2006-07 Fellows


Yuichi Goto

Mr. Yuichi Goto is the Director of Policy Factory Inc. in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to joining Policy Factory, he worked in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) for five years. As the deputy director of the New Business Division from 2002-2003 he created the concept of "Special Zones for Structural Reform," where exceptions to regulations are established corresponding to the characteristics of the region, promoting structural reform in areas such areas as education, agriculture and social welfare, revitalizing local economies, and developing the national economy. Mr. Goto drafted the report on the Special Zones for the Committee of deregulation and CEFP (Council of Economic and Fiscal Policy). Mr. Goto has a B.A from Tokyo University where he concentrated in public law. He served as a Senior Researcher at the Economic Planning Agency in the in Tokyo from 1994-1996 and was a Visiting Researcher at the Asia-Pacific Research Center of Stanford University focusing on Trade agreements in North America and Europe.

Masaakira "James" Kondo

Mr. M. James Kondo is an Associate Professor and co-Director of Healthcare and Social Policy Leadership Program at the University of Tokyo. He is also a co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Healthcare Policy Institute Japan – an independent think-tank committed to addressing the most pertinent healthcare issues in the world. Mr. Kondo was a long-time member of McKinsey Global Institute and a co-Leader of McKinsey's Asia Pacific Global Strategy Practice. He has published many articles and books on management, economic policy and healthcare reform. In recognition of his leadership in economic reform and healthcare reform discussions in Japan, Mr. Kondo was selected as a “New Asian Leader” and a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum, a Delegate of US-Japan Leadership Program by US-Japan Foundation, and a Fellow of Asia 21 Young Leaders Forum by Asia Society. Mr. Kondo holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, was a visiting student at Brown University, and has a BA in Economics from the Keio University in Tokyo.

Kenichiro Oku

Mr. Kenichiro Oku is a Professor at the Kagoshima University Inamori Academy of Management & Technology. Prior to teaching, Mr. Oku was the director of the Nakamura Tempu Foundation and an advisor to QAD Japan Inc. Mr. Oku has served as a researcher to a number of companies and universities including The Matsushita Institute of Government and Management, The Institute of Energy Economics, (Japan), the Japan Policy Frontier, where he was Supreme Adviser to Dr. Kazuo Inamori in 2002 and researched for the Japan Center of Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. Mr. Oku also worked for the Japanese Ministry of Finance for six years. Mr. Oku has an M.A. of Applied Economics from the University of Michigan, a B.A. from Waseda University in Tokyo and completed the EURO Program at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He participated in the Ship for World Youth friendship exchange, The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Signing of the San Francisco Peace Treaty, and holds Management and philosophy seminars in Asia in close cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.



Abubakar Abba Tahir

Mr. Abubakar Abba Tahir serves as Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the American University of Nigeria (AAUN), one year after founding the Public Relations Unit.  Prior to this position, he was General Manager/CEO of Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation, the regional radio in Yola from 1999-2003 and was Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Pastoralist, a quarterly journal published by the Pastoral Resolve (PARE) an NGO in Yola.  In his twenty-three years of professional work experience, Abba has traversed radio, television, public relations, media management and newspaper journalism.  He holds a Masters Degree in English from the Federal University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria and has a foundation degree in Mass Communications from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. 

Claire Bai
Ms. Peng Claire Bai joined the Pacific Forum in June 2005 as the 2005-2006 Vasey Fellow. Claire is from Beijing, China, and received her dual BA degree in International Relations and Economics from Peking University in 2004. Her research interests include China’s peaceful transition, U.S.-East Asia relations, nonproliferation of WMD, and Northeast Asian security. Claire brings experience from the China Institute of International Studies, Hill & Knowlton, the Jane Goodall Institute, and the Beijing Youth Daily. At the Pacific Forum, she is focusing on China-U.S.-Japan relations, and serves as a research assistant to Mr. Scott Snyder of the Asia Foundation, who is working on a book on China-Korea relations. She also assists in various Pacific Forum research projects and publications, including the quarterly e-journal, Comparative Connections.

Iñigo Salvador
Mr. Iñigo Salvador is a senior partner at Crespo Abogados, an International Law Firm in Quito, Ecuador and a Professor of International Law at Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. Previously, he was Executive Director of the National Programme for the Reform of the Judiciary (ProJusticia) and Director of the Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA). Mr. Iñigo served as a legal officer to the United Nations Security Council, United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) in Geneva, Switzerland and as a secretary to the Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations Office in Geneva as well as to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Quito. Mr. Iñigo was also an assistant to the Secretary of the 3rd Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice in Quito. Mr. Iñigo has a doctorate of Law from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, a Masters degree in International relations from The Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and was a visiting professor at the Diplomatic Academy "Antonio J. Quevedo" at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Iñigo has published a number of articles as well as a book, Derecho internacional penal. Estudios en perspectiva (International Criminal Law, Studies in Perspective) in 2004.