Masako Egawa was appointed Chancellor, School Judicial Person Seikei Gakuen, as well as Visiting Researcher, Center for Advanced Research on Finance, The University of Tokyo in April 2022. From April 2020 through March 2022, She served as Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University. From 2015 through 2020, she was Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University. From 2009 through 2015, she managed the University of Tokyo as the Executive Vice President (the first female EVP), and oversaw international affairs, public and external relations, alumni relations, development, industrial relations, and gender equity. From 2001 through 2009, she worked as the founding Executive Director of the Japan Research Center of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (Harvard Business School). Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Egawa worked in the investment banking industry for 15 years in New York and Tokyo.
Dr. Egawa teaches corporate governance at the University of Tokyo and has taught corporate finance at Keio Business School. She is an independent director of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. Until June 2023, she served as independent director of Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. Until June 2021, she was an independent director of Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. Until March 2020, she was as independent director of AGC Inc. (formerly Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.), serving as chairman and chair of the nomination committee..
She received a B.A. from the University of Tokyo, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, and a Ph.D. in management from Hitotsubashi University.
She has served numerous councils including the Tax Council (advisory body for the Prime Minister), the Financial System Council, Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (expert member), and the Planning Committee for Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, as well as the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum. Currently she serves as the Vice Chair of the Japan Securities Dealers Association and Chair of its Self-Regulation Board, and member on the Advisory Board for Evaluation of Policies for the Ministry of Finance, the Advisory Board for Evaluation of Policies for the Financial Services Agency, the Industrial Structure Council (Green Innovation Project Group), the Council on National Research and Development Institutes, the Japan-US-Japan Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan), Tsuda University Board of Trustees, Sustainability Advisory Board of Nomura Asset Management, and the Executive Committee of Harvard Business School Club of Japan, among others.
Her publications include Modern Corporate Governance, Management with Weak Shareholder Orientation, Skills to Overcome Six Hurdles, Case Studies of Japanese Companies, Messages from Top Professionals: UTokyo Lectures for Tomorrow’s Leaders, as well as translation of Women Like Us, among others.