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Insights from Asian Development Bank

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:30 to 12:30

Presentation by Tomoyuki Kimura, ADB’s Director General of the Strategy, Policy and Review Department


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established in 1966, headquartered in the Philippines. ADB’s vision is to achieve a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Despite the region’s many successes, 1 in 3 people still live under USD3.20 a day - that's 1.24 billion people.

As a multilateral development finance institution, ADB provides loans, technical assistance, and grants. Its clients are ADB’s member governments, who are also the shareholders of the bank. ADB also directly finances private sector projects to catalyze private sector investment in member countries.  In 2017, ADB’s total operations reached USD 32.2 billion.

Tomoyuki Kimura, ADB’s Director General of the Strategy, Policy and Review Department will present ADB’s operational priorities, how the bank works and provide some case study examples.

Time: 11:30-12:30 PM, 1 November 2018

Venue: NIAS, room 18.1.08, CSS, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph

Please register with [email protected] before Friday 26 October 2018.


Tomoyuki Kimura has more than 30 years of work experience, more than 14 years of which have been spent in ADB. Prior to joining the Strategy, Policy and Review Department (SPD), Mr. Kimura was Country Director in Viet Nam Resident Mission. He joined ADB in March 2000 as Energy Sector Specialist and was promoted to Senior Energy Sector Specialist. He left ADB in 2004 to re-join Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) as Country Director for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In 2006, Mr. Kimura returned to ADB as Principal Energy Specialist in South Asia Regional Department. He subsequently transferred to Budget, Personnel, and Management Systems Department.

Before joining ADB, Mr. Kimura was an Assistant Vice President in New York Branch of The Fuji Bank, Limited, Japan. He then worked with JBIC as Deputy Director of the Strategy Department. He also worked extensively on power sector projects for the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund of Japan.


Organized by NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and The Centre for Sustainability and Society (SUSY), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

CFP 11th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference & PhD Course Asia on the Move

Monday, November 5, 2018 to Friday, November 9, 2018

The conference and PhD course are organized by Centre for Peace Studies at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway & NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Asia – a region that contains nuclear states, the second and third largest economies in the world, the largest global population – is on the move!

The continent which has changed the most in the 21st century is Asia: be it Asia’s engagement with the Arctic region, presence in Africa, economic prominence, or geopolitical influence within and outside of the region, increased population movements in and outside Asia, increased risk of climate change, democratization and citizenship issues, nuclear proliferation and security threats to and from some of the Asian countries – all require in-depth analysis for good global governance.

For example, the rise of China in Central Asia has led to many speculations, including a ‘New Great Game’ with Russia and the United States. On the other hand, new moves from both parties on the Korean peninsula may see a ‘new hope’ for peace.  Sideways, in the context of climate change and ‘arctic race’, new geo-ecopolitical, and geostrategic dynamics led to the growing interest of non-Arctic states in the affairs of the Arctic. Engagement of countries like China, Japan, Korea and India in the Arctic will significantly influence the evolving dynamics in that region.
Meanwhile, forced migration (e.g. Rohingya issues) and climate change induced displacement, corruption, violation of human rights and citizenship, crisis in Asian mega cities, and rising inequality have huge influence on ‘The Move’ and hence require much attention from policymakers and academics working on Asia.  

In this context, the annual NNC conference 2018 will take place in the High North venue of Tromsø, at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Arne Strand, Lecturer, Director, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway
  • Cholpon Chotaeva, Professor, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Professor, Centre for Peace Studies, Tromsø, Norway
  • Mohammad Salehin, Associate Professor, Centre for Peace Studies, Tromsø, Norway

Deadline for submitting abstract (maximum 300 words) 6 September 2018:

For more information, please go to the conference website: