As Regional Director, Asia, Tomoko Nishimoto oversees the development and delivery of Nutrition International’s programs and projects in Asia. She is responsible for ensuring coordination, relevance and timeliness of the organization’s activities as well as sustaining and forging partnerships with key allies who share a commitment to improving the nutrition status of people around the world.
Tomoko brings to the role over 34 years of multisectoral experience in sustainable development. Her experience has covered a wide array of themes and geographies, having held senior management positions in the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme.
In her most recent position at the ILO, Tomoko served as the Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, promoting social justice and internationally-recognized human and labour rights. Tomoko was responsible for overseeing ILO’s programmatic and operational activities in 34 member states in Asia and the Pacific. In 2020, she led the ILO’s work in assisting member states in responding to, and recovering from, the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While at UNICEF, Tomoko provided leadership in the management and implementation of the UNICEF Country Programme of Cooperation for Zambia, which covered the priority thematic areas of health and nutrition, girls’ education, water and sanitation, and gender-based violence, among others. She also coordinated UNICEF Zambia’s emergency response to the drought and food crisis.
Tomoko is a relentless promoter for inclusive and sustainable development with empowerment, equality and social justice close to her heart. She is a firm believer and strong advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Tomoko holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Sophia (Johchi) University in Tokyo, Japan and a Bachelor’s degree from Kobe University in Kobe, Japan.