President

Koichi Miyoshi (Dr.)

Koichi Miyoshi is a Professor in the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. He graduated from the School of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University in 1971 and received his Doctor’s Degree of Human Sciences from Osaka University (2005). Prior to his current position, Dr. Miyoshi worked for the Japan International Cooperation Agency for more than 25 years. His research fields cover community capacity and rural development, policy and program evaluation and international cooperation policy. He has written numerous articles and books and organized various training programs in these fields. Dr. Miyoshi is also President of the Institute for Community Design, a community capacity development organization.

Executive Director/Bureau Chief

Yumiko Okabe

Yumiko Okabe is the Executive Director/Bureau Chief of the Institute for Community Design, a community capacity development organization. Ms. Okabe graduated from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University with an MSc in International Cooperation Policy (2011) and currently a PhD student in Yokohama National University. She has worked for rural development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin American countries. Ms. Okabe currently works in various trainings and consults rural development projects in all over the world focusing on the D-HOPE approach. She was a member of the Beppu Administrative and Economic Reform Committee as an evaluator for municipal policies.