Ambassador Toshiya Hoshino Named IAFOR President

The IAFOR Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of His Excellency Professor Toshiya Hoshino as the organisation’s new President.

Ambassador Hoshino, who has served on the IAFOR Board of Directors since 2019, will succeed Professor Steve Cornwell, who passed in April of this year. The President of IAFOR is the senior academic officer of the organisation, and in this role, Professor Hoshino is the Chair of the International Academic Advisory Board, as well as both the Academic Governing Board and its Executive Committee.

Ambassador Hoshino is an internationally-recognised scholar in the fields of Human Security, International Relations and Politics, and has had a dual, complementary academic and diplomatic career, culminating in his appointment as Japanese Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in New York, from 2017–2020, where he was in charge of socio-economic and budgetary affairs. He had previously served as Minister-Counsellor from 2006–2008 at the same mission in charge of political affairs, and earlier in his career, was Special Assistant for Political Affairs at The Embassy of Japan, Washington, D.C., from 1988–1991.

Professor Hoshino is currently a Professor of International Politics and United Nations Studies at Osaka University’s Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP). Since 2017, Professor Hoshino has been the Executive Director of the IAFOR Research Centre at OSIPP. His current research interests centres on policy and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through international multi-stakeholder public/private partnerships, and is the founding Director of the Environmental, Social, and Governance Integration Research and Education Center (ESG-IREC).

Previous to his second secondment to the United Nations in 2017, Professor Hoshino held a number of senior administrative roles in the University, including Vice-President (2014–2015) and then Executive Vice-President (2015–2016) for Global Affairs, having previously served as Dean of the Osaka School of International Public Policy at Osaka University from 2011–2014.

Before joining Osaka University in 1998, Ambassador Hoshino was a Senior Research Fellow at The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) from 1991 to 1998, and continued his association with the Institute as an Associate Fellow from 1998 to 2006. He holds a BA from Sophia University, Japan, an MA from the University of Tokyo, and a PhD from Osaka University.

Professor Hoshino has also been a visiting scholar and researcher, principally in the United States. From 1992 to 1993 he was a Visiting Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, at Princeton University; from 2000–2002 he was appointed Special Research Fellow at the Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University; from 2003 to 2006 he was a Research Fellow at the Stanford Institute for International Studies at Stanford University; and from 2007 to 2008 was a Guest Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Dr Joseph Haldane, Chairman and CEO of IAFOR, said “I am very happy that Ambassador Hoshino has agreed to take up the position of President of the organisation. He is a trusted friend and collaborator who brings an enormous experience in international education, international affairs, and diplomacy to IAFOR. Professor Hoshino believes wholeheartedly in our mission, and is an exemplar of the engaged global citizen. I look forward to the opportunity to work more closely together over the coming years.”

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