Kenjin from Austria – Dr. Kandeh Yumkella receives Letter of Appointment to Ashinaga’s Kenjin-Tatsujin Council

From left : Ambassador Ozawa, Ashinaga Vice Pre. Fujimura , Mr.Yumkella, Ambassador Taketoshi

Vienna, Austria
15, April 2014

Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella was appointed as a member of “Kenjin-Tatsujin Council” (Eminent Persons and Experts Council) at UN Sustainable Energy for All Office. Mr. Osamu Fujimura, Vice President of Ashinaga and the Chief Cabinet Secretary to former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, handed the Letter of Appointment to Dr. Yumkella. Mr. Toshiro Ozawa (Ambassador;Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna) and Mr. Makoto Taketoshi (Ambassador of Japan in Austria) also attended the event. Dr. Yumkella will serve on the Council for five years beginning in April 2014.

Dr. Yumkella is currently the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and serves as the chief executive for that initiative. Dr. Yumkella will be one of the Kenjins from Austria. In joining the Kenjin-Tatsujin Council, Dr. Yumkella’s valuable knowledge and experiarce are expected to contribute toward supporting Ashinaga’s “Educational support for African children who have lost parents” In particular, he will assist with matching orphaned students from Africa with universities in host countries.

Dr. Yumkella was born in Sierra Leone in Africa and is an international civil servant with a background in agricultural economics. Dr. Yumkella is intelligent, articulate, and charismatic. He is also an extremely popular public speaker who has traveled around the world attending international conferences and promoting “sustainable energy for all.” He is an ideal role model for children in Africa.

Dr. Yumkella receives Letter of Appointment from Vice President Fujimura


During the meeting, Ashinaga Vice President Fujimura asked how Dr. Yumkella would support the project. Dr. Yumkella expressed full support and deep interest in Ashinaga’s initiative and commented, “Mr. Kofi Annan said that working for the UN is the same as working for humanity.” As if touched by old memories, Dr. Yumkella continued, “Working as a Kenjin for the council and assisting orphaned children in Africa also has the same meaning as work for humanity.” He expressed what an honor and pleasure it will be to serve on the Kenjin-Tatusjin Council and assured Mr. Fujimura and those in attendance that he is ready to work toward the project’s success. “I am sure I will be able to help give hope to children in Africa,” he said.

No doubt Dr. Yumkella will be a very powerful supporter of the Kenjin-Tatsujin Council and make a lasting contribution in developing the next generations of talented leaders from Africa,

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