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Takehiko Nakao

17 January 2019

President Nakao meets with Sri Lanka’s President

President Nakao met Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena on 17 January 2019 at ADB headquarters in Manila to discuss the country’s development challenges. They signed loan agreements worth $455 million for higher education and transport projects and a technical assistance loan in the urban sector. Read news release. Download photo.

15 January 2019

Economists' Forum discusses role of research in Strategy 2030

As part of the inaugural Economists’ Forum, President Nakao participated in a panel discussion on the role of research in Strategy 2030 on 15 January 2019 at ADB headquarters in Manila. Panelists discussed which areas to prioritize for integrating research and knowledge into ADB’s operational functions. See photo.

10 January 2019

President Nakao meets Prime Minister of Fiji, visits Annual Meeting venues

During a visit on 10-11 January 2019, President Nakao visited venues in Nadi for ADB’s 52nd Annual Meeting in May 2019. In the capital Suva, Mr. Nakao met with the Prime Minister of Fiji, Voreqe Bainimarama. They discussed preparations for the meeting and the ongoing development partnership between ADB and Fiji. The President also met other government officials and held a news conference. See news release, download photo.

7 January 2019

President Nakao meets Samoa Prime Minister

On an official visit to Samoa on 7-9 January 2019, the President met with the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. They discussed ADB's plans to expand operations, and signed an agreement establishing a permanent ADB office in the country. President Nakao also participated in a joint press conference with the Prime Minister, met senior officials, and visited ADB projects. See news release, download photo.

12 December 2018

AIIB VP for Investment Operations visits ADB

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank's Vice President for Investment Operations, D. J. Pandian met with President Nakao on 11-12 December 2018 at ADB headquarters in Manila. He also met Vice Presidents Stephen Groff, Diwakar Gupta, Shixin Chen, and other ADB senior officials. They discussed deepening cooperation between ADB and AIIB, including cofinancing in 2019 and beyond. See 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.