President of Japanese Red Cross Society since 2005, Tadateru Konoé has dedicated his entire professional career to domestic and international Red Cross and Red Crescent activities.
Before being elected president, Mr. Konoé served his National Society for 14 years as vice president (1991-2005) and as Chairman of the Japanese Red Cross Academy, which offered post-graduate courses for nurses. He also held the positions of director general of the international department (1988-1991), director general of the social department (1988), international department deputy director general (1985-1988), and international director (1976-1981) for the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Mr. Konoé has held several posts in the IFRC. He has been a member of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross Red Crescent (1995-2003) and its vice chairman (1999), member of the IFRC Finance Commission (1985-1993), as well as officer (1972-1975) and director (1981-1985) of the IFRC disaster preparedness bureau where he started in 1972.
Between 1970 and 2008, Mr. Konoé was involved with over 30 Red Cross Red Crescent relief missions around the world. During his career, he has also been a board member in various associations and organizations, in addition to his work with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
With a BA from Gakushuin University in Tokyo, Mr. Konoé also studied at the London School of Economics. He speaks Japanese and English and has a working understanding of French.