Tadateru Konoe

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Tadateru Konoe
近衛忠揮
President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
In office
2009 – present
President of the Japanese Red Cross
In office
2005 – present
Personal details
Born (1939-05-08) 8 May 1939 (age 75)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japan Japanese
Spouse(s) Yasuko Konoe
Children Tadahiro Konoe
Alma mater Gakushuin University
Toyo Eiwa University

Tadateru Konoe (近衛忠揮 Konoe Tadateru?, born 8 May 1939) is the president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).[1]

Tadateru Konoé is the 50th Head of the Konoe family. President of Japanese Red Cross Society since 2005, Tadateru Konoé has dedicated his entire professional career to domestic and international Red Cross Red Crescent activities. In 2009 and again in 2013, Mr. Konoé was elected President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Family[edit]

The Konoé clan (近衛家 Konoe-ke?) is the original (main) family of the Fujiwara clan, a powerful noble family in Japanese history. The family goes back to Kamatari Fujiwara(614-669), Michinaga Fujiwara(966-1027) the Patron and the model of Hikaru no Kimi of "Tale of Genji". They have been the main member of the Royal Family of for over 1000 years.

On 16 December 1966, he married Princess Yasuko of Mikasa, a first cousin of the Japanese Emperor Akihito. They have a son named Tadahiro.

Academic career[edit]

Konoé was graduated in 1962 from Gakushuin University in Tokyo Japan. He received a B.A. in Political Science, after which he attended the London School of Economics in 1964 where he majored in International Relations. In 1994, he was lecturer on Micro study on International Relief Organizations at the Graduate School of Toyo Eiwa University, in Tokyo, Japan, and he is a lecturer, panelist, commentator, and speaker at various academic and other forums on topics including humanitarian aid, IHL, disasters, development, and bio-ethics.

Japanese Red Cross Society[edit]

President of Japanese Red Cross Society since 2005, Tadateru Konoé has dedicated his entire professional career to domestic and international Red Cross Red Crescent activities.

Before being elected president, Mr. Konoé served his National Society for 14 years as vice president (1991-2005) and as chairman for Japanese Red Cross Academy, which offered post-graduate courses for nurses. He also held the positions of director general of the International Department (1988-1991), director general of the social department (1988), international department deputy director general (1985-1988), and international director (1976-1981) for the Japanese Red Cross Society.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)[edit]

Mr. Konoé has held several posts in the IFRC. He has been a member of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross Red Crescent (1995-2003) and its vice chairman (1999), member of the IFRC finance commission (1985-1993), as well as officer (1972-1975) and director (1981-1985) of the IFRC disaster preparedness bureau where he started in 1972.

Red Cross Red Crescent Relief Missions[edit]

Between 1970 and 2008, Mr. Konoé was involved with over 30 Red Cross Red Crescent relief missions around the world. During his career, he has also been a board member in various associations and organizations, in addition to his work with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yomiuri Nenkan 讀賣年鑑 2010 p19 "東大教育近衛忠揮トこのえただてる 1939 《昭 14)58 (束京)日本赤十字社社長.国際赤十字,赤新月社連盟 ..."

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