Takehiko Nakao | Asian Development Bank

Takehiko Nakao

15 March 2019

President Nakao, Republic of Korea officials discuss strengthening cooperation

President Nakao and a delegation from the Republic of Korea, led by Director General of the Development Finance Bureau of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Chang Huh, met on 15 March 2019 at ADB headquarters in Manila. They discussed strengthening cooperation between ADB and the Republic of Korea, as well as the 2020 ADB Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors. Download photo

14 March 2019

President Nakao meets Sri Lanka officials

President Nakao met with a Sri Lankan delegation, headed by Ministry of Finance and Mass Media Secretary and ADB Alternate Governor, R. H. S. Samaratunga, on 14 March 2019 at ADB headquarters in Manila. Mr. Nakao stressed the need for Sri Lanka to continue with policy reforms during discussions on the country's macroeconomic challenges. Download photo

12 March 2019

ADB earns EDGE Move certification for gender equality

President Nakao received the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) Move (level 2) certification plaque on 12 March 2019 at ADB’s headquarters in Manila, making ADB the first international financial institution to achieve this level. EDGE is the leading standard for workplace gender equality and, while significant progress has been made since ADB attained EDGE level 1 certification in 2016, more work remains for ADB to achieve institutional gender targets and further progress in gender equality. Download photo

15 February 2019

President discusses Strategy 2030 in TV interview

In a wide-ranging interview with Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN News Channel, President Nakao discussed ADB’s mission and the challenges facing the region such as poverty, gender inequality, urbanization, climate change, and disasters. Tackling these challenges could include private sector collaboration, new technologies, good research, and shared knowledge, he said. Watch an exerpt of the interview

13 February 2019

President Nakao charts the future of Asian growth

President Nakao shared his thoughts on Asia’s half century of growth and the economic outlook for the region in a video interview on 13 February 2019 with the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) in Tokyo, alongside a recent panel discussion on the book, Banking on the Future of Asia and the Pacific: 50 Years of the Asian Development Bank. President Nakao outlined the role of ADB and ADBI in furthering the region’s progress and ADBI's role as the lead chair of the Think20 under Japan’s G20 presidency.

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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.