Sumiko Tanaka Pusch

Head of Operations & Partnerships

A highly motivated International Relations (IR) specialist, Sumiko has spent the past two decades promoting multilateral and multidisciplinary means of peace and sustainable development on local, national and international bases.

Her career for the past eight years has been focused primarily on association management and strategic development for internationally active organizations focused on global health issues. As the Association Management Head of Division for K.I.T. Group GmbH, a subsidiary of Messe Berlin, her mission was to harmonize the interests of a for-profit private company with the philanthropic goals of its clients. She lead a team of specialists to structure the societies, ensuring robust governance, an engaged membership and dynamic working groups. Her experience working with associations has enabled her to work on all five continents and during which time she acquired a broad skill set and the diplomatic touch.

Early on she identified IR as her career path when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Washington. Her bachelor's degree was immediately followed by a summer internship with the United Nations in New York City for the Economic and Social Development Department. Eventually she would earn a dual master's degree in diplomacy and strategic negotiations at partner IR programs in Paris.

After more than a decade of a truly diverse collection of projects – ranging from researching and publishing a 5-year activities report for the PanAfrican Center for Gender, Peace and Security based in Senegal to organizing a pop-up medical clinic in the Highlands of Nicaragua – she is proud to join the team as its Global Partnerships Lead.

Currently based in Berlin, Germany, she lives with her wonderful (!) husband and her 1-year-old daughter and is always happy to make time for a set or two of tennis and a delicious meal.

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