Takehiko Nakao | Asian Development Bank

Takehiko Nakao

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

ADB presents Japanese version of history book

ADB marked the publication of the Japanese version of "Banking on the Future of Asia and the Pacific: 50 Years of the Asian Development Bank" with a seminar on 13 February 2019 in Tokyo. President Nakao spoke on a panel titled “How Asia has developed—50 years of partnership with the Asian Development Bank”, together with Hitotsubashi University visiting professor and one of the two supervisory translators of the book, Shinji Asanuma; Tokyo University of Science professor Mie Oba; and Asahi Shimbun senior Asia correspondent Keiko Yoshioka. Over 120 people were in attendance from the Japanese government, the private sector, academe, NGOs, and the media. Download photo. Watch video [日本語] .

13 February 2019

ADB, JICA discuss universal health coverage

President Nakao and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Shinichi Kitaoka opened the Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Asia and the Pacific event on 13 February 2019 in Tokyo. Representatives from over 20 Asian countries joined ADB, JICA, Japan’s Ministry of Finance, and others to identify ways of achieving and sustaining UHC. They discussed challenges from noncommunicable diseases, rapid aging, gaps in regional health security, and the need for health financing reforms. Read news release. Download photo.

11 February 2019

President's Advisory Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development meets

President Nakao convened the 10th meeting of the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development on 11 February 2019 at ADB’s headquarters in Manila. The meeting focused on the implications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C for developing Asia. IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee explained the main findings of the report and the challenges of limiting the increase in global warming to 1.5°C. Read news release. Download photo.

8 February 2019

ADB, AFD meet to strengthen partnership

President Nakao and Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) delegates met on 8 February 2019 at ADB headquarters in Manila. An amendment to the Partnership Framework Agreement was signed to increase cofinancing from $3 billion over the past 3 years to $5 billion over the coming 3 years. ADB and AFD also signed an MOU on sustainable urban transport through the Mobilise Your City Asia Program. Read news release. Download 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.