Born and raised in Japan, YONEDA Ritsuko joined Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 1999. During her over 20 years of experience, she engaged in the crops, fisheries and livestock policies. In the International Affairs Department, she led the team for various international fora including OECD, G7, G20 and the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021. She also has an experience in FAO as a loaned expert. Specialized in international law and political science, she holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Tufts University, U.S.