Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto

ILO's Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, 16 October 2012 - 31 December 2014

Mr Yoshiteru Uramoto was appointed Regional Director of the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RO-Bangkok), at the Assistant Director-General level, with effect from 16 October 2012 until 31 December 2014.

Mr Uramoto holds an MA in Public Administration (1993) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA with specialization in social policy in economic adjustment. He also holds a BA in Arts and Social Studies (1974) from the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to joining the ILO, Mr Uramoto was a Global Studies graduate professor teaching at Sophia University.

From 2007 to 2011, Mr Uramoto served in UNIDO, first as the Managing Director of the Programme Coordination and Field Operations Division, where he was responsible for the UNIDO field programme operations, research and statistics, resource mobilization and also chaired the Project Approval Committee.

In September 2009, he was appointed Deputy Director-General of UNIDO, responsible for managing the political process and negotiations for the agency’s programme and budget and other organizational, policy and strategic matters. In this capacity, he contributed to the decentralization and capacity building of field offices, the Programme for Change and Organizational Renewal, and served as the Sherpa for UNIDO at the meetings of the UN Chief Executives Board (CEB). He played a key role in promoting a wide range of programmes, including the West African Youth Employment Programme in collaboration with the ILO, as well as Kenya’s Renewable Energy Programme for Productive Purposes.

Mr Uramoto began his UN career in UNICEF Myanmar (Burma) in 1978 and subsequently served in UNICEF’s field offices in Sudan and India. He also managed UNICEF’s Emergency Operations in the former Yugoslavian Republics. After serving at UNICEF headquarters in New York as Senior Programme Officer for the Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, he moved to Indonesia as Senior Programme Officer and then to Timor-Leste as UNICEF’s Special Representative. His career also included an assignment in the Development Studies Division of the United Nations University in Tokyo. From 2003 to 2006 he was the UNICEF Director for Japan and the Republic of Korea, based in Tokyo.

A career staff member of the UN common system with over three decades of experience, as well as an academic with publications in his area of expertise, Mr Uramoto brings with him the rich knowledge and experience he has accumulated at the global, regional and country levels, which combines high level policy advocacy, change management, strategic planning, and programme implementation to the leadership of ILO in the Asia-Pacific region.