Yuri Sato serves as Executive Vice President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) from 2015. She is in charge of Southeast Asia and Oceania.
Prior to this she has been working as a researcher on Indonesia, especially economy, industry and business studies at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) since 1981. She stationed in Indonesia as a researcher in 1985-87 and 1996-99, and as a special advisor for the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia) in 2008-10. She obtained a doctorate in economics from University of Indonesia in 2001. She is the author/editor of numerous academic works, and the recipient of the 24th Grand Prix Asia Pacific Awards and the 16th Okita Memorial Prize for International Development Research on her book in 2012. She also has experiences in teaching at several distinguished universities. Her other present notable positions include Director at the Japan Association of Asian Studies and Director at the Japan Indonesia Association Inc.