MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Naoyuki Yoshino has been appointed Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). Mr. Yoshino, a Japanese national, is currently a Professor of Economics at Keio University, Japan.
“It is an honor to join this important institute,” Mr. Yoshino said. “I look forward to working closely with partners and colleagues across Asia and the Pacific to continue ADBI’s strong contribution to economic research and capacity development around the critical long-term issues facing the region.”
Mr. Yoshino holds a Doctorate degree in Economics from Johns Hopkins University (US) and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Tohoku University (Japan). He obtained honorary doctorates from Goteborg University (Sweden) and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). Mr. Yoshino has been President of the Financial System Council of the Government of Japan.
Mr. Yoshino takes over from Masahiro Kawai, who joined ADBI as Dean in January 2007. During his seven years leading the institute its outputs expanded dramatically. ADBI now publishes several books and more than 50 working papers per year. ADBI is also a hub for policy dialogue and capacity development for government officials and academia from the Asia and Pacific region, and beyond.
ADBI was named the fifth best government-affiliated think tank in the world by the 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, published by the University of Pennsylvania.
ADBI was established in 1997 in Tokyo, Japan, to help build capacity, skills, and knowledge related to poverty reduction and other areas that support long-term growth and competitiveness in developing economies in the Asia and Pacific region.