Hans Woldring has 39 years of professional experience, with 26 years in the field. He joined ADB in 2007, and has worked in the Central and West Asia and South Asia Departments. He led with major assignments for ADB in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Nepal, and has worked in the Central Asia region since 1994. Prior to joining ADB, he worked for 4 years with the International Finance Corporation in their advisory services unit in Central Asia. From 1981 to 2001, he worked as a consultant to private and corporate famers in Australia, specializing in resource management, farm management and agronomy advisory, as well as international consulting assignments in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China and Cameroon.
Recent projects include the Arghandab Integrated Water Resources Development Project, approved by ADB in September 2019, which aims to help improve Afghanistan’s agricultural productivity, water resources management, energy generation, and growth outlook. He also supports in operational planning, and currently leads processing of projects for Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic on agriculture wholesale markets and livestock value chain development.
Hans, a national of Australia, holds a Bachelor of Rural Science from the University of New England, a Master of Integrated Water Management from the University of Queensland, and is a Graduate of the ADB/Harvard Breakthrough Leadership program. He has served as an elected representative in local government and professional organizations in Australia. He is an accomplished sailor and holds a commercial pilots license with more than 2500 hours in command.