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.

Tomo-portrait
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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Mami Sato

Japan Representative

After completing Master’s Program at Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, Mami started her career in the nonprofit sector. She has management experience in various international development projects in the field of gender, public health and food security in Asia and Africa, during which she also served as Executive Director of the international nonprofit organization. She practices meditation and loves to visit local shrines for her stress management.

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Ako Fujimoto

Program Manager

Ako is in charge of Impact Bali. She specializes in Education for Sustainable Development and has been involved in creating time to learn from each other for diverse generation. She would like to continue to challenge the creation of diverse ESD unique to Bali.

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Noriko Komatsu

Communication Director

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 professional, all whilst bringing up two children!Associate Certified Fundraiser.

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.Associate Certified Fundraiser.

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Miho Kikujo

Finance Manager

Miho brings 20+years of experience in IT, operational and financial analysis, planning and improvement for companies such as NEC America and AARP in the U.S.. She returned to Japan in 2018. She is originally from Yokohama, and now lives and runs a small coffee shop in Kamakura with her American husband and two dogs.

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Yo Watanabe

Operation Manager

After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, Yo has been working as a translator while being a part of an art gallery in Tokyo and then a coworking space in Nagano. Ever since Yo experienced a home birth with her wonderful midwife, she finds herself been involved with projects working towards a sustainable society.

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Misa Higuchi

Marketing Officer

After graduating from the art university of Hiroshima City, 11 years of experience working in brand marketing and creative of kate spade new york. With life work of “connect the world through curry”, Misa learns and introduces spice dishes from Asia and South America.

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So Shimada

Intern

So is a senior student at Waseda University. He has been engaged as a volunteer in Indonesia and studied at Universitas Indonesia as an exchange student. So’s hometown is Hokkaido, but he will take any opportunity to put on his backpack and travel around Asia!

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Sara Hutabarat

Mana Earthly Paradise General Manager

Sara brings 13 years of experience working across a variety of industries from major Indonesian TV station to an oil company in Australia. A recent mother of two, Earth Company’s vision is near and dear to her heart. Living on the island of Bali for the past 10 years, Sara has witnessed firsthand the unchecked growth of her nation. And as an avid diver, Sara is confronted with environment’s fragility every time she descends below the waves.

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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