Kazuhito Himeda joined the Inamori Foundation in 2001 as the Manager of the Financial and Accounting Department, with 17 years experience of financial service. In that capacity, Himeda has successfully managed the foundation’s 74.6 billion yen (911 million U.S. dollars) in assets. Himeda graduated from Doshisha University with a degree in Commerce before starting his financial service career with Fukutoku Bank as a sales manager. He furthered his career with Nomura Securities as an international trainee, working in both London and New York and subsequently took foreign exchange sales management positions in a number of branches. In 1997, he joined Citibank Japan as a branch manager and in 2001 started his service at the Inamori Foundation.
Atsushi Inokuma is the President & CEO of Wild Bear Corporation and a representative for the Shibukawa Genki Club. Born in Shibukawa City, Gunma Japan in 1969, Inokuma graduated from a local high school where he studied English at Aoyama Gakuin University (Tokyo). Inokuma received his MBA and MA in Economics from Boston University. After graduating college, he worked for investment banks and started a management consulting company in 2002 to help small and medium sized companies and ventures in marketing, finance, and business planning. Inokuma then opened a business school in 2004 to communicate his own experiences to aspiring Japanese business students. He teaches extension courses at Gunma University, Yokohama City University and currently focuses on researching to make the home town, Shibukawa, a more vibrant and dynamic city. Inokuma is planning to run for Shibukawa City Council in February 2011, advocating “changing the world from the center of Japan”.
Koichi Kano is currently Deputy General Manager of Crystal Sales Division for Kyocera. He has spent his entire career since 1985 with Kyocera and has held different management positions within the company since 1991. He has been awarded Salesman and Sales Manager of the Year Award and took top prize in the Kyocera Philosophy essay competition in 2010. Kano is from Kyoto, Japan and holds a BA in British and American Studies from Nanzan University, along with an MBA from Kobe University. Kano began his career in 1985 with Kyocera’s international sales division and has proven himself a valued employee on his way to his current position of Deputy General Manager of their Crystal Sales Division.
Nak-Joon "Justin" Choi
Nak-Joon Justin Choi is a project manager and policy advisor with a background in international business and finance; he is currently employed at Seattle City Light (SCL) in the City of Seattle, Washington (USA). He is proud to work in the energy industry, where he supports the efforts of Seattle City Light to maintain sustainability. SCL recently became the first major electric utility company in the world to be carbon neutral. As a subject matter expert, Choi has been a member of the Project Management Professionals Exam Development Committee at the Project Management Institute since 2009. He is currently serving as Assistant Secretary-General for the Seattle Chapter of the 14th National Unification Advisory Council. The National Unification Advisory Council, appointed by the South Korean president, is committed to inter-Korean reconciliation through exchanges that lay the groundwork for peaceful unification and global unification efforts. Choi is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Project Management Professional. He completed his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2006 and his BA from Hallym University in 1998 (South Korea).
Richard Colvin is a Canadian diplomat. He has been posted to Russia (1995-1997), the Palestinian Territories (2002-2005), Afghanistan (2006-2007) and Washington, DC (2007- current). In Moscow, on secondment, he managed a democratic-development program with Russia's federal parliament and provincial legislatures (1997-2001). At the foreign ministry in Ottawa, he worked on the Former Soviet Union (1994-1995) and Canada-US defense issues (2001-2002). Prior to joining the Canadian government, he was a journalist. Colvin has a BA in International Relations and Russian from the University of Toronto (1991), and an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario (1994). He was born in the United Kingdom and is fluent in French and Russian.
A managing consultant with Fujitsu in Johannesburg, Andre February has helped Fujitsu grow by starting up its management consulting practice and Fujitsu’s South African defense industry unit. February was the first student to graduate from the University of the Western Cape with a Bcom degree, a pioneering cross-disciplinary program focusing on computer science and finance. He received an MS in Information Systems and Management from Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles and has shared his knowledge and experience by lecturing at Monash University. February has also given presentations at industry and government conferences. Andre began his career as a part-time programmer in 1990 and began his consulting career in 1995 working for Hughes Aircraft in Los Angeles. Since then he has worked as a Billings System Specialist for Vodaphone from 1996-1998, which was followed by a Senior Management position and Board membership with PriceWaterhouseCooper until 2005 when he joined Fujitsu.
Apollos Bitrus Goyol has served as the Director of Institutional Research at American University of Nigeria since August 2008. In that capacity, he has been involved in curricula design and program evaluation as well as institution development. Goyol also assisted with faculty and student research programs and successfully built partnerships with government and other academic entities. A Nigerian native, Goyol resided in Plateau State, Nigeria prior to his studies in Western Michigan University and finished his Doctorate studies in Evaluation, Measurement and Research in 2002. As an education evaluation expert, he has published a series of research papers on program evaluation and minority education in the United States. In 2006, Goyol published “Adjustment Problems of African Students at Public Universities in America”—a book taking a critical look at African students' experiences in public American universities. Prior to his current position, Goyol taught and conducted evaluation projects at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and North Carolina Central University. He has also assisted with a number of short-term evaluation projects both in the United States and in his home country. Prior to receiving his Ph.D at Western Michigan University, Goyos worked in Plateau State Polytechnic and a local NGO in Nigeria.
Festus Lansana Mansaray attended the West African Methodist Episcopal primary school and the Rokel secondary school, where he obtained his O-Level Certificate at the Albert Academy. He qualified for admission to Fourahbay College to study law but later left, due to a lack of financial support. Lansana joined youth activists who called on government and policy makers to mitigate the plight of vulnerable and marginalized youth. He was determined to be a youth leader and help young people who have potential but lacked support. Mansaray was invited by Ms. Olubanke King-Akerele of the Joint UNDP- UNESCO Project Foundation for Africa's Future Leadership to attend a leadership training program at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. He eventually was sent to Fourah Bay College to pursue a 12-week internship in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies. Following his internship, he was sent to the Mano River Peace Forum to work with Director Oumar Ndongo. Mansaray later won the United Nations Excellency Award of His Majesty King Mohamed IV, King of Morocco. In 2006, Mansaray lead his country’s delegation to the United Nations Global Youth Leadership Summit at the UN General Assembly, New York.
Lieutenant Commander Alan B. McCabe
Alan B. McCabe is currently serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Coast Guard and the Executive Assistant to the Coast Guard Admiral in charge of Response Policy. McCabe joined the Coast Guard at Recruit Training Center in January 1997 at Cape May, New Jersey. McCabe’s at-sea assignments include Seaman aboard the Coast Guard Cutter MIDGETT in Seattle, Washington from 1997 to 1998, Deck Watch Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter ACUSHNET in Ketchikan, Alaska from 1998 to 2000, Executive Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter ROANOKE ISLAND in Homer, Alaska from 2000 to 2002. He also served as the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter SANIBEL in Woods Hole, Massachusetts from 2007 to 2009. Aside from his service with the U.S. Coast Guard, McCabe carries a broad community service background. He has served on the Sandwich, Massachusetts Rotary Club as the Vice President, the Board of Directors of the Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club as the Foundation Chairman and International Chairman, and on the Board of Directors of the Juneau World Affairs Council. McCabe was selected by the World Affairs Council of America to be a part of a 10 member educational delegation to Tunisia in 2006. His shore assignments include attending graduate school at the University of Rhode Island from 2002 to 2003 and serving on the law enforcement staff of the Coast Guards’ Seventeenth District in Juneau, Alaska from 2003 to 2007. McCabe holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from Montana State University and a Masters of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island.
Pedro Rangel is Director General of the Youth Institute of Leon (YIL) in Mexico. The YIL is a decentralized institution that belongs to the government of the municipality of Leon, a 1.5 million city located in central Mexico. The YIL´s primary purpose is to elaborate and implement public policies for the youth in the city. Previously, Rangel was a 2009 summer intern at the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. Prior to that, he interned in Madrid at the Coordination Office of the Technical Cooperation Program of the European Commission to support social cohesion in Latin America (EUROsociAL) and at NAFTA at the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C. Rangel also worked for the government of the State of Guanajuato and holds an M.A. in International Cooperation and Development from the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain and a B.A. in International Trade from LaSalle University in Leon, Mexico.
Eric Sayers is a SPF Fellow at the Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He holds an M.Sc. in Strategic Studies from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He also holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in Political Science with a focus on international relations theory from The University of Western Ontario. He previously worked as a Research Assistant for national security policy in the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. and as a Research Assistant with the U.S Research Program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. His articles have appeared in Joint Forces Quarterly, Defense News, Proceedings, Armed Forces Journal, The Weekly Standard, the RSIS Commentary Series, and the Journal of International Security Affairs. His manuscript, “Military Dissuasion: A Framework for Influencing PLA Procurement Trends,” appeared in the July 2010 edition of Joint Forces Quarterly.