Akihiko Yoshida

Director of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Akihiko Yoshida was appointed as Director of the International Monetary Fund’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP), on December 1, 2022.

Mr. Yoshida had a long and distinguished career in the Japanese government and served in key positions, including Deputy Vice Minister for International Affairs, Deputy Director General of International Bureau (both in the Ministry of Finance), and Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs at the Financial Services Agency. He headed the FX Markets Division, IMF Division, Development Policy Division and Regional Financial Cooperation Division during his time in the Ministry of Finance and oversaw G7, G20 and ASEAN + 3 relations, through which he developed a wide range of human networks in Asia and the Pacific region and beyond. He has an extensive experience in international economic policy issues and represented Japan in different capacities in international fora.

Earlier in his career (2009-2013), Mr. Yoshida worked in the IMF as Advisor to the Director of Asia and the Pacific Department (APD). While at the IMF, he led missions to Pacific Island Countries and was also responsible for drawing up capacity development strategies for the region. In particular, he played an instrumental role in establishing a Technical Assistance Office in Bangkok in 2012, which is now called the IMF Capacity Development Office in Thailand (CDOT).

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Mr. Yoshida holds a LL.B. from the University of Tokyo (1992) and a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University (1996). He is married with two sons.

Last updated: December 1, 2022