Christine Pilcavage is responsible for developing projects in Japan with MIT students, faculty, corporate partners, academic institutions, foundations and government organizations. Among other responsibilities, she manages the ULVAC-Hayashi Seed Fund, which promote faculty collaborations with Japan's top researchers. Chris also oversees the entire internship process of recruiting, placing and preparing MIT students for work at Japanese institutions and maintaining host relationships. Her portfolio includes MIT study abroad programs with Japanese universities, as well as promoting Japanese culture at MIT.
Chris has advised diverse international stakeholders in government, non-government, and grassroots organizations on business processes, cultural competence, and the application of public health and educational best practices. She has worked with USAID, various Ministries in Japanese Government, Japanese local governments, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the World Health Organization on global health and educational issues in Africa and Asia.
Chris was born and raised in Japan, and has also lived in Cambodia, the Philippines, Kenya, and the United States. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University and B.A. in Economics and Psychology from University of California, San Diego. Chris enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling and doing yoga with her ten-year-old daughter.