Takehiko Nakao

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Takehiko Nakao is the former President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Chairperson of ADB’s Board of Directors. He was elected President by ADB’s Board of Governors and assumed office in April 2013.

Before joining ADB, Mr. Nakao was the Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance of Japan. In a career spanning more than three decades, Mr. Nakao has gained extensive experience in international finance and development. He has held senior positions in the Ministry of Finance in Japan, which he joined in 1978, including Director-General of the International Bureau, where he fostered close ties with leading figures in the Asia-Pacific region, and G20 nations. He was assigned as Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C., between 2005 and 2007, and from 1994 to 1997 served as economist and advisor at the International Monetary Fund.

Mr. Nakao has published books and numerous papers on financial and economic issues, and in 2010 and 2011 was a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.


Title Date Learning Materials Topic
Transformative Changes for Rural Prosperity and Nutritious Food - Welcome Remarks 28 October 2019 Document ADB Administration and Governance, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Embracing Digital Technology in Internal Audit 22 November 2018 Document Evaluation, ADB Administration and Governance, ICT
Welcome Remarks at the International Anticorruption Day 2017 Celebration 08 December 2017 Document ADB Administration and Governance, Capacity Development
Five Decades of ADB and Its Future 31 January 2017 Multimedia ADB Administration and Governance
Securing the Future of Green Business in Asia and the Pacific 22 November 2016 Multimedia Environment, Governance and Public Sector Management, Private Sector
Special Remarks - Knowledge Partnership Forum: Innovation for Resilient and Smart Communities 19 May 2015 Document Knowledge Management, Public-Private Partnership, ICT, Private Sector
Opening Remarks - Conference on Measuring and Achieving Universal Health Coverage with ICT in Asia and the Pacific 02 December 2014 Document Health, ICT