Prof. Masahiro Kawai
Representative Director and Director-General, Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia, Japan and Professor Emeritus and Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Masahiro Kawai is the Representative Director and Director-General of the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA) in Japan. He is also Professor Emeritus and a Specially Appointed Professor at the University of Tokyo, a Councillor of the Bank of Japan, a Senior Fellow at the Policy Research Institute of Japan’s Ministry of Finance, a Superior Fellow of the Japan Forum on International Relations, and Vice President of the Council on East Asian Community.
Dr. Kawai began his professional career as a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He then taught Economics at Johns Hopkins University and at the University of Tokyo. He also served as Chief Economist for the World Bank’s East Asia and the Pacific Region; Deputy Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs of Japan’s Ministry of Finance; President of the Policy Research Institute of Japan’s Finance Ministry; Special Advisor to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) President in charge of regional economic cooperation and integration; and Dean and CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). Dr. Kawai’s recent publications focus on Asian Economic integration. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo, a MSc in Statistics and a PhD in Economics from Stanford University.