Senior Executive Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan.
Satoru Ohtake joined the science and technology administration in the Government of Japan in 1984, just after graduating the Graduate School of University of Tokyo where he was conferred Master Degree of Science in high energy physics. In his public service career in science administrations, he engaged in policy planning and R&D management; establishment of Government’s Science and Technology Basic Plans (in 1996, 2001 and 2011), establishing and running research programs and projects in photonics and mathematical science; as well as engaging in the International Human Frontier Science Program in the HFSP Organization in Strasbourg in France between 1990 and 1992.
He previously worked on international collaborations including both bilateral and multilateral programs such as the Global Science Forum of the OECD, Group of Earth Observation (GEO) and Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). He also worked as a Japanese negotiator for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Project (ITER) from 2001 to 2005. He also experienced the institute management in Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and National Institute of Radiological Sciences. In the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), he manages international affairs; diversity and inclusion; science and technology information exchange and dissemination; and science communication programs. He has also been charged with overall management of JST as a deputy to the president from 2013.