We are delighted to welcome Professor Rie Kijima as affiliated faculty of the Centre for the Study of Global Japan. Professor Kijima is assistant professor in the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. She joins us from Stanford University, where she was Lecturer and Interim Director in the International Comparative Education/International Education Policy Analysis Program at the Graduate School of Education. She is an expert on international assessments, education reforms, gender, and STEAM learning.

Professor Kijima is the co-author of a book on Design Thinking and STEAM Education, which was published by Asahi Shinbun Press in January 2019. She is Scott M. Johnson Fellow of the United States Japan Leadership Program and previously worked at the World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency. She is also the CEO of SkyLabo, an education non-profit organization that promotes inquiry-based approaches to STEAM learning. She was recognized by Forbes Japan as one of 100 women entrepreneurs around the world for her innovative nonprofit work.