From Private Sector to Global Development - Ann Rennie, the Asian Development Bank

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She moved from commercial banking into the international development world. In this episode we talk to Ann Rennie, responsible for human resources and one of the Deputy Director Generals for the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “I kind of fell into banking, but then I always was missing something. There was something that wasn’t there”, says Ann Rennie.

She has had executive roles at the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and at UK’s Department for International Development, but also from the private sector. In this podcast Ann Rennie shares many useful career advices that will certainly increase your chances of landing your own job. This is a short list of some of the topics covered:

  • The role of ADB and how do you build a career at the bank, i.e. Young professional program and internship.
  • Organizational culture in international financial institutions compared to private sector organizations.
  • Ann’s proudest career moments and her lessons for a successful career.
  • The importance for candidates to show that they have the right motivation (Tip! Try answering these questions: “Why you? Why now? Why this position?”)
  • On working in Asia: “When you have a typhoon come through, even if you’re not working on that in operational terms as a project, you get involved anyway. You go off and you work on the food baskets and pack people’s trucks with them and help people. You’re living that life of helping and improving people’s lives. You’re right here”, says Ann Rennie.

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Click here to get the complete transcript of episode 08

Ann, thank you again for being such a great guest!