The Co-Chairs

The development and direction of the EMF is guided by an Advisory Board made up of senior leaders from the private and public sectors and academia. The Advisory Board is chaired by Gautam Kaji, Chairman of the Centennial Group. Its members include:

Michel Camdessus

Former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Mr. Camdessus is the Honorary Governor of Banque de France and Personal Representative of President Chirac for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). He is a member of the Commission for Africa, chaired by the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Mr. Camdessus was the Chairman of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure (report: ‘Financing Water for All’; Kyoto, March 2003). Mr. Camdessus served as Managing Director of the IMF for 13 years between 1987 and 2000, the longest tenure in the Fund’s history. Previously, Mr. Camdessus had been Governor of the Bank of France (1984-1987) and Director of the French Treasury (1982-1984) where he began his career in 1960. He has held the Chairmanship of the Paris Club and of the Monetary Committee of the European Economic Community. Mr. Camdessus was educated at the University of Paris and earned postgraduate degrees in economics at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris) and the National School of Administration (ENA)

L. Enrique Garcia, Former President and Chief Executive Officer of CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

L. Enrique García has been President and CEO of CAF – Development Bank of Latin America since December 1991. His previous positions include Minister of Planning and Coordination and head of the Economic and Social Cabinet of Bolivia (1989–1991), Governor at the World Bank, representative on the IMF-IBRD Development Committee,and numerous senior positions at the Inter-American Development Bank. He taught at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés and Catholic University in Bolivia (1973–1978). Mr. García is a Preferred Member of the Academy of Economic Sciences and Council of Science and Technology of the National Academy of Sciences of Bolivia. He is Vice President of Canning House, and a member of the Inter-American Dialogue, the Group of 50, the Council on American Politics of George Washington University, the Advisory Boards of the CID at Harvard University, the Florida International University’s Latin American and Caribbean Center, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Administration (IESA, Caracas). Mr. Garcia has received doctoral and other honorary degrees from several universities and has been decorated by the Governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Venezuela and the Sovereign Order of Malta. In 2001 he received the Latin American Regional Integration Award by the Consejo Empresario de América Latina-CEAL and in 2004 the Regional Integration Award by América Economía. Mr. Garcia was elected Man of the Year 2005 by Latin Finance Magazine. Mr. García holds a B.S. and an M.A. in Economics and Finance from St. Louis University and doctoral studies at American University.

JIN Liqun, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Mr. Jin Liqun is the inaugural President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Before being elected as the Bank’s first president, Mr. Jin served as Secretary-General of the Multilateral Interim Secretariat tasked with establishing the Bank. 

Mr. Jin has rich experience across the private and public sectors, as well as with MDBs. He served as Chairman of China International Capital Corporation Limited, China’s first joint-venture investment bank, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of China Investment Corporation, and as Chairman of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds. 

Mr. Jin previously served as Vice President, and then Ranking Vice President, of the Asian Development Bank. He was Alternate Executive Director for China at the World Bank and at the Global Environment Facility. He spent nearly two decades at the Chinese Ministry of Finance, reaching the rank of Vice Minister. 

Mr. Jin holds an M. A. degree in English Literature from Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages (now Beijing Foreign Studies University). He was also a Hubert Humphrey Fellow in the Economics Graduate Program at Boston University from 1987 to 1988. He is a national of the People’s Republic of China.

Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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.

Marta Lucía Ramírez, Vice President of Colombia; Former Minister of Foreign Trade and Former Minister of National Defense

The Vice President of the Republic of Colombia, H.E. Marta-Lucia Ramirez, has over 35 years of experience in the fields of business development, commerce, international negotiations, foreign investment, security, democracy, governability and regional development. Ms. Ramírez is mainly concerned with women empowerment, the fight against corruption, security, the creation of jobs, competitiveness and the strengthening of the Judiciary. She has promoted and implemented public policies for women political, social and economic empowerment throughout the country.
Ms. Ramírez was the Conservative Party’s presidential candidate for the 2014 Presidential Elections, obtaining the third largest share of the vote.
Since August 7, 2018 she became the first woman to hold the position of Vice President in the history of Colombia. Ms. Ramírez studied Law at Javeriana University, specializing in commercial and financial law. She also holds a master’s degree in High Business Management from La Sabana University and was an International Relations Fellow at Harvard University. She was a law professor at Los Andes and Javeriana Universities.

Hiroshi Watanabe, Former Governor and Chief Executive Officer, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC); President, Institute for International Monetary Affairs

Hiroshi Watanabe served as CEO and Governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). Previously, Mr. Watanabe served as Special Advisor to the President at the Japan Center for International Finance, having stepped down as Japan‘s Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs in July 2007. In his previous role as Vice Minister, Mr. Watanabe was responsible for overseeing international affairs at the Ministry of Finance, with oversight for foreign exchange stabilization, foreign development assistance and Japan‘s involvement in the international monetary system. In this role, he acted as Japan’s representative at international conferences all over the world such as the G7, World Bank, IMF, ASEAN+3, ASEM and APEC, where he was tasked with raising awareness of the recent Japanese economic recovery and structural reform. Since beginning his professional career with the Ministry of Finance in 1972, he has specialized mainly in taxation and international affairs. After serving as chief economist within the Japan Center for International Finance, he went on to support Minister of Finance, Kiichi Miyazawa as personal secretary between 1998-2001. During his time in the International Bureau, he played an instrumental role in the enhancement of Asian monetary co-operation and bilateral assistance as Deputy Director-General and Director-General. He became Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs in 2004. He also serves as Senior Visiting Fellow at Harvard University in February 2008 and as Professor at Graduate School of commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University in April 2008. Mr. Watanabe holds an LLB from the University of Tokyo, and an MA in Economics from Brown University.