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 Reaffirms Strong Partnership with KazakhstanADB Vice-President Mr. Wencai Zhang reaffirmed ADB’s strong development partnership with Kazakhstan during his 3-day visit to the country which concluded today.
ADB Seminar Furthers Potential of Broader CAREC-BRI CollaborationCAREC member countries can capitalize on new regional and international development dynamics, including BRI, to strengthen regional infrastructure, boost trade, and reduce poverty, according to participants at an ADB seminar.
ADB VP Reaffirms Strong Partnership with Nepal for Inclusive, Sustainable DevelopmentADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang met with the Prime Minister of Nepal K. P. Sharma Oli during a 2-day visit to the country.
ADB VP Reaffirms Partnership with Kyrgyz Republic, Inaugurates a New ADB PremisesADB Vice-President Wencai Zhang met with the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbai Zheenbekov on 26 March during a 2-day visit to the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.