Masafumi Nagao is Research Professor at the Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education at Hiroshima University (Japan) where his primary work is to conduct research relating to the evaluation of aid programs and projects in the field of education. From 1999 to 2006 he served as the leader of a JICA team to support a secondary mathematics and science teacher retraining project in South Africa.
He is a member of the Advisory Committee of JICA on evaluation and also serves on the School Evaluation Committee of Japan’s Ministry of Education. Prior to joining this center, from 1987 to 1998, Mr. Nagao worked for the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, one of the largest grant-making foundations in Japan, as a Chief Program Officer and Program Director. From 1975 to 1987, he served as Economic Affairs Officer in the Technology Transfer Division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.
He received a B.A. in economics from Carleton College in Minnesota and an M.A. in economic policy from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. He has published many papers on educational cooperation, school evaluation and evaluation of aid projects. He has co-edited a book, “Mathematics and Science Education in Developing Countries: Issues, Experiences and Cooperation Prospects” (Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 2007).