GDF 2018: Creating a Domestic Consensus on Development – Perspectives from Western Allies
Keiichiro Nakazawa has served as Director General of South Asia Department of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) since April 2017. Prior to this, he had 30-year-long career at JICA, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund of Japan (OECF), where he focused mainly on development assistance to Asian countries and on ODA operational strategies. As for overseas postings, Mr. Nakazawa served as the Chief Representative of JICA Myanmar Office (2015-17) and of JICA U.S.A. Office (2010-14), and as the Representative of OECF India Office (1991-94). Mr. Nakazawa won a World Bank Graduate Scholarship to study at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Policy in 1991. He was a visiting lecturer at Tokyo University and at Aoyama Gakuin University, both in Japan, in the early 2000s and lectured on Development Economics. Since 2002, Mr. Nakazawa has also served as a government-registered Small and Medium Enterprise Management Consultant.
Liz Schrayer serves as President & CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), a broad-based coalition of over 500 businesses and NGOs that advocates for strong U.S. global leadership through development and diplomacy. Under her leadership, the USGLC has grown to a nationwide network of advocates in all 50 states and boasts a bipartisan Advisory Council, chaired by General Colin Powell which includes every living former Secretary of State, and a National Security Advisory Council consisting of nearly 200 retired three and four-star generals and admirals. In addition to running the USGLC, Ms. Schrayer serves as President of Schrayer & Associates, Inc., a nationwide political consulting firm founded in 1994, which works on a wide range of domestic and international issues. Ms. Schrayer currently serves on USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACFVA), as well as several advisory boards and committees for the University of Michigan, including the Ford School of Public Policy. Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Schrayer served as the national Political Director of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) for more than a decade. She worked on Capitol Hill, founding the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and in state government. She has traveled across the country organizing citizen advocates in every state. Ms. Schrayer has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and resides in Maryland with her husband Jeff Schwaber, an attorney who helped launch the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
Tom Kelly is the Development Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington. He has spent 25 years in international development, a career that began as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow in the Central Bank of Uganda, where he worked as a monetary economist. He joined the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) as an economist in 1996. He has extensive experience working in over 20 countries as an economist and senior policy planner and manager, covering a wide range of humanitarian and development policy and programs. His current posting to Washington is his fifth overseas assignment and follows previous appointments to the UK Missions to the United Nations in Rome; to the UK Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York; to DFID Southern Africa, based in Pretoria; and to the British Embassy in Moscow, where his responsibilities included management of Central Asia regional programs. Before taking up his current post, Tom spent over two years on secondment to USAID in Washington, where he worked as a senior policy adviser in the Office for Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs.
Otto Graf has served as the Counselor for Development, World Bank, and International Development Bank (IDB) at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, D.C. since August 2016. Prior to this role, he worked as the Senior Communications Officer of External and Corporate Relations at the World Bank. Mr. Graf has served extensively overseas throughout his career. From 2011 to 2015, he served in the German Embassy in Tehran as the Head of Cultural Division, and from 2008 to 2011, he served in the German Embassy in Budapest as Head of Economic Division. He’s also worked in embassies and foreign offices in Turkey, Albania, and his homeland of Germany. He graduated with a degree in economics from Regensburg University in 1988.