Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Sayuri Shirai, Visiting Fellow and Advisor for Sustainable Policies

Aaron Joshua Magtibay, Web Development Consultant

Sayuri Shirai

Sayuri Shirai re-joined the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) as a Visiting Fellow in July 2022 and was also named Advisor for Sustainable Policies in October 2022.

She is currently a professor of economics under Keio University’s faculty of policy management. She is also an advisor to both the Nomura Research Center for Sustainability and the Nissin Oillio Group.

From 2020-2021, she was a senior advisor to London-based EOS at Federated Hermes, which provides environmental, social, and governance (ESG)-related stewardship services on firms and public policy. Prior to that, she was an ADBI visiting fellow from 2016-2020, a member of the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan from 2011-2016, taught at Sciences Po in Paris from 2007–2008, and served as an economist at the International Monetary Fund from 1993-1998.

She has published extensively on topics such as central bank digital currency, monetary policy, global finance, and ESG investment. She is also a contributing writer to the Japan Times and a frequent Japanese and international media commentator on Japan’s economy and global monetary policies.

She holds a PhD in economics from Columbia University.

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