Professor Monte Cassim
Monte Cassim, Vice-Chancellor (Strategic and International Initiatives) of Ritsumeikan, was President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University from 2004–09. As Professor of Policy Science since 1994, his research is in environmental science and health informatics at the Ritsumeikan Center for Sustainability Science. He was Honorary Professor at King’s College London GKT Medical School (2003-04), serves on several government and business advisory panels and is also on the governing board of the Nara Institute for Science and Technology (NAIST).
Graduating in 1970 from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Natural Science, University of Sri Lanka Colombo, he studied under a Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering in the Master’s and Doctoral programs (1974-81). He has worked extensively in Asia and Latin America while at the UN Centre for Regional Development, prior to which he worked in the Japanese corporate sector, in Malaysia and in his home country, Sri Lanka.
His research in environmental science is in the areas of natural ecology, industrial ecology and precision agronomy for adapting to climate change. In the field of health informatics, he works in the field of established and emerging diseases, notably with stroke and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Since 1993, Cassim has been founder member and Director of Tools for Self Reliance, Japan, an award-winning NGO working in development cooperation. In 2011, in collaboration with private industry, he will establish a Science and Technology incubator, the Digital Discoveries Research Collaboratory in Kyushu, Japan.
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