Nanae Baldauff is an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS. She recently completed a PhD in Political Science at Ghent University and holds a master’s degree in European Governance at the University of Luxembourg. She has a certificate of International Law from the Beasley School of Law (Temple University, Japan Campus). Her PhD focused on Japan’s defense cooperation with strategic partners from the perspective of Japan’s national security objectives. The research examined the purposes of Japan’s defense engagement in the areas of defense equipment and technology cooperation, military exercises and capacity building. In addition, she serves as Non-Executive Director in the Advisory Board of International Security Industry Council of Japan. She is also Senior Researcher at Keio Research Institute at SFC, and a recipient of the Japan Foundation fellowship.
In addition to her academic carrier, Nanae has extensive professional experience at the United Nations University headquarters in Tokyo as governing board and legal administrator. She has a wealth of experience in the area of institutional strategy development and partnerships linking government ministries, education/research industries, and commercial companies. She has managed large budgets, off-shore offices, and oversight of a range of portfolios including drafting and negotiating agreements, donor relations, planning and management of board meetings, administration and liaison support. Prior to that, she worked for major US investment banks in the compliance and risk management administration.
Her area of interest is Japan’s foreign and defense policy, Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific regional vision and security community, geopolitics and geoeconomics in the Indo-Pacific, defense industry cooperation, cybersecurity and security of the space domain. As an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS, Nanae will be working on a book publication, journal articles and policy briefs within the Regions and Cities Governance Lab Cluster (Re-LAB).