Takehiko Nakao

  • 3 July 2015

    President Nakao meets with King of Spain

    On 3 July the President paid a courtesy call to Spain's King Felipe VI in Madrid. He also met with ADB Governor Luis de Guindos Jurado, Minister of Economy and Competitiveness; and Alternate Governor Iñigo Fernández de Mesa, Secretary General of the Treasury and Financial Policy. They discussed ADB's role in financing investments in Asia and cooperation with Spain. ADB Managing Director General Juan Miranda joined the President. See the photo.

  • 1 July 2015

    President Nakao meets Portugal Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of State and Finance

    From 1 to 2 July President Nakao met Deputy Prime Minister Paulo Portas in Lisbon, Portugal. He also met Minister of State and Finance Maria Luís Albuquerque, Secretary of State of Finance and ADB Governor Manuel Rodrigues, and Secretary of State Assistant to The Minister And of Economy Leonardo Mathias. They agreed to strengthen the relationship between ADB and Portugal. See the photo.

  • 30 June 2015

    President Nakao joins WTO Global Review on Aid for Trade

    The President, World Trade Organization Director-General Azevedo, World Bank President Kim, and OECD Secretary-General Gurria participated in the opening plenary of the WTO event on 30 June in Geneva, Switzerland. In his speech, President Nakao highlighted a three pronged approach to aid for trade: stronger infrastructure investment, better trade facilitation, and faster trade finance. (Photo credit: WTO/Studio Casagrande)  

  • 28 June 2015

    President Nakao participates in Tidewater Meeting, meets ADB Governor in the Netherlands

    The President stressed the importance of sound economic policies and the role of ADB in financing for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals at the 47th Annual Tidewater Meeting on 28-29 June in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands. The meeting was co-chaired by the Netherlands Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation and ADB Governor Lilianne Ploumen (pictured). See the photo.

  • 25 June 2015

    President joins International Conference on Nepal's Reconstruction

    President Nakao reaffirmed ADB's support to help Nepal "build back better" after the April's earthquake in a speech at a reconstruction conference on 25 June in Kathmandu. He said ADB is ready to provide up to $400 million in further assistance, which would bring total assistance to $600 million. President Nakao met with Nepal Minister of Finance and ADB Governor Ram Sharan Mahat after the opening session. 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.