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INTESDA, The International Education for Sustainable Development Alliance, is a diverse community of educators, academics and nonprofit professionals founded in 2015, in part, to support the Sustainable Development Global Goals set by the United Nations. We are committed to addressing sustainable development issues through capacity building, advocacy, networking and sharing knowledge.

Our events, special projects and forthcoming journals all help support and facilitate raising awareness of sustainable development and the Global Goals.


INTESDA strongly supports the UN call upon the global community to work together in a unified effort to achieve the Global Goals by the year 2030. Thus, our motto is Unity in Community.


In 2010, the founder, Takayuki Yamada established a not-for-profit general incorporated association focusing on education for sustainable development in the Pacific Rim. In 2015, the association mission was expanded to be more international and INTESDA was registered as a limited liability company to underwrite the activities of the organization. The activities of our organization include publishing, seminar and event management, media and advertising.

INTESDA has been officially registered under the laws of Japan and reports all of its financial activity to a certified public accountant.

Mission Statement

INTESDA advances education for sustainable development through capacity building, advocacy and providing a channel for raising awareness and sharing knowledge.

Vision Statement

We aspire to be leaders in the vanguard of sustainable development.


Board Committee and Staff

The Board chairperson and vice president set agendas, approve events and set guidelines for board actions. The program committee members manage events, communications, suggest themes, review applications for scholarships, prepare acceptance and invitation letters and carry out other ad hoc tasks. In addition, the program committee is responsible for the onsite management of events.

In compliance with health safety protocols and in support of efforts to curb influenza and COVID outbreaks during the winter months, our staff have been engaged in hybrid and remote work.

  • Takayuki Yamada
    Founder and Chairperson
  • Gary Smith
    VP Development, Asia Pacific

    Donald Cooke
    Global Campaign Manager

  • Michael Sasaoka
    Event Associate, Asia Pacific
  • Sarawut Saetan
    Project Management, Asia Pacific

    Krismita Dewi
    Global Communications

    Sofia Nowak
    Support Staff


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