Advisory Committee

QFF is guided by a formally established Advisory Committee, chaired by the Qatari Ambassador to Japan, H.E. Yousef Bilal. The Advisory Committee assists in selecting projects, coordinating and advocating for the Fund, and providing advice to H.E the Ambassador, the technical team, and management and consulting partners on the direction of the program.

Advisory committee members are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Expertise in the fields of child education, fisheries, healthcare, and entrepreneurship
  • The need to maintain an overall balance of expertise on the committee
  • Individual expertise that reflects knowledge and/or front line experience in relation to the disaster and its affected areas.

Michi Fukushima, PhD

Professor at Tohoku University
Expertise: Economy

Michi Fukushima received a Master of Commerce (Hitotsubashi University), and PhD (Management) from Tohoku University. She is currently a Professor of Regional Enterprises, the Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University. In January 2012, she was elected a member of the Council for Promoting the Restoration of Sendai, established by the City of Sendai. In 2012, Michi Fukushima was awarded the 5th Tadao Kiyonari Award from the Japan Academic Society for Venture and Enterprise.

Akiko Domoto

Former Governor of Chiba Prefecture
Expertise: Education

A former governor of Chiba Prefecture, Akiko Domoto held the position of Member of the House of Councilors for twelve years and is presently a Member of the National Committee for UN 10 Years of Biodiversity (Ministry of the Environment), President of the Women and Health Network Japan (NGO), Board Member of Biodiversity Network Japan (NGO) and President of Japan’s Women Network for Disaster and Restoration. She was previously a Vice President and Regional Councilor for East Asia of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Akiko Domoto has been deeply involved with global warming and biodiversity issues for many years, and was honored by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as one of 25 outstanding women who have made an important contribution towards the preservation of the global environment.

William H. Saito

Founder and CEO of InTecur
Expertise: Business

Recently became an author of a bestselling book in Japan and selected by the Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan”. An entrepreneurial evangelist, business energizer, policy advisor and educator, Saito’s multi-faceted activities elude attempts at categorization. While still in medical school, he founded I/O Software and built it into a global leader in information security, earning recognition as Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998.

After Microsoft acquired the firm in 2004, Saito moved to Japan and founded InTecur, a global consultancy that helps clients optimize applications for a wide range of innovative technologies. Among his many current activities, he is a hands-on venture capitalist, a popular university lecturer, an adviser to G-8 governments on information security policy, and a Foundation Board Member and Global Agenda Council Member of the World Economic Forum. Saito was recently appointed to a high-level commission investigating the Fukushima nuclear disaster and a special strategy and policy unit reporting directly to the Prime Minister of Japan.

Osamu Baba, PhD

Professor at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Expertise: Fishery

Osamu BABA graduated from the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Agriculture in 1984 and is now Professor at the Department of Marine Policy and Culture, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. His specialized fields are fishery management, Institutions, real condition and distribution of fisheries products. He is an expert member of Incorporated Administrative Agencies Evaluation Committee, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

He served on Study group of the Reconstruction Design Council in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.