PhD Student (Ex-UNDP Country Director)
Waseda University GSAPS


Areas of Expertise
Disability, Civil Society, Humanitarian Response, Early Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction, Human Security, Post 2015 Development Agenda, Post-conflict reconstruction and development, Poverty and Inequality, Sport for Development and Peace, The Responsibility to Protect, United Nations Reform

Region of Focus
East Asia and the Pacific, Central and South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

Mr. Toshihiro Tanaka started his career in UNDP as Assistant Resident Representative in Myanmar in 1994. Then, he served in China and Bhutan as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative. He led the poverty reduction portfolio in China and in Bhutan, he supported the country’s historic democratization process including the first national elections. He returned to Myanmar as the Country Director of UNDP in 2008 and helped the recovery process from the devastation of the Cyclone Nargis. Thereafter, he continued to serve as the UNDP Country Director in Pakistan and the Philippines where he led the coordination of early recovery cluster/networks of international community and various UN joint programmes in support of the Delivering as One initiative. Mr. Tanaka also served as the chair of the UN Disaster Management Team in Bhutan, Pakistan and the Philippines. His last assignment with the UN was with UN Population Fund covering India and Bhutan in 2014-15.

Prior to joining UNDP, he served under Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) Program in Peru as a national table-tennis coach (1983-1985) and as the Coordinator of JOCV program in Dominican Republic (1988-1990). Mr. Tanaka was a researcher in Institute for International Cooperation, JICA (1991-1994).

Recent ACUNS Activity
At the 2017 ACUNS Annual Meeting, presented Working Paper, “A Bridge Over Troubled Water: UN System Coherence for Delivering Results”.