Akiko ABE


Akiko ABE

阿部 明子


Current affiliation

・Peacebuilding, Humanitarian and Development Policy and Programme Expert
・Member of the Board of Directors, Ex. Executive Assistant to the President, GPAJ
・Japan Society for Humanitarian Action Studies, 2024-Present. Global Peacebuilding
Association of Japan, 2022-Present. Association of Former International Civil Servants Japan, 2022-Present. Japanese Positive Health Psychology Society, 2017-2022, International Peace Research Association, 2012-Present, Japan Association for Human Security Studies, 2011- Present, The Peace Studies Association of Japan, 2010- Present, Japan Association of International Relations, 2010- Present, Japan Association of Asian Studies, 2010- 2022 and Human Development and Capability Association, 2009- Present.


Activities in the Association

・GPAJ Board of Directors (2024-)
・GPAJ Refugee and Crisis Research Group Member(2023-)
・GPAJ Refugee and Crisis Research Group Presentation Conducted on March 15, 2024 Title: From the Field of Borders: Current Situation and Challenges faced by Displaced Populations at Thai-Myanmar Borders
・GPAJ Panelist at the UNV Nakata Atsuhito Anniversary Event at Kyoto University of the Arts on April 5-6, 2023 Group Session 4: Japanese UN Volunteers: Past, Present and Future
・GPAJ Organizer of the Online Lecture on July 30, 2022 “Current status of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women“ presented by Professor Hiroko Akitsuki, Professor Misako Takizawa and Professor Ai Kihara Hunt
・“GPAJ Report from Timor-Leste-Inaugural ceremony of President and the Independence Day Celebration” (GPAJ, 2022)
・GPAJ Executive Assistant to the President Dr. Sukehiro Hasegawa, May 2022-April 2023


Professional history

・Peacebuilding, Humanitarian and Development Policy and Programme Expert
・GPAJ Director/Board Member/Ex Executive Assistant to the President and Secretariat
・Research Fellow, Hiroshima Peacebuilding Center
・Associate Protection Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
・Reconciliation and Development Support Officer, United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office and United Nations Development Programme
・Peace and Development Expert, Japan International Cooperation Agency Project at Myanmar-Thai Borders
・ Programme Officer, United Nations Development Programme/United Nations Volunteers Programme
・Country Officer, Japan International Cooperation Agency


Academic training

・Diploma -Emergency Humanitarian Assistance/International Educational Development/UN Professional Training at Sophia University Human Resources Center for International Cooperation, Tokyo, Japan,
・Ph.D. Candidate – International Relations Global Society with International Cooperation and Peace Building, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
・M.A. in International Peace Studies and M.A. in Global Politics, University for Peace/Universidad para la paz, Ciudad Colón, San Jose, Costa Rica May 2013-November 2014, Ateneo de Manila University Department of Political Sciences School of Social Sciences, Manila, Philippines,
・M.A. Development Studies Specializing in Public Policy Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, NL and Management with Minor in Gender Studies
・MSc. Development Management, London School of Economics and Political Science, London
・B.A in Law Specializing in International Legal Affairs, Tohoku Gakuin University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan




・ “GPAJ Report from Timor-Leste-Inaugural ceremony of President and the Independence Day Celebration” (GPAJ, 2022)
・“Durable Solution towards Peace and Human Security-Reflecting Voices of Refugees and the Communities in Asia-” (Waseda University, 2022)
・“Rethinking Human Security, Peace and Development through Community Based Protection and Empowerment in Asia” (Waseda University and Peking University Joint Publication, 2022)

・”Whose Peace & Development? –The Aid Struggles in the Field” (Waseda University, 2014)

・“Realities of Peace and Development: Chaos is our lives.” (United Nations Mandated University for Peace, 2013)
・“Human Security and Japan’s ODA Policy –Development towards Poverty Reduction and Peace Building” (Waseda University, 2013)

・M.A. Dissertation: “Human Security and Gender Mainstreaming in Japan’s NEW ODA Policy -Change or Continuity?” (Institute of Social Studies, 2007)

・MSc. Dissertation: “The 50-Year Course of Japan’s Aid Policy in LDCS -From Economic Cooperation towards Human Security: In what ways have Japan’s aid policy changed? Does Japan’s ODA promote Human Security and Poverty Reduction in LDCs? Case Study from East Timor” (London School of Economics and Political Science, 2005)

・B.A. Thesis: “Japan’s Role in Asia -For Human Security” (Tohoku Gakuin University, 2003)–Honorable Mention Award Received for the Thesis Competition at Tohoku Gakuin University, 2003

Various UN related Reports: Annual Report for UNV/UNDP(2011 & 2012), Articles for UNDP(2015), UNIC (2016), UNHCR (2017), UNSSC (2019) and Japan for UNHCR (2019).