Academy Hills Library × JSIE Collaboration Event Series
JSIE, in association with Academy Hills Library, launches a new forum series “First Movers Forum” in 2017. We welcome globally-active first movers in various fields to participate as speakers/panelists and to share their trials, challenges and lessons.
We support individuals who have the courage to solve local/global challenges and to boldly move forward with actions on various fronts. By engaging in dialogue with inspiring individuals, we can gain insight into problem-solving, expand our realm of activities, and broaden our perspectives from local to regional and from regional to global.
The theme for the first forum is “Engaging in Global Challenges by Maximizing Japanese Strengths”. Four panelist discussants: Mr. Tatsuki Shimokawa (Executive Vice President of GES Inc.), Mr. Akito Hotehama (President & CEO of Double-elle Inc.), Mr. Makoto Goda (President & CEO of Nippon Biodiesel Fuel Co. Ltd.), and Ms. Mio Yamamoto (Co-Founder & Executive Director of World in Tohoku) discussed the potential of Japanese technology and Japanese culture and how they take advantage of these in solving global issues/challenges.
We can solve problems the world faces today if we use our technology and know-how in an optimal way, and we can meaningfully impact the world than doing it in Japan. Based on this strong belief, the entrepreneurs on our panel strive to make a difference in the global scene. They discussed lessons they have learned, shared their views on how they see Japanese strengths, provided perspective on why to tackle global rather than domestic challenges, shared what making a global impact means to them, and highlighted why to act now.
下川 樹也｜Shimokawa, Tatsuya
Executive Vice President of GES, Inc.
山本 美生｜Yamamoto, Mio
Co-Founder & Executive Director of WIT
Mio has more than ten years of experience in providing high-impact social entrepreneurs with capacity building and funding support. Mio co-founded WIT in the wake of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in 2011 to scale and sustain the impact of promising social entrepreneurs in the disaster-hit area. Prior to starting WIT, Mio was a Partner of Social Venture Partners, a venture philanthropy organization, and also worked for McKinsey & Co. as Summer Associate and Sumitomo Chemical. Mio completed ORSC® (Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching) courses. Mio received an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, and BA with a major in International Relations from the University of Tokyo.
保手濱 彰人｜Hotehama, Akihito
President & CEO of Double-elle Inc.
Born in 1984. Graduated Toho Komaba High School and Tokyo University. Founded “Todai Kigyo Circle TNK” in 2005, and launched first startup when he was a Tokyo University student, after getting a METI business-plan award. TNK is still growing as a platform for student entrepreneurs today. After having several startups and buyout experience, he founded Double-elle Inc., in 2014. He’s been an “Otaku” expert of Manga and games, and planning to expand Japanese pop culture contents into global scale.
合田 真｜Goda, Makoto
President & CEO of Nippon Biodiesel Fuel co. Ltd.
Makoto Goda is President & CEO of Nippon Biodiesel Fuel co. Ltd. Born and grew up in Nagasaki, Japan. Soon after entering Kyoto University (Law), Goda left the university and pursue own interest of energy-generating ventures, and founded Nippon BIodiesel Fuel in 2000, chiefly operating businesses in Asia and Africa. In 2012, Goda established a subsidiary of Nippon BIodiesel Fuel in Mozambique, and has been engaging projects of locally produced renewalble energy, food production, and ICT financial services. http://www.nbf-web.com/jatropha.html
佐々木 文子｜Sasaki, Fumiko
Executive Director, Research, JSIE Council
Dr. Sasaki has been a professor of International Relations, Asian Political Economy, Globalization and American Foreign politics at various universities in the US and in Japan. As a board member of Distance Education for Africa, she fundraises and teaches Globalization in Asia to the youth in Africa live online. She founded the NPO, ProAcriveNY to create people who think independently and act independently based on their own belief on various social and international issues. She holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.
杉田 麻由美｜Sugita, Mayumi
Director for External Relations, JSIE
Mayumi has more than 10 years of experience as executive assistant in both the United States and Japan. She worked at Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc. in New York City and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. After returning to Tokyo, she was first the Executive Assistant to the President of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and Program Officer for External Relations at Tokyo Foundation, a Japanese think tank. In addition to JSIE, she is also a non-permanent employee at Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI). Mayumi is a graduate of University of Leeds in UK.