Takehiko Nakao

  • 26 August 2015

    President meets Nepal Chief Secretary

    President Nakao met with Nepal Chief Secretary Som Lal Subedi on 26 August at ADB headquarters. They discussed the country's economic reforms and post-earthquake reconstruction challenges. See the photo.

  • 4 August 2015

    President meets New Zealand Economic Development Minister

    President Nakao met with Steven Joyce, New Zealand Economic Development Minister, on 4 August to discuss ADB's partnership with New Zealand and its operational performance in the Pacific. See the photo.

  • 3 August 2015

    President leads IPAG experts on emerging global challenges in Asia

    President Nakao and Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs delivered welcome and keynote remarks at the opening of the 7th meeting of the International Policy Advisory Group on 3 August at ADB headquarters. They emphasized Asia's ability to take the lead in sustainable and innovative growth, inclusive development, and the proposed post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. See the photo.

  • 31 July 2015

    President Nakao meets Transport Minister of Bangladesh

    The President met with Bangladesh Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on 31 July at ADB headquarters. Their discussion focused on ADB's assistance to the country's road and urban transport sectors. See the photo.

  • 28 July 2015

    President Nakao meets Finance Secretary of the Philippines

    On 28 July in Manila, the President met with the Philippines' Finance Secretary and ADB Governor Cesar Purisima for discussions on global and regional economic developments. At the meeting, the President announced that ADB stands ready to boost its sovereign lending to the Philippines to about $3 billion (or 66% higher) between 2016 and 2018 using ADB's expanded lending capacity. The Finance Secretary reaffirmed the country's strong commitment to ADB as its host. Read the news release. See the photo.

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ADB President Takehiko Nakao

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Takehiko Nakao is the President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Chairperson of ADB’s Board of Directors. He was elected President by ADB’s Board of Governors and assumed office in April 2013.

Before joining ADB, Mr. Nakao was the Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance of Japan.

In a career spanning more than three decades, Mr. Nakao has gained extensive experience in international finance and development. He has held senior positions in the Ministry of Finance in Japan, which he joined in 1978, including Director-General of the International Bureau, where he fostered close ties with leading figures in the Asia-Pacific region, and G20 nations.

He was assigned as Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C., between 2005 and 2007, and from 1994 to 1997 served as economist and advisor at the International Monetary Fund.

He has published books and numerous papers on financial and economic issues, and in 2010 and 2011 was a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo.

Born in 1956, Mr. Nakao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.