Takehiko Nakao | Asian Development Bank

Takehiko Nakao

15 March 2018

ADB President, Republic of Korea President reaffirm strong partnership

President Nakao met with Republic of Korea President Jae-in Moon and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance, Dong Yeon Kim on 13-14 March 2018 in Seoul. President Nakao reaffirmed ADB’s strong partnership with the Republic of Korea and discussed various areas of collaboration. He also met JongKu Choi, Chairperson of the Financial Services Commission; and Sung-soo Eun, Chairperson and President of the Export-Import Bank of Korea. During his visit, the President also gave a lecture at the Yonsei University on the economic development and future of Asia and the role of ADB. See news release and photo.

12 March 2018

President Nakao responds to call from Norway for MDBs to combat sexual harassment

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway has urged all its MDB partners to stress the importance of combatting sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace and in their operations. In response, President Nakao emphasized ADB’s institutional and operational policies, along with its mechanisms to prevent harassment, bullying, and any form of mistreatment.

8 March 2018

ADB marks International Women’s Day

President Nakao led ADB’s celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March at its headquarters in Manila, stating that gender equality is his priority. He urged all staff, managers, and vice-presidents to make determined efforts to achieve gender equality. Guest speaker Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, drew on her personal journey to share how women leaders can promote positive change in their communities and in society. See news release and photo.

2 March 2018

President Nakao meets with Bangladesh Prime Minister

The President met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 28 February in Dhaka. The Prime Minister acknowledged ADB contributions in helping Bangladesh achieve lower middle-income status, and requested continued support for infrastructure development. President Nakao reaffirmed ADB's commitment to further strengthen ADB's 45-year partnership with the country. The President also visited an export-oriented green garments factory in Dhaka on 1 March to conclude his 3-day visit to Bangladesh. See the photo.

27 February 2018

President Nakao visits Bangladesh

The President met with Finance Minister and ADB Governor for Bangladesh Abul Maal A. Muhith on 27 February in Dhaka. He also visited ADB-assisted projects including the Ashuganj power plant, a secondary school in Bhairab, urban infrastructure in Narsingdi, and a railway in the Dhaka-Chittagong corridor. The President also met ministers and other senior officials at a dinner hosted by the Government of Bangladesh. 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.