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Prof. Dr. Izumi Ohno

Adjunct Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

  • 2018-present: Director, Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute (JICA RI); Adjunct Professor GRIPS
  • 2015-present: Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, Asia Pacific Institute of Research (APIR)
  • 2002-2018: Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
  • 1999-2001: Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) – Director, Division for LAC.
  • 1998-1999:  Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund of Japan (OECF) – Director, Environment & Social Development Div. 
  • 1995-1998:  The World Bank – Public Sector Management Specialist (Poverty Reduction & Economic Management Unit, LAC)
  • 1993-1995: Research Institute for Development Assistance, Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund of Japan (OECF) – Economist & Deputy Director, Development Assistance Div.
  • 1988-1998: The World Bank – Economist (Strategic Planning and Review Dept., SPRSP), Country Officer for Peru (Country Operations Dept. III, LAC) etc. 
  • 1981-1988: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) – Mining & Industrial Planning Dept., Training Dept., Social Development Cooperation Dept.

Dr. Jörg Schneider

Director of Division „International Affairs“ and Head of Division DFG Office Japan, German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • since 2014 - present : Head of Division, DFG Office Japan
  • since 2006 - present: Head of Division “International Affairs”, German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • 2003: Head of Division “Research Training Groups, Graduate Schools, Research Careers“ at Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • 1999: Managing Director, Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (WGL)
  • 1992: Establishment of the German National Contact Point for Human Capital and Mobility (HCM) in Framework Programme FP3. Until 1999 head of national contact point for European mobility, socio-economics and international cooperation programs
  • 1991: Scientific Officer at the Project Management Team, German Research Ministry at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR)

Prof. Dr. Akemi Yokota

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Science, Chiba University

  • since 2017: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Chiba University
  • 2014 - 2017: Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Politics, and Economics, Chiba University
  • 2013 - 2014: Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Economics, Chiba University
  • 2012 - 2013: Researcher, Institute of Administrative Management (IAM)

Prof. Dr. Yoshiaki Maeda

Vice Director and Professor, Tohoku Forum for Creativity, Tohoku University

  • since 2014 - present: Vice Director, Tohoku Forum for Creativity, Tohoku University
  • since 2014 - present: Professor, Tohoku University
  • 2008 - present: Honorary Professor, University of Warwick
  • 1994 - 2014: Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University
  • 1986 - 1994: Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

Prof. Dr. Mary Voytek

Special Advisor to the President of Tokyo Institute of Technology/Executive Director of Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI)

  • 2018-present Executive Director Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • 2018-present Cross appointment with Columbia University, Astrobiology
  • 2015-present Interagency Committee on Microbiomes
  • 2008-present Senior Scientist for Astrobiology, Planetary Sciences Division, SMD, NASA
  • 1998 – 2010 Project Chief Environmental Microbiology, Water Resources Division, National Research Program, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA.

Sabine Schenk

Cordinator, Heidelberg University Office, Kyoto (HUOK)

  • 2017 Award of the Takehisa Yumeji Society
  • Since 2015: Coordinator of the HUOK, Heidelberg University’s liaison office for Japan and East Asia
  • 2013 - 2018: Visiting lectureships at LMU Munich, Heidelberg University and Ritsumeikan University
  • 2012 – 2014: Assistant Liaison Office and Project Coordinator at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”, Heidelberg University
  • 2010 - 2011: PhD research at the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo
  • 2009 – 2010: Assistant Curator, Clark Center of Japanese Art and Culture (DIJ), California
  • 2008 Master in Japanese Studies, Art History and German Literature at LMU Munich with an exchange year at Kyoto University

Dr. Kazuhiro Sakurada

Deputy Program Director, Medical Science Innovation Hub Program, RIKEN

  • 2008 - 2018: Senior Researcher, Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc.
  • since 2008: Chief Scientific Officer, iZumi Bio Inc.
  • 2006 - 2007: Head of Global Drug Discovery Regenerative Medicine, Bayer Schering Pharma AG
  • 2004 - 2006: Head of Research Center Japan (Member of Corporate Research Management Team), Schering AG
  • 2000 - 2004: Principle investigator of Laboratory of Regenerative Medicine, Kyowa Hakko Kogyo Co. Ltd
  • 1988 - 2000: Researcher, Kyowa Hakko Kogyo Co. Ltd

Luca Escoffier

Project Manager, EU-Japan Technology Transfer Helpdesk, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

  • Feb 2019 - present: Co-founder and CEO, LCUBE Consulting
  • Dec 2015 - present: Chair of the Chapter on Open Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ISSNAF - Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America
  • Jul 2015 - present: Project Manager, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
  • Jul 2010 - present: Co-founder and CEO, Usque Ad Sidera LLC