Profile of Current Program Advisors

Profile of Current Program Advisors

Name NISHIMURA Shojiro
Research topics United Nations Peacekeeping: Recent Trend and Future Prospect
Expertise United Nations, Security Council, Peacekeeping Operations, Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Africa
Experiences Shojiro obtained degrees of Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution of American University in the United States and Bachelor of Arts in Language and Area Studies (English) of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He worked for the United Nations as Information Analyst in United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and Political Affairs Officer and Special Assistant in United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). He also assumed various duties in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan including in Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Relief Division, Embassy in South Sudan, First Africa Division, United Nations Policy Division and Permanent Mission to the United Nations. Shojiro conducted work related to United Nations’ responses to conflicts mainly by the Security Council and field missions. He joined the Secretariat in April 2017.
Name IMAI Hinata
Research topics Peacekeeping Operations and Local Ownership, The Role of Regional Organizations in Peacekeeping Operations: Focusing on the African Union (AU)
Expertise African Politics, Election Observation, Statebuilding, Peacekeeping Operations, Regional Organizationions
Experiences Prior to joining the Secretariat in May 2017, she worked as a director for an NGO, engaging in international election observation mission in Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Hinata is currently a PhD Candidate in Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, conducting her research on statebuilding processes in post-conflict countries, with specific focus on African politics. While pursuing her studies, she worked as a program coordinator for Hiroshima Peacebuilders center, as well as an intern at Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris, and International Organization for Migration (IOM), Rwanda. As for the latter organization, Hinata took part in projects related to Integrated Border Management and Labour Migration Management. Hinata holds a BA in Sociology from Japan Women’s University and a MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
Name NAKAMURA Yuka
Research Topics Civil-Military Coordination in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
Expertise Conflict Management, Prevention and Resolution, Peacebuildling, Civil-Military-Coordination, Peacekeeping Operations, Africa
Experiences Before joining the Secretariat in November 2017, Ms. Nakamura served as a civil affairs officer at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), where she worked on conflict analysis and undertook in-depth activities related to conflict management, community reconciliation and promotion of social cohesion. She also gained field experience in various locations, including conflict and post-conflict countries such as South Sudan, Liberia, Sri Lanka and Jordan. Ms. Nakamura is a graduate of San Francisco State University in the U.S., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, as well as the University of York in the UK, where she obtained a master’s degree in post-war recovery studies. She began her career as a journalist for English-language newspaper, covering international affairs.
Name SUGAWARA Yuichi
Research Topics Empirical Policy Evaluation on the Effectiveness of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations
Expertise Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding, Conflict Analysis
Experiences Yuichi Sugawara joined the Secretariat in April 2018. From 2015 to 2017, he served as an information analyst at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), where he was engaged in situational analysis and operational coordination at the mission’s field office in Western Equatoria region, South Sudan. He also served as a political and economic officer at the Embassy of Japan in Khartoum, Sudan, and as a desk officer for the International Cooperation Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, where he was in charge of peacebuilding and development in Rwanda and Burundi. Yuichi holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford, England, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Waseda University, Japan.
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