Takehiko Nakao | Asian Development Bank

Takehiko Nakao

4 December 2018

President Nakao addresses Think20 conference in Japan

President Nakao delivered keynote remarks at the Think20 Japan Inception Conference on 4 December 2018 in Tokyo. The President spoke about how to use artificial intelligence and robotics to improve sustainable development, support consumer demand, increase service sector jobs, and protect the environment. Policy experts were encouraged to advance these issues at the 2-day event, which doubled as the ADBI Annual Conference. See photo.

29 November 2018

President meets UNESCAP head

President Nakao met with Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana on 29 November 2018 at ADB headquarters in Manila. They discussed supporting the SDGs through knowledge, capacity building, and policy dialogue. See news release.

22 November 2018

Internal Auditors Gather at ADB

A 2-day iaTech conference began on 22 November 2018 at ADB headquarters in Manila. It brought together more than 200 public sector internal auditors from 29 countries. President Nakao, in opening remarks, discussed the role of internal auditors in the age of digital transformation and the need for internal auditing to keep pace with new technology. See news release, photo.

15 November 2018

President reaffirms ADB’s strong support to CAREC

President Nakao, in a special address at the 17th CAREC Ministerial Conference on 15 November 2018 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, reaffirmed ADB's commitment to the CAREC Program. Ministers and senior officials from 11 CAREC countries and development partners attended. This year’s conference focused on expanding regional trade and promoting economic diversification.

President Nakao announced that ADB will provide $2 billion in new assistance for regional CAREC projects in 2018 to help improve connectivity, address electricity supply and enhance trade. See news release, photo.

14 November 2018

President Nakao meets President of Turkmenistan

President Nakao met with the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat on 14 November 2018 to discuss strengthening ADB’s development partnership with Turkmenistan. They spoke about how ADB could increase support to the country, including assistance to the energy, finance, social, transport, and water sectors. President Nakao also met other senior government officials. 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.