Isaku Higa

Isaku Higa
Isaku Higa
Vice President for Financial Management
Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (Acting)
1989 MBA Boston University
1985 BA International Christian University, Tokyo (Social Science)


A native of Okinawa, Isaku Higa is an accomplished Chief Financial Officer with advanced professional and leadership experience at large and complex institutions as well as at small/medium sized dynamic enterprises in multi-cultural, international environments in Japan, the United States, and Europe. He has held positions at Citibank, KPMG, Tokai Bank (now part of MUFG Bank), the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the private sector funding arm of the World Bank Group), and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO, a United Nations organization), primarily in the areas of financial management, budget and strategy formulation, financial reporting, regulatory reporting and compliance, financial system implementation, and digital transformation projects. He is well versed in IFRS, IPSAS, US GAAP, and Japanese accounting standards and has experience in managing procurement, logistics, and human resources functions in international public sector organizations. Mr. Higa will leverage over 30 years of global experience to support OIST as it moves into the next decade of development.


2010-2021 Chief of Budget and Finance, The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, United Nations organization
2006-2010 Head of IT Sourcing and Finance, Corporate Business Informatics Division, International Finance Corporation, The World Bank Group
2003-2005 Portfolio Manager/Senior Information Officer, Corporate Business Informatics Division, International Finance Corporation, The World Bank Group
2001-2003 Manager, Treasury Operations Support, International Finance Corporation, The World Bank Group
1999-2001 Senior Financial Operations Officer, Financial Operations Unit, International Finance Corporation, The World Bank Group
1991-1999 Financial Controller, New York Branch, MUFG Bank (formerly The Tokai Bank, Limited)
1989-91 Consultant, Information Technology Group, Management Consulting Division, KPMG Peat Marwick


2014-2017 Board of Governors, Vienna International School
2010 Board of Directors, American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra
2002-2003 Director of Finance, The Washington Japanese Language School
2001-2002 Co-Chair, The World Bank Group-Japanese Staff Association