The very50 team consists of passionate, experienced professionals from a number of industries

Staff
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Ryosuke gained experience at Denso Japan, an automobile company, before working as a consultant for McKinsey & Company at their Hong Kong Branch. In 2008 he co-founded very50. 

Ryosuke Sugaya

Cofounder & CEO

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Aya previously worked at Johnson and Johnson's Japan office as the Human Resources Manager. She participated in a MoG project in 2013, and joined the very50 staff in 2017. 

Aya Kitano

Talent Development/HR Manager

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Nozomu has served as the leader for many problem solving projects in developing Asian countries. He was a full time intern at very50 prior to becoming the General Manager in 2015.

Nozomu Tanihiro

General Manager

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Prior to very50, Tomomi worked for Softbank, a telecom carrier in Japan, as a marketing coordinator. She joined the very50 team in 2017

Tomomi Iguchi

Global Social Entrepreneur Support

Interns
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Kanazawa University,
International Relations

Miyabi Ueta

Event Planning/Management, Marketing

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University of Pennsylvania,
East Asian Area Studies

Morgan Thweatt

Product Development

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University of Tokyo, Graduate School 

Sophia University,

International Relations

Hanna Miura

Product Development

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Meiji University,
Law

Amon Konishi

Product Development

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Cornell University,

Graduate School of Public Policy

Soka University, International Liberal Arts 

Kiichi Ohshima

Marketing & Fundraising

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Aoyama Gakuin University,

International Political Science and Economics

Saki Ozawa

Product Development

Directors 
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Gaku worked as a programmer for an internet-affiliated company and has developed many PC and smartphone applications. In 2008, he co-founded very50, and is now in charge of WEB & systems.

Gaku Takeno

Director & Co-founder

Takato is a managing executive officer and part of the development team for the Pokemon Company.  He has been a director for very50 since its establishment in 2008.

Takato Utsunomiya

Director

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Haruto is the managing director of MEDIWILL Co Ltd, and previously worked at Goldman Sachs in Japan. He joined very50 as a director in 2008. 

Haruto Shiroma

Director

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Yusuke worked at IMB Japan in the public sector before moving to a US based consulting firm. Before joining very50 as a director in 2012, he worked on  new business development and incubation at Archetype Corporation.

Yusuke Utsumi

Director

 
 
 

Our Team