Content - Jury


Alina Kudasheva (Winner of FWL Tokyo 2016)

Alina Kudasheva, Researcher at Spiber Inc., Advanced Technology Division, is from Russia, obtained her master degree in Erasmus Mundus Program in Membrane Engineering, and completed her PhD studies in Tokyo Institute of Technology. She is the winner of the Falling Walls Lab Tokyo 2016 and she seeks to improve and protect the quality of the natural environment. 



Hiromi Yokoyama

Hiromi Yokoyama is a Professor at the Professor, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), The University of Tokyo. Her specialty is modern science theory and science communication. After studying elementary particle experiment, she switched to the science communication. In 2007 she received the Japan Science and Technology Journalist Conference / Science Journalist Award, and in 2015 the Science and Technology Society Society Association / Research Encouragement Prize in research field.



Luca Escoffier

Luca Escoffier graduated in law from the University of Parma, and he then obtained a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law. Luca is a Fellow of the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Forum, Invited Researcher at Waseda University (Tokyo) and he is an alumnus of Singularity University (GSP'10). Luca is the Program Manager at the EU-Japan Centre for industrial Cooperation, where he runs the Technology Transfer Helpdesk, and he serves as Chair of the Open Innovation and Entrepreneurship Chapter for ISSNAF, the foundation that brings together thousands of Italian scientists and scholars in North America.



Parissa Haghirian

Parissa Haghirian is a Professor of Cross-cultural Management and Communication at Sophia University.
She is also a visiting Professor at Groupe HEC in Paris, Aalto University and Keio Business School and an adjunct professor at Temple University in Tokyo. She holds a Master's degree in Japanese Anthropology (University of Vienna, Austria), and a Master's degree and a PhD in International Management (Vienna University of Business, Austria). Since joining Sophia University, Dr Haghirian has taught undergraduate, graduate, and MBA classes on Japanese business practices and has researched and consulted on numerous aspects of this subject.



Sebastian Lacher

Dr. Sebastian Lacher, Senior Manager, Corporate Research, Asia Pacific District Japan, Bosch Corporation

2011 – 2013; Postdoctoral Research Scientist Seoul National University, Korea Department of Chemical Engineering

2013 – 2015; Research Scientist Bosch Corporation, Japan Corporate Research, Asia Pacific, District Japan

2015 – present; Senior Manager Bosch Corporation Japan Corporate Research, Asia Pacific, District Japan



Yoshiaki Maeda

Yoshiaki Maeda is Professor at Tohoku University and vice director of the Tohoku Forum for Creativity. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Keio University.


1986 - 1994            Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

1994 - 2014            Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

2008 - present        Honorary Professor, University of Warwick

2014 - present        Professor, Tohoku University,

2014 - present        Vice Director, Tohoku Forum for Creativity, Tohoku Universityand abroad. Tohoku Forum for Creativity has organized Falling Walls Lab Tohoku since 2014.