Dr. Konuma, a Japanese national, born in Tokyo, is a graduate of Meiji University (Agricultural Chemistry) and holds MSc. and PhD. 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 as a Junior Expert in Animal Husbandry. He joined FAO in 1980 in Yemen as an Associate Expert in animal husbandry. He moved to Somalia as the Head of UNHCR Field office in Jalalaqsi in 1983 and engaged in refugee agricultural settlement programme. He returned to FAO in 1985 and posted in the FAO Regional Office for Africa in Ghana for 4 years. Then, he was transferred to FAO HQs in Rome in 1989 and served as a Project Operations Officer. After 7 years of services in HQs, he was appointed as the FAO Representative in Bangladesh in 1996 and served there till to his transfer to FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific based in Bangkok in 1999. Since then he has been progressively assigned in senior positions in the FAO Regional Office as the Chief of Operations Branch, Chief of Policy Assistance Branch and the Deputy Regional Representative.
He was appointed as the FAO Assistant Director -General and the Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific in March 2010. Since then, he has been managing FAO’s Regional Office in Asia and the Pacific (which covers 46 countries in the region and holds about 180 professional and support staff, and managing about 350 on-going projects), promoting the role of FAO and coordinating the implementation of FAO’s programmes and projects in the region in the area of agriculture (including crop, livestock, forestry, fisheries, etc.), agricultural policy, food security, nutrition, rural development and other associate fields.