Wencai Zhang | Asian Development Bank

Wencai Zhang

Wencai Zhang

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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.

Professional history

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