Masatsugu Asakawa becomes ADB’s new President


Masatsugu Asakawa has been unanimously elected as the new President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) by its Board of Governors, reports BSS. Asakawa, 61, currently Special Advisor to Japan’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, will assume office as ADB’s 10th President on 17 January 2020, said an ADB press release. He will succeed Takehiko Nakao, who will leave office on 16 January 2020. Asakawa will finish the unexpired term of President Nakao, which ends on 23 November 2021.

“Mr. 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 Chair of the ADB Board of Governors Hong Nam-Ki.

“The ADB Board of Governors look forward to working with Mr. Asakawa,” said Hong, also Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Korea.

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 in Fukuoka, Japan, the release said.

Furthermore, in the immediate aftermath of the 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 Co- operation 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.He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tokyo in 1981 and MPA from Princeton University in 1985.