Takehiko Nakao | Asian Development Bank

Takehiko Nakao

19 March 2018

President Nakao meets SAARC Secretary General

The President on 19 March 2018 met at ADB headquarters with South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretary General Amjad Hussain Sial, who expressed gratitude for the cooperation between ADB and SAARC since the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two organizations in April 2004. See the photo.

19 March 2018

Helen Clark celebrates Gender Month at ADB

Former New Zealand Prime Minister and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark addressed a crowd of 600 as Gender Month’s Distinguished Speaker on 16 March 2018 in HQ. Ms. Clark highlighted policies and laws that can help break glass ceilings and support all women to enjoy greater work-family balance. She praised ADB for its track record and continued commitment to supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Asia and Pacific region. President Nakao and Ms. Clark also took part in a panel moderated answering questions from the audience on the future of women’s leadership. See news release and photo.

15 March 2018

ADB President, Republic of Korea President reaffirm strong partnership

President Nakao met with Republic of Korea President Jae-in Moon and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance, Dong Yeon Kim on 13-14 March 2018 in Seoul. President Nakao reaffirmed ADB’s strong partnership with the Republic of Korea and discussed various areas of collaboration. He also met JongKu Choi, Chairperson of the Financial Services Commission; and Sung-soo Eun, Chairperson and President of the Export-Import Bank of Korea. During his visit, the President also gave a lecture at the Yonsei University on the economic development and future of Asia and the role of ADB. See news release and photo.

12 March 2018

President Nakao responds to call from Norway for MDBs to combat sexual harassment

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway has urged all its MDB partners to stress the importance of combatting sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace and in their operations. In response, President Nakao emphasized ADB’s institutional and operational policies, along with its mechanisms to prevent harassment, bullying, and any form of mistreatment.

8 March 2018

ADB marks International Women’s Day

President Nakao led ADB’s celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March at its headquarters in Manila, stating that gender equality is his priority. He urged all staff, managers, and vice-presidents to make determined efforts to achieve gender equality. Guest speaker Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, drew on her personal journey to share how women leaders can promote positive change in their communities and in society. See news release and photo.

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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.