Intergovernmental Institution for the Use of Micro-Algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition

Intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council Under ECOSOC Resolution 2003/212 Dated 5th of March 2003.
Designated by the United Nations Economic & Social Council Under Rule 79 of the Council’s Rules and Procedures.

IN SUPPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM FOR A BETTER WORLD AND THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS 2015 - 2030

H.E. Ambassador George Hara is an archaeologist, entrepreneur/industrialist. Ambassador Hara served as Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, and the Prime Minister’s Special Commissioner on the Government Tax Panel, as Advisor to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, and as a member of various government committees, including Japan’s Industrial Structure Council of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. In these capacities, Ambassador Hara’s efforts are aimed at lowering tax rates while increasing tax revenues in order to enable the Japanese government to establish fiscal discipline. He was also appointed as Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of ZAMBIA. In the private sector, Mr. Hara founded DEFTA Partners in 1984 and became a Partner at Accel Partners in 1990. He was considered one of the most prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalists in ICT in the 1990s and has led more than twenty companies – including Borland, PictureTel, SCO, Tradex, and Unify – to success. Since 2000, Hara has served as chairman of the board in, or helped to manage, a number of companies such as Oplus Technologies (merged with Intel in 2005), Broadware (merged with Cisco in 2007), Transitive Tech (merged with IBM in 2008) and Fortinet (NASDAQ IPO in 2009).Ambassador Hara currently serves as Chairman of the Alliance Forum Foundation (AFF), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of a number of divisions, notably the Alliance Forum Development Program (AFDP) and the Public Interest Capitalism Research Institute (AFRI). AFDP implements the organization’s international development activities focused on (1) eradicating malnutrition, (2) improving education and health care, and (3) promoting economic self-reliance and empowerment in developing nations. On the other hand, he works to conduct research and define new models for post-financial capitalism to replace the prevailing shareholder-centric model of capitalism which lies at the root of global financial crises. Ambassador Hara has also previously served on the boards of the San Francisco Opera, University of San Francisco, Tokyo Foundation, Japan Society and the Hara Research Foundation. In 2003, Hara received the National Leadership Award and was named Honorary Co-Chairman of the Business Advisory Council (Republican Party) in the US. Ambassador Hara was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1952. After graduating from Keio University’s Faculty of Law, Hara became involved in archaeological research in Central America until the age of 27. Following this, he enrolled in the Stanford MBA Program in California and received a Master of Science degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Engineering after a period serving as a UN Fellow. He is also the author of numerous publications, including a Japanese best-seller entitled 21 Seiki no Kokufuron (An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations in the 21st Century), published by Heibonsha in 2007, and Atarashii Shihonshugi (New Capitalism) published by PHP in 2009.