Hiroto Mitsugi

Title: Assistant Director-General

E-mail: [email protected]


Mr Hiroto Mitsugi currently serves as Assistant Director-General. His responsibilities include: policy and strategy related to forestry; global and regional high-level events in that area; the Committee on Forestry (COFO) and senior-level diplomatic engagements in these areas (reporting to DDG Maria Helena Semedo), as well as resource mobilization (reporting to DDG Beth Bechdol).

Mr Hiroto Mitsugi was appointed Assistant Director-General of the Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 22 June 2017 and he also serves as Chair of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.

A national of Japan, Mr Mitsugi holds a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture (Forestry and Forest Products) from Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, and a Master of Science degree in Forestry Extension from the University of Reading, UK. Mr Mitsugi started his career in 1987 with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the Forestry Development Division (Forestry and Fisheries Development Cooperation Department).

Between 1990 and 1993, he served as Assistant Resident Representative in the JICA Malawi Office and from 1993 to 1995, he worked in the Consultant Contract Division, Procurement Department. After a period of study leave, Mr Mitsugi joined the Planning Division, Planning Department in 1997.

In 1999, he was appointed Deputy Director, Agriculture Development Study Division (Agriculture and Forestry Development Study Department).

From 2001 to 2002, he served in the General Affairs Department and in 2003 he became the Deputy Resident Representative of the JICA Cambodia Office. From 2006 to 2009, he was appointed Director of the Forestry and Nature Conservation Team 1 and in 2008 of Division 1 in the Global Environment Department.

In 2009, he served as Deputy Director General and Group Director for Forestry and Nature Conservation. From 2011 to 2013, he worked as the Senior Resident Representative of the JICA Philippines Office and served from 2013 to 2014 as Deputy Director General for Administration and Planning for the Secretariat of the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.

In April 2014, he was appointed Senior Deputy Director General for the Overseas Cooperation Volunteers. Before joining FAO, Mr Mitsugi served as Director General of the Rural Development Department, JICA.


Welcoming Remarks at the 31st IFSA General Assembly 2020

International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) – FAO Partnership Hiroto Mitsugi’s welcoming remarks at the 31st (virtual) IFSA General Assembly, 17 August 2020 Dear speakers, participants, and...

Living Chapel Opening

Living Chapel Opening 5 June 2020 Rome, Italy Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, All over the world,  On behalf of FAO, it is a great honour for me to celebrate with you...

International Mountain Day 2019

International Mountain Day 2019 Ludovico Einaudi Concert Mountain Partnership Goodwill Ambassador Appointment Honorable Minister Bencini, Ambassador Pythoud, Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen, I have the honour to thank you all for your presence...

COP 25 High Level Event on Forests

 COP 25 High Level Event on Forests 5 December 2019 Opening Speech Good afternoon Your Excellencies, distinguished delegates, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,  On behalf of FAO, I am pleased...

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Forests have always sustained our lives. It’s time for us to return the favour


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Aprender a amar nuestros bosques

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