President, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Since December 2010 Shigeo Katsu has served as President of the Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, a national university founded in June of the same year, designed to serve as the country's flagship academic institution with aspirations to become a global level research university. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Katsu worked at the World Bank: he joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1979, and soon was assigned to the West Africa Region as an infrastructure economist, then as the Bank's Resident Representative in Benin. He was seconded to the Export-Import Bank of Japan as Deputy Director, Country Economic Policy Analysis Department. Following successive assignments in the China Department, Cote d'Ivoire, and the Europe and Central Asia Region he became Vice President of the ECA Region, in which position he served for six years followed by a short stint as Special Advisor to the Managing Directors before retirement in December 2009. In addition to the above, Mr. Katsu consulted with the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, advised governments, and collaborated with think tanks and not-for-profit organizations. He also served as the chair of the US Board of Restless Development, an international NGO that focuses on Youth development and mainstreaming of the Youth Agenda in national development strategies mainly in the African continent. He still is member of the board. Since May 2011, Mr. Katsu has served on the Advisory Panel to the Asean+3 Macro-economic Research Office.