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.

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President Nakao addresses influential US think tanks

The President was the keynote speaker in discussions at the Center for Global Development and the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC on 14 April; and at Harvard University’s Asia Center and Center for International Development in Boston on 15 April. President Nakao underscored the wide-ranging opportunities and challenges in Asia, and discussed a strategy to keep ADB relevant in the region. President Nakao is meeting on 16 April with Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University in New York City.

President Nakao attends Heads of Multilateral Development Banks meeting, holds bilateral meetings with MDB heads, US senior officials in Washington, DC

The President emphasized the importance of MDB cooperation on leveraging private resources for financing infrastructure, and small and medium enterprises at the meeting of MDB heads on 13 April in Washington, DC. President Nakao also had bilateral meetings with the presidents of the regional development banks and US senior officials to discuss the mid-term review of Strategy 2020 and proposed ADB reforms.

President Nakao addresses forum by Japan Institute of International Affairs

The President spoke about the Asian Economy and ADB’s Role at a forum hosted by JIIA, a leading think tank on foreign affairs in Japan, on 11 April in Tokyo. President Nakao discussed opportunities and challenges in Asia, including the middle-income trap and prospects of economic reforms in emerging countries in Asia. The forum was attended by about 100 participants from the government, academia, business, media, and embassies in Japan. The President and ADB Institute Dean Naoyuki Yoshino also joined an informal discussion at ADBI with selected senior journalists in Japan, sharing their respective views on the region’s ongoing efforts for more inclusive growth.

President Nakao addresses ASEAN Finance Ministers' Meeting, meets Myanmar President

The President on 5 April presented the economic outlook and policy challenges toward establishing the ASEAN Economic Community in his speech at the ASEAN Finance Ministers' Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Read the news release.
The President also met with Myanmar President U Thein Sein, Finance Minister and ADB Governor Win Shein, and other senior officials to discuss ADB's expanding engagement in Myanmar. The President visited the newly formed Myanmar Resident Mission. Read the news release.

President Nakao meets with UNDP Administrator

The President held discussions with United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark on 27 March in ADB Headquarters. Their meeting reaffirmed the ADB-UNDP partnership and further strengthened institutional linkages to achieve better development outcomes.