screen-shot-2016-08-26-at-10-18-18-pm We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors.
We borrow it from our children.
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Earth Company
empowers and inspires
change-makers who realize social change
for our future generations.

OUR PROGRAMS

Earth Company realizes social change through the following three pillars:
Empower

IMPACT

HEROES

Supporting social entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific.

Every year, Earth Company selects one Impact Hero – an exceptional social entrepreneur that has the potential to shape the future of developing countries in the Asia Pacific. We provide tailor-made fundraising, opportunity building, and nonprofit consulting services to maximize his/her potential.

Inspire

IMPACT

BALI

Nurturing the next generation of change-makers.

Earth Company offers transformative, experiential learning opportunities to students and professionals to learn first-hand from innovative practices of social enterprises. The unique experience aims to inspire participants to consider how to carve out careers with social purpose and meaning.

Advise and help NGOs

IMPACT

CONSULTING

Strengthening social purpose organisations.

Earth Company delivers consulting services tailored to the needs of social purpose organizations. Earth Company consultants offer expertise in grant proposal writing, nonprofit management, and monitoring and evaluation.

OUR IMPACT

Earth Company
values quality over quantity and depth over breadth.

 

We select one Impact Hero a year
– an exceptional social entrepreneur
that has the potential to shape the future of
developing countries in the Asia-Pacific.

 

Click on the names below to read more about each Impact Hero,
and read more about our support here.
Earth Company Impact Hero_2018 Johnpierre Montilla
Earth Company Impact Hero 2017 Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
Earth Company Impact Hero_2016 Robin Lim
Earth Company Impact Hero_2015 Bella Galhos
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OUR TEAM

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Aska Hamakawa

 

Executive Director
Co-Founder

Since leaving PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant, Aska’s career and studies have revolved around the areas of climate change and disaster relief in the Asia Pacific. She managed disaster relief efforts after the 2009 Samoa Earthquake and 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Aska served as the Vice President of a climate change NGO, Tuvalu Overview, while working with MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence to run its crowdsourcing initiative, Climate CoLab, to help solve climate change. Aska has two BAs from Boston University, a master degree from the University of Hawaii with a focus on climate change in the Pacific Islands, a certificate in Marketing Strategy from the Cornell University, and is a certified fundraiser. In 2014 Aska was awarded the Dalai Lama’s Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award.

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Tomo Hamakawa

 

Managing Director
Co-Founder

Tomo is a seasoned development professional having lived and worked in various corners of the world from the Tibetan plateau, Indian drylands, Indonesia’s tropics, to Japanese metropolises. He has extensive field experience working for international and local development NGOs across Asia and Africa, including Kopernik, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Save the Children, UNICEF, and The Bridge Fund. He was formerly an Assistant Professor at the Global Leadership Program at the University of Tokyo. Tomo has a BA in Social Anthropology from Harvard College, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and was a fellow in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program at the East-West Center. In 2014 Tomo was awarded the Dalai Lama’s Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award.

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Aska Hamakawa

Executive Director
Co-Founder

Since leaving PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant, Aska’s career and studies have revolved around the areas of climate change and disaster relief in the Asia Pacific. She managed disaster relief efforts after the 2009 Samoa Earthquake and 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Aska served as the Vice President of a climate change NGO, Tuvalu Overview, while working with MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence to run its crowdsourcing initiative, Climate CoLab, to help solve climate change. Aska has two BAs from Boston University, a master degree from the University of Hawaii with a focus on climate change in the Pacific Islands, a certificate in Marketing Strategy from the Cornell University, and is a certified fundraiser. In 2014 Aska was awarded the Dalai Lama’s Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award.

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Tomo Hamakawa

Managing Director
Co-Founder

Tomo is a seasoned development professional having lived and worked in various corners of the world from the Tibetan plateau, Indian drylands, Indonesia’s tropics, to Japanese metropolises. He has extensive field experience working for international and local development NGOs across Asia and Africa, including Kopernik, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Save the Children, UNICEF, and The Bridge Fund. He was formerly an Assistant Professor at the Global Leadership Program at the University of Tokyo. Tomo has a BA in Social Anthropology from Harvard College, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and was a fellow in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program at the East-West Center. In 2014 Tomo was awarded the Dalai Lama’s Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award.

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Goro Tamaru

Program Manager

After graduating from Kyoto University, Goro started his career at Nomura Research Institute in management consulting. However, with an interest in social entrepreneurship, Goro attended an Earth Company study tour, which led to him joining the Earth Company team!

Tomoko Shimomoto

Tomoko Shimomoto

Donor Relations Manager

Having worked in HR for Japan Co. Ltd (now Softbank Telecom), Tomoko moved to the US to study at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education. She then moved into leadership development and is now focused on developing the two young leaders that are her children – an excellent case study right at home.

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Yukari Takizawa

Tokyo Office Manager

Yukari brings with her a wealth of experience working for the Swiss financial firm UBS, managing academic programs at the Tokyo University, and operations at the Harvard Business School Japan Research Center – all with a motherly smile and assuring attitude.

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Noriko Komatsu

Marketing Manager

Noriko has extensive experience in career consulting, human resource development, and communications and is a qualified international master of “Food as Medicine”, sommelier and vegetable sommelier, all whilst bringing up two children!

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Mariko McTier

Overseas Marketing

Mariko was a journalist in the UK before she joined the British Embassy in Tokyo to work in international trade. She played the violin semi-professionally until recently and loves to explore a wide range of interests through her work and free time – from technology and art to rugby!

Koichi Tamate

Koichi Tamate

Finance

Having worked for a public-service corporation and an IT company, Koichi joined an NGO engaged in domestic disaster relief projects and development in Southeast Asia, where he is involved in producing grant applications and financial reports. His motto is “Today is always the first day of the rest of your life.”

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Norifumi Maeda

Study Tour Coordinator

With over 15 years’ experience in the Bali travel industry, our Study Tour Coordinator knows Bali so well he’s even beginning to look like a local! Detail-oriented by nature, Maeda-san keeps Earth Company’s tours organized.

Shunsuke Morimoto

Shunsuke Morimoto

Board Member

Having worked for UNICEF and Save the Children in less travelled places like Somalia and Afghanistan, Shunsuke recently returned to Tokyo. He currently works for JICA to improve the learning experiences of children and youth around the world.

Fumi Sugeno

Fumi Sugeno

Board Member

Fumi has been pursuing her passion for developing innovative ways to solve social issues throughout her career, from an international development organization (Plan China), a French Bank (Dexia), a think tank (the Japan Research Institute) to her current role with the Japan Social Impact Investment Foundation. Her other passion is enjoying life with her husband and their young son.

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Takuya Okamoto

Auditor

Takuya worked for PwC Japan’s Audit and then Consulting Divisions before becoming CEO of Social Venture Partners (SVP) Tokyo in 2011. He is a member of the board of Katariba, a Tokyo-based nonprofit, and heads a group called Social Management LLC. His hobbies are travelling, kick-boxing and surfing.

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