OHNO, Izumi

Position Adjunct Professor
Degree MPA (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University)
Specialty Economic Development, Development Cooperation Policy
Current Research Interests ・International development strategies, aid and development partnerships, donor strategies for growth support to Africa
・Japanese ODA policy
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Izumi Ohno specializes in international development strategy and Japan’s development cooperation. She graduated from the Tsuda College (Tokyo), and holds a MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at the Princeton University in USA. Prior to joining GRIPS (in 2002), she worked at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the World Bank, and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).


Over the past years, she has served a number of committees related to Japan’s ODA and development cooperation, including the Advisory a member of the Advisory Panel to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the ODA Charter Review (March-July 2014) and chair of the Advisory Committee for the Japan Inclusive Business Support Center of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (2010- ).


Since 2009, she has been engaged in JICA-supported intellectual cooperation, “Japan-Ethiopia industrial policy dialogue,” which aims to share the East Asian development experiences with senior policymakers in Ethiopia. This includes a study of quality and productivity improvement in Asia and Africa (Kaizen National Movement). Furthermore, in light of increasing interface between business and development, she led a research project for “Internationalization of Japanese Small-and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)” in collaboration with an Osaka-based thinktank, the Asia-Pacific Institute of Research (APIR: 2012-2015).


Her publications include books on: From a Small, City Factory to a Global Company in Asia: A Strategy for Outward FDI of Japanese SMEs and Support Measures (ed. Chuo-keizai Publishing Co., 2015); Eastern and Western Ideas for African Growth (edited with Kenichi Ohno, Routledge, 2013); Introduction to BOP Business: Addressing Global Challenges through Partnership (co-authored, Chuo-keizai Publishing Co., 2011); Japan’s International Development Cooperation (edited with Goto and Watanabe, Nippon Hyoronsha 2005); The World Bank: Toward New Development Strategies (NTT Publishing Co., 2000); and Japanese Views of Economic Development: Diverse Paths to the Market (edited with Kenichi Ohno, Routledge, 1998).


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