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Tokyo Liaison Office

 ACUNS appointed Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa as Director of the ACUNS Liaison Office subsequent to his completing his term on the Board, which ended in June 2015. In this Liaison officer role, Professor Hasegawa will represent ACUNS’ interests in continuing to work with the three UN studies associations, as well as serving as a contact and focal point in particular for ACUNS in Japan including assistance where possible to ACUNS members who may be looking to conduct work or make new contacts in Japan. Reference http://acuns.org/tokyo-liaison-office/


Office Address

ACUNS Tokyo Office 1-7-2-801 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012, Japan

Telefax number: 81-3-6450-6292 / E-mail address: sh[@]acuns.tokyo


Secretariat Staff

Director
(Since 2017 -)
Sukehiro HASEGAWA


 Sukehiro Hasegawa is the President of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan. He joined the United Nations in 1969 and held several senior positions in the United Nations System before he was appointed in 2004 Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Timor-Leste and as Head of three UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions, UNMISET, UNOTIL and UNMIT from May 2004 to September 2006. Dr. Hasegawa holds a BA from the University of Michigan, a MA in public administration from ICU in Tokyo, and a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently Executive Director for Academic Exchange, UN Association of Japan; Chair of the Council of Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center; Councilor of the National Federation of UNESCO Associations of Japan (NFUAJ) and member of the Earth Charter Commission for Asia and the Pacific. He is Special Advisor to former President José Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste.

Deputy Director
(Since 2017 -)
Ai KIHARA-HUNT


Ai KIHARA-HUNT


 Dr. Ai Kihara-Hunt is Associate Professor, Graduate Program on Human Security, and Deputy Director, Research Center for Sustainable Peace, at the University of Tokyo. Previously she served for the UN Police Doctrinal Development Group, UN DPKO; UN OHCHR in Geneva and Nepal; UNHCR in Sri Lanka; Essex University’s Human Rights Centre; and UNTAET human rights office among other positions.

Deputy Director
(Since November 2018 -)
Herman SALTON

Herman SALTON


 Dr. Herman Salton is currently Associate Professor of International Relations at the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan, and specializing in international organizations, global ethics, international law, and the United Nations. He was educated at the Universities of Trento (Italy), Auckland (New Zealand), Wales (UK), and Oxford (UK), and holds two doctoral degrees, one in international law and the other in international relations. He was a visiting scholar at Sciences-Po Paris and TUJ Tokyo; an officer at the Icelandic Human Rights Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland; and briefly an Associate in the Under-Secretary-General’s Office at UN Headquarters in New York, USA. He has served as a Senior Adviser to the Center for Advanced Studies in South Asia (CASS) in Kathmandu, Nepal, and as Treasurer of the International Studies Association’s Asia-Pacific Section (ISA-AP). He is fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish.

Director for Program Operations
(Since February 2020 -)
Keiichi TANABE

Keiichi TANABE


 Mr. Keiichi TANABE is Associate Professor, Department of International Studies, Tokai University. Previously, he served as Civil Affairs Officer of the United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS) from 2013 to 2014, Development Coordination Officer of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) from 2010 to 2013, Donor Relations Officer of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) at Rome HQ from 2006 to 2007, Head of sub-office of WFP in Myanmar from 2005-2006, Emergency Operation Coordinator & Reporting Officer for Indian Ocean Tsunami affected area of WFP in Myanmar from 2004 to 2005. He obtained M.A from School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University.

Director for Administration
(Since November 2019 -)
Masakuni TANIMOTO

Masakuni TANIMOTO


 Masakuni Tanimoto is a Executive Director of World Federalist Movement of Japan as well as a Secretariat of Japanese Parliamentary Committee for the World federation. He has obtained a degree (Social Sciences) from National Institution for Academic Degrees after learning at multiple universities. Launching a business when he was a university student, he stays in the current post after serving as a president of a consolidated subsidiary of a major public relations agency and the like. Through his career building, he has been involved in enlightenment activities for disseminating UN philosophy, organization of meetings regarding UN reform and policy proposal to the Japanese government.

External Liaison Officer
(Since July 2020 -)
Arbenita SOPAJ

Arbenita SOPAJ


 Arbenita Sopaj is a Ph.D. candidate at Kobe University, Japan, and Teaching Assistant. Her experience involves projects focused on educational improvement, chair of various conferences focused on UN and EU work and decision-making process, business development manager, diplomatic intern, teaching assistant. She has completed double Bachelor and Masters focused on International Relations and UN- work on peacekeeping and peacebuilding.

External Liaison Officer
(Since December 2019 -)
Elizabeth K. GAMARRA

Elizabeth GAMARRA


 Elizabeth K. Gamarra has a double Masters in the field of Mental Health (U.S) and Peace and Conflict Studies (Japan) permitting her to work as a therapist with refugee, and indigenous communities. Her experience involves projects with Amnesty International USA campaigns and migration research in Peru, Greece, and England. She is a Japanese Government funded MEXT researcher and founder of Generation of Legacies focused on early mediation. She is a former TEDx speaker, World Peace Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar at IE University in Madrid. She sits on the Board of Directors for GPAJ and Pax Natura International.

Reporting Officer
(Since December 2020 -)
Simon PANCHAUD

Simon PANCHAUD


 Mr. Simon Panchaud is a graduate student at the University of Geneva and an intern in the Office of the Director-General at the United Nations Office at Geneva. He was a member of the Secretariat of the Geneva Dialogue in 2019, in charge of coordination with International Organizations and co-reporter. He wrote the report of the Geneva Dialogue in 2018. He has a background in international relations with a double focus on security studies and East Asian studies. He was an exchange student at the University of Tokyo between autumn 2017 and spring 2018. He worked before for Secretariat of the Geneva State Parliament.

Assistant
(Since November 2018 -)
Maja LIECHTI

Maja LIECHTI


 Ms. Maja Liechti is a Swiss national currently studying at the University of Tokyo in the ‘’Japan in East Asia’’ program, which focuses on an interdisciplinary approach on Asian diplomatic relations with a specific focus on Japan, and the Global Education for Innovation and Leadership (GLP-GEfIL) program on peacebuilding and global governance. She has been active in various student forums such as Zurich Model United Nations (ZUMUN) and the Global Next Leaders Forum (GNFL) and served as a facilitator in the discussion of various issues such as the Syrian war and Gender Inequality in Japan. She has experience in working with Kurdish refugees in a refugee camp in Dunkirk. She is fluent in English, German, French and Polish. Her Japanese is at an intermediate level.

Academic Liaison Officer
(Since October 2020 -)
Dahlia SIMANGAN

Dahlia SIMANGAN


 Dahlia Simangan is an Assistant Professor at Hiroshima University’s Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and one of the core members of the Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability. She is a former JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the United Nations University in Tokyo. She obtained her PhD in International, Political and Strategic Studies from the Australian National University in 2017, her MA in International Relations from the International University of Japan in 2010, and her BA in Sociology from the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 2006. Her research interest in peace and conflict studies includes topics on international peacebuilding, the United Nations peacekeeping operations, and International Relations in the Anthropocene. She is the Assistant Editor of Peacebuilding and a member of the Planet Politics Institute.

Intercultural Communication Officer
(Since December 2020 -)
Maciej WITEK

Maciej WITEK


 Mr. Maciej Witek recently obtained a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Tokyo International University. During the course of his studies he served as a teaching assistant as well as completed traineeships at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tokyo, and European External Action Service, Delegation of the European Union to Japan. His current interests are human rights, refugee law and intercultural communication. He also serves as a team leader for Global Education Project and supports cultural exchange activities between Poland and Japan.