Global Alumni Speaker Series

The Global Alumni Speaker Series is an opportunity for alumni and students to learn about the inspiring work and lives of ICU alumni, and to engage in meaningful dialogue. Each of the online sessions will feature an ICU alum who lives or has lived outside of Japan or who has pursued a career that is global in nature. Sessions will be open to students and alumni, and registration is required.

Each session will begin with a 15 minute presentation by the featured alum, followed by 45 minutes of moderated Q&A dialogue. JICUF hopes this will be an opportunity for students and alumni to connect and learn valuable lessons from one another. Session attendance limits may vary by session.

Registration is required to attend!

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Session 1: Masako Kawashima (ID75)
Thursday, October 15: 8PM ~ 9PM JST

This session will be conducted in Japanese. Attendance is limited to 30 people for this session. Priority will be given to current students.

Masako Kawashima is an entrepreneur, translator, event producer, and international concert booker. She is the proud founder of the frozen yogurt brand Sno:la. She is based in Los Angeles.

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Session 2: Marito Hayashi (ID07)
Friday, October 30: 8PM ~ 9PM JST

This session will be conducted in English. Attendance is limited to 30 people for this session. Attendance to this session is limited to current ICU students.

Marito Hayashi is a neuroscience postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. A graduate of ICUHS and ICU, he studied at UC San Diego as an exchange student and returned there for his doctorate studies.

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Session 3: Shizuka Pohl (ID98)
Thursday, November 5: 7PM ~ 8PM JST

This session will be conducted in English.

Shizuka Pohl is a Senior Fund Oversight Officer at Danske Invest Management, Luxembourg Branch. She has additional experience living and working in NYC, Boston, and Stockholm.


Session 4: Yoshimi Horiuchi (ID07)
Monday, December 14: 9PM ~ 10PM JST

Yoshimi Horiuchi founded Always Reading Caravan in 2010, which has been officially registered as Bookworm Foundation (BWF) since June 2018. She was born nearly blind, and lost all sight in her late teens.


Session 5: Yumiko Matsuoka
Thursday, January 14: 9PM ~ 10PM JST

Yumiko Matsuoka is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a professor in the Ear Training department. She has also taught vocal writing in the Contemporary Writing and Production department. While studying at Berklee, she founded Vox One to fulfill her dreams of writing and performing in an a cappella ensemble.



Session 6: Koji Miyazaki



Session 7: Kakeru Tsubota
Wednesday, February 10: 9PM ~ 10PM JST

This session will be conducted in Japanese.

Kakeru is a Senior Principal at Transformation Office, SAP Japan. Kakeru also serves as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of EDISON Project, an SAP internal startup that provides responsive, real-time disaster prevention platform to public sector customers.