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Fumihiko SAITO

Areas of Expertise

  • Development policy analysis and cooperation needs assessment
  • Program and project preparation and negotiations for agreements
  • Governance reform for attaining sustainable society


  • 2002 June: Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics. Expertise in development economics.
  • 1986-1988: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, the USA. M.A. in International Relations. Concentration in Third World social and economic development.
  • 1984-1986: Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, the USA. B.A. in American Studies, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum laude. Concentration on American foreign policy.
  • 1980-1984: Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. B.A. in Law. Concentrated on international relations. Graduated 3rd in class of 900.


  • 2014-2017: Dean, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan
  • 2000-2002: Research Associate, Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
  • 2000-2001: Visiting Scholar, Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, the United Kingdom
  • 2006-Present: Professor, Faculty of Intercultural Communication, Ryukoku University, Otsu, Japan
  • 1996-2006: Associate Professor, Faculty of Intercultural Communication, Ryukoku University, Otsu, Japan
  • 1993-1996: Researcher, International Development Center of Japan. Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1991-1993: Programme Officer, United Nations Development Programme. Kampala, Uganda.
  • 1988-1990: Programme Officer, United Nations Development Programme. Dhaka, Bangladesh.

International Work Experiences

  • Long-Term:
    Bangladesh 2 1/2 years 1998-1990
    Uganda 2 1/2 years 1991-1993
  • Short-Term:
    Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Cote dfIvoire, Zimbabwe, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Australia
  • Other Professional Related Visits:
    Vietnam, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the United States, Canada, Ethiopia, Senegal, South Africa, United Arab Emirates,

Professional Associations

  • The Japan Society for International Development, member since 1994
  • Japan Association for African Studies, member since 1998
  • Japan Society for Intercultural Studies
  • Development Studies Association, UK since 1996
  • African Studies Association, USA since 2000

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