26 May 2010
Atsufumi Yokoi | Tokyo, Japan

I attended the 2010 Africa Day Symposium in Tokyo, Japan. It was held at United Nation University (UNU), which provided a platform to exchange opinions and insights on how Africa and Japan would be able to enhance the meaningful relation to work together, going forward. In this forum, Japanese Imperial Highness Crown Prince made an address on climate changes and environmental problems in Africa that he witnessed during his visit to Ghana and Kenya in the last March of 2010. Representatives from governments, international organizations, academia, among other leaders and professionals also shared their knowledge and thoughts on biodiversity and other environmental issues in the panel discussion. This event was convened as preparations for the upcoming COP17 in South Africa, 2011.

29 March 2010
Hirofumi Yokoi | Tripoli, Lebanon

I met up once again with Ms. Baria Daye, Founder & President of Tripoli Youth Forum, in Tripoli, Lebanon. We shared together our common visions and missions, and discussed the possibility of creating a future partnership between us. As a first step, we have reached a unanimous agreement that, upon invitation from Ms. Daye, I would participate in the upcoming event, “FIRST TRIPOLI INTERNATIONAL HALF MARATHON,” which Tripoli Youth Forum organizes as a partner. It will be held on April 25th, 2010, in Tripoli, Lebanon.

21 March 2010
Hirofumi Yokoi | Beirut, Lebanon

I attended the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Enterprise Forum Workshop on “Designing and Winning a Business Plan Competition” for the 30 Semi-Finalist Teams of the 3rd MIT Arab Business Plan Competition 2009-2010. It was held at Monroe Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon, and a networking dinner at Four Seasons Hotel, which took place between the sessions of the two-day event, also help facilitate social and business interaction among semi-finalists, jurors, MIT boards, professors, staff and alumni, sponsors, consultants, entrepreneurs and other professionals.

20 December 2009
Hirofumi Yokoi | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I came for a short visit to Dubai, UAE to observe a board meeting of the Grameen-Jameel, a social business as a joint venture between Grameen Foundation and Jameel Foundation. During the meeting, I had some chances to exchange with their key staff the current state and future directions of microfinance projects they cover across eight countries (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen).

26 November 2009
Hirofumi Yokoi | Beirut, Lebanon

I exchanged opinions and shared future visions with Ms. Hala Fadel (Chair) and Ms. Mouna Moussi (Director) of the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Enterprise Forum, Pan-Arab Region, while coming 3rd MIT Arab Business Plan Competition 2009-2010, in Lebanon, Beirut.

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