Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba
As the former mayor of Hiroshima Dr. Akiba has considerable experience in communicating the dire realities of atomic bombing and has brought great improvements to municipal policies in the field of fiscal health, transparency, citizen service and youth violence.
During his tenure as president of the Mayors for Peace Network Dr. Akiba has contributed greatly to the expansion of the network which presently has 6,991 member cities in 161 countries. Dr. Akiba has held commendable positions as Chairman of the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI), President of AFS Japan, in addition to a post as a Professor by Special Appointment at Hiroshima University. For his commitment to peace building Mr. Akiba has received many international prizes including the prestigious Ramon Magsayay Award, the Buddha International Peace Award and the Otta Hahn Peace Medal.