Masayo Nagai, managing director based in APCO’s Tokyo office, has over 13 years of experience in public relations and public affairs. She has worked with various national governments, international organizations and foreign trade missions on a range of communications assignments. Her expertise ranges from public affairs and advocacy to marketing communications and trade promotion.
Ms. Nagai provides strategic council to APCO’s clients across various sectors. She is also the communication director for the Dhaka Metro Railway Transit construction project in Bangladesh under the Japanese Official Development Assistance.
Prior to joining APCO, Ms. Nagai provided public communication services to organizations such as the World Bank, Japan Bank for International Corporation, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and several national and regional governments. She was an advisor to local governments to support their marketing communications efforts; she is also a lecturer for the Public Relations Society of Japan.
Before working as a communications expert, Ms. Nagai served with the Lower House of Diet as a legislative aid.
Ms. Nagai graduated from Ochanomizu University with degrees in education and Chinese literature and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. In 2020, she was honoured with the Prospect Gold Standard Award for Professional Excellence by Public Affairs Asia for her outstanding achievement in public relations and public affairs.