Manila [Philippines], Dec 2: Masatsugu Asakawa has been unanimously elected as President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) by its board of governors.
Asakawa, 61, is currently Special Advisor to Japan’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. He will assume office as ADB’s 10th President on January 17 next year. Asakawa will succeed Takehiko Nakao who will leave office on January 16. Asakawa will finish the unexpired term of Nakao which ends on November 23, 2021.
“Asakawa’s extensive and diverse experience in international finance and development will serve ADB well in pursuing its vision of a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific,” said Hong Nam-Ki, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance of South Korea and Chair of the ADB board of governors.
“The ADB board of governors looks forward to working with Asakawa,” he said in a statement on Monday.
In a career spanning close to four decades, Asakawa has held a range of senior positions at the Ministry of Finance of Japan, including Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, and gained diverse professional experience in development policy, foreign exchange markets and international tax policy.
He served as Finance Deputy for the 2019 G20 Osaka Summit and the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting at Fukuoka in Japan. Furthermore, in the immediate aftermath of global financial crisis, he took part in the first G20 Leaders’ Summit Meeting in his capacity as Executive Assistant to the then Prime Minister Taro Aso.
Asakawa has had frequent engagement with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, including as Chair of the Committee on Fiscal Affairs from 2011 to 2016.
He served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo from 2012 to 2015 and at Saitama University from 2006 to 2009.