Tadamichi Yamamoto was appointed Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan (Political Affairs) on 7 October 2014. Most recently, Mr. Yamamoto served as Ambassador of Japan to Hungary. He succeeds Nicholas Haysom of South Africa, who served in this role since March 2012.
Mr. Yamamoto was the Special Representative of the Government of Japan for Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2010 to 2012. In that capacity, he facilitated preparations of the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan in 2012, which resulted in the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework, a mechanism to review progress toward Afghanistan’s sustainable development.
Mr. Yamamoto is a Japanese diplomat with 40 years of professional experience in political affairs, international cooperation and economic development, spanning several continents.
Mr. Yamamoto has held several positions with Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ranging from Director-General of the Public Diplomacy Department to Ambassador in charge of International Counter-Terrorism and Reconstruction Assistance to Iraq.
Mr. Yamamoto also served as the Permanent Delegate of Japan to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Mr. Yamamoto holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He was born in Japan in 1950. He is married and has two children.
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