Leadership

Executive Committee

Austin ZENG

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.

Royce LEE

Secretary

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.

Jihyeon KIM

Public Relations

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.

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.

Central Committee

Nattanon THARACHAI

Head of Website

Nationality: Thai

School: Tokyo Institute of Technology / Undergraduate

Arrival in Japan: 2015

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

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.