Founders & Catalyst Supporters
UWC ISAK Japan’s Founders and Catalyst Supporters play a vital role in shaping our institution as a beacon for education. Their unwavering passion and visionary outlook have created a transformative learning environment that empowers future global leaders. These dedicated individuals have laid the foundation for an exceptional, inspiring educational experience.
About Our 100 Founders
Chairman of the Board, Kewpie Corporation
Dr. Fumio Tateishi
Chairman, OMRON Corporation
Architect, Edward Suzuki Associates, Inc.
President & COO, CAPCOM Co., Ltd.
Honorary Chairman, Macnica Fuji Electronics Holding, Inc.
Managing Partner, Qualgro
President & CEO, Ur PARTNERS Corporation
Coach, COACH A Co., Ltd.
Board member, Nonaka Institute of Knowledge; Professor, Harvard Business School
President and CEO, Nihon Kotsu Co.,Ltd. President and CEO, Mobility Technologies Co., Ltd.
Special Advisor, S&P Global Japan; External Independent Board of Director, ARTERIA Networks Corporation; External Independent Board of Director, RECOMM Co.,Ltd.
Representative Director, Amity Co., Ltd.
President, CEO, Capital Medica Co., Ltd
Honorary Advisor, IBM Japan, Chair of the Board of Trustees, International Christian University
CEO, Open Road Associates
CEO, Keio Innovation Initiative, Inc.
School Founder, Chair of Board
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes JAPAN; Founder and CEO, D4V
School Co-Founder & Representative Founder, Chairman of Asuka Holdings Inc.
Founder & CEO, TPO, Inc.
Representative Director and President, United Managers Japan, Inc.
Executive Partner & Asia Managing Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Director, Tokyo Foundation, Trustee, International House of Japan
Securities Division Head of Prime Service, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Director, Iwasaki Language Program Development
CEO, Hoppy Beverages Inc.
Representative Director and CEO, Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd.
Founder & CEO, Quantum Leaps Corporation
President and CEO, AXA Life Insurance Co.,Ltd.
Advisor, DeNA Co., Ltd.
President and Director, Taizen Capital Pte Ltd.
President, CEO and General Manager, NEXT Co., Ltd.
Chairman, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.
Professor, School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University Business School
Chairman and Executive Director, Zen Foods Co., Ltd.
Corporate Counselor (former), Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
CFO ＆ CIO Representative Director, FiNC Technologies Inc.
CEO and COO, New Horizon Capital Co., Ltd.
President and CEO, MEDIA DO Co., Ltd.
CEO, Tamagoya Co., Ltd.
Representative Director and President, E.OCT Co., Ltd.
Full list of Founders
Lin and Shigetoshi Kobayashi
Michiyo and Hidehiko Hayashi
Fumiko Ozawa (Kanenobu) ‡
Takashi Murata ‡
Ogawa Scholarship Foundation
Shin Horie ‡
Katsunori Sago ‡
Mariko and Jacques Magnan
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Terumi and Yojiro Koizumi
Mikiko and Toshio Iwasaki
Nonaka Institute of Knowledge
Hoppy Mina Co., Ltd.
Okada Memorial Club
United Managers Japan Inc.
Ayako Yoshida (Masako and Hiroshi Sasaki)
Paul and Maki McInerney
United States-Japan Foundation
Maki and Yasu Hatakeyama
* Honorary Founder
‡ Contribution made through Goldman Sachs Gives
In 2008, Lin Kobayashi and Mamoru Taniya envisioned UWC ISAK Japan as a school for future change-makers. By 2014, with the support of 100 original founders each contributing $100,000, their dream materialized. These founders remain actively involved in the school’s progress. Today, Catalyst Supporters continue this mission by generously contributing gifts of $100,000 or more. To join them in empowering transformational leaders worldwide, consider becoming a Catalyst Supporter. For more information, contact [email protected].
Co-founder & CEO, Akatsuki Inc.
CEO, Simplex Inc.
President & CEO, Rigaku Corporation
President & Representative Director RACCOON HOLDINGS, Inc.
Junko Mori Hamamoto
CEO, Amazing Japan
CEO, SORACOM, INC.
Kenji and Jun Govaers
MEDIA DO Co., Ltd.
President and CEO, Paidy Inc.
Chairman of Abe Ryo Foundation, Radio Personality of “Going Around the World of NGO by Abe Ryo!” Nippon Broadcasting, Founder of Shiho-shoshi Co., Shinjuku Office
CEO, Neuberger Berman East Asia
CEO and Founder, Byking Inc.
CEO, Geek Pictures Inc.
The Goh family
Tomoya Nishikawa and Miyako Nishikawa
CEO, Kotoden Group
Chairman and CEO GREE, Inc.
Founder and Non-executive Director, Uzabase, Inc.
List of Catalyst Supporters
Yew Lin Goh
YKK Holding Asia Pte Ltd.
Junko Hamamoto (Mori)
Riso Kyoiku Iwasa Foundation
Hattori International Scholarship Foundation
Yuki and Makoto Arima
Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
Mariko and Tatsuya Hayashi
Kenji and Jun Govaers
Hideo, Misako and Fumie Iuchi*
MEDIA DO Co., Ltd.
Ichigo Asset Management, Ltd.
Kana and Hiro Yoshikawa
Tomoya and Miyako Nishikawa