Professor Kazuhiko Takeuchi assumed the post of Vice-Rector of the United Nations University on 1 July 2008. He was appointed Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations on 1 January 2013. His academic career spans 30 years at the Tokyo Metropolitan University (1977–1985) and the University of Tokyo (1985–2008). He has served as professor at the Laboratory of Landscape, Ecology and Planning at the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Tokyo since 1997. Since 2005, he also served as the Director of the Division for International Relations, Deputy Executive Director of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, and Advisor to the President. In 2007 he was appointed Vice President for International Relations.