MS in Global Affairs
Alumnus, Class of 2013
Prior to joining NYUSPS, I spent a year working in Beijing, but following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan, I returned home to Japan and covered the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster for The New Yorker. It was during this experience that I realized I wanted to develop a stronger foundation and pursue a career in the energy sector, which led me to move to New York and to enroll in the master's degree program at the NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs (CGA). With guidance from my adviser, Dr. Carolyn Kissane, I was able to take full advantage of CGA's practical approach to its curriculum. This included course work and discussions taught by energy sector practitioners, strong support from a dynamic global alumni network, and thesis work in which I focused on the economics of North American natural gas exports to East Asia. I believe that all of these aspects of the MS in Global Affairs were essential to furthering my understanding of and preparing me for a career in the energy sector.
Since graduating in 2013, I have been working full-time as an LNG and natural gas consultant at Poten & Partners, a global brokerage and advisory firm specializing in the energy and ocean transportation industries. In this role, I focus on shaping the firm's global LNG and natural gas supply and demand analysis, assisting governments and energy companies around the world with procurement strategies, market/pricing analysis, and insights on long- and short-term market forces.