Mr. Motoo Kusakabe
Open City Foundation
Motoo Kusakabe is the founder and president of Open City Foundation (London, U.K.) which supports the enhancement of governance of local governments in developing and developed countries using the Open City Portal, as a tool to share knowledge. He developed the OCP as one of the advanced knowledge management system for local governments, which supports participatory urban & regional development strategies.
Before he established the Foundation in March 2009, he worked for the World Bank as the Vice-President for Resource Mobilization and Co-financing for 6 years, and the senior counsellor to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for four years. In both organizations, he was instrumental in drumming up support for the ICT and Development, and community-driven initiatives and promoted partnership with NGOs and foundations.
He has a more than 25 year career in the Ministry of Finance, Japanese Government, during that time he served as Deputy Commissioner of the National Tax Agency, Deputy Director General of the Banking Bureau, Chief Economist in the Institute of Fiscal and Monetary Policies.
He is a Visiting professor of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Oita, Japan), a Senior Enterprise Fellow, Essex University, Senior Advisor to the Global Alliance of ICT for Development (United Nations, NY), and Deputy Chair of the Development Gateway (Washington, DC).
He has a B.A and M.A. in Mathematics at the University of Tokyo, and MPhil & PhD candidate in economics at Yale University, USA, and visiting fellow of the Stanford University in 2003.