TitleCompany:Professor & Chief Advisor, JICA Rwanda ICT Innovation Ecosystem Strengthening Project, USA
Bio:Atsushi Yamanaka is a Professor and Advisor of Kobe Institute of Computing Graduate School (KIC); the only graduate school focused on nurturing ICT for Development Professionals in Japan. He is also currently serving as Chief Advisor of the JICA Rwanda ICT Innovation Ecosystem Strengthening Project which aims to foster conducive innovation ecosystem in Rwanda. He has been supported by the Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to strengthen ICT use for Development in Rwanda in the past 10 years. Atsushi has more than 25 years of experiences in pursuing topics of ICT for Development with which he has provided various policy advisory services and supported and managed many ICTD projects in 5 continents. He has worked in different organizations that include UN organizations (UNDP, PAHO/WHO), private sector, and civil societies. His services have rendered improved business processes and developmental results in more than 100 countries.