Founding Dean of iCLA Michael Lacktorin
Dr. Mike Lacktorin

Specialization: Economics, Business

Dr. Mike Lacktorin


PhD Keio University (Economics)
MBA University of Chicago (Finance)
BA Sophia University (Comparative Culture)

Current and Previous Academic Affiliations:

International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA)-Kofu, Japan (Founding Dean, Professor, Economics)
Akita International University-Akita, Japan (Dean, International Affairs, Professor, Economics)
Kansai Gaidai University-Osaka, Japan (Professor, Economics)
University of Puget Sound-Tacoma, Washington (Assistant Professor, Strategy and International Business)
University of Western Australia-Perth, Australia (Lecturer, Strategy and International Business)
Nagoya University of Foreign Studies-Nagoya, Japan (Professor, Economics and International Business)


Mike Lacktorin helps students deepen their understanding of finance, economics, strategy, international business, the Japanese economy, and the history of economic thought. He served as a regular member of university faculties in America, Australia, and Japan, and worked for many years in the real world of mergers and acquisitions, merchant banking, securities analysis, and corporate planning in New York and Tokyo. His research has focused on foreign direct investment in Japan and on innovations in global liberal arts education.

Mike describes himself as a learning facilitator, which includes showing students how what they are learning at university is pertinent to their own lives and futures outside the classroom. His passion is helping students discover and develop their own passions and natural abilities, so they may reach their full potential.