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Takehiko Nakao

21 February 2018

President Nakao joins discussions on new publication on 50 years of Asian development

The President opened a workshop on 21 February on the scope of a new publication, Critical Issues in Asian Development: A Reflection of the Past 50 Years and the Future. The publication will be a companion to the ADB history book launched in 2017. At the workshop President Nakao highlighted a number of key conditions for development. See the photo.

9 February 2018

President Nakao discusses nuclear science and the SDGs with IAEA head

The President met with Yukiya Amano, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General, on 9 February at ADB headquarters. Mr Amano briefed ADB on the contribution of nuclear sciences to the Sustainable Development Goals in areas such as food security and safety, environmental monitoring, health, and water management. See the photo.

29 January 2018

President Nakao meets French officials, UNESCO and business leaders in Paris

The President met with France’s Minister of State, attached to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Delphine Geny-Stephann, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multilateral Financial Affairs and Development of the French Treasury, Cyril Rousseau on 29 January. They discussed ADB's Strategy 2030, supporting upper middle-income countries, climate finance, and the SDGs. President Nakao also met with Agence Française de Développement Chief Executive Officer Remy Rioux, UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay, and key business leaders at a meeting organized by MEDEF International, France's largest employer's federation, and Business France. See news release and photo.

26 January 2018

President Nakao joins discussions at World Economic Forum in Davos

The President discussed the impacts of technology on jobs and regional collaboration in ASEAN in a session on shaping the future of production in ASEAN at the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, in Davos 23-26 January. He joined a discussion on financing for development and also spoke at sessions on the outlook for Japan and on infrastructure and urban development. He discussed mobilizing private resources to fill the infrastructure gap, prospects on general capital increase, and human resource management with the heads of other MDBs. President Nakao held bilateral meetings with Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan and Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, on the sidelines of the meeting. See photo.

23 January 2018

President Nakao joins Heads of MDBs Meeting in Switzerland

Heads of multilateral development banks, including President Nakao, met on 23 January in Zurich. MDB heads exchanged views on key current strategic issues they are facing and discussed MDB engagement in middle-income countries, particularly upper middle-income countries. 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.