MIT Association of Japan - Presidential Address  

Kosuke, Kato
A Message from the President

Kosuke Kato,
XXII B.S., M.S., f83, Sc.D., e86

Managing Director,
Edwards Lifesciences Limited



MIT Association of Japan has diverse array of people. Not limited to undergraduate alumni, its members include graduates from PhD and masterfs programs, as well as researchers, professors, and short program participants from a range of disciplines. The organization has approximately 1900 members, making it second in size only to the US alumni association.

MIT Associationfs main goal is to provide the members various opportunities to get to know each other and to continue to have some connection to MIT. It is run by volunteers from the members of the Association, the board being organized by Officers, Auditors, Trustees and Administration staff. There are several events annually for all the members such as lecture meetings, social gatherings as well as the Annual General Meeting. In addition, the association is actively having different type of activities to pursue the goal of the organization.

From February 2016, I became the President of the Association, and started the year with new members of the board. President Reif described MIT as eIt is a special place, which takes seriously its mission to take on the most difficult challenges to make the world better.f As the Association consisting of members in Japan with ties to MIT, I would like us take President Reiffs message to heart, and support the strengthening of Japanfs ability to innovate, and to support the education of global citizens from Japan, in addition to offering fun and meaningful events.

I hope that you share my enthusiasm for what this organization can become, and ask that you provide whatever support you can.


Personal Profile

Kosuke Kato is the Managing Director of Edwards Lifesciences Limited.

Since joining Edwards Lifesciences in 1998*, Dr. Kato led the Japan subsidiaryfs Heart Valve and Critical Care businesses. He became the Managing Director in 2013.

*At the time, Edwards was a division of Baxter International. It spun out and became a publicly traded company in 2000. It is the world leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring.

Prior to Edwards, Dr. Kato served at McKinsey & Company and Recruit Limited.

Dr. Kato currently serves as the Chairman of the American Medical Device and Diagnostics Manufacturersf Association (AMDD).

Dr. Kato received his B.S., M.S., and Sc.D., all from MITfs Department of Nuclear engineering.


Successive Presidents
‚P‚“‚” 1911 - 1932 DAN, Takuma
‚Q‚Ž‚„ 1932 - 1950 MITSUI, Takanaga
‚R‚’‚„ 1950 - 1958 KAMETANI, Masaru
‚S‚”‚ˆ 1956(Mar) - 1959 CHATANI, Yoshinori
‚T‚”‚ˆ 1959(Jun) - 1965 IKEHARA, Shikao
‚U‚”‚ˆ 1965(Jun) - 1972 SAITO, Shigebumi
‚V‚”‚ˆ 1972(Nov) - 1982 HORI, Yukio
‚W‚”‚ˆ 1982(Sep) - 1990 FUJISAKI, Hiroy
‚X‚”‚ˆ 1990 - 1996 MITARAI, Hajime
‚P‚O‚”‚ˆ 1996 - 1998 KAMBE, Nobuyuki
‚P‚P‚”‚ˆ 1998 - 2002 SASAKI, Koji
‚P‚Q‚”‚ˆ 2002 - 2003 HANDA, Hisayuki
‚P‚R‚”‚ˆ 2004 - 2005 NAGASHIMA, Masanori
‚P‚S‚”‚ˆ 2006 - 2009 YOKOMIZO, Yoichi
‚P‚T‚”‚ˆ 2010 - 2012 SHIMURA, Hikaru
‚P‚U‚”‚ˆ 2013 - 2015 ADACHI, Tamotsu
‚P‚V‚”‚ˆ 2016 - @ KATO, Kosuke