Mr. Akiie Ninomiya is the Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD) in Thailand. Prior to this, Mr. Ninomiya has served as the Chief Advisor of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the APCD. From 1995-2000, he was Professor at The School of Policy Studies in Kansai Gakuin University, Japan where he focused on international social work on disability. He served as the Director General of the Holistic Social Service Research Center in Kobe Japan with a mandate of facilitating community based inclusive development for fifteen years. Mr. Ninomiya has also served as an overseas expert on disability and development for the United Church of Canada and Hospital Coordinator at the Vietnam Christian Service in Vietnam. His most recent publication is Wheelchairs visit around in Asia: APCD?s Challenge, (Tokyo: Diamond Publisher, 2009). Mr. Ninomiya earned his MTh and MD from the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario, Canada; his MSW from the Graduate School of Social Work at Wilfred Laurier University; and his LLB from The School of Law at Meiji University.