SINGAPORE -Media OutReach- 21 August 2014 - Mr Masaaki Shirakawa, former Governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ), will be appointed as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School from 25 August 2014 to 10 September 2014. Mr Shirakawa is also a Special Visitor under the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Eminent Visitor Programme.
With a career spanning four decades at the BOJ, Mr Shirakawa will bring a wealth of expertise to the School. He will be sharing his insights through various activities, including seminars, talks and dialogues with faculty members, students and the business community. Mr Shirakawa will also be taking part in discussions at the MAS.
Mr Shirakawa was the 30th Governor of the BOJ between April 2008 and March 2013. He assumed the position of Governor after a term as professor at the Kyoto University School of Government between July 2006 and March 2008. From January 2011 to March 2013, Mr Shirakawa was also concurrently Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).
Mr Shirakawa had joined the Bank in 1972 and held several other key positions in monetary policy and financial stability.
"We are deeply honoured to welcome Mr Shirakawa to NUS Business School. Given his experience in guiding monetary policy in the world's third-largest economy and his distinguished career at BOJ, we have much to learn from him. We look forward to his sharing, and I am confident that our school and the business community will benefit immensely from the discussions," said Professor Bernard Yeung, Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor, NUS Business School.
Since leaving the BOJ last year, Mr Shirakawa has also been Special Professor of International Politics, Economics and Communication at Aoyama Gakuin University, and is a member of the Group of Thirty (G30). The latter is a private, non-profit, international body composed of senior private and public sector leaders as well as academia that aims to deepen the understanding of international economic and financial issues.
Mr Shirakawa joins Dr Duvvuri Subbarao, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, as one of two Distinguished Visiting Fellows at NUS Business School this year.