Chikahisa Sumi

Director of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Chikahisa Sumi was appointed as Director of Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP), International Monetary Fund, on September 28, 2016. He has worked on Asia and the Pacific counties, including leading missions to the Philippines, Singapore, New Zealand, and Fiji. He also headed the Financial Sector Surveillance Group of the Asia and Pacific Department (APD), and led the Future of Asia’s Finance project including the publication of the book “The Future of Asian Finance” in 2015.  At OAP, he is actively expanding youth engagement and outreach using web-based technologies.

Before returning to the IMF, Mr. Sumi held key positions in the Japanese Government, including Deputy Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, and Deputy Commissioner of Financial Services Agency. He also headed Japan’s Debt Management Office, and acquired many friends among financial market participants through intensive dialogue with them.

Born in Osaka, Japan, Chikahisa holds LL.B. from the University of Tokyo (1982) and MBA from Harvard University (1986), where his friends started to call him Chuck. Mr. Sumi is married, has one daughter, and enjoys various types of marine activities.

Last updated: February 14, 2022