◆Chairperson of the Board, KAWAHARA, Hiroshi, Sc.D. ‘84
International / Programming Committee Chair
Having worked for Schlumberger Wireline Division as R&D engineer over 8 years, Hiroshi spent more than 15 years as software specialist and system development project manager at Nippon Steel Solutions, IBM Japan, and Softbank. At Softbank he served as CTO at various joint ventures funded by Softbank and its overseas partners. Since 2007, He has been a professor at Cyber University, Japan’s first 100% on-line 4-year institute owned by Softbank. He has been a member of MIT-EFJ in the past decade, and mentored many finalists at the Business Plan Contest over a period of time.
◆ Vice Chair of the Board, MOTOHASHI, Takeshi, SMMOT’04
Mentoring Committee Chair
Takeshi Motohashi has been an entrepreneurial engineer and manager in Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp.(NTT). He led development of e-commerce personalization system, AwarenessNet, an internet audience measurement system, InfoGather, and first-ever Japanese TV guide web site, Internet TV Guide Japan. He has also worked with Microsoft in Seattle for NTT-Microsoft joint video-on-demand project, Microsoft Interactive Television. He has MS in Management of Technology from MIT Sloan School of Management in 2004 and MEng from University of Tokyo in 1994.
◆Board, SUZUKI, Hiroaki (Hiro)
Japan Chair, MIT Education Council.
One of the founding members of MIT-EFJ in 1999. A long lasting friendship since 1986 with Mr. Kenneth P. Morse, one of the members of The National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the US and developed MIT EFJ together. Currently, CEO, Green Power Research Institute and Executive Vice President, J-VIC Venture Capital Co., Ltd. As for work experience, Executive VP, Tecno-Venture Co., Ltd., (2000 ~ 2002), CEO, Aspen Tech Japan Co.,Ltd.(1987 ~ 2000) – a MIT Spin-out company. Started from scratch in software business for Japanese chemical industries and contributed the performance enabling the AspenTech listed in NASDAQ in 1994. Engineering Manager, JGC Corporation (1972 ~ 1987). Received MS in Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1979), MS in Applied Chemistry, University of Tokyo (1972).
◆ Board MIYOSHI, Kazumi (Kayes)
Membership (Individual) Committee Chair
Joined MIT-EFJ in 2001 and established the administration system of MIT-EFJ including the membership database. She started to work as a MIT mentor for BPCC in 2003 as well. Kayes is COO of PYRO Enterprise Corporation, a consulting company, and has a project of PETULA PYRO Enterprise has provided MIT-EFJ with free office space in Aoyama. Kayes has an ample experience in international culture exchange activities including publication of Japanese translation of “Molly Moon” series and detective stories (Hayakawa Shobo), as well as in venture companies. Received B.A. in Literature, Senshu Univ.
- HR, Administration and PR Manager, Solvay Group Japan, ex-Amoco Japan Limited, a part of BP Amoco (1994,4 – 2009,3)
- Japan Representative, looks.com Limited, a cosmetic e-retailer based in Hong Kong (1999)
◆ Board BABA, Kenji
Board Member and MIT-EFJ mentor. In 2004 Kenji joined MIT-EFJ as a mentor for BPCC. He was appointed to the board member by his contribution in the Mentoring Committee. He established the mentoring program as Mentoring Committee Chair by his ample experiences in not corporate venturing in a leading family owned company which has more than 30 entities in the group, but also HR consulting in Russell Laynolds. He started his career in a local bank and handled foreign currency investment and system development in the International Division. He has a wide network in business and contributes as an advisor of Kyushu-Asia Institute of Leadership and a committee member of “Angel Network Activation Strategy Review Committee”. Received BEcon in Kyushu University and MBA in Boston University.
◆ Board KOROKI, Takahisa
Finance Committee Chair
Takahisa KOROKI is an internal control affairs manager of Mitsui Fudosan Residential. His career includes accounting, corporate group planning, business strategy, organizational behavior , strategic investment, and new or related business for Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.. He has been a mentor for the MIT-EFJ since 2004.
He is also a venture-adviser for the Tokyo Tech Alumni Association.
He received his BA from Waseda University and his Master of Science in Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology.
◆ Board NOZAKI, Shugo
ICT Committee Chair
◆ Board FUYUNO, Takeshi
Mentoring Committee Co-Chair
◆ Auditor SASA, Yuriko