Benjamin Bystrom

Faculty Advisor

Professor Ben Bystrom is the Director of the University of Hawaii’s Asian Field Study Program and an Instructor at UH’s Shidler College of Business. Teaching Graduate and Undergraduate courses in Banking, Global Capital Markets, Venture Capital and Equity Analysis. Over the last ten years, Ben has received multiple teaching awards for his innovation and excellence in the classroom. Prior to teaching, Ben had a 20-year career in Investment and Commercial Banking, both in New York and Tokyo. Most recently he was an Executive Director with Morgan Stanley in Japan, where he focused on restructuring and financing of Japanese Insurance Companies and Banks. 


Ben has worked in Foreign Exchange Trading, Mergers and Acquisitions, Derivatives, and a wide variety of Debt Products. He has advised and financed Fortune 500 Companies around the Globe. 


Ben has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and Quantitative Methods from the University of Hawaii and a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Finance (Wharton School) and East Asia Studies/Japanese Language. In addition to being a fluent speaker of Japanese, Ben was a Research Fellow in the Economics Department at the University of Tokyo.