Executive Committee
Central Committee
Advisor

Kanto Team
Kansai Team
Tohoku Team
Kyushu Team
Hokkaido Team

Executive Committee

Austin ZENG
President

Nationality: Singaporean
School: University of Tokyo / Undergraduate, Grad’ in 2017
Arrival in Japan: 2012
Austin is currently working in multiple startups in the Tokyo tech scene. He is also a member of a research group at RIETI researching about the laboural scene for foreigners in Japan.

Royce LEE
Director

Nationality: Singaporean
School: University of Tokyo / Undergraduate, Grad’ in 2016
Arrival in Japan: 2011
Royce is currently working as a business analyst at a management consulting firm in Tokyo.

Karthik RAMPALLI
Head of Partnerships

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.

Jorel CHAN
Head of Operations & Head of Kanto Region

Nationality: Singaporean
School: University of Tokyo / Masters
Arrival in Japan: 2016
Jorel is also a research intern at a Tokyo-based think-tank specializing in Japanese bilateral security relations.

Jihyeon KIM
Head of Public Relations

Nationality: South Korean
School: Waseda University / PhD
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 Media

Nationality: German
School: University of Tsukuba / PhD
Arrival in Japan: 2015
Anastasia is conducting research on intercultural communication patterns between Japanese and Internationals in Japan.

Dieu Mai TRUONG
Head of Budget

Nationality: Vietnamese
School: Hitotsubashi University / Masters
Arrival in Japan: 2010
Mai majored in International Trade and Finance and is currently working at a non-life insurer.

Federico CAZZANIGA
Secretary

Nationality: Italian
School: University of Tokyo / PhD
Arrival in Japan: 2013
Federico is an interior designer and architect now pursuing his PhD. in sustainable architecture.

 

Central Committee

Anirban CHAKRABORTY
Head of Kansai Region

Nationality: Indian
School: Kyoto University / PhD
Arrival in Japan: 2015
Anirban’s research area is earthquake engineering and current focus is on quantifying the resolution reliability of seismic hazard maps.

Manuel Alejandro CAMPOS MEDINA
Head of Tohoku Region

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.

Alexander EVANS
Head of Kyushu Region

Nationality: United States of America
School: Kyushu University / Research
Arrival in Japan: 2018
Alexander’s research revolves around the economic history of early-modern Japan, and his current project examines the role of religious institutions in the creation of a tourism industry.

Sajjad KAMAL SHUVRO
Head of Hokkaido Region

Nationality: Bangladesh
School: Hokkaido University / Masters
Arrival in Japan: 2017
A molecular microbiologist by profession and musician and entrepreneur by passion. Currently developing a low cost and sustainable system for the production of biomolecules with the help of plant-microbe symbiosis as my Masters research. I’m interested in the usage of microorganisms for a sustainable and eco-friendly biotechnology industry.

Almas DISSYUKOV
External Relations Officer

Nationality: Kazakhstani
School: University of Tsukuba
Arrival in Japan: 2017
Almas is currently studying under the “1+3” Combined MA and PhD Program in Japanese and Eurasian Studies.

Sanha KAIZER
Website Content Coordinator

Nationality: Indian
School: University of Tsukuba / Masters
Arrival in Japan: 2017
I am a chemical engineer currently involved in the research of new and emerging waste water treatment processes.

Nattanon THARACHAI
Website Manager

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.

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 of one of Japan’s largest IT, Digital Contents & e-service platforms and is also the advisor to Taktopia.

Iris WIECZOREK
Advisor

Nationality: German
School: Waseda University, Fukui University, Hamburg University / PhD
Arrival in Japan: In 1991, since then going back and forth.
Iris is President and CEO of IRIS Science Management Inc., a Tokyo-based consulting firm specializing in research management, policy advice, and support for global cooperation in science and research. She has profound practical expertise in research management in Europe and Japan. Among others, she acted as Founding Director of the Japan Office of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Tokyo, retains a research position with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, and is advising the Japanese government on research policy issues.

Gustavo DORE
Advisor

Nationality: Brazilian
School: Keio University / Masters
Arrival in Japan: 2009
Gustavo is the CEO of Motify. He wants to change how people work through technology. Loves IoT, startups, videogames, AR and organization psychology. If you want to start a business in Japan, He might be able to help. =)