Obi is the Dean of the International Center at Keio University, Japan. Prior to his current appointment, he served for more than a decade as the Chairman of the Committee for International Affairs at the Keio University Faculty and Graduate School of Science and Technology. While chair, he was heavily involved in developing various international programs, including double-degrees offered to both students at Keio and its partner institutions around the world. He concurrently serves as the Director of the Center for Japanese Studies and Dean of Global Engagement at Keio. He has previously served as a member of various committees at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) related to scholarship programs for international students, joint- and double-degree programs at Japanese higher education institutions, and human resource development. He has a Bachelor (BSc) and Master of Science (MSc) in mechanical engineering from Keio University, and a Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. In addition to his position at the International Center, he is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology. He is Fellow of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers as well as a member of various academic societies including the Japan Society of Fluid Mechanics, the Heat Transfer Society of Japan, the Gas Turbine Society of Japan, and the Japan Society of Civil Engineers. Professor Obi’s research focuses on fluid mechanics, turbulence modelling, computational mechanics, heat transfer, and flow measurement technique. He has published numerous articles and reviews in academic journals, edited books, referred proceedings in Japanese and English, and has delivered over 200 presentations at Japanese conferences and meetings.