“The Leadership Talent in Demand by International Organizations”, Dr. Mbuli Charles Boliko, The Director of the Japanese Liaison Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

On October 8, 2016 (Sat.), Dr. Mbuli Charles Boliko gave us his presentation entitled “The Leadership Talent in Demand by International Organizations” at the Hiyoshi West Annex, the water hole of our program’s activities.

Dr. Mbuli Charles Boliko is currently the Director of the Liaison Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Japan. After obtaining a Master’s degree (in Applied Psychology) from the University of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he taught at the Institut Supérieur de Commerce in Kinshasa. He pursued his graduate studies in Japan and acquired a doctorate in International Development from Nagoya University. He also currently serves as a visiting professor at the Université Catholique du Congo.

In his presentation, Dr. Boliko discussed the lessons he has learned from his experiences in the human resource departments within the United Nations system and offered advice on what to do and not to do for students in search of a career in international organizations, along with several other helpful advices. A consistent theme of his lecture was the importance of a “sense of objective.” Dr. Boliko had a firm sense of objective from his early years. In order to achieve his goals, he chose to leave his parents at the age of 11 and pushed forward in the direction he had identified for himself. His words reflecting his own experiences really resonated in our hearts.

The students in our program all share a sense of objective: “to become a leader of an international community.” This lecture was extraordinarily important to give us a strong encouragement.

By Yoshikatsu Nakajima, Enrolled in 2016 Spring, M1, Graduate School of Science and Technology

FAO Liaison Office in Japan HP http://www.fao.org/japan/jp/