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17 September 2018

ADB President speaks with staff on long-term strategy

President Takehiko Nakao discussed Strategy 2030, ADB’s new long-term strategy, in a town hall meeting with ADB staff on 17 September 2018. The discussion involved more than 1,000 staff members at ADB headquarters, in addition to personnel at 23 field offices who participated via videoconference. The President said the successful implementation of Strategy 2030 will depend on the efforts of all staff working as one. The President also highlighted human resource initiatives at ADB to support staff in delivering the strategy. See speech and photo.

12 September 2018

Transport forum highlights financing, policies, and technological advances

The Transport Forum 2018 opened on 12 September 2018 at ADB Headquarters with ADB President Takehiko Nakao and Vice President Bambang Susantono participating in the opening session. President Nakao said that Asia and the Pacific’s transport needs will require $8.4 trillion in financing by 2030. He emphasized the importance of transport development not only for economic growth, but also for enhancing people's quality of life and meeting basic human needs. To grow, the transport sector needs the right policies, technology and finance, and the use of public-private partnerships. Other forum participants included Afghanistan Public Works Minister Yama Yari, JICA France Office Chief Representative Megumi Muto, and Japan Society of Northern California President Lawrence Greenwood. ADB Vice President Bambang Susantono emphasized comprehensive asset management and the growing need for innovative planning and financing in transport operations in alignment with Strategy 2030, ADB’s long-term corporate strategy. Discussions focused on practical approaches to the region’s transport challenges and knowledge sharing about the latest technological advances in the sector. See news release and photo.

11 September 2018

ADBI Advisory Council meeting held in ADB Headquarters

Members of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) Advisory Council met 11 September 2018 and endorsed ADBI's work program for 2019. The members also provided feedback on the council’s current operations. ADB President Takehiko Nakao opened the meeting, emphasizing the importance of Strategy 2030, ADB’s long-term corporate strategy, in responding to the region’s changing needs. President Nakao and the council members also discussed climate change, poverty reduction, macroeconomic risks, and ways to enhance institutions and promote innovation. See photo.

5 September 2018

President Nakao visits the Digital Experience Gallery

ADB President Takehiko Nakao learned about the latest digital technologies being used and piloted in ADB as he visited the Digital Experience Gallery on 5 September 2018. Hundreds of staff explored new tools such as SharePoint, Power BI for data analytics and dashboards, chatbot for IT service, and upgraded conference rooms. See photo.

5 September 2018

President Nakao leads the ADB SCF kick-off activity

ADB President Takehiko Nakao led the 2018 ADB Staff Community Fund (SCF) fundraising kick-off activity on 5 September 2018 at ADB headquarters. He encouraged ADB staff and their families to get more involved in helping underprivileged communities. This year’s theme is “It’s a Small World After All – One World, One Song, One Heart.” The ADB Staff Community Fund is a staff-initiative established in 1997 to fund social services in less-privileged communities around Manila, Philippines, where ADB is headquartered. As of 2017, the fund has disbursed over 80 million Philippine pesos to more than a hundred charitable institutions. Most of the funds come from staff contributions. 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.