(Since 2019 -)
Yasushi Akashi is currently Chairman of the Kyoto International Conference Center, Visiting Professor of Kwansei Gakuin University, and Representative of the Government of Japan on Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka. Akashi joined the United Nations Secretariat in 1957. In 1979, he was appointed Ambassador at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations. From 1979 to 1997, he served in several senior positions at the United Nations as Under-Secretary-General for Public Information and later for Disarmament Affairs, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Cambodia and later for the Former Yugoslavia, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. Akashi served as President of Hiroshima Peace Institute (1998-1999), Chairman of the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention (1999-2011) and Chairman of the International House of Japan (2009-2018). He obtained a B.A. from The University of Tokyo and a M.A. from the University of Virginia.