Japan Norihiko Ina was born and raised in Aichi prefecture in Japan. He studied Social Science at Waseda University and joined Mita Corporation in 1987 after graduation. In 1994, he left Japan to join Mita Corporation Europe and then became the president of Mita Corporation U.K. in 1998. In 2008, Mr. Ina returned to Kyocera Mita Corporation as manager of the Sales and Planning departments for the American market. In 2010, he joined Kyocera Mita Corporation’s Business Strategy Division. Mr. Ina became the president and the CEO of Kyocera Document Solutions America Inc. in 2011. He was elected to be the executive officer for KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. Osaka, Japan in 2012 and executive director in 2014. Most recently, in June 2014, he was appointed Managing Executive Officer of KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. His goal is to become a true leader by always excelling in global awareness, being full of creativity and sustaining a superior personality.
Japan Mr. Miyazaki is a pilot with Japan Airlines. He pilots the 777 and 747, and has served as Communications Leader for the Flight Operations Department and Captain of the Public Relations Department. While he had early ambitions to become a doctor or a politician, Mr. Miyazaki took on the challenge of training to become a pilot because he realized that pilots also fulfill a leadership role as private diplomats, and as professionals in crisis management, who daily take on the responsibility for the lives of many people. He has organized study meetings on Inamori's philosophy at Japan Airlines, and has volunteered at the Inamori World Meeting and participated in the Yokohama Inamori-Juku. He is also an active leader in his community.
Norway Monica Bøe is Deputy of the Corporate Department of Political Analysis in the Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil, and a principal analyst for Latin America. She is also the Lead Chief Advisor for quality assurance in Statoil’s decision process of political analysis, security, sustainability, integrity and reputation work in Statoil’s international projects. Monica has led multi-disciplinary work to assess new country entries for Statoil on several occasions and she is also process owner representative for the company’s governing documentation related to political risk management and assessments of security threats stemming from political developments. She represents the department in Statoil’s Risk Management Network. In 2011, Monica was temporarily based in Washington D.C. to support Statoil’s government affairs work. Before joining Statoil, she worked at the Norwegian Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has a Masters in comparative politics and international relations, specialising in democratisation and Latin American studies. As part of this degree, she studied at the Institut d’Études Politiques in France, the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Ecuador, the Arne Naess Center of Ecology and Philosophy in Indonesia and the University of Bergen in Norway. She speaks English, Spanish and French fluently.
United States of America Captain Adam Cucchiara entered the U.S. Army in 2007 as a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in International/Strategic History. He is an Infantry Officer with service in Afghanistan and Iraq. Adam has served in numerous command and staff assignments in Stryker, Multi-functional, and Airborne Infantry units in the United States and Germany. He is currently an Airborne Infantry Company Commander, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division as part of the Army’s Global Response Force.
Brazil, Canada Henry Mooney is an economist and financial risk management specialist, who has worked for several international financial institutions, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He has advised and worked with governments, financial institutions, and regulators on macroeconomic and financial policies and reforms in dozens of developing, emerging market, and advanced economies. He holds postgraduate degrees in economics and finance and has authored or contributed to a number of publications on topics including IMF and World Bank program implementation and design, macroeconomic management, and sovereign debt sustainability.
Kenya Mr. William Mugo is a diplomat with the Embassy of Kenya in Washington, DC, where he works in the Consular Section. He is also involved in performance management at the embassy, and assists on the environment and conservation desk. Mr. Mugo spent over ten years working with the Ministry of Interior as a Senior Immigration officer. He also worked as senior immigration officer under the office of the Director of Immigration Services where he participated in the formulation on the Kenya National Migration Policy. Prior to joining the Ministry of Interior, Mr. Mugo briefly worked and studied in Hungary. He has also worked in the Ministry of Home Affairs as a probation officer, and as an administrator of a children’s home. He holds a BA in Sociology and Linguistics from Kenyatta University, an MA in Communication from Daystar University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Studies from the University of Nairobi.
United States of America Dr. Kimberly Orr is a GS-15 microbiologist in the Chemical Biological Controls Division of the Bureau of Industry and Security. She holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a Ph.D. in pathobiology. In her current position, she provides technical assistance in interpreting, applying and reforming export regulations on chemical and biological controls. She represents the Department of Commerce in interagency discussions and in multilateral meetings dealing with biological and chemical export controls under the Australia Group. She is the recipient of two Bronze and one Silver Medal Honor Awards. During her Ph.D. program at Louisiana State University, Dr. Orr was a Fulbright Student to Denmark and a National Security Education Program Fellow to Japan. She served eight years in the United States Army Veterinary Corps, promoting public health through managing veterinary clinics, inspecting food and food production facilities and then transitioned into Ph.D. studies. Her leadership experiences as a captain included commanding the 21st Veterinary Medical Detachment (Small) and serving as Executive Officer of the 34th Medical Detachment for 3 months. Her military awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, and National Defense Service Medal. She is a 1986 graduate of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Vietnam Dr. Ly Quyet Tien is Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Director of the Foreign Language Center at the University of Thu Dau Mot, where he has worked since obtaining his Ph.D. in Asian Studies and Social Sciences from the University of Paris Diderot in 2007. He leads a teaching staff of 80 teachers who teach English to 12,000 students. His responsibility is challenging: improving teacher capacity, upgrading student competence and transforming a local college department into the Faculty of Foreign Languages whose mission is to offer the students from its province and the surrounding area an opportunity to become qualified for their future careers, and to answer the needs of local economic development. Throughout his career, Dr. Tien has always worked in both business and education as Assistant Director, Interpreter, Consultant, Dean, and Development Manager. As Development Manager, he was In charge of International Relations, working with foreign partners for Company 508. He speaks French and Russian as well as English. He feels the AIF program will allow him to meet experts and colleagues from all over the world, study, exchange ideas and share the experience of leadership, as well as research new concepts of leadership. This will help him to become a good lecturer in leadership as well as a better dean and director for the benefit of the teachers and students of the University of Thu Dau Mot.
Japan Dr. Aki Tonami is Researcher at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. Dr. Tonami is a specialist in foreign policy and development in Asia, with research interests in international environmental governance, economic diplomacy, and aspects of governance of the Polar Regions. She has a PhD in Global Environmental Studies (2008) and a MA in Economics (2004) from Kyoto University, and a BSc in Commerce from Santa Clara University. Having worked as Research Advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Dr. Tonami has written extensively on East Asian states’ environmental foreign policy. Her recent publications include 'The Arctic policy of China and Japan: multi-layered economic and strategic motivations', The Polar Journal 4(1), 105-126 (2014), and ‘Trajectories of Japanese and South Korean Environmental Aid: A Comparative Historical Analysis’, Journal of Environment & Development 23(2), 191-219 (2014, co-authored with Anders Riel Müller).
Sharmin Akhter Zahan
Bangladesh Dr. Sharmin Akhter Zahan is Senior Programme Manager, Health, at BRAC International. She anchors BRAC’s International Health Programme and is responsible for providing strategic and technical support to the country health programmes (in Africa and Asia) of BRAC International. Ms. Zahan is a trained medical doctor and holds a Masters degree in Public Health from James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh. Before joining BRAC, Sharmin worked as a clinical doctor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology under the National Health Service in the UK. She was involved with health-related voluntary sector organizations in UK. Apart from her public health work, Dr. Zahan is a member of the United Nations Association of Bangladesh (UNAB) and a National Executive Committee Member of the Association for Correction and Social Reclamation, a home for destitute girls in Dhaka, Bangladesh.