Yasuyuki Sawada is Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is the chief spokesperson for ADB on economic and development trends, and serves as Director General of the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, which publishes ADB’s flagship knowledge products.
Prior to assuming his current post, Sawada was a Professor at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Economics. A Japanese national, Sawada has over 20 years of experience as an economist, researcher, and academic. He has worked at the ADB Institute in Tokyo and served as consultant for various projects at the World Bank Group. A leading figure in development economics and applied microeconometrics, he has also served as a Visiting Professor at Stanford University’s Stanford Center for International Development and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Korea University.
Sawada has conducted many field studies in developing countries and has a deep insight about development issues. His research has contributed to the works of various development institutions including the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Crawford School of Public Policy’s Australia–Japan Research Center at the Australian National University, and the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics. He has published and reviewed numerous books, reports, and journal articles, particularly on the topics of economics, disaster resilience and recovery, foreign aid, and poverty dynamics.
Sawada holds a PhD in Economics and a Master’s degree in International Development Policy at Stanford University. He received Master’s degrees in International Relations at the University of Tokyo and in Economics at Osaka University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Keio University.