Hideaki Iwasaki is ADB’s Country Director for Thailand, overseeing its country operations in Thailand and selected sectoral initiatives of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) program, covering Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. He joined ADB in 2002.
Until his transfer to the current position in June 2017, Mr. Iwasaki was Director of ADB’s Southeast Asia Transport and Communications Division and oversaw ADB’s transport sector operations in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, and GMS’s transport sector programs.
Prior to this he had a short stint in Myanmar in 2012-2013 as a member of the ADB team to re-establish its operations there. Earlier Mr. Iwasaki was involved in ADB’s transport sector operations in South Asia, including on the reconstruction of Afghanistan’s transport infrastructure.
Before joining ADB, he worked for the Government of Japan for 12 years, initially with the Ministry of Construction and later with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and was involved in policy development and program administration in transport and urban/regional development.
Mr. Iwasaki has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in