Nao Matsukata is the president and chief executive officer of FairWinds Partners. Matsukata brings to FairWinds Partners a combination of private, public, and academic sector experience with global multinationals, the United States government, and major universities.
Before joining FairWinds Partners, he was the SVP for Global Policy and External Affairs for one of the world’s largest global pharmaceutical companies. He also led the business practice groups at two major law firms, Hunton and Williams and Alston and Bird, and served as a consultant to multinational corporations and major alternative investment funds. Matsukata’s public sector experience includes senior positions in the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. Government. He served as the Policy Planning Director for the United States Trade Representative and led negotiations on GMOs and other key bilateral and regional issues. He also served as a Senior Policy Advisor to a National Vice Presidential Candidate in the 2000 general election and served in the same advisory capacity to a United States Senator.
Matsukata has published widely on global policy issues and regularly participates in high-level policy discussions. Most recently, he served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy in the Digital Age. His writings have appeared in the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Asahi Shimbun, the Yomiuri Shimbun, and other major Asian and European publications. He has appeared on major cable financial networks and on radio with National Public Radio.
Matsukata has taught at Harvard University and is currently an adjunct professor at the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He has served as a Trustee for the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts and the Nishimachi International School in Tokyo, Japan, and he currently serves as an elected member of a local affiliate board for USA Hockey. He received his PhD in history from Harvard University.