledge on public policy and the role of private sector.”