InnovFest x Elevating Founders Speaker - Gerald J. Hane, Ph.D. Senior Executive for APAC and General Manager for Corporate Strategy, Hitachi Asia
Senior Executive for APAC and General Manager for Corporate Strategy, Hitachi Asia

Gerald J. Hane

Gerald Hane has a career of over four decades in policy, business and innovation to advance initiatives for sustainability and societal impact, with an emphasis on addressing US-Asia linkages. He currently serves as Senior Executive for APAC and General Manager for Corporate Strategy with Hitachi Asia with responsibility for business transformation in the Asia Pacific in such areas as smart cities, energy, health, and mobility, after serving as Global Operations Counselor with Hitachi Ltd. where he advised the corporation on emerging digital business models for global markets. Dr. Hane is also a Visiting Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo where he focuses on disruptive inclusive innovations and related policies. Previously, Dr. Hane was the President and CEO of Battelle-Japan a joint venture of Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest independent, non-profit research organization, and the Mitsubishi Corporation. Battelle-Japan advanced technology commercialization, contract research and laboratory management services in Japan and the Asia-Pacific in sectors that included energy and environment, water, information technology, and health and agriculture. Prior to taking this position, Dr. Hane worked with venture companies, investors, the U.S. government and science and technology organizations in Asia regarding innovation-based business development and promotion. He has served as an advisor on the International Advisory Committee of the Prime Minister of Japan’s Cabinet Council on Science, Technology and Innovation, and advisor to the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Dr. Hane has also served as the head of International Strategy and Affairs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), with a concurrent position with the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration. He also oversaw international initiatives addressing such challenges as energy and environment, infectious diseases, natural disasters, food and nutrition, water quality, counter-terrorism, and export controls. Dr. Hane was responsible for priority bilateral science and technology relations including Japan, China, and India, as well as multilateral relations with APEC, OECD, the G8 and Summit of the Americas.  

Before entering OSTP, Dr. Hane was a Professional Staff Member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives chaired by the Honorable George Brown. There his responsibilities included clean technologies, advanced manufacturing technologies, medical technologies, defense dual-use technologies, and aviation and aerospace technologies. He has been a Visiting Researcher at the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) of Japan's Science and Technology Agency, and began his career as a Research Engineer with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  Dr. Hane received his Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University where he examined innovation policy and management, and the role of collaborative research and development activities in Japan. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.