An International Advisory Council for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative

The Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council is a body of international leaders that forms a key part of the Ashinaga Africa Initiative.

Kenjin (賢人) are intellectuals and business leaders held in high public regard who have knowledge about global issues (e.g. Nobel laureates, academics, entrepreneurs).

Tatsujin (達人) are nationally or internationally recognized artists, performers, and athletes who are socially active and globally conscious (e.g. musicians, designers, film directors).

Roles of the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council

  • Kenjin and Tatsujin are intellectual resources for the Ashinaga Africa Initiative. Together, they provide valuable advice on and proposals for the formulation and management of the project, and offer ongoing counsel to Ashinaga concerning the project’s development.
  • Kenjin-Tatsujin assist Ashinaga in developing the institutional trust and authority necessary for fundraising and establishing relationships with universities. Kenjin are not expected to perform any fundraising activities, but rather act as a support system.
  • Although not a requirement, Kenjin-Tatsujin with university connections or affiliations are highly desired, as they can facilitate the exchange of information and other support-related activities.
  • When possible, Kenjin-Tatsujin visit and interact with the scholarship students during their period of study.

Members List



Teresita T. Sy-Coson
Vice Chairperson of SM Prime Holdings


Seiji Ozawa
Conductor, Former Music Director of the Vienna State Opera
Manuela Ramalho Eanes
Chairperson of Instituto de Apoio à Criança (a children support organization)

North America

Michael H. Wilson
Chancellor of University of Toronto, Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada Inc.
Steven Knapp
Former President of The George Washington University

Latin America