SEAN M HACKETT designs and facilitates high-impact learning experiences for professionals and students from around the world.


SEAN M HACKETT is the Founder, Lead Experience Designer and Instructor at MDI.TOKYO (Japan), a leading management education services provider focused on the future of learning and work in central Tokyo. MDI.TOKYO partners with HR Professionals and Universities to deliver premium L&D experiences to early and mid-career high potential employees and students on short-term study abroad programs. Dr. Hackett also serves on the faculty at a leading private university in Tokyo.

Prior to founding MDI.TOKYO, Dr. Hackett served on the faculties at WASEDA University in Tokyo, Drexel University in Pennsylvania (USA), and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee (USA).  His research interests are at the intersection of cross-cultural management, innovation, negotiation, and entrepreneurship with a focus on how digitalization transforms existing businesses and makes new businesses possible.

Before becoming an academic, Dr. Hackett worked for the American Electronics Association (now known as the Advocacy Group within CompTIA) in Japan. His industry focus was software and electronic commerce and his responsibilities included business development and international business facilitation.

Dr. Hackett has a B.A. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN); an M.A. in International Relations from Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan), and an M.S./Ph.D. in Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). As a Rotary Foundation Fellow, Dr. Hackett also spent nine months studying the Japanese language intensively at International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan).