Special Advisors to the President
Professor Akiko Yamanaka
Special Advisor to the President, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia(ERIA), Former Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs and Special Ambassador for Peacebuilding, Japan
Professor Akiko Yamanaka has been active in both academia and the political arena. As an academic, she has been a By-fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University and a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Hokkaido University, as well as at the United Nations University. Currently she serves as a Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Cambridge Central Asia Forum serves and as a visiting professor at Tenjin Foreign Studies University. She has also been a Senior Visiting Researcher at St. Antony's College, Oxford University and at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the United States. In the political arena, she has served as the Member of the House of Representatives of Japan as well as Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Director of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, and Director General of the Women's Bureau of Liberal Democratic Party. Her areas of expertise include International Peacebuilding and Preventive State Theory, International Negotiation and Strategic Studies, and Intercultural Studies. On these and other subjects, she has written and lectured extensively. She has published many books including 'Think, or Sink: Preventive State Theory', 'Toward the Future: Human Security', 'From the Window of Oxford', and others. She was awarded the OISCA prize for 'Contribution to Asia' and International Soroptimist Japan's Sen Kyoko prize for her contributions to international understanding. She is currently working on Human Development for Peacebuilding, and on Human Security, especially water security, food security and energy security as well as on Natural and Human Induced Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.