Lean About

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I am a development researcher, multimedia journalist/editor, and communications expert with experience in international development communications and business reporting/editing.

My interests and passions are focused on the development landscape in the Asia-Pacific region particularly in the areas of climate change, the environment, sustainable development, family planning and gender rights, environmental and social safeguards, disaster risk reduction, inclusive businesses, private sector development, and other social development issues like health, education, and infrastructure.

I have also done extensive coverage on the governance, operations, and recruitment issues and opportunities of multilateral development institutions especially the Asian Development Bank in Manila, the Philippines and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing, China.

I’m currently a communications consultant for the Asian Development Bank, the premier development finance and knowledge institution in the Asia-Pacific region for the past 50 years. ADB’s headquarters is based in Manila, the Philippines.

I’m also doing freelance editing/proofreading work for Charlton Media Group for their various publications including the Singapore Business Review, Hong Kong Business, Asian Banking & Finance, Asian Power, Investment Asia, and Health Care Asia.

Following a bachelor’s degree in political economy from the University of Asia and the Pacific in 2012, I worked for different companies and organizations in the Philippines in various capacities including as a reporter for Devex, contributor for Forbes Philippines, business reporter for online news site Rappler, junior research analyst for CEIC Data, and data analyst for the Development Academy of the Philippines.

For my previous reporting role at Devex as its Asia-Pacific correspondent, I have done on-the-ground coverage in various cities in Asia including Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Kolkata and Imphal (India), Bangkok (Thailand), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bali (Indonesia), Hong Kong, Tacloban (Philippines), and Singapore.

Please click the link to see a copy of my CV: Lean Alfred Santos (Curriculum Vitae)

If you’d like to get in touch, please send me an email at lean.santos08@gmail.com.