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.

Yoshimasa Kanayama, President

Yoshimasa Kanayama serves as President, overseeing the whole operation of the foundation. Prior to joining SAA, he served as a Board member in charge of finance and accounting of Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., Director of Billing System Co., Ltd., CFO of Housing and Service Business of LIXIL Group Co., Ltd., President of LIXIL Home Finance Co., Ltd. with his abundant knowledge and experiences in business operation. Graduated from Tokyo University, majoring in economics.

Fumiko Iseki, Executive Director

Fumiko Iseki serves as the Executive Officer, overseeing the whole operation of the foundation with the President. She has rich experiences mainly in reconstruction assistance of African conflict-affected countries. After she started her international development career as a community development officer of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) in Bangladesh, she obtained Master Degree from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, majoring in Human Security (refugee assistance/Islamic civilization). She also studied Humanitarian assistance(Food Security/Nutrition) at Nutrition School of Tufts University. With UN WFP, she was covering the refugee operations in WFP Ethiopia, as well as the program management in WFP Zambia. With Global Link Management, Inc., she served as a consultant for JICA/JPF/JETRO with the expertise in bridging humanitarian and development assistance.

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.

Amit Roy, PhD

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.

Board of Councillors

Takeju Ogata

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

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.

Katsumi Hirano, PhD

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 economy of the Sub-Sharan Africa. He was awarded the Okita Memorial Prize in 2003 for his work entitled ‘illustrated Africa’s Economy’.


Keiichiro Yamada

Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

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