Hiroyuki Konuma, a Japanese national, holds a Master of Science Degree (M.Sc.) in Agricultural Science from Tsukuba University in Japan. He has been with FAO for over 30 years. He started his carrier in Syria with JICA(JOCV) in 1977. He joined FAO in 1980 as an Associate Expert in animal husbandry in Yemen, and moved to Somalia as the Head of UNHCR Field office in Jalalaqsi in 1983, engaged in a refugee agricultural settlement programme.
He returned to FAO in 1985, based at the FAO Regional Office for Africa in Ghana for 4 years, and was transferred to FAO headquarters in Rome in 1989 working as a Project Operations Officer. Seven years later, he was appointed the FAO Representative in Bangladesh (1996) and served there till his transfer to the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok in 1999.
Based in Bangkok, he has been assigned progressively senior positions as the Chief of the Operations Branch, Chief of the Policy Assistance Branch and Deputy Regional Representative. He was appointed Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific in March 2010.