Hiroki Hara is a global affiliate visiting scholar at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) for 2019-21. Hara served various positions at the Japanese Ministry of Finance (MoF) and assumed several tasks related to financial markets during his career. Before joining Shorenstein APARC, Hara served as the Deputy Director of the Foreign Reserve Management Office at the MoF since 2016, responsible for the portfolio management of Japan's FX reserves. Prior to that, Hara was the Deputy Director of the Government Debt Division, Financial Bureau from 2012 to 2013. Hara worked on investor relation activities and explained the Japanese Government Bond Issuance Plan and Japan's economic situation for foreign investors. Additionally, through a variety of job experiences, Hara traveled to 18 countries and worked at the Cabinet Office and the Financial Services Agency. Hara earned his Bachelor of Economics from Osaka University in 2006 and his Master of Public Services Management from London Metropolitan University in 2010.