Dr Naoki Umemiya is Director, Technical and Higher Education Team, Human Development Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He leads the team in charge of JICA’s cooperation projects in the technical and higher education sector in different regions of the world. He also works on a research project of JICA Research Institute as a researcher. Before taking the position in 2016, he worked for Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a JICA expert and Associate Professor between 2013 and 2016. From 2005 to 2009, he was stationed in Bangkok, Thailand, and served for the ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asian Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net) as a JICA expert. He holds an MEd from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He specialises in comparative and international education, especially quality assurance, internationalisation of higher education, inter-university exchanges and cooperation.