Izumi Sakata/ President – OSA Japan
Izumi Sakata is an architect, and a member of the International Committee of Japan Institute of Architects (JIA). He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Architecture from the Faculty of Engineering of Kyoto University. As an architect, Sakata has an extensive 30 years’ experience working under Mayekawa Kunio, one of the most prominent modern architects in Japan. He has workedas the Director of Kunio Mayekawa Associates, Architects & Engineers and got registered as a First-Class Registered Architect. He has also worked as a JICA Expert in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology in Kenya where he taught architectural design and theories from 1994 as well as a Part-time Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering in Kyoto University. Since 2010, Sakata has been working with the Japanese private sector to link Japan and Kenya through sharing and exchange of technologies based on his experience and networks to promote community development.
Dick Olango/Director– OSA Kenya
Dick Olango is a Kenyan born architect and a member of Japan Institute of Architects. He focuses on project management and liaison works in Kenya. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the Department of Architecture of Tokyo Metropolitan University, and completed an Executive Education program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2008. He gained professional experience working for various firms in Japan, including the Pritzker laureate Shigeru Ban Architects, Architecture-lab and Honda Architecture Studio and served as an Adjunct Lecturer at Nippon Engineering College in Hachioji, Japan. He co-founded Africa Architecture Project, a platform that focuses on improving housing in Kibera slums, Nairobi Kenya. Two of the proposals have been exhibited at Architecture Biennale in Sweden ‘Architecture for Necessity’ and also nominee for UN Habitat ‘Mass housing Competition’. He is the Principal Architect at AOAD an architectural firm based in Nairobi and Tokyo.
Emmanuel Mutisya/Director- OSA Kenya
Emmanuel Mutisya was educated in Kenya, Sweden and Japan. He studied Mathematics and Economics courses at Egerton University in Kenya, holds a Master of Science in Mathematics from Karlstad University in Sweden, Master of Arts in Public Administration from International Christian University in Japan and a PhD in Sustainability Science from the University of Tokyo. Mutisya is a Project Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate Program in Sustainability Science, Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI), and an Associate Coordinator of the Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) Programs at the United Nations University- Institute for the Advanced Studies of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) – a program that brings together leading universities in Africa to develop education and research initiatives in support of sustainable development in Africa.He is also the Coordinator of the Next Generation of Researchers Group – a group of young faculty members, below the age of 40 years, who are expected to assume a key role in implementing and supporting field-based and problem-solving oriented research in the ESDA Programmes – as well as assume leadership in sustainability science research. He has worked as a project/program leader with donor agencies, governments, NGOs, and international organizations including SIDA, NORAD, JICA, UN-HABITAT, UNEP, UNESCO, and the African Development Bank in the areas of sustainable livelihoods, green growth, urban development, water and sanitation, climate change, renewable energy, sustainability education, knowledge management, environmental impact assessment, as well as business development.