Hiroto Arakawa


Mr. Hiroto Arakawa was appointed as Senior Special Advisor of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) in October 2008 following distinguished careers at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (OECF). During Mr. Arakawa’s time at these organizations, he worked in a variety of departments charged with handling ODA loan operations, planning and strategy, and research activities. He was appointed as Representative in Manila, Philippines from 1982 to 1985, and New Delhi from 1987 to 1990.

Mr. Arakawa served as Chief Representative of the Washington D.C. Office of OECF from 1995 to 1999, where he oversaw strategic dialogue with the World Bank and IMF. As Director General of JBIC’s Development Assistance Strategy Department from 2003 to 2005, he supervised overall operational strategy for the organization’s ODA portfolio. Later, he initiated various joint research projects with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, first as Executive Director responsible for development partner collaboration at JBIC from 2005 to 2007, then as Executive Director of the JBIC Institute (JBICI) from 2007 to 2008. Among the collaborative research projects he directed include Connecting East Asia and Climate Impact Adaptation and Mitigation in Asian Coastal Mega Cities. Under his stewardship JBICI also began contributing to various issues of the World Development Report, and its contributions are still incorporated into the companion volumes of each year’s WDR.

In addition to his managerial duties, Mr. Arakawa has been invited on numerous occasions to serve on external high-level committees, including the external evaluation committee of The Program in Economic Policy Management at Columbia University from 1997 to 1999;  currently a member of Global Agenda Council on Poverty and Economic Development, World Economic Forum. Most recently, he was a member of World Bank’s High Level Expert Group for Knowledge Partnership in June 2009.

Mr. Arakawa has likewise chaired various conferences and seminars, many under the auspices of the World Bank. For example, at the World Bank’s conference on budget support in Cape Town, South Africa, in May 2005, Mr. Arakawa presented his paper, “Budget Support and Aid Effectiveness: Experience in East Asia,” which was subsequently incorporated into the World Bank publication Budget Support as More Effective Aid in 2006. In May 2006, he chaired the workshop Urban Infrastructure for Pro-poor Growth in Emerging Asia during the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) in Tokyo. At the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Singapore (2006), Mr. Arakawa chaired a session of the Program of Seminars entitled Will Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in Infrastructure Live Up To Their Promise? In April 2007, he presented a paper in Tokyo at the IMF-sponsored seminar Policy Options and Challenges for Developing Asia – Perspectives from the IMF and Asia. Other seminars he has led include Strategies to Climate Proof East Asian Cities (a launch event for the Climate Resilient Cities Primer at the 2008 Annual Meetings).