Distinguished Speaker Seminar: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Role of Japan | Asian Development Bank

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Distinguished Speaker Seminar: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Role of Japan

Event | 23 June 2017 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan


Pierre Heilbronn, vice president of policy and partnerships at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will present on the role of Japan and EBRD. EBRD’s operations extend across a broad range of sectors including infrastructure, environment and energy, and financial institutions, in cooperation with many Japanese development consultants and companies. Pierre will talk about EBRD’s future direction, the prospects of EBRD’s countries of operations from Central Asia to the Middle East, as well as EBRD’s collaborations with other international organizations such as ADB and AIIB.

Mr. Heilbronn has 20 years of experience in policy making in domestic, European, and global contexts. Before joining the EBRD in November 2016, he was deputy chief of staff for France’s Minister of Economy and Finance. For 3 years, he supervised the devising and implementing economic strategy aimed at increasing the competitiveness of companies, restoring the credibility of public finances, improving the transparency of economic life, and opening up new opportunities for businesses and households. He was also directly involved in the international and European agendas, especially the implementation of the Juncker plan, the development policy agenda associated with the French presidency of COP21, and in banking and financial markets issues.

Before that, he served as the European advisor to the French Prime Minister, and for 6 years supervised most European dossiers for European coordination under the Prime Minister’s authority. Notably, he coordinated the French Presidency of the European Union of 2008, French engagement with the G20, and the European Council and the Eurogroup/ECOFIN. He extensively dealt with issues linked to the stabilization of the euro area, the enlargement of the European Union, major multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations, and played a decisive role in helping to define, develop, and deliver assistance in response to the Greek crisis.

Mr. Heilbronn graduated from the Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA). He holds a Master of Economics from Cambridge University and a Master of European Studies from the College of Europe of Bruges. He also studied at Yale University and Georgetown University (Walsh School of Foreign Service).


  • Promote understanding of the role of EBRD
  • Encourage collaboration between EBRD, and Japanese development consultants and companies in infrastructure, environment and energy, and finance, and other fields.


Open to the public.


  • Discussion among policy makers, researchers, academics, think tanks, and the general public.



Time of event

15:00 - 17:00