Ambassador Yoshiji Nogami is President and Director of the Japan Institute of International Affairs and Executive Advisor of the Mizuho Bank Limited. He is the Non-ASEAN Co-Chair of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). He was also Ambassador to the U.K. and Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan. After graduating from the University of Tokyo he entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1966 where he served as Deputy Director-General of the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau and the Foreign Policy Bureau, Director-General of the Economic Affairs Bureau, and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. His other overseas posts included as Economic Counsellor at the embassy in the U.S. and Consul-General in Hong Kong. Mr Nogami was also Ambassador to the OECD in Paris in 1997-99. He was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs.