Masako Egawa has been a professor at the Graduate School of Commerce and Management of Hitotsubashi University since September 2015.  She served as Executive Vice President of The University of Tokyo, overseeing university corporate relations, alumni relations, and development and international affairs from 2009 through 2015. In 2001, she launched the Research Center of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (Harvard Business School) and served as its Executive Director until 2009.  Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Egawa worked in the investment banking industry for 15 years in New York and Tokyo, advising corporations and governments on M&A and capital raising transactions for Salomon Brothers and S.G. Warburg (now UBS).

She received a B.A. in international relations from the University of Tokyo, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (Harvard Business School), and a Ph.D. in management from Hitotsubashi University.

She has served on the Tax Council (advisory body for the Prime Minister), the Financial System Council (advisory body for the Ministry of Finance), and Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (expert member).  Currently, she is a member of the Basic Plan Expert Committee, Council for Science, Technology and Innovation; Council for Policy Evaluation of the Ministry of Finance; and Council for Policy Evaluation of the Ministry of Education.  From 2014 to 2015, she served as the chair of the U.S.-Japan Research Institute.