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Kuni YAZAWA Kunihiko YAZAWA Chairman of the Board
Kunihiko YAZAWA was born in Shizuoka in 1962.
He graduated from Bunka Fashion College, Apparel Design.
After graduation, he became an instructor for its Design Research Department. Then, he left for Italy. After coming back to Japan, he engaged in space production such as display, interior design, and stage art. From 1989 to 2006, he worked as a part-time instructor at Musashino Art University, Department of Scenography, Display and Fashion Design. Since 2000, he's focused attention on the essential role in art that "art is created from dialogue and leads to communication" and started the Communication Art project.
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Mayuka Yamazaki Mayuka YAMAZAKI Vice chief director
Harvard Business School Japan Research Center, Senior Research Associate
Mayuka Yamazaki is Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Business School Japan Research Center, mainly responsible for case writing and research on Japan. She has been also involved in the all-English Global Health Leadership Program at the University of Tokyo, where she introduced EGAKU Workshop as one of the core curriculums. Prior to HBS, she worked for McKinsey & Company as a consultant and the University of Tokyo as a project manager. Mayuka holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service with Academic Excellence from Georgetown University and BA in economics from the University of Tokyo. Mayuka defines her mission at IOCA as bringing EGAKU Workshop to higher education and global communities.
Sae Shirasaki Sae SHIRASAKI Vice chief director
As an Arts Education Producer, Sae Shirasaki has been working on creating a learning platform for children to foster their creativities and imagination and has provided companies and educational organizations with creative art education programs.
Sae believes that Communication Art is a powerful tool for children to foster sensibility, creativity and ability to live dynamically in the globalized world and has been working on expanding IOCA’s learning platform.
Sae earned a BA in Economics from University of Tokyo and a professional certificate in early childhood Education from UCLA Extension.
Kimi Hasebe Kimi HASEBE Vice chief director
White Ship, Inc.  CEO/Art Producer
Kimi founded White Ship in 2001 with artist, Kuni YAZAWA, based on the vision of communicating a Japanese sense of beauty and creativity to the world. White Ship was incorporated in 2004. Kimi has researched the possibilities of art from both artist and audience perspectives. She set up an art program originally designed to develop the children's creativity, and expanded the program to reach business leaders as a program to unleash the creativity of organizations. Since 2008 she has developed and run an organizational transformation and problem solving program, "Vision Forest" with the strategy consulting team of Sigmaxyz Inc. She is also involved in art management, incubation and gallery management, and setting up exhibitions.
Kimi founded IOCA with a group of volunteer supporters to expand the scope of White Ship's activities, and while managing White Ship she is also actively involved in IOCA's operations. She was a speaker at TEDxNagoyaU where she gave a talk titled, "Painting a picture is about painting your thoughts, painting your dreams, painting the future."
Satoshi OHARA Satoshi OHARA Director
Sigmaxyz Inc. Partner
Satoshi is the leader of Strategy Consluting Practice at SIGMAXYZ Inc. and assisting the top exectutives to implement transformation of thier businesses. He has been actively promoting the Vision Forest Program for activating enterprises and people through EGAKU workshops.
Prior to joining SIGMAXYZ, he worked for Bain & Company (Partner), Goldman Sachs Japan, and for his own venture company (CEO).
Daisuke Kan Daisuke KAN Director
Cheerio Corporation Executive Director
Daisuke is the Executive Director at Cheerio Corporation, a family-owned Japanese beverage company with strong expertise in energy and carbonated drinks. As a third generation management, he runs a traditional Japanese business to transform and update the organization through creative leadership and hard work of every single employee. Daisuke actively participates in young global leadership initiatives including ASIA21 to bridge Japan to the world and also in a leadership team of THE TOFU PROJECT, a collaborative design and entrepreneurship think-tank which bridges Japan and Silicon Valley to promote entrepreneurship in Japan. He believes that EGAKU Workshop offers you a little but great adventure to explore your existing limitations and overcome them, and is very happy to be part of IOCA team. He has a BA from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from Stanford University.
Tatsuaki Ohara Tatasuaki OHARA Auditor
ARTE audit corporation Senior partner
ARTE partners corporation President
Nippon Manufacturing Service Corporation Auditor
Hosei university business school Instructor
Business break university Instructor