Colandavelu Narayanasuwami (Nam) entered the Ceylon Civil Service in 1960. He held various senior positions in the public sector, including those of director, Agrarian Research and Training Institute; and additional permanent secretary, Ministry of Plantation Industries, until 1977. He joined the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1978 and served as senior project development and project evaluation specialist, and chief technical adviser of the ‘Expanded Assistance to the Agrarian Reform Programme’ in Manila, Philippines until early 1983. In April that year, he joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines, as evaluation specialist and served with distinction in senior capacities for over 12 years. At the time of his retirement from ADB in 1996, he held a director-level position at the then Post-Evaluation Office. He continued his professional interest in development management as an independent consultant thereafter for over 22 years. During this period, he undertook several complex multidisciplinary assignments in the Asia and Pacific region for ADB, the United Nations Development Programme, Australian Agency for International Development, and the World Bank. Read more.