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KONUMA, MR H.
Mr Konuma, a national of Japan, holds an M.Sc. in Agricultural Science from Tsukuba University, Japan. He also holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from Meiji University in Tokyo and has received post-graduate training in dairy farming and management. He started his career in 1976, at the Bisei Dairy Experiment Station, Hokkaido, where he assisted in the implementation of field experiments and trials for dairy cattle. From 1977 to 1979, he was a JICA/JOCV Volunteer Junior Expert (Animal Husbandry) in Syria under the Technical Cooperation Programme of the Government of Japan. He then served as JICA Programme Officer in Tokyo assisting Indochinese refugees until 1980, when he became an FAO Associate Expert/Animal Husbandry Specialist on an FAO/UNDP Livestock Development Project in the P.D.R. of Yemen. In 1983, he served as JICA Agricultural Training Coordinator in Tokyo and, from 1983 to 1985, he was UNHCR Field Programme Officer, and Head of the UNHCR Field Office in the Jalalaqusi Refugee Centre in Somalia. In 1985, he was appointed Programme Officer in Ghana in the FAO Regional Office for Africa and FAO Representation in Ghana. From 1989 to 1996, he served as FAO Country Project Officer, Field Operations Division (TCO), FAO Headquarters, Rome. In 1996, Mr Konuma was appointed FAO Representative in Bangladesh where he served until 1999, when he was transferred to the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific as Chief, Field Operations Branch. From August 2001 until December 2002, Mr Konuma was Chief of the Policy Assistance Branch in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. On 1 January 2003, Mr Konuma was appointed Deputy Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, concurrently carrying out the functions of Focal Point for FAO’s Programme in Thailand within the Regional Office in Bangkok. Mr Konuma succeeds Mr He Changchui as Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific.