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.
Director, Multilateral Development Banks Division, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Japan
Senior Director, Climate Change, Sustainable Development Practice Group, World Bank Group
Mr. John Roome is leading climate change for the World Bank Group. As Senior Director for Climate Change, Mr. Roome not only leads a team of specialists, but works across the institution to advance the World Bank Group’s climate change agenda. Prior to this assignment he was Operations and Strategy Director for Global Practices and Cross Cutting Solutions at the World Bank Group. He previously served as Director for Sustainable Development in the World Bank’s East Asia Region, responsible for working with 22 client countries in the region in the water, urban, transport, energy, rural, agriculture, environment, and social sectors, as well as in disaster risk management and climate change. Mr. Roome has also worked as Operations and Strategy Director in the World Bank’s South Asia region and as Operational Quality Director in the World Bank’s Africa region for about five years. He joined the World Bank Group in 1989, working initially in Africa. There he focused mainly on infrastructure issues including roads programs, the aviation and water sectors and doing deals for the World Bank Group’s private sector arm, International Finance Corporation (IFC), in the banking, mining and agro-industry sectors. Before joining the World Bank Group, he worked in Europe for Monitor Company, a leading corporate strategy consulting firm, and at Old Mutual, a South African Life Assurance Company. Mr. Roome was educated at Oxford University, where he obtained Masters Degrees in Econometrics and in Management Studies, and the University of Cape Town where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Economics, Statistics and Actuarial Science.
General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Planning Department, Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. / Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.
Mr. Masaaki Nagamura has been Division Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Planning Department at both Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. and Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. since August 2011. He is a member of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures under the auspices of the Financial Stability Board. He also serves the Asia Pacific Financial Forum (APFF), a platform for public-private sector collaboration among the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies, as a Sherpa to promote discussion on disaster risk financing and insurance in the APEC region. He is an active member of The Geneva Association’s Extreme Events and Climate Risk (EE+CR) Project. His contribution to EE+CR includes the successful organization of “Insurance as Contributors to Problem Solving and Impact Reduction”, a multi-stakeholder dialogue held as a public forum event at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, on 16 March, 2015. He was at the forefront of launching the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), an offspring of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), back in June 2012. He co-chaired the Asian Consultation Meeting in Tokyo in November, 2011, which was critical for the new initiative to gain support from the Asian insurance market. He went on to become one of PSI’s first members of the Board, and served 2013-2014 terms. Prior to assuming the current position, he was involved in international insurance regulatory issues, between 2004 and 2011, as Manager in charge of international issues at Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire's Corporate Planning Department. Between 1997 and 2004, he was stationed in Chicago, Illinois, as an insurance account executive serving commercial clients in the U.S. Midwest.
President, Ibaraki University
Dr. Nobuo Mimura is an expert of environmental engineering and coastal engineering. He is leading a number of projects on climate change impact assessment and adaptation in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. Since 1992, he participated in the United Nation’s “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)” as an expert, and served as a lead author and as a coordinating lead author of Second to Fifth Assessment Reports. In Japan, Dr. Mimura served as a member of the Cabinet Office’s Council for Science and Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Ministry of the Environment (MOE), and Ibaraki Prefectural Government. He has authored a number of books and academic papers, including “Developing Sustainability Science: Towards Sustainable Global, Social and Human Systems” (Shinyosha) and “Climate Change and Global Sustainability: A Holistic Approach” (United Nations University Press). Dr. Mimura holds a Doctor of Engineering from the School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. Prior to being appointed to the current position in September 2014, he served as a research associate at California Institute of Technology; Professor, Department of Urban and Civil Engineering, Ibaraki University; Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo; Professor, Center for Water Environment Studies, Ibaraki University; and Director, Institute of Global Change Adaptation Science, Ibaraki University.
Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Disaster Risk Management Hub, Tokyo, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank
Since joining the World Bank in 2013, Mr. James Newman has led Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)’s overall work planning, and served as focal point for urban resilience and regional portfolios in South Asia and East Asia Pacific. He contributed to the development of the World Bank’s CityStrength Diagnostic and Medellin Collaboration on Urban Resilience. He has supported World Bank projects and technical assistance, including post-disaster assessments, in India, Nepal, South Africa, and Vietnam. Prior to GFDRR, he worked for the City of Baltimore, contributing to the city’s 10-Year Financial Plan, risk management, CitiStat performance management, and open data, and served as acting deputy procurement agent. He has also covered Latin American and Caribbean finance and insurance for a Chilean market intelligence firm. Studying economics and public policy, Mr. Newman has a Master’s from Georgetown and Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile and undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. As an adjunct professor, he has taught urban management, public policy, and statistics at University of Baltimore’s Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) program.
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