Sonomi Tanaka

Country Director, Lao PDR Resident Mission
Profile / Bio: 

She is Chief of the Gender Equity Thematic Group, responsible for overseeing and providing advice on ADB-wide operations in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment.  She facilitates knowledge management on gender and development in ADB and coordinates gender mainstreaming initiatives across different departments and through different sector and thematic groups.

Sonomi has worked on gender and development, poverty reduction, social analysis, social protection, and community participation issues in Asia and the Pacific for nearly 20 years. She has covered a number of sectors including education, finance, health, infrastructure, natural resources management, public sector management, and urban development.

Prior to working with ADB, Sonomi worked in the World Bank’s South Asia Department and in development institutions in Japan.

She holds a Master of Arts on Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University and a post-graduate diploma on development studies from the Institute of Developing Economies Advanced School in Japan. She has a bachelor’s degree on International Relations from the University of Tokyo.


Title Date Learning Materials Topic
ADB Operational Priority 2: Accelerating Progress in Gender Equality 03 September 2019 Slides ADB Administration and Governance, Gender Equality
ADB’s Approach to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment 28 March 2019 Slides Gender Equality
Creating Enabling Policy and Regulatory Frameworks for Green Business 22 November 2016 Multimedia Environment, Private Sector
Gender in Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programs 20 September 2016 Slides Education