Board of Directors



Professor Ruth K. Oniang’o, Chairperson

Professor Ruth Oniang’o is founder and editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development and founder and leader of the Rural Outreach Program, a Kenya based NGO. She has served on a number of international boards, such as the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Australian Centre of International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). She was a member of the Kenyan parliament, from 2002 to 2007, and Shadow Minister of Education, and currently chairs the Kenyan government’s thematic group for food security and nutrition.

Masaaki Miyamoto, Senior Executive Officer

Masaaki Miyamoto has held the position of Senior Executive Officer for SAA and SAFE since 2007 having previously been Director General. A trained economist, he was previously General Manager of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. He has also worked for the Japan Ship Machinery Export Association as well as serving as Division Chief for The Space Exposition, run by The Nippon Foundation.

Jean Freymond

Jean Freymond funded and directed the Geneva-based Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations (CASIN). In 2007, he established GE&D, with the objective of simultaneously fostering entrepreneurship and creating the conditions for enhancing the capacity of doing business; and Geneva Dialogues, which aims to rethink governance and create the conditions for stakeholders to address complex societal issues such as global health.

Dr Amit Roy

Dr. Amit Roy, former IFDC’s president and chief executive officer, has more than 35 years of experience in international agricultural development in more than 100 countries.
Under Dr. Roy’s leadership, IFDC’s programs broadened to help create sustainable agricultural productivity around the world. From bringing farmers from poverty to prosperity to ensuring global food and nutrition security to environmental protection and economic growth, IFDC has helped farmers thrive.
Among other honors, Dr. Roy was instrumental in organizing the Africa Fertilizer Summit in Abuja, Nigeria, in June 2006; in 2008 he spoke before the Hunger Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives and in 2012 was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Global Nutrient Management Project of the United Nations Environment Program.

Nicéphore Soglo

Nicéphore Soglo has had a long and distinguished career in the service of his country, Benin. He was elected President in Benin’s first multiparty presidential election in March 1991 having first helped to guide his country to multiparty democracy. Before becoming President, he held senior positions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. In 2003, he was overwhelmingly elected as Mayor of his country’s capital city, Cotonou, and was re-elected in June 2008.

Board of Councillors

Shuichi Ohno

Shuichi Ohno, President of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, was appointed to this position in 2017. Prior to 2017, he was an Executive Director of the Nippon Foundation where he served as the director of International affairs.

Takeju Ogata

Takeju Ogata, President of The Nippon Foundation since 2005. Prior to 2005, he was an Executive Director of the Nippon Foundation.

Dr Katsumi Hirano

Dr. Katsumi Hirano is Executive Vice Director of Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO). Prior to this, he was a Chief Senior Researcher at Area Studies Center. He has deep knowledge and experience in research on the economomy of the Sub-Sharan Africa. He was awarded the Okita Memorial Prize in 2003 for his work entitled ‘illustrated Africa’s Economy’.

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