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Entrepreneur and urban planner with multi-faceted experience in project management, social services, and economic design. A proven leader in project-driven social education inside and outside of university settings. Skilled in all phases of program development including fund-raising and outreach. A strong multi-tasker with excellent organizational abilities. Significant international exposure leading to high level of knowledge in cross-culture and interdisciplinary approaches.
Areas of Expertise
Program and Project Development: Extensive experience in international management and multi-cultural project operations in urban planning and social services. Skillfully manage resources and collaborate with key decision makers across different countries. Leadership: Proven expertise in project leadership in public and private sectors. Knowledgeable in urban planning, social sciences, and education. Offer strong negotiation skills to build strategic alliances with key industry leaders. Diversity Awareness: Quickly build relationships with people across different cultures and backgrounds. High level of respect and appreciation for diversity with the ability to communicate with many types of people. Teaching and Lecturing: Over 20 years in academic instruction in leading universities. First female professor in Engineering at Kyoto University. Communication: Strong verbal and written communication skills across diverse audiences. Fluent in English, Japanese, and French with conversational Spanish abilities.
Project Leadership Experience
Urban Design 21 Ltd: Founder and CEO of an urban planning and consultancy business focused on spatial planning, land management, transport planning, and utility and asset management. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA): Directed a 5-year research project on sustainability and technology transfer including a social scheme for a low-carbon economy in India. Nissan Science Foundation: Designed and implemented an international program for 150 young leaders in sustainability and humanity. Kansai Electric Company (KEPCO): Investigated energy demand situation in Asian countries and designed monitoring system of CO2 reduction by ICT. Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Developed new methods of information sharing mechanism with Asian countries to measure the progress of societies. Organized the 2008 international conference in Kyoto. The World Bank: Chair of the Result Management Council; developed initiatives for vulnerability reduction through disaster risk reduction plans and risk mitigation action plans.
President April 2011 to Current The Japan Foundation, Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris Paris, France Raise funds for cultural events, youth exchange programs, and language education. Operate a $10M budget to select and organize programs. Apply digital technology and arts to create diverse program contents. Network with high-level Japanese-French and European key partners. Key Results: Doubled number of visitors and increased participants in language section 1000% over three years. Integrated cross-section approaches to combine arts and intellectual exchanges.