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Takehiko Nakao

10 December 2018

ADB President and Philippine Finance Secretary meet to discuss lending

President Nakao and Philippine Finance Secretary and ADB Governor, Carlos G. Dominguez, met on 10 December 2018 at the Department of Finance in Manila to discuss lending support in 2018 and 2019. The meeting was followed by a ceremony to formally exchange loan documents for the $300 million Expanding Private Participation in Infrastructure Program subprogram 2 and the $300 million Inclusive Finance Development Program. See news, photo.

7 December 2018

ADB calls for improved governance, anticorruption measures

President Nakao spoke at an event to mark International Anticorruption Day on 7 December 2018 at ADB headquarters in Manila. He stressed that ADB must continue to promote good governance and anticorruption measures to secure the future of Asia and the Pacific. Other speakers discussed the importance of knowledge sharing, transparency, and innovation in education and environmental management. See news release, photo.

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.

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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.