Mr. Wencai Zhang is the Vice-President (Operations 1) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He joined ADB in December 2013.
Mr. Zhang is responsible for operations in the South Asia Department and the Central and West Asia Department.
Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Zhang was the Director General of the Department of External Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Finance (MOF) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
He served as the Deputy Director General for the International Department of MOF from July 2004 to July 2012, where he worked with various multilateral initiatives, including the Group of 20 (G20), Association of Southeast Asian Nations+3 (ASEAN+3), and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation.
From April 2007 to September 2009, Mr. Zhang was the Executive Director for the PRC at ADB, where he was the Chairman of the Budget Review Committee and a member of the Development Effectiveness Committee and the Ethics Committee of the Board of Directors. From December 1993 to May 1996, he was the Advisor to the Executive Director of China at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
Since July 1989, Mr. Zhang has held senior positions in the MOF, overseeing loan programs, technical assistance and training, international financial institutions, and international economic relations.
Mr. Zhang holds a PhD in Finance from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He earned his Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics from Nankai University in Tianjin, PRC.
Mr. Zhang is married with two children.
|2013-present||Vice-President (Operations 1), Asian Development Bank|
|2012-2013||Director General, Department of External Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Finance, People's Republic of China (PRC)|
|2009-2012||Deputy Director General , International Department, Ministry of Finance, PRC|
|2007-2009||Executive Director for PRC, Asian Development Bank|
|2004-2007||Deputy Director General, International Department, Ministry of Finance, PRC|
|1999-2004||Director, Various Divisions, International Department, Ministry of Finance, PRC|
|1998-1999||Deputy Director, Division of Loan Programs, International Department, Ministry of Finance, PRC|
|1996-1998||Deputy Director, Division of Agriculture, Water Resources, Forestry and Poverty Alleviation, World Bank Department, Ministry of Finance, PRC|
|1993-1996||Advisor to Executive Director of China, World Bank, Washington D.C., USA|
|1989-1993||Project Officer, Division of Industry, Transport and Energy, World Bank Department, Ministry of Finance, PRC|
ADB Vice-President Visits Azerbaijan and Reconfirms PartnershipADB Vice-President Mr. Wencai Zhang has expressed confidence in Azerbaijan’s development agenda and said ADB is ready to increase its support for the government’s economic reforms.
ADB Affirms Support for Pakistan's Development AgendaADB Vice-President Mr. Wencai Zhang affirmed ADB’s support for the Government of Pakistan’s new development and reform agenda during his 2-day visit to the country from 4 to 5 October.
ADB Vice-President Visits Uzbekistan, Reaffirms PartnershipADB Vice-President Mr. Wencai Zhang reiterated ADB’s support for the government’s development and reform agenda, and expressed confidence in Uzbekistan’s economic prospects.
ADB VP Reaffirms Commitment to Support Sri Lanka's DevelopmentADB Vice-President Mr. Wencai Zhang today in meetings with Sri Lanka’s leadership reaffirmed ADB’s strong commitment to support the country’s continued development drive, in line with Strategy 2030.
ADB, Tajikistan Celebrate 20 Years of Development PartnershipADB Vice-President Mr. Wencai Zhang on 13 August met with the Prime Minister of Tajikistan Mr. Kohir Rasulzoda, First Deputy Prime Minister and ADB Governor Mr. Davlatali Said, and other senior government officials in Dushanbe.
Opening Remarks at the Inter-subregional Forum on Enhanced Implementation of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement - Wencai ZhangOpening address by Wencai Zhang, ADB Vice President for Inter-subregional Forum on Enhanced Implementation of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement on 30 October 2018, in Bangkok, Thailand
Welcome Speech at the Reception to Celebrate 20 Years of ADB-Tajikistan Partnership - Wencai ZhangWelcome speech by ADB Vice President Wencai Zhang at the reception to celebrate 20 years of ADB-Tajikistan partnership on 13 August 2018 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Speech at the 12th Informal Meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Finance Ministers – Wencai ZhangSpeech by ADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang at the 12th Informal Meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Finance Ministers at the 51st ADB Annual Meeting on 4 May 2018 in Manila, Philippines.
Opening Remarks at the CAREC High-Level Session on New Opportunities for Regional Cooperation – Wencai ZhangOpening remarks by ADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang at the CAREC High-Level Session on New Opportunities for Regional Cooperation: The Potential of CAREC–BRI Collaboration on 3 May 2018 in Manila, Philippines.
Opening Remarks at the Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF 2018) - Wencai ZhangOpening remarks by ADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang at the Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF 2018) held on 17-18 January 2018 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Securing Robust Financial Markets for Stable Growth in Emerging Asia - Wencai ZhangCapital markets remain the most viable solution for infrastructure development in Asia and the Pacific, both as an enabler of long-term financing and as a source of financial stability.
Connecting Asia's growth poles - Wencai ZhangBy standing together, Asia’s growth poles can take the next step toward even greater prosperity.
An enduring partnership - Wencai ZhangPakistan has all that’s required to be a star economy in Asia.
Robust infrastructure key to spur growth - Wencai ZhangIt is generally acknowledged that India needs substantial investments in its infrastructure sector for achieving growth that is not only high, but also inclusive.