Kenjin-Tatsujin Council

What are the “Kenjin” and “Tatsujin”?

Kenjin are intellectuals and business leaders held in high public regard with knowledge about global issues (e.g. Nobel laureates, academics, and entrepreneurs).
Tatsujin are nationally or internationally recognized artists, performers, and athletes who are socially active and globally conscious(e.g. musicians, designers, and film directors).



The Roles of Kenjin and Tatsujin


  • Kenjin and Tatsujin will be an intellectual resource for Ashinaga Africa Initiative. They will provide valuable advice and proposals on the formulation and management of the project, and offer ongoing counsel to Ashinaga concerning the project’s development.
  • Kenjin will assist Ashinaga in developing the institutional trust and authority necessary for fundraising and establishing relationships with universities. Kenjin will not be expected to fundraise themselves, but rather act as a support system.
  • Kenjin will also advise Ashinaga in finding suitable matches between scholarship students and universities abroad. Kenjin with an intimate knowledgeable of their own country’s educational system, for example France and its unique higher education system, will be especially valuable.
  • Although not a requirement, Kenjin with university connections or affiliations are highly desired as they can facilitate in the exchange of information and other support-related activities.
  • When possible, Kenjin will visit and interact with the scholarship students during their period of study.