The Kamiyama International Accelerator

Kazuhiro Takeuchi, Managing Director, NPO Green Valley, Inc.

Born in Tokushima pref. MS in Systems Engineering from Kobe University. After working as an Systems Engineer for Asia Pacific region at a global company, Procter & Gamble, he started his own business in e-Commerce. As it grows, it expanded to real retail store, new service, and education services, so forth. Then he changed his career as a business coach for entrepreneurs and life coach for young students to make the future world better. Now he works for NPO GreenValley Inc. as the managing director since four years ago. Its corporate mission is revitalizing the rural town of Kamiyama, by making the town super cool!

Pabel Delgado, Executive Chairman & Chief Administrative Officer, International Chamber of Innovation, Commerce & Enterprise (ICICE)

Pabel Delgado majored in Biology at Hunter College, CUNY and continued his education at University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Isenberg School of Business Management and the University of California, San Diego where he studied Biotechnology. His professional background includes research at New York’s Rockefeller University and Weill-Cornell Medical College in addition to stem cell and gene vector therapy development in California’s biotech industry. In Japan, he worked at RIKEN’s Center for Developmental Biology and the Osaka Biosciences Institute, before initiating a business career.

Within Japan Pharma, Pabel was Manager of the International Business & Strategy Development Group at Alfresa Pharma Corporation, a Japanese pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostics company within the Alfresa Group, the largest healthcare goods wholesaler in Japan (turnover: USD 14.5 billion/year). His work encompassed technology search, in-/out-licensing and new business development planning. Later, as Deputy Group Leader of Strategic Planning for the Pharmaceutical Development Division of Shionogi & Co., he was responsible for the globalizing company’s Alliance Management & Business Development efforts. Mr. Delgado’s remit was to found and broaden Shionogi’s international business, researcher and clinical networks; establishing core relationships and building sources of deal flow from outside Japan.

More recently, Pabel has founded a venture company, Asterism Healthcare, with a mission to promote human health and wellness through the development, production and marketing of functional ingredients and nutraceuticals. Originally from Japan, the company established US operations in Portland, Oregon and is currently registering a cleanroom laboratory and production facility in Middletown, NY at The Accelerator within the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. In Japan, Asterism Healthcare in setting up AgTech operations in Kamiyama, Tokushima on Shikoku Island to cultivate medicinal herbs in order to develop a pipeline of polychemical, multi-targeted compounds that may be tested in clinic and included in novel products that treat complex health concerns.

Pabel’s first involvement with pro bono industry development work came through the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) where he held the post of Executive Committee Member & Chairman of the Kansai Business Programs Committee. For the ACCJ, he developed programming supportive of science and innovation-based businesses and promoted licensing and R&D relationships between Kansai organizations and those in North America, EU, China and India. Looking to mature Japan’s innovation sectors, he founded The International Chamber of Innovation, Commerce and Enterprise (ICICE), an inclusive international human knowledge network organized around a common ambition for advancing the global knowledge economy.

Pamela Roussos, Chief Innovation Officer, Miller Center, Santa Clara University

As Chief Community Officer Pamela is responsible for ensuring the scaling of Miller Center’s work both working with social entrepreneurs and partners, and innovating new methods of support and engagement with social entrepreneurs.  Pamela began working with social entrepreneurs nine years ago as a mentor for Miller Center's GSBI (Global Social Benefit Institute) program while she continued her career as a software executive. Prior to joining the Center six years ago she worked with and for early stage software companies as a business and marketing strategy leader, helping founders create, refine, and execute their business strategy and go-to-market plans. She has over 20 years of experience growing teams and delivering products for both large and start-up software companies, working in various managerial capacities such as business unit manager, vice president of marketing, COO and CEO. Some of the companies Pamela has worked with include: Amdahl, Pure Software, Rational Software, Consera, Zend, and AppFirst. Pamela currently serves on the board of Pact, an international NGO that benefits communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, decent livelihoods, and sustainable natural resources. Pamela also serves as board chair for Livelyhoods, an organization that creates jobs for youth in slums.

Jarek Bialek, SCRUM & Project Management Specialist, HCK Venture

For the last 10 years the key part of my professional activities has revolved around building and integrating startup communities. They have been set up around products of the companies I co-founded, educational programs and events supporting concepts of digital entrepreneurship and finally a startup acceleration program putting a tiny Mediterranean island on the map of global blockchain hubs. Over these years I also managed to grow a wide network of digital innovators, consisting of companies, academic institutions and individuals.

I have an extensive experience of developing and executing curricula designed for early stage and scaling startups, in context of several markets and organizations.

Marzieh Khakifirooz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico

Marzieh Khakifirooz has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and an M.S. degree in Industrial Statistics from the National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Hsinchu, Taiwan. Currently, she is an assistant professor at the school of science and engineering, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico. Khakifirooz has outstanding practical experience from her various global consultancies for high-tech industries. Her research interests include the application of AI and decision science in Industry 4.0, and society 5.0. She is an active member of System Dynamic Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). She is the co-founder of ABIR publication award, editor of several books including, Optimization in Large Scale Problems: Industry 4.0 and Society 5.0 Applications, and the editorial board of Journal of Postgraduate Current Business Research, and Frontiers In Sustainability. Her publications have appeared in several high reputed journals, including IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transaction on Automation Science and Engineering, Applied Soft Computing, Technometrics, and IIES Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering. Her publications lead to received several national and international awards, including the best paper award from the Computer and Industrial Engineering journal (C&IE).

David E Case, Esq, Corporate Attorney, Asia Pacific Advisory, Inc.

David is a corporate attorney specialized in US-Japan IP/patent matters and corporate litigation. David lived in Japan for over 20 years and served as the ACCJ IP Committee Chair for a decade. He’s recently repatriated to California and has set up his own firm servicing cross-border clients. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-case-18635a/).

Yiwen Tian, Sales Transformation Lead, Eli Lilly, Japan

Yiwen Tian, Sales Transformation Lead at Eli Lilly Japan. Originally from China, Yiwen Tian has spent more than 15 years in Japan, working in sales capability and enablement function of  pharma company to drive the transformation of salesforce for improved productivity and better customer experience.

Sean Colquhoun, E-commerce Specialist, RichRelevance (APAC)

Through my consulting, client services, and sales work in the Tokyo area I've worked with some of the best-known brands in Japan to help them increase revenue, engagement, and to help them offer one-to-one client experiences to their customers in both online e-commerce and physical retail channels. Skilled and experienced in data analytics, project management, and team training; fanatical about client success. UX and process automation evangelist. Japanese/English bilingual.

Daniel Iwai, Proctor & Gamble Japan, Skin & Personal Care (SKII) QA Technical Specialist/Senior Microbiologist

Over 20 years work experience in Procter & Gamble-Japan, including 9 years in Quality Assurance and 8 years in P&G R&D (Corporate Research/Innovation, Microbiology: Fabric & Home Care, Hair Care, Beauty & Grooming). My QA experience includes 5 years in Corporate QA and 4 years as QA Laboratory Manager responsible for Analytical Chemistry, Microbiology and Package laboratories. As QA Laboratory Manager he handled additional work assignments in industrial-scale fermentation of Pitera (SK-II), clean design, cGMP, and microbiological risk assessment of manufacturing equipment, process and facilities. His assignments in P&G provide with extensive experience in collaborating with global R&D, QA, Materials & Process teams, Product Research, Marketing as well as the external partners to deliver successful R&D and Product Supply projects. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-iwai-84335b28/)

Jessie Chan, L’Oreal, Asia Brand Director & Taiwan/Hong Kong Managing Director

Jessie is experienced with e-commerce strategies and brand rollouts in Japan and Asia. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessie-chien-hui-chan-80191a29).

Valerie Madamba, Esq, Blue Apron, Senior Counsel, Regulatory Compliance & Government Affairs

Valerie is a regulatory attorney specialized in foods. She comes out of FDA, through Novartis and Bayer OTC, and is now of counsel to Blue Apron, the fresh foods subscription service that just raised a few hundred million dollars in venture capital. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/vmadamba).

Matt Classen, Marketing Director, Arrow Northwest

Matt is a communications and organizational development professional with 20-years of work experience in the US, Europe, and Asia. He has led international teams in multiple countries and has a track record of success, which includes several awards for excellence. He has worked with small, medium and multinational organizations in a wide variety of sectors in areas as diverse as brand and marketing strategy development, corporate strategy development, project and program management, sports sponsorship, innovation process development, organizational change management, leadership training, and corporate culture development. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-classen-a629221/). 

Antonia Kaz, Intern, International Chamber of Innovation, Commerce & Enterprise (ICICE)

Antonia is a recent pre-med graduate of Wesleyan University with a degree in Neuroscience & Behavior. For the next year she will be interning in Japan, focusing on polychemical plant-based therapeutics, as innovated along the entire value chain — from farms in Japan to US clinics. Antonia will investigate all aspects of Japanese Kampo — a medicinal practice that originates from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has since been integrated into Japan’s Western medical education.

As part of the allopathic canon, Kampo medicine is highly regulated, clinically tested and safely co-administered with synthetic pharmaceutical drugs. One-hundred and forty-eight Kampo formulations have been approved to treat numerous diseases. They are available by prescription of allopathic Medical Doctors, dispensed at pharmacies, tracked by post-market surveillance programs and reimbursed under Japan’s National Healthcare System.)Through the accelerator, Antonia will train in the aquaponic and organic farming of herbs used in Kampo. It’s an opportunity to learn about the provenance of Kampo herbs — how they are seeded, nurtured and cultivated for safety and phytochemical content — and participate in its technological evolution.


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