I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information, advised by Prof. Kentaro Toyama. My research interest is “How Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can affect economic development in developing countries,” which is known as ICTD (ICT and Development), ICT4D (ICT for Development), and Digital Development. I am a member of Michigan ICTD group. I am also a co-founder of ICT4D.JP, an information provider about ICT4D.
My research interests are built by my extensive practical experiences as (1) an economic development program officer at an international aid organization and (2) an IT engineer (programmer, IT architect, and project manager) at a private company.
Based on my diverse experiences, I am interested in approaching social issues, especially ICT industry and human resource development in developing countries (especially Rwanda and Bangladesh), from various perspectives such as psychology, computer science, information science, statistics, development studies, and development economics.
2017-present PhD Candidate, School of Information, University of Michigan
2017-present Deputy Director, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency)
2018-present Visiting Professor, University of Miyazaki
2017-2017 Rwanda ICT Chamber (summer internship)
2015-2017 PhD Student, School of Information, University of Michigan
2012-2015 Representative, JICA Bangladesh Office
2008-2012 JICA Headquarters
2004-2008 IT Engineer, Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.
2002-2004 Master in Information Science (Yokohama National University)
1998-2002 Bachelor in Engineering (Yokohama National University)