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 Nan Kai 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 Reaffirms Commitment to Enhance Investments in Economic Corridors, Low-Income StatesADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang today reaffirmed ADB’s commitment to enhance investments in boosting industrial competitiveness to create more and better jobs and support inclusive infrastructure in low-income states.
ADB VP Reaffirms Commitment to Support Bangladesh on Implementing SDGsTogether with the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and representatives of development partners, ADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang attended the Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) in Dhaka on 17 January 2018.
VP Zhang Visits Georgia, Reaffirms ADB's Development SupportADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang met with the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili on 29 November, where he reaffirmed ADB’s commitment to support the country’s economic development.
ADB VP Reaffirms Sri Lanka Partnership, Launches Book Marking 50 Years of TiesADB is reaffirming its long-term partnership with Sri Lanka to continue helping the country achieve its development goals, said ADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang in an event to celebrate 50 years of ties between ADB and Sri Lanka.
ADB Vice-President Visits UzbekistanADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov.
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
Welcome Remarks at the Coffee Table Book Launch - Wencai ZhangWelcome remarks by ADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang at the coffee table book launch on 22 November 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Keynote Speech at the WCO Global Transit Conference – Wencai ZhangKeynote speech by ADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang at the World Customs Organization’s Global Transit Conference on 10 July 2017 in Brussels, Belgium
Opening Remarks at the 10th Astana Economic Forum – Wencai ZhangRemarks by ADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang at the Central Asian Economies’ Shared Prosperity: CAREC 2030 Strategy Session of the 10th Astana Economic Forum on 15 June 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Speech at the Eleventh Informal Meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Finance Ministers—Wencai ZhangSpeech by ADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang at the Eleventh Information Meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Finance Ministers on 5 May 2017 at Pacifico Center in Yokohama, Japan.
Securing Robust Financial Markets for Stable Growth in Emerging AsiaCapital 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 polesBy standing together, Asia’s growth poles can take the next step toward even greater prosperity.
An enduring partnershipPakistan 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.