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 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.
Name HITOTSUYANAGI Azusa
Research Topics Socio-economic empowerment of conflict-affected women
Expertise Peacebuilding, gender, labour market trend analysis, livelihood and employment policy advisory, monitoring and evaluation (M&E)
Experiences Prior to joining the Secretariat in October 2018, Azusa worked as a Research and Knowledge Sharing Officer at the International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. During her assignment, Azusa primarily worked on proposal development and operation of an ILO-WFP joint project on gender and peacebuilding in conflict-affected northern province of Sri Lanka. She also provided technical support to the formulation of national employment and development policies and strategies. As a researcher, she previously worked at universities in Germany. Azusa obtained her doctoral degree from the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Goettingen, MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics, and BA in International Liberal Studies from Waseda University.