The board of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) is delighted to announce the appointment of Akio Okawara as its new president and CEO from April 1, 2014. Founded in 1970, JCIE is one of the leading international affairs institutions in Japan.
Mr. Okawara joins JCIE after a 40-year career in business with Sumitomo Corporation. From 2006 to 2013, he was the executive director of Sumitomo Shoji Research Institute, which tracks and analyzes global economic and political trends. Prior to this, he headed Sumitomo's Information Analysis and Research Department and represented the company overseas in Washington DC and Los Angeles.
He assumes the post on April 1, 2014, succeeding Ken Shibusawa. The JCIE board wishes to express its deep gratitude to Ken Shibusawa for dedicating two years to leading JCIE during a time of transition after the death of its founder, Tadashi Yamamoto.
A nonpartisan and nonprofit organization, JCIE is one of the few truly independent nongovernmental organizations in the field of international affairs in Japan. It operates in close partnership with JCIE/USA, a New York–based nonprofit organization, and it works to strengthen Japan's global contributions by sponsoring research and dialogue on pressing issues in international affairs, organizing political exchange programs, facilitating the growth of civil society and philanthropy, and promoting international cooperation on major global challenges.