Mr. Takehiko Nakao


Mr. Takehiko Nakao is the 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.

He 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.

Mr. Nakao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. Source:


Mr. Marco Segone

To deliver KEYNOTE ADDRESS #5: Strengthening the evaluation communities for advancing peace, security and sustainable development

Mr. Marco Segone is currently the Director of Evaluation Office, UNFPA. He served as the Chair of UNEG and as the Director of Evaluation at UN Women. His past experiences include overseeing the Decentralized evaluation function as well as the National evaluation capacity development portfolios at the UNICEF Evaluation Office. He convened and has been the Co-Chair of the EvalPartners since 2012 and the UNEG Task Force on National evaluation capacities since 2009. Previously, he was Regional Chief, Monitoring and Evaluation in the UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS), during which he represented UNICEF on the Board of Trustees of the International Programme Evaluation Network (IPEN). During his 21 years in international development, he worked in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand, Uganda and Albania in integrated development projects.

In 1996, he joined UNICEF to work for the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean; UNICEF Niger, where he founded and for two years coordinated the Niger M&E Network (ReNSE); UNICEF Brazil, where he was one of the founders and coordinator of the Brazilian Evaluation Network. In 2003, he was elected Vice-President of IOCE and was one of the founders of the Latin America and the Caribbean Network for Monitoring, Evaluation and Systematization (RELAC). Segone also authored and/or edited several books and articles. In recognition of his contributions to the evaluation profession, he was awarded the 2012 Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Practice Award by the American Evaluation Association.



Mr. Ryokichi Hirono

To deliver KEYNOTE ADDRESS #1: The matters of peace, security and sustainable development in SDG Evaluations: What directions are we heading to?

Professor Ryokichi Hirono graduated in 1958 from the University of Chicago in Economics. He worked as research assistant at the Institute of Industrial relations, University of California and is currently Professor Emeritus at Seikei University and Visiting Professor at GRIPS. He also, taught at universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and worked at senior management posts at the United Nations, UNDP and other international organizations.

He served in Japan on several government advisory councils, board of trustees and directors of a number of research institutes, foundations and civil society organizations.