My name is Tsuyoshi (Yoshi) Kano. 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 portal about ICT4D in Japanese.

My research interests are built by his 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
2019-present CEO, ICT for Development Japan
2021-present  EduTech Consultant, the World Bank
2019-present  Visiting Professor, Kobe Institute of Computing
2018-present  Visiting Professor, University of Miyazaki


2020 October Adjunct lecturer (Sophia University)
2019 summer  Web developer, GCare (medical startup)
2017-2019  ICT Sector Specialist, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency)
2017 summer  Research internship, Rwanda ICT Chamber
2015-2017    PhD Student, School of Information, University of Michigan
2012-2015    ICT and Urban Development Specialist, JICA Bangladesh Office
2008-2012   ICT Sector Specialist, JICA Headquarters
2004-2008  System Architect, Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.
2002-2004  Master in Information Science (Yokohama National University)
1998-2002   Bachelor in Engineering (Yokohama National University)