Satoshi P. Watanabe

Job title: 
Policy Advisor and Senior Fellow, Government of Japan

Satoshi P. Watanabe is Policy Advisor to the Cabinet for the Global Startup Campus Initiative in the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan. Satoshi concurrently holds a senior fellow position in the Secretariat of Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy in the Cabinet Office. Prior to joining the Government of Japan, as Executive Vice President for Global Strategy at Hiroshima University (HU) Satoshi established a branch of Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management on the HU campus, where he also played a key role in launching HU’s School of Informatics and Data Science and held a full professorship.

Satoshi is a product of US higher education, studying economics, statistics, applied mathematics, and education, at Columbia University as well as Johns Hopkins University, receiving bachelor’s degree (economics), master’s degrees (applied economics, comparative and international education, mathematical statistics) and doctorate (applied economics) in the US. After receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia University, Satoshi has contributed to various public policy research initiatives, working as a data analyst/statistician for the City of New York’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, an economic analyst for the World Bank, and as a senior researcher at the Washington, DC-based think-tank, American Institutes for Research, conducting data analyses and authoring congressionally mandated publications for the US federal government. After returning to Japan in 2002, Satoshi became a founding faculty member of one of the first English-instructed graduate business schools in Japan at University of Tsukuba, Tokyo. Satoshi was also a visiting fellow at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley in 2011-2012.