Masaaki Shirakawa

Vice-Chairman of the Bank for International Settlements

Masaaki Shirakawa is a Japanese economist, central banker and the 30th Governor of the Bank of Japan, and professor at Aoyama Gakuin University. He is also a Director and Vice-Chairman of the Bank for International Settlements.

Shirakawa joined the Bank of Japan in 1972. His varied assignments at the bank included a period as General Manager at the Ōita branch. For a time, he was General Manager for the Americas at the bank’s office in New York City. Shirakawa joined the faculty of the graduate school of public policy at Kyoto University in 2006. He returned to BOJ in 2008.

His nomination to be Governor of the Bank was approved on April 9, 2008. Masaaki ranks 6th on the world’s most powerful by Newsweek along with economic triumvirs Ben Bernanke and Jean-Claude Trichet. Shirakawa’s mandate is “to respond to changes in circumstances in a flexible and timely manner” in a way which can contribute to the sustainable growth and development of Japan.

In other words, this means that the role of the head of the BOJ is to effect price stability in Japan and to ensure stability of the financial system. In 2011 he was included in the 50 Most Influential Ranking Of Bloomberg Markets Magazine. He is a member in the Group of Thirty. In 2013 he accepted a professor post at Aoyama Gakuin University.

To book Masaaki Shirakawa as the politics speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Masaaki is known to speak on the following topics:

  • Banking & Finance
  • International Finance
  • Politics & Policy
  • Drive & Determination
  • Dealing With Pressure
  • Making Decisions