Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

About Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)


The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) is the Tokyo-based think tank of the Asian Development Bank. ADBI provides demand-driven policy research, capacity building and training, and outreach to help developing countries in Asia and the Pacific practically address sustainability challenges, accelerate socioeconomic change, and realize more robust, inclusive, and sustainable growth.

Key Facts

Dean Tetsushi Sonobe
Office Tokyo, Japan
Founded 1997
Personnel 81, representing 18 nationalities (as of 15 September 2022)
Budget $16.8 million (2023)

ADBI at 25: Featured Activities

  • New Book Examines 25 Years of ADBI Policy Support for Developing Asia, Road Ahead

    The new book Strategies for Developing Asia’s Future details ADBI’s evolution and efforts to provide the region with policy knowledge to effectively address sustainable development challenges. It examines ADBI’s policy focuses and activities over various deanships, the development of ADBI’s policy research, capacity building, and outreach, and its collaboration. It also discusses how ADBI can maintain its relevance.

  • Senior Officials, Experts Celebrate ADBI’s 25th Anniversary

    Bank of Japan Governor and former ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda, Indonesia Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa, and other senior officials and experts marked ADBI’s 25th anniversary during an online celebration on 1 December 2022. Opened by ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe, it examined ADBI's policy support for developing Asia and possible next steps. It also recognized the ADBI 25th anniversary essay contest winners. View the webinar recording.

  • ADBI Announces 25th Anniversary Essay Contest Winners

    Daisy Singh of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur has been named the top winner of ADBI’s 25th anniversary essay contest for her piece on sustainable urban development in India. Shujie Liang of the University of Sydney was named the second-place winner for her essay on water sustainability while Hazwan Haini of Universiti Brunei Darussalam earned third place honors for his work on the role of public-private partnerships, education, and digitalization in narrowing income inequality. The winners were selected from 141 entries by authors 32 years old or under.

  • Essay Contest: ADBI Seeks Views on Priorities for Shaping Asia’s Future Sustainable Development

    On the occasion of ADBI’s 25th anniversary, ADBI has launched an essay contest seeking the views of young professionals and scholars on socioeconomic challenges that will significantly impact prosperity and well-being in Asia and the Pacific over the next decade and should be prioritized by think tanks. The top 3 winners will receive a prize of $500, $300, and $200, respectively. They will also be invited to make a presentation during the ADBI 25th Anniversary Celebration. See more details


What Thought Leaders Say About ADBI

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    Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda

    Bank of Japan Governor and former ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda talks about ADBI’s policy support for Asia and road ahead in keynote remarks for the ADBI 25th Anniversary Celebration.
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    ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa

    Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Masatsugu Asakawa discusses deepening ADB-ADBI collaboration under the vision of “One ADB” in remarks for the ADBI 25th Anniversary Celebration.
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    Indonesia Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati

    Indonesia Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati explains how ADBI helps address developing Asia’s policy needs in keynote remarks for the ADBI 25th Anniversary Celebration.
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    APEC Executive Director Rebecca Sta Maria

    Rebecca Sta Maria, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat Executive Director, discusses how ADBI builds knowledge and capacity to support the APEC region’s long-term growth.
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    Francis Fukuyama of Stanford University

    Francis Fukuyama, a Stanford University Senior Fellow, discusses the successful ADBI-Stanford infrastructure development training program for policy makers which he helps lead. 
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    Tsinghua University’s Chong-En Bai

    Chong-En Bai, Dean of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management and an ADBI Advisory Council member, talks about ADBI's evidence-based research that draws upon its 25 years of experience.