Akio Kato ’24
MBA/MPH with Yale School of Public Health Class of 2024
Undergraduate Institution and Major
Veterinary Medicine, Iwate University
Government, Project Manager, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
Consulting, Associate, McKinsey
Clubs and Affiliations
Consulting Club, Japan Club
Co-president, Japan Club
Why did you choose to attend Yale SOM?
The primary reason I am drawn to Yale SOM is its mission: Educating Leaders for Business and Society. Through interactions with current students and faculty members, I discovered that the mission is not merely a slogan but genuinely permeates the entire community. Everyone I spoke with took social problems to heart, no matter where they occurred. This culture deeply resonates with my passion. Having worked for the Japanese government for over six years, I have experienced various disruptive events caused by infectious diseases, such as Ebola, novel influenza, and, of course, COVID-19. To prevent future pandemics, I aimed to create a more significant social impact at the intersection of business, public health, and society. This goal led me to enroll in the innovative MBA/MPH dual degree program offered through the close collaboration between Yale SOM and Yale School of Public Health. I value the strong connection Yale SOM has with its parent university, which enables me to pursue my ambitious career!