Naoto Matsuura

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)Senior Chief Officer of Satellite Applications and Director of Earth Observation Research Center (EORC)

Naoto Matsuura is the Senior Chief Officer of Satellite Applications and the Director of Earth Observation Research Center (EORC) at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He is currently responsible for promoting satellite applications in the field of Earth observation, satellite positioning and telecommunication, and analysing Earth observation satellite data. Formerly, Mr. Matsuura was Director of New Enterprise Promotion Department from 2015-2017 and, Director of Satellite Applications and Promotion Center (SAPC) from 2013-2014. In addition, in 2014 he was also assigned the position of Director of Earth Observation and Research Center (EORC). He has held various management posts in JAXA including Human Resources, Budget, and Programme Planning and Management.
In 2011-2012 Mr. Matsuura was in charge of the development of satellite data market in Japan as Secretary General of the Remote Sensing Technology Center (RESTEC). Having joined JAXA (then NASDA) as an engineer in 1986, Mr. Matsuura started his career in satellite tracking and control. Since then he has worked on Earth observation satellite development, satellite applications, data policy and international coordination, and was seconded to the UN World Meteolorogical Organization (WMO) in 1995 to work on the development and coordination for the Global Climate Observing System. Mr. Matsuura studied at Keio University Graduate School of Science and Technology, where he earned his Master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1986.