G1 Global 2013: Africa and Japan: Business and Development Partnerships after TICAD V

By Masaru Arakida, George Krhoda, Satish Selvanathan, Satoru Nishikawa.

< Session Title >
G1 Global Conference 2013
Breakout Panel Session II <B >
Africa and Japan: Business and Development Partnerships after TICAD V

< Date > September 16, 2013
< Venue > GLOBIS University, Tokyo Campus
< Duration > 1:16:24

< Session description >
The Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in June 2013 closed with Prime Minister Abe's pledge on a government and private development aid of up to 3.2 trillion yen. What are the keys to forging mutually beneficial, strategic relationship between Japan and Africa? This session aims to discuss baseline issues critical for sustainable development of African communities, how to enhance local governance and what kind of knowledge sharing between Japan and African communities may be useful. Ways to address these issues through business expansion and investments may also be discussed. The session features panelists with a wealth of expertise on African development.

Masaru Arakida
Senior Researcher, Asian Disaster Reduction Center

George Krhoda
Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi
Managing Director, REDPLAN Consultants Ltd.

Satish Selvanathan
Director, Premium Nutrients Pte. Ltd.

Satoru Nishikawa
Director-General of Audit, Japan Water Agency


Mr. Masaru Arakida is a specialist in disaster risk reduction field, and he is involved in many projects such as community-based disaster management, satellite utilization, computer networks, and the disaster prevention planning. His career started in private consulting company in 1987, he conducted the damage estimation of local government. And he moved the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) at 2000 and extended his field to Asian countries. He collaborated many projects with ADRC member countries, and also he was dispatched to many disaster sites in Asia as a quick investigation team. Furthermore, he worked in Central America at 2006-2009 as a JICA long term expert of the Project on Capacity Development for Disaster Risk Management in Central America "BOSAI". After that he has joined the JICA project of Capacity Development for Effective Flood Management in Flood Prone Area in Kenya from 2011 as an expert of community-based disaster management.

Prof. George Okoye Krhoda is an Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies and Managing Director of REDPLAN Consultants Ltd. Until December 2006, he was the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, and former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nairobi. He specialises in water resources planning and river hydraulics. Previously consulted for the World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, UNEP, the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi, the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) and co-organized with UNO/UNEP international conferences on UN Desertification Convention, UN Climate Change Convention, Basel Convention and ILEC/World Lakes Conferences. Krhoda was appointed Rapportuer for the General Assembly of UNEP in February 2006 in Dubai, The Emirates. Current work concentrates on policy dialogue, institutional reforms and conflict over access to and use of natural resources.

Satish Selvanathan is a Director of Premium Nutrients Pte. Ltd., an agriculture-focused investment firm, where he is responsible for the turnaround effort at Premium Vegetable Oils, one of its portfolio companies. Previously he was a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in New York, where he specialized in developing and implementing turnaround strategies for clients in the financial services, consumer and healthcare space. Prior to BCG, Satish worked at Barclays Capital in London, where he was an Associate Director on the Asset-Backed Securities trading desk.
He is a regular participant at the World Economic Forum & a member of the Young Presidents Organization. Satish also sits on the Leadership Board of the Primary Care Development Corporation, a New York City based non-profit that provides funding for primary care facilities in underserved communities
He holds an MBA with Honors from Columbia Business School and an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University


Joined Japanese Government service in 1982. In 1988, appointed visiting research scholar at MIT. In 1992, took the position of Senior Disaster Relief Coordination Officer at UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs where he coordinated international assistance to numerous disaster stricken countries. In 2001, appointed as the Executive Director of Asian Disaster Reduction Center. After resuming government service in 2004, held senior positions in the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. At the wake of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in December 2004, coordinated the Japanese Government technical assistance to the affected countries. Hosted and coordinated the 2005 UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction where the Hyogo Framework for Action was adopted. Proposed the Japanese BCP guideline in 2005. Initiated the long term regional recovery planning for Tohoku after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. Presently, Director General of Audit of Japan Water Agency. Academic board member of the Institute of Social Safety Science. Previous Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risk.

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