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11 June 2019

President Nakao, Global Infrastructure Hub CEO meet in ADB Headquarters

President Nakao and Global Infrastructure Hub CEO Ms. Marie Lam-Frendo met on 11 June 2019 at ADB headquarters in Manila to discuss GIH’s role in helping the public and private sectors increase investment flows, the quality of infrastructure projects, and the recently endorsed G20 Quality Infrastructure Investment Principles. Download photo

8 June 2019

President Nakao participates in G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting

President Nakao attended the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting on 8-9 June 2019 in Fukuoka, Japan, where he emphasized the growing importance of development finance and the key role played by MDBs in achieving global commitments, including the SDGs, the Paris climate agreement, and bridging the infrastructure gap. He also highlighted ADB’s work in universal health coverage and policy-based lending undertaken in close coordination with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Download photo

28 May 2019

President Nakao visits Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

President Takehiko Nakao met with AIIB President, Mr. Jin Liqun, and his senior management team on 28 May 2019 at its headquarters in Beijing. They discussed strategic and operational issues, including the results framework and the functional relationship between the board and management. Mr. Nakao held a town hall presentation with AIIB staff, covering ADB operations, Strategy 2030, and macroeconomic development and challenges in the Asia and Pacific region. Download photo

28 May 2019

President Nakao meets People's Republic of China (PRC) Finance Minister; signs MOU on pollution management and climate change

President Takehiko Nakao on 28 May 2019 discussed development priorities and ADB’s support with PRC Minister of Finance and ADB Governor, Mr. Liu Kun. The President spoke about the PRC's macroeconomic policies, partnerships with upper middle-income countries like the PRC, and differentiated pricing, confirming the focus of ADB's future lending on strengthening institutions, climate change and the environment, rural vitalization, and inclusive development. The President also signed a memorandum of understanding on pollution management and climate change. Read news release and download photo

17 May 2019

ADB President meets Prime Minister of Malaysia, reaffirms support

President Nakao met the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, on 17 May 2019 in Kuala Lumpur. They discussed how ADB can support Malaysia in areas such as water, urban transport, and renewable energy, including the possibility of lending to help the country incorporate more advanced technologies, diversify its project funding sources, and address debt sustainability. The President also handed the Prime Minister a copy of ADB’s 50-year history book, and highlighted the longstanding relationship between Malaysia and ADB. Read news release. Download 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.