Associate Professor, Waseda Business School
Rm.1136 Bldg.11, 1-6-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 169-8050, Japan  +81-3-5272-1632


  • Over 15 years of in-depth experience in the business creation from a university system (IT & Biotech)
  • Academic backgrounds to support practical activities (holds Ph.D. in Management from University of California San Diego): Research skills including but not limited to quantitative and qualitative analysis, and research synthesis.
  • Working experiences both in Japan and the U.S.: the essential skills to lead a global team including but not limited to collaboration, communication, and mentorship are evidenced by the teaching experiences in two countries.
  • Specialization: Socio-Economics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Science Policy, University-Industry Technology Transfer

Waseda Business School,  Tokyo, Japan
Associate Professor September 2017 – Current

 Teaching “Technology and Operations Management”, “Science, Technology Policy and Entrepreneurship” for MBA students.
 Project leader: “Star Scientists and Entrepreneurship” Research Project


National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies – Tokyo, Japan
Assistant Professor April 2016 – August 2017

 Program committee member of GIST (GRIPS Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Program)
 Teaching “Science, Technology Policy and Entrepreneurship” for Master’s and Doctoral program students.
 Project leader: “Star Scientists and Entrepreneurship in Japan Research Project”

University of California San Diego – La Jolla, California
Visiting Assistant Professor / Lecturer July 2014 – Current

• Teaching a class “Innovation to Market A” (undergraduate)
• Designing and implementing several university-industry collaboration projects between San Diego and Japan
• Designing and implementing innovation and entrepreneurship programs at UC San Diego
• Served as a “brain trust’ to lend Global CONNECT insight into important social and cultural dynamics.

Keio SIV Entrepreneur Laboratory – Kanagawa, Japan
Founding Chief Officer / Research Associate April 2002 –March 2008

• Worked in a university-based entrepreneurship and incubation project as a founding chief at The Office of SIV Entrepreneur Laboratory
• Designed the entrepreneurial ecosystem and acceleration its programs for startups
• The project is recognized as one of the most advanced university-based innovation programs in Japan
• Taught “Entrepreneurship 1” and “Entrepreneurship 2” for undergraduate students.

Mitsubishi Estate Co., LTD – Tokyo, Japan
Partner, Office for Business Innovation. May 2006 – Jan 2010

Working in EGG-JAPAN (Incubation center operated by Mitsubishi Estate) as a professional incubation manager to support start-ups.
• Created a global collaboration platform for accelerating the innovation.
• Organized several global conferences in Marunouchi to connect innovation networks in Japan and abroad.
• Arranged the direct collaboration scheme between top incubators in the world.


University of California San Diego – La Jolla, California
Ph.D. in Management September 2015

• Dissertation Title: The Institutional Design for University Knowledge Transfer and Firm Creation
• Dissertation Committee Members: Drs.Vish Krishnan (Chair), Sanjiv Erat, Josh Graff-Zivin, Karsten Hansen, Ulrike Schaede, Robert S. Sullivan, Lynne G. Zucker (University of California, Los Angeles)
• Coursework Training: Introduction to Management Research, Microeconomics (Intermediate), Statistics for Social Science / Econometrics, Behavioral / Experimental Economics, Psychology, Game Theory / Judgment and Decision Making (Overall GPA: 3.7)

Keio University – Kanagawa, Japan
Master of Media and Governance March 2002

• Overall GPA: 3.6
• Research Advisor: Prof. Jun Murai
• Master’s Thesis: “Research on Board Meetings Using Internet for Start-up Managements”

Keio University – Kanagawa, Japan
Bachelor for Environmental Information March 2000

• Major: Interdisciplinary (mainly focused on internet engineering)
• Research Advisor: Prof. Jun Murai
• Bachelor’s Thesis: “Research on Evaluation of Network Performance Based on User’s Perspective”


• Advisor of Global CONNECT, La Jolla, California, 2011-2015
• Speaker of Kauffman Fellows Program Japan Summit, Tokyo, Japan, 2009
• Sixth Annual Global CONNECT Conference Organizing Committee, San Diego, USA, 2008
• REE Fellows Program Faculty Advisor (STVP), Stanford University, USA.
• REE ASIA 2007 Organizing Committee, Seoul, South Korea.
• Panelist of “Next Generation Incubators” at Fifth Annual Global CONNECT Conference, London, UK, 2007
• Session Chair for “In / Outreach Program” at REE ASIA 2007, Seoul, South Korea.
• Panelist for “Collaboration Across Borders” at MIT 2007 Global Startup Workshop, Trondheim, Norway.
• Reporter for “Policy Report of Entrepreneurship in APEC” at 2006 APEC TiC Workshop, Taipei, Taiwan.
• Panelist for “Social Entrepreneurship” MIT 2005 Global Startup Workshop, Abu Dhabi, UAE.