Chief Representative, Sudan Office,
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Mr. Koji SAKANE is Chief Representative of Sudan Office at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) since February 2021. For more than 30 years, he works in the fields of development and peacebuilding at JICA. His previous posts include Senior Director of Peacebuilding Office (2017-2021), Deputy Chief Secretary at President Office (2014-2017), Director for Planning and ASEAN Coordination (2011-1014) and Director for Cambodia (2010-2011). He worked at Indonesia (2006-2010) and Cambodia (1994-1996), and served at Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations (2001-2003). Obtained Master degree on Conflict Resolution at Bradford University, and Bachelor degree on Political Science at Waseda University. Director of Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan (GPAJ). Member of Japan Society of International Development.
Recent papers and seminars: ‘”Era of Coups” in Africa” (International Information Network Analysis (IINA), Sasakawa Peace Foundation, March 2022), “Global conflict risks surged by COVID-19 pandemic and Japan’s roles” (“World Peace Research”, Institute for Peace Policies, Winter 2022), “Crisis in Ethiopia and Sudan” (IINA, January 2022), “Sudan’s Democratic Process under threat” (“Gaiko” Toshi-shuppan, 2021 November/December), “Tigray Conflict in Ethiopia and Eritrea’s Intervention” (IINA, August 2021), “Emerging Democratic State Sudan” (IINA, August 2021), “Changing Nature of Conflict in Africa triggered by the death of Chadian President” (IINA, May 2021),
Seminar “Democratic Crisis in Sudan” (GPAJ, February 2022), Seminar “Climate Change and Human Security in Asia” (2nd International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding, February 2022), Webinar “ICT X Peacebuilding X Social Investment” (Kobe Institute of Computing/Graduate School of Information Technology, June 2021).
List of publications
- 2023.02.10 How will climate change affect conflict dynamism in Africa?
- 2022.12.21 One year after Sudan’s political turmoil, democracy and development are urgently needed
- 2022.10.18 Declining Democracy, Diffusing Authoritarianism: Is Democracy Compatible with the Middle East and Africa?
- 2022.08.08 Russia's invasion of Ukraine accelerates Africa's departure from the West
- 2022.05.16 “Era of Coups” in Africa (Part 2): Containing the Spread of Coups
- 2022.05.10 “Era of Coups” in Africa (Part 1): The Emergence of Russia and China amid the Decline of the West