Keiko Kiyama, the Secretary General of JEN (http://www.jen-npo.org/en/index.php
), and co-chair of Japan Platform (http://w3.japanplatform.org/E/index.html
), has been helping refugees, displaced people and victims of natural disasters, since she joined as one of the first members of JEN in 1994. From 1994 to 2000, she worked as the regional representative for former Yugoslav countries where she and her teams implemented hundreds of projects in a huge variety of sectors, including various UN projects. Currently, JEN is working in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Haiti and Japan's Tohoku region, which was badly affected by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11th, 2011. The number of beneficiaries adds up to more than 100,000 every year. Ms. Kiyama obtained a masters of arts degree in Sociology from University at Buffalo, State University of New York in the United States. Ms. Kiyama received the "Woman of the Year 2006" award from the Nikkei Women Magazine for JEN's continuous work on peace building in various parts of the world.