There are numerous social challenges to overcome in order to achieve a society where women can actively and inclusively participate in. To achieve this goal, JSIE was founded particularly in order to develop and expand Asian women’s presence in global leadership roles in business, government, political, and social activities. It holds “Washington Women’s Dialogue” (WWD), co-hosted by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, featuring prominent role models in various sectors, who share their life experience. WWD offers opportunities to frankly discuss various issues on social and international challenges and learn how to overcome such challenges.
At the 16th WWD held on June 5, 2018, we welcomed Dr. Maki Fukami of IIGR and Dr. Jamie Sheen of naisA. Maki and Jamie both are originally from academia, and founded research institute and educational organization here in Washington, D.C. Maki founded IIGR in 2012 as she saw imminent necessity for risk management after 3.11, and has been successfully expanding the operations. Jamie founded naisA Global in 2013 to advance & promote Asian’s presence in leadership positions in the US, after teaching courses at American University. Both are very talented entrepreneurs exploring different worlds, and shared their passion for their purposes. We were so fortunate to hear their stories of transformation, trials, mistakes, and how they have been pioneering their own ways. JSIE advisor Dr. Sachiko Kuno also shared with us her pespective in investing social entrepreneurs.
Dr. Jamie Younghee Sheen, Founder and CEO of naisA Global
Jamie is Founder and CEO of Naisa Global (www.naisaglobal.org), a non-profit educational organization headquartered in Washington, DC. A Naisa Global blogger and a research professor, she is the author of a book on second language learning as well as numerous academic journal articles and book chapters by publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis/Routledge and Sage Publications. She also speaks at universities and conferences around the world. Jamie has been actively involved in non-profit organizations for many years.
Jamie is a former Research Associate Professor at American University and an expert in the field of applied linguistics, second language acquisition and TESOL. She holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham (UK), and EdM and MA degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her BA degree is from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. She has authored a scholarly book on second language learning as well as published 14 articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She also co-edited a prestigious academic journal by Cambridge University Press. She has received several research grants and given numerous talks and seminars at professional conferences around the world. She’s a member of several academic journal editorial boards as well as the University Club, DC.
Dr. Maki Fukami, Co-Founder and President, IIGR
In 2012, Dr. Fukami moved to Washington DC, after a successful academic career in Japan. She soon after founded the International Institute of Global Resilience (IIGR). IIGR provides world-class Emergency Management programs that support communities. A leader of many collaborative projects in the DC area, Dr. Fukami has worked with prestigious think tanks such as Center for New American Security and Stimson center. In 2013, Dr. Fukami was appointed President of Japan Council of International Association of Emergency Managers. In 2016, Dr. Fukami was honored and featured in Forbes Japan as an “Influential Japanese Woman in International Business”.
Dr.Fukami received both Bachelors & Masters of Science in Economics from Kyoto University school of Economics prior to completing her Ph.D. at Kyoto University. She also worked as UCLA visiting scholar in 2006 and a George Washington University visiting scholar in 2010.
Dr Fukami resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and two children.
Dr. Sachiko Kunoi, President and CEO, S&R Foundation (Special Guest Commentator)
Dr. Kuno currently serves as the President and CEO of S&R Foundation in Washington, D.C. in 2000 to support talented individuals with high aspirations and great potential in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration. In 2016, Dr. Kuno co-founded WE Capital, a female-led investment fund in Washington, D.C. An impact investment group, WE Capital invests in female leadership while promoting social impact and financial returns. Dr. Kuno is the co-founder and visionary creative behind Halcyon, launched in 2017, and its mission to catalyze and nurture emerging creatives striving for a better world.
Dr. Kuno earned her PhD in biochemical engineering from Kyoto University and conducted post-doctoral research at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. She spent her early research career at Mitsubishi Institute for Life Sciences and the non-profit research organization ERATO (Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology).
Hiromi Murakami, Representative Director of JSIE (Facilitator)
Hiromi Murakami is Founder and Representative Director of JSIE. Prior to founding JSIE, she’s involved in various policy projects in US/Japanese institutions, including Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center, the Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI), and Economic Strategy Institute. Currently Murakami is also an adjunct fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center and is a board member of the Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to joining HGPI, she led Asia research as a vice president at the Economic Strategy Institute in Washington, D.C., and taught courses at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington. She holds an M.B.A. from St. Mary’s College and a Ph.D. in international relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS.