Masahiro KAWAI

Professor - University of Tokyo, Japan

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Before assuming his current position, Dr. Masahiro Kawai was Dean and CEO of Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) from January 2007 to February 2014. He was previously special advisor to the ADB president in charge of regional economic cooperation and integration. Before joining ADB and ADBI he was in the academia, first as an associate professor of economics at The Johns Hopkins University and then as a professor of economics at the University of Tokyo. He also served as chief economist for the World Bank’s East Asia and the Pacific Region and as deputy vice minister for international affairs of Japan’s Ministry of Finance. Dr. Kawai’s recent publications focus on economic regionalism in Asia. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Tokyo and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.


Dr. Kawai’s recent co-edited books include: Asian Regionalism in the World Economy: Engine for Dynamism and Stability(Edward Elgar, 2010); Asia’s Free Trade Agreements: How Is Business Responding? (Edward Elgar, 2011); Asia and Policymaking for the Global Economy (Brookings Institution Press, 2011); Implications of the Global Financial Crisis for Financial Reform and Regulation in Asia (Edward Elgar, 2012); and Monetary and Currency Policy Management in Asia (Edward Elgar, 2012).

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