Leadership

The Current EXCO of Mext Scholars Association are:

Central Committee

Jihyeon KIM

President

Nationality: South Korean

School: Waseda University Masters

Arrival in Japan: 2015

Jihyeon’s research areas of specializations are: Court Interpreting in the Bilingual Courtroom, Policy on Interpreting in Legal Settings.

Austin ZENG

Vice-President

Nationality: Singaporean

School: University of Tokyo / Undergraduate, Grad’ in 2017

Arrival in Japan: 2012

Austin is currently working in a Japanese HR startup. He also assists the Japan Association for Promotion of Internationalization, one of MSA’s partners, as the survey research team leader.

Nattanon THARACHAI

Secretary

Nationality: Thai

School: Tokyo Institute of Technology / Undergraduate

Arrival in Japan: 2015

Nattanon is especially interested in artificial intelligence and intelligent personal assistants.

Royce LEE

Head of Finance

Nationality: Singaporean

School: University of Tokyo / Undergraduate, Grad’ in 2016

Arrival in Japan: 2011

Royce is currently with the lease and finance department of a Japanese trading company.

Karthik RAMPALLI

Head of Public Relations

Nationality: Indian

School: Tokyo Institute of Technology / Undergraduate

Arrival in Japan: 2015

Karthik is into building businesses through networking, marketing and applying technologies like artificial intelligence, data analytics , robotics etc.

Anastasia BENDER

Head of Communications

Nationality: German

School: University of Tsukuba / Masters

Arrival in Japan: 2015

Anastasia is conducting research on cross-cultural communication patterns between Japanese and Internationals.

Tokyo Team

Operated by the Tokyo Head in conjunction with other central committee members based in Tokyo.

Jorel CHAN

Tokyo Head

Nationality: Singaporean

School: Waseda University / Masters

Arrival in Japan: 2016

Jorel is also a research intern at a Tokyo-based think-tank specializing in Japanese bilateral security relations.

Kansai Team

For the full Kansai team please view here.

Anirban CHAKRABORTY

Kansai Head

Nationality: Indian

School: Kyoto University / Masters

Arrival in Japan: 2015

Anirban’s research area is earthquake engineering and current focus is on quantifying the resolution reliability of seismic hazard maps.

Tohoku Team

Manuel Alejandro CAMPOS MEDINA

Tohoku Head

Nationality: Venezuelan

School: Tohoku University / Masters

Arrival in Japan: 2016

Editor of the Sentinel, Tohoku University’s English newspaper. Master student of medical science, specialized on molecular ongology.

Davide BITTI

Tohoku Committee Member

Nationality: Italian

School: Tohoku University / Masters

Arrival in Japan: 2015

Davide is a Masters student in Japanese Intellectual History and is also a Youtuber as a hobby.

Kyushu Team

Guianfranco MAZZEI

Kyushu Head

Nationality: Peruvian

School: Kyushu University / PhD

Arrival in Japan: 2014

Guianfranco is currently performing research in neurogenesis mechanisms on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Advisors

Stéphane FOUCHÉ

Advisor

Nationality: Haitian

School: Kyushu University / Japanese Studies

Arrival in Japan: 2013 – 2014 (Exchange), Returned to Japan in 2015.
Stéphane co-lead the early expansion efforts of HLAB, was the member of the co-founding team of Komatsu Summer School and founded the Harvard Japan Career Forum. He currently works as the youngest manager one of Japan’s largest IT, Digital Contents & e-service platforms and is also the advisor to Taktopia.