Speaker Details

Speakers: Francis Fukuyama and Tetsushi Sonobe
Affiliation: Stanford University and Asian Development Bank Institute
Time: 09:30–10:30 Tokyo time / 17:30–18:30 San Francisco time


This ADBI webinar featured renowned political scientist Francis Fukuyama of Stanford University and ADBI Dean Tetsushi Sonobe who discussed the policymaking calculus for advancing post-COVID-19 infrastructure growth as a sustainable and inclusive recovery driver in politically charged environments.

Fukuyama examined related political and public policy pressures, priorities, and paths to potential breakthroughs, with a focus on the outlook for Asia and the Pacific. Dean Sonobe addressed the importance of prioritizing quality infrastructure for industrial development moving forward. Their remarks were followed by a Q&A session.

About the Speakers

Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He has written widely on issues in development and international politics and is author of the acclaimed book, The End of History and the Last Man.

Tetsushi Sonobe is the Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute. His research interests include economic development, particularly industrial development processes and poverty reduction in developing countries. He has over 20 years’ experience analyzing the role of human capital, institutions, and management in industrial development in Asia and other regions.

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