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Keizo Takemi, Senior Fellow

Keizo Takemi is a member of the House of Councillors of the Japanese parliament, or Diet, where he belongs to the Liberal Democratic Party and serves on the Special Committee on Global Health Strategy.. He has been a senior fellow with the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) since 2007, and was a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health from November 2007 to June 2009. Also, he is a visiting professor at a number of universities around the country including Keio University and Nagasaki University.

Professor Takemi has been involved with various global initiatives with a focus on global health, including the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), WHO expert working group on R&D Financing, and the international organizing committee of the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC). In March 2016, he was appointed to the UN High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth.

Professor Takemi served in the House of Councillors from 1995 to 2007 and then returned to the Diet in December 2012. During his previous tenure in the Diet, he served in the first Abe administration’s cabinet as senior vice minister for health, labour and welfare. He led the initiative to establish the UN Trust Fund for Human Security when he was state secretary for foreign affairs in 1999 and was subsequently named by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to serve as a member of the High Level Panel on UN System-Wide Coherence in Areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance and Environment. In recognition of his contributions to the field over the past decade, he was appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Universal Health Coverage in July 2019.

Since September 2007, he has been serving as the chair of the Executive Committee of JCIE’s Global Health and Human Security Program, a pioneering public-private partnership on global health that was formerly known as the “Study Group on Challenges in Global Health and Japan’s Contributions.”

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