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1 July 2019

President Nakao writes blog for The Economist on gender and infrastructure

As the G20 gathered in Osaka, Japan, The Economist published a blog by President Nakao on making infrastructure work for women and girls in Asia and the Pacific. Read blog

1 July 2019

President Nakao speaks with media at G20 Osaka Summit

President Nakao spoke to Bloomberg’s Stephen Engle in Osaka at the end of the G-20 Summit to talk about the issues global leaders discussed, such as trade war, climate change, digital economy, and taxation. Watch the video. The President was also interviewed by CGTN Global Finance’s Cheng Lei on the return of the PRC-US trade negotiations. Watch the video.

29 June 2019

President Nakao participates in women's empowerment event, meets Singapore and Viet Nam leaders

President Nakao on 29 June 2019 in Osaka participated in the G20 Leaders’ Special Event on Women’s Empowerment where he presented to Japan's Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe a report on an ADB project in Sri Lanka financed by the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative. President Nakao also met with Viet Nam Prime Minister Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc to discuss Viet Nam’s macroeconomic performance. Earlier President Nakao signed a memorandum of understanding to open ADB’s new office in Singapore. Read news release. Download photo.

28 June 2019

President Nakao represents regional development banks in G20 Leaders’ Summit in Japan

President Nakao joined the G20 Leaders' Summit on 28-29 June 2019 in Osaka where he participated in a side event on the digital economy and how digitization is transforming societies, a plenary session on inequalities and sustainable development and engaged with various leaders, discussing priorities from this year’s Japanese G20 Presidency. Read news release. Download photo.

23 June 2019

President Nakao meets Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi

President Nakao and Myanmar State Counselor Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi met on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit on 23 June 2019 in Bangkok to discuss ADB’s continued engagement with Myanmar on infrastructure development, economic reforms, and building human and institutional capacities and reaffirm ADB’s readiness to support Myanmar as it takes steps toward conflict resolution and reconciliation. 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.