Kenichi HaraKenichi Hara is Deputy Manager of the International Department at the Inamori Foundation. From 2006-2009 Mr. Hara served as secretariat in the prestigious Kyoto Prize run by the Inamori Foundation. In this capacity, he planned and executed all events related to the Kyoto Prize. Prior to joining the foundation, he worked at Kyocera Corporation in the Human Resources department, focusing on company policy development for Kyocera workers stationed abroad. Before Kyocera, Hara worked at Sumitomo Bank, Ltd., managing investments, assets and loans for large corporate clients. He received his B.A. in economics from St. Paul’s University.
Toshiyuki Yamanaka is a consultant at Japan Research Ltd., where he has engaged more than 50 companies in order to improve human resource management. In this course of this work, he has interviewed about 2000 business professionals. Before working for Japan Research, Toshiyuki was a staff member of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for eight years. He received his B.A. from University of Tokyo, his M.A. from Cambridge University, and his Ph.D. in International Public Policy from Osaka University.
An achievement-oriented sales professional with 26 years of experience, Hideo Yoshida is currently general manager of the International Sales Division atvKyocera Corporation where he has worked since 1983. He has a proven track record in cold calling, new business development and key account management. He holds a B.A. from Kansai University and an MBA from Kobe University. He received the Kyocera President Award for a thesis he wrote on Kyocera corporate philosophy.
Mr. Fabrizio Bilucaglia is a Project Officer with the Peace and Security Unit at the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) in Turin, Italy. Currently, he is responsible for the implementation of the training activities of the “Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environment” (SSAFE) project and for the design and development of an analytical toolkit for conflict–sensitive programming for the “Conflict Prevention: Analysis for Action” (CPAA) project. Fabrizio is a graduate of the University of Turin with a degree in Political Science. He continued his studies with a post-graduate specialized course in Diplomatic and International Science organized by the “Istituto Universitario degli Studi Europei” in co-operation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization.
Jorge Carlos Guillermo Herrera
Jorge Carlos Guillermo Herrera is a Mexican physician with a diploma in Bioethics. He is the author of 25 scientific articles and papers on bioethics, rural health, and community medicine. He was honored with the Integral Universitary award by the Autonomous University of Yucatan. He has a background in public health, health services administration, and social medicine. Dr. Guillermo has experience in community engagement, intercultural medicine, and development and program evaluation in public health. He has led numerous groups dedicated to research and development of health care delivery in rural communities in the Yucatan. He is founder and general coordinator of the program, Today in Your Community, and has worked in 120 rural communities in Mexico, Cuba, and other regions.
Celenhle Dlamini is currently Chief Operations Officer at Ubuntu Institute. Prior to this, she was a Business Development Manager and Partner Alliance Manager at SAS Institute (leading global Business Intelligence Software institution). A visionary leader with a reputation for integrity, Celenhle’s main areas of expertise include developing Alliance Strategies, Business Development, Business Intelligence IT skills and Strategic Planning and Administration. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Bennett College in North Carolina, and an MPA from Wits Business School, Johannesburg.
Azhar Hussain is the Vice President for Preventive Diplomacy at the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy (ICRD). A native of Pakistan, he holds a Master’s Degree in International/Intercultural Management from the School of International Training in Vermont. Azi has been providing educational and intercultural consulting services for numerous multi-national organizations for the past ten years, and has a well-established history of successful training and development initiatives throughout the world, including in India, Pakistan, Britain, the United States, and Mexico.
Kei Koga, from Japan, is a Vasey Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu. He is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Before attending Fletcher, he served as a research fellow at the Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR), and as assistant executive secretary at the Council on East Asian Community (CEAC), where he researched political and security cooperation in East Asia on traditional and non-traditional security issues. He also teaches International Relations and East Asian Security at the Open University of Japan. Kei received an M.A. in International Affairs at the Elliott School, George Washington University, and has a B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College in Oregon.
Nokuthula (Thuli) Sithole
Nokuthula Sithole, commonly known as Thuli Sithole is the former Miss South Africa, 2005. Her main project as Miss South Africa was to raise funds for the Tapalogo Aids hospice in the Phokeng, Rustenberg rural area of the country. Thuli’s passion is uplifting disadvantaged communities, particularly by enabling leadership and skill development for youth in South Africa. She tackles this challenge as Business Development Director with the Ubuntu Institute. Ms. Sithole also has a great interest in infrastructure and environmental management, which led her to pursue a Bsc in Urban Planning, which she received from Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg.
Yahaya Ibrahim Zango
Yahaya Ibrahim Zango has a B.A. in History from the University of Sokoto in Nigeria. He currently serves as director of human resources at the American University of Nigeria. Prior to this he served in the Nigerian Foreign Service for seventeen years, retiring as a deputy director. In April 2008, he was given an award for outstanding service to the AUN. He was also a recipient of three awards during his Foreign Service career as well as two outstanding academic awards in the Foreign Service Academy and Secondary School.