Prior to Mr. Hozumi’s assignment in the Philippines, he has served as UNICEF Representative to Thailand since November 2006. In this capacity, he led the process of development, formulation and management of the Country Programme of Cooperation between the Royal Thai Government and UNICEF from UNICEF side. This has included support to national development plans, emergency response, advocacy, and development of partnership with the private sector organizations for resource mobilization for children and support to national development priorities.
From March 2002 to November 2006, Mr. Hozumi served as Senior Programme Officer with UNICEF in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, responsible for development, formulation and management of the Country Programme of Cooperation.
From January 1999 to March 2002, Mr. Hozumi served as Programme Officer with UNICEF in Tokyo, Japan, where he worked with various agencies of the Government of Japan concerning the latter’s support for child-related issues globally with and through UNICEF.
From May 1997 to January 1999, Mr. Hozumi served as Programme Coordinator and later as Chief of Overseas Programme with the Save the Children in Japan. In this capacity, he was responsible for the overall coordination of its programmes in Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
From January 1992 to March 1997, Mr. Hozumi served as Chief of the Field Office with UNICEF in the State of Gujarat, India, and was responsible for coordination and management of the programme of cooperation of UNICEF in the same State.
Mr. Hozumi joined UNICEF in January 1990 as Assistant Programme Officer in Thimpu, Bhutan. He was responsible for planning and monitoring of the Women-in-Development Programme.
Mr. Hozumi is a national of Japan. In 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan and in 1987, he obtained a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate School of International Relations, Tokyo University, Japan. In 1989, he obtained a Master of Philosophy degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies of the University of Sussex in Brighton, United Kingdom.