Takehiko Nakao

1 December 2016

President Nakao addresses ADBI conference

The President spoke at the Asian Development Bank Institute’s Annual Conference on 1 December in Tokyo on the implications of ultra-low and negative interest rates for Asia. He also held a press conference where about 60 journalists were updated on the region's economic outlook and ADB's role in Asia and the Pacific. See the photo.

24 November 2016

President Nakao holds press conference at ADB HQ

The President spoke about the Asian economy, regional challenges, and ADB's reform agenda in its 50th year during a press conference on 24 November to mark the start of his second term. He also discussed ADB's support for the Philippines, regional trade, and poverty. Reporters from Bloomberg, Reuters, Associated Press, Channel NewsAsia, Deutsche Press-Agentur, Nikkei, and Kyodo attended. See the photo.

22 November 2016

President on Asia's green business potential

President Nakao highlighted Asia's great potential for supporting green business at a discussion on Securing the Future of Green Business in Asia-Pacific on 22 November at ADB's headquarters in Manila. Other panelists included UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim, Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez, and Bangladesh Environment and Forestry Minister Anwar Hossain. See the photo.

21 November 2016

President Nakao addresses ACRAA conference

The President stressed the importance of a stable financial sector for Asia's sustained growth at a conference organized by the Association of Credit Rating Agencies in Asia, on 21 November in Manila. He also emphasized the critical role of credit rating agencies in promoting capital markets and bridging Asia's infrastructure financing gaps. See the photo.

10 November 2016

President speaks at event marking 30-year ADB-PRC partnership

President Nakao spoke at an event commemorating 30 years of partnership between the ADB and the People's Republic of China (PRC) on 10 November in Shanghai. The president said ADB is ready to help the PRC address economic, social, and demographic challenges through ADB's finance and knowledge work. Read the news release and see the 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.