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Graduate School of International Development
Prof. Otsubo (retiring from GSID/NU in March 2024) will NOT be able to accept any more new students under his main academic supervision. He will continue to serve as a sub-advisor for students' thesis writing.
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New Expanded Economic Development Policy & Management (EDP&M) Program has started in April 2018 !!
Short Profile of Prof. Shigeru T. OTSUBO ... Prof. Otsubo is a professor at GSID who has abundant experience in macro-level development policy dialogues and (economic) development policy making in Asia and Africa. Prof. Otsubo has worked as a staff economist, consultant and/or an advisor at the international organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations (NY Headquarters, Economic Commision to Asia and the Pacific Region, Economic Commision to Africa), African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, etc.; at Japanese institutions such as JBIC, JICA, JICA Research Institute, MoFA, Reseach Institute of Economic Planning Agency. Prof. Otsubo has also engaged himself in development policy dialogue/consulting with governments of China, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Bhutran and Egyt. With this abundant hands-on experience in development policy analyses and policy dialogues, Otsubo seminar nurtures good common sense development economists who wish to fight against poverty in any corner of the world.
Dr. Tolkunbek Abdygulov, an Otsubo Seminar alumni member (graduated in Spring 2005), officially assumed his duty as the Governor of the National Bank of the Kyrgiz Republic (Central Bank), in May 2014. He is appoited as Vice Ministger of Kyrgiztan in 2017. He is currently (2022) on duty with the IMF. Professor Otsubo's former students act as vice ministers in economic development related ministries of Indonesia. One leads national industrial development in Afghanistan. 8 alumni members joined the World Bank as economists, with 5 still working there incuding Dr. Yoichiro Ishihara (Director, Kingdom of Lesotho Office), Dr. Yumeka Hirano (Economist, D.C. Headquarters), and Dr. Kenichi Nishikawa (Social Protection Economist, Bangladesh Office). Prof. Teguh Dartanto, who has been slected for the Indonesian Young Academy of Science, and serves as the Dean for the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia. Prof. Eric Osey-Assibey of the Faculty of Economics, Unibveersity of Ghana, who now serves as the Director for the International Programs, actively advices his government on economic policies. Alumni members work as government officials, staff at international organizations, professors at universities, and as business persons in MNCs.
In Spring 2022, Dr. Utumporn Jitsutthiphakorn (Maggie) was awarded the ADB-JSP Thesis of the Year Award (the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award) for her Ph.D. Thesis "The Impact of Exporting on Productivity in ASEAN Developing Countries: A Firm-Level Analysis " submitted for her doctoral degree in September 2021. Of all the Ph.D. theses produced by scholars supported by the ADB-JSP, across all the areas of study, Maggie's thesis was selected as the best thesis. This has been quite an honor for Maggie, and also for the Otsubo Seminar Group.
In Spring 2022, three of the Otsubo Seminar Alumni got together in Washington DC for the Bank-Fund Annual Meeting. They are Dr. Yoichiro Ishihara (World Bank-Lesotho), Dr. Tolkunbek Abdygulov (IMF), and Dr. Yumeka Hirano (World Bank). Otsubo Seminar and Prof. Otsubo have sent 8 Alumni members to the Bretton Woods Instituions (World Bank, 7; IMF, 1). Five of them, including Dr. Kenichi Nishikawa Chabez (World Bank-Bangladesh) are still on duty in 2022. Two of them, after serving Japan's ODA institutions (JBIC, JICA) and academic insituions, joined the GSID faculty in the EDP&M Program to help send more to these and other global development institutions.
In Indonesia, more than ten Ph.D. graduates associated with Otsubo Seminar assume important posts in the Government of Indonesia and also in academic/research institutions. In the picture below, from the left, Dr. Anang Budi GUNAWAN (BAPPENAS), Dr. Muhammad Cholifihani (Director, Bilateral Foreign Funding, BAPPENAS), Dr. Sumedi Andono Mulyo (Director, Regional Development, BAPPENAS), Dr. Zamroni Salim (Senior Researcher, LIPI), and Dr. Teguh Dartanto (Dean, Faculty of Economics and Business, U. of Indonesia). Dr. Wawan Juswanto (Director, MOF) and Dr. Bangkit Aditya WIRYAWAN (Ministry of Public Works) are the other members of the Otsubo Seminar's Indonesian brothers (not pictured) . We do have a sister, Dr. Nuraini Yuanita (Central Bank of Indonesia to Banking Sector Monitoring Agency). Dr. Rizal Lukman, head of the Nagoya University Indonesia Alumni Association, serves as Deputy Coordinating Minister for International Economic and Financial. Cooperation of the Republic of Indonesia. Dr. Andin Hadiyanto, Director General of Fiscal Policy Agency, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, earlier served as a Board Member for the World Bank. They are moving Indonesia forward.
In Thailand, we have Otsubo Seminar's Thai sisters. They are Dr. Nalitra THAIPRASERT (P-Noot)(Assistant Professor, CMSE to the Asia Foundation), Dr. Phanida ROIDOUNG (Noot)(Director, Public Debt Management Office, Ministry of Finance), Dr. Panisa VISHUPHONG (Bo)(Lecturer, Thammasat University), and Dr. Utumporn Jitsutthiphakorn (Maggie)(Senior Economist, Central Bank of Thailand). In the photos below, P-Noot and Noot are pictured.
In October 2018, Nagoya University (Professor Otsubo as the main thesis advisor) conferred a Thesis-Based Ph.D. in International Development to Dasho Karma URA, President, Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH. His thesis titile is: The Unremembered Nation.
Aiming to Establish International Development Studies AND International Development Economics WITH Asian/Japanese Perspectives
New Project Books are publised in Winter 2020/21. This publication earmarks the end of the 15-year-long GAD International Joint Research Project. Prof. Otsubo is most grateful for all the contributions made by more than 50 researchers kindly participated in this project from all over the world.
New JSPS Science Research Fund (Kiban A International Joint Research)
'Globalization and Development' Research Project (2015-2020) is initiated!!
(Industrial Policies under Globalization -- Creating Surviving Industries in Developing Countries)
JSPS Science Research Funds (Kiban A & Challenging Exploratory Research)
'Globalization and Development' Research Project (2010-2014) is initiated!!
'Development and Happiness' Module (2011-2014) is added!!
(Kiban A is extended to 2014-15)
Otsubo Seminar Alumni Network is Active Now!!
Pls. inform me of your current EM addresses,
so that I can put you on our Alumni Network!!
Prof. Otsubo joined Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute (JICA-RI) as a Visting Fellow during January 2012 - March 2013.
Teguh DARTANTO, Faizal Moeis, and Shigeru OTSUBO, "Intragenerational Economic Mobility in Indonesia: A Transition from Poverty to Middle Class during 1993-2014," Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 56(2), pp. 1-40 (August 2020).
...Making into the Top 10 downloaded policy research working papers (Sept. 2014)!
Ghana at 50
Economic Development Lecture
in Accra, Ghana
China at 60
Economic Development Lecture
in Beijing-Shanghai, China
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