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 8: Jessica Cork
Tuesday, March 16: 9PM ~ 10PM JST

Jessica Kennett Cork is Vice President of Community Engagement and Communications at YKK Corporation of America.  Her primary responsibilities include managing government & public relations, corporate communications for YKK Corporation’s North and Central America Group, and corporate philanthropy management.


Session 9: Mai Onozawa
Wednesday, March 24: 9PM ~ 10PM JST

Mai Onozawa is the Managing Director of JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) Kuala Lumpur office. She began working at JETRO in 1996 and has served many roles throughout her time there, including Deputy Director of the JETRO Overseas Research Dept., Chief Deputy Director of JETRO Osaka, and Chief Director of JETRO Niigata.

  • Session 1 (10/15/20): Masako Kawashima 

    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. (ID75)

    Session 2 (10/30/20): Marito Hayashi

    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. (ID07)

    Session 3 (11/5/20): Shizuka Pohl

    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. (ID98)

    Session 4 (12/14/2020): Yoshimi Horiuchi

    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. (ID 07)

    Session 5 (1/14/2021): Yumiko Matsuoka

    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 (2/10/2021): Kakeru Tsubota

    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.

    Session 7 (2/24/2021): Koji Miyazaki

    Koji is the Director for Japanese Partnerships at Plug and Play, an early stage investor and largest corporate innovation platform in the world. PNP invests in 200 startups every year; portfolio includes PayPal, Dropbox, Lending Club, Honey.