Claudia Buentjen is a macroeconomist/international economist, and public sector reform specialist with more than 20 years of experience in project management, advisory services and research in more than 10 countries.

In her current position as Principal Public Management Specialist at ADB, Ms. Buentjen provides technical leadership to the Governance Thematic Group, an ADB-internal network for knowledge sharing, and cross-departmental coordination in the areas of public sector management, governance, and capacity development. She develops and maintains thematic and sector policies and operational plans and contributes to the quality of country programs and operations by providing direct operational support, as well as by supporting learning, innovation, and partnerships.

In previous positions in ADB, Ms. Buentjen led the Philippine country team and was responsible for the preparation and implementation of the Country Partnership Strategy, 2011–2016. She also supported a range of government reforms in intergovernmental fiscal relations, land management, results-based budgeting, taxation, social accountability, and disaster response.

Before joining ADB, Ms. Buentjen worked as GIZ Advisor for decentralization and tax audit projects in Indonesia. She also worked as a World Bank consultant, taught macroeconomics and international economics, and conducted research on international finance.

Ms. Buentjen holds a Dr. rer. pol. in International Economics and a Diploma in economics and business administration from the Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum.