Special Representative, Japan, World Bank Group
Mr. Yasusuke Tsukagoshi became Special Representative, Japan on August 1, 2013. The Special Representative leads the institutional relationship with the Japanese Government, partners, and stakeholders; oversees the World Bank Tokyo Office; and has responsibility for coordinating and managing outreach and communications programs in Japan. Mr. Tsukagoshi, a Japanese national, has had a long career in Japan’s Ministry of Finance (MOF). Most recently, he served as Director General of Tokyo Customs following senior positions in the Ministry’s Customs and Tariff Bureau. Prior to the Customs’ positions, he had 17 years of experience in international finance and development. From 2008 to 2011 Mr. Tsukagoshi was Executive Director at the Inter-American Development Bank, representing Croatia, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom, and from 1988 to 1991 he served as Executive Director at the African Development Bank, representing Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.
Senior Regulatory Development Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank
Mr. Thomas Moullier is a policy and regulatory reform specialist. He has advised governments and private sector organizations across the world for the past 20 years, focusing on programs aiming at reducing costs in regulatory compliance, improving health and safety standards, promoting regulatory best practice, increasing transparency and accountability of governments, and advising countries in strengthening their institutional capacity. In 2015, Mr. Moullier co-authored the “Building Regulation for Resilience” report. He was subsequently tasked by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), managed by the World Bank, to outline a new global programmatic approach. The new "Building Regulation for Resilience Initiative" is now supporting a coordinated international investment into functional building regulatory and governance systems for disaster risk reduction. A French national, Mr. Moullier holds a Master of commercial and international law from the Sorbonne-Assas University in Paris.
Director for International Building Analysis, Building Guidance Division, Housing Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan
Mr. Yukiyasu Kamemura is the Director for International Building Analysis, Building Guidance Division, Housing Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). Known as building sector expert, Mr. Kamemura brings over 30years of extensive experience on study and various project implementation in Japan and around the world. These include examination of actual building conditions, planning of building code, development of rebuilding and refurbishment to assist the enforcement of law, reconstruction planning, as well as a number of project implementation. From 1981, He served as an architect at the Ministry of Construction (current: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism: MLIT). In 2002, he was designated as Head of Housing Planning Division, Housing Department, National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management at the Ministry. In 2004, he became the Director, Housing Division, Japan Institute of Construction Engineering. From 2007, he served as the Director for Intensive Land Use Coordination, Urban Building Division, Housing Bureau, then, as the Minister's Secretariat, followed by JICA Expert, Directorate General of Human Settlements, Ministry of Public Works, Indonesia, as a deputy from MLIT. In 2011, he was selected as General Manager, International Department & Technical Assessment Department, Building Center of Japan. From 2012, he worked as the Reconstruction Promotion Officer, Iwate Regional Bureau, Reconstruction Agency until the appointment of his current position in 2015. Mr. Kamemura holds a Master of Architecture and Building Science, Graduate Schools, Division of Engineering, Tohoku University.
Director General for Global Market, Research and Survey Department / Director General for International Affairs, Corporate Strategy Department, Japan Housing Finance Agency (JHF)
Mr. Masahiro Kobayashi was appointed as the Director General for Global Market, Research and Survey Department, and Director General for International Affairs, Corporate Strategy Department, at Japan Housing Finance Agency (JHF) as of April 2014. Before serving this position, he served as Chief Economist of JHF and wrote 9 books on recent global financial crisis and other related topics, some of which are translated into foreign languages. He serves as Member of Advisory Board of Asia Pacific Union for Housing Finance. He worked in Philippines as resident representative of Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund (now merged with JICA) from 1996 to 1999 and served as Deputy Country Director for the Philippines at Japan Bank for International Cooperation from 1999 to 2000. He was seconded to Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) in 2002 as a special trainee to study secondary market operation in the US. He holds the degree of B.A.Law from University of Tokyo. He serves as visiting research fellow at Chuo University and part-time lecturer at Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law, Waseda University. He is a member of the Japan Association for Real Estate Sciences and received an Editorial Award in 2012.
Professor, Yokohama National University / Director, Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture (Y-GSA)
Professor Koh Kitayama, one of the leading architects, is the Director of Yokohama Graduate School of Architecture (Y-GSA). Professor Kitayama is currently participating in Yokohama Inner Harbor Development Concept and Yokohama Station Area Reconstruction Plan for Yokohama City Government. His renowned work includes the foundation of “WORKSHOP” as co-principal in 1978, and foundation of “architecture WORKSHOP” as principal. In addition to the Yokohama University, He has taught his areas of specialization at a number of universities. Besides, he has served as committee member/review board at Architectural Institute of Japan, Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition organized by Japan Foundation and many other conferences and events. Professor Kitayama holds a graduate degree from Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University and a Master’s degree from Division of Engineering, Graduate School, Yokohama National University.
Director, Multilateral Development Banks Division, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Japan
Keiko Sakoda Kaneda
Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Disaster Risk Management Hub, Tokyo, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank
Ms. Keiko Sakoda Kaneda is a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Specialist at the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) DRM Hub Tokyo. She works on technical assistance grant portfolio, and supports connecting Japanese relevant experience with the World Bank’s operational teams, beyond the traditional DRM community, for mainstreaming DRM in various sectors. She brings solid operational expertise in post-disaster/conflict reconstruction, disaster preparedness, climate change adaptation and urban development from nearly 10 years of experience. Her focused experience in post-disaster/conflict housing reconstruction added value to recent World Bank operations in Nepal and Vanuatu after devastating disasters in 2015. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked at UNDP and UN Habitat in Indonesia, UNHCR in South Sudan and JICA in Mongolia. Ms. Kaneda holds a Master's degree in Architectural Engineering from Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering at Kyoto University.
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