E7-S8 Career Transitions. From the Humanitarian field to Peacebuilding with Ayako Tsujisaka

Summary & Key Takeways

Let's talk about career transitions.  After over a decade working in the medical humanitarian field, Ayako Tsujika, transitioned to working full time in peacebuilding.  She is currently working at the Africa Department of JICA, Japan International Cooperation Agency, as a country officer since last summer, and is going to work on its governance and peacebuilding programs in Ivory Coast (in March of 2021).

Ayako has also worked with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian and medical NGO, in Africa, Asia, and Central America and has been involved in the management of the organization’s humanitarian programs in different contexts.

In Episode 7 of Season 8 learn how Ayako made this transition possible.  How becoming a Rotary Peace Fellow allowed her to do a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University and how she transferred her humanitarian skills into the peacebuilding sector.

Check out previous seasons & episodes of our Award-Winning Social Change Career Podcast.

  ***Episode recorded on February 16th, 2021

Key Links:

Japan International Cooperation Agency

Médecins Sans Frontières

Ayako’s Linkedin

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