The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) is proud to announce the recent appointments of Mr. Takehiko Nakao and Mr. Serge Pun to the Board of Governors of the Institute.

Mr. Nakao served as the president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) from April 2013 to January 2020.  Under his leadership, Mr. Nakao expanded ADB’s lending and grants from US$ 14 billion in 2013 to US$22 billion in 2018.  He also initiated institutional reforms to make ADB “stronger, better, and faster” in the pursuit of its mission to help achieve a “prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific.”

He is currently the chairman of the Mizuho Research Institute Ltd. and is a Distinguished Fellow in Development Management at AIM.

Mr. Serge Pun is the chairman of Serge Pun and Associates (Myanmar) Ltd.  He established First Myanmar Investment Company Ltd., one of the earliest public non-listed companies in Myanmar, leading it to eventually become the first company to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange.

Mr. Pun is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN Regional Strategy Group and the ASEAN Regional Business Council and a frequent speaker in international fora on Myanmar and ASEAN.

The appointments come at an auspicious time as the institute expands its programs to respond to the growing demand for new and relevant knowledge to cope with the rapidly shifting business landscape.  The first of these programs is the Master in Cybersecurity that was launched on 5 February 2022.  The program provides both technical and non-technical managers the knowhow to protect their organizations from cyber risks and data breach.  The Master in Cybersecurity is an 18-month, blended and hybrid, part-time program that will train managers to expertly and successfully navigate their organization’s cybersecurity challenges, adopt new technologies, and restructure the workplace to meet the complex demands of the post-pandemic digital era.  Graduates of the program will be able to develop policies, procedures, and technical solutions that comply with regional, national, and international regulations and standards.  Start date for the Master in Cybersecurity is in July 2022.

On the heels of the Master in Cybersecurity are more cutting-edge degree programs in the areas of fintech and international business law.  The Master in Financial Technology (Fintech) is a dual degree diploma program in partnership with a European business school with triple accreditation, one of the most distinguished recognitions for any business school in the world.  The full details of the program, including AIM’s university partner, will be revealed at the formal signing ceremony between the two institutions.  The start date  of the Master in Fintech is September 2022.

Another program that AIM is preparing to launch is the Master in International Business Law, which will be an 18-month part-time, blended program targeted to professionals who are non-lawyers, who want to learn and understand the practice of law as it applies to international business processes and operations.  The Master in International Business Law is scheduled to launch in January 2023.

Lastly, an online, part-time, 18-month MBA program will also be offered in response to the clamor of students across the region who would like to pursue an MBA but whose current career responsibilities and circumstances prevent them from enrolling in a full-time program.  The online MBA will be offered in the 2022-2023 academic year.

The twin appointments of Mr. Nakao and Mr. Pun will serve to further strengthen AIM’s pioneering endeavors to educate Asia’s best and brightest leaders and managers in these very challenging times that shape and define the VUCA world we live in.

For over 50 years, the Asian Institute of Management has been a leading purveyor of management skills and knowledge, producing leaders and managers that lead, inspire, and transform Asian businesses and societies.  It is located at 123 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Philippines.  For more information, please visit