Our Team

We're guided by the collective advice of our former participants

LAB is strengthened by a loyal group of former participants, many of whom remain active in the organization by providing advice or joining other LAB programs (sometimes repeating the same program). Many Japanese members gather in Tokyo each December for a lively alumni gathering centered on members' TEDtalks. Others actively help lead LAB as part of its Core Team.

  • Dwight Clark

    Dwight Clark

    Founder and Director

    Dwight Clark first began introducing Asia to university students when he was Dean of Freshmen Men at Stanford University. He founded Volunteers in Asia (VIA) and served as its President for 40 years; under his leadership, VIA has sent thousands of American students to volunteer in Asia and has brought thousands of Asian students to Stanford University for a wide range of short-term study programs. Upon retirement from VIA, he started Learning Across Borders, a non-profit educational organization which offers experiential programs in Southeast Asia for Japanese and Taiwanese university students. He shares his time between California and Asia.

  • Shugo Yanaka

    Shugo Yanaka

    Co-director

    Born in Shizuoka. Business Producer / Associate Professor at BBT University (MBA). Graduated from Keio University (B.A. in Policy Management and M.A. in Media and Governance), The University of Tokyo (M.A. in Urban Engineering) and The Matsushita Institute of Government and Management. He’s been supporting VIA & LAB since he first joined the Southeast Asia Program in 2001. After working as a strategy consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, he founded Velvet & Company inc., a business design firm.

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    Yuji Asakuma

    Core Team

    Born in Tokyo and spent his childhood in Boston Massachusetts. Studied International Economics at Keio University and presently works as a banker.

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    Yukiko Imanaka

    Core Team

    Born in Osaka. Currently working at JICA. B.A. Policy Management, Keio University. Yukiko believes that sustainable societies and businesses are realized when people learn to tell the story of social and environmental issues first-hand.

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    Sotaro Hata

    Core Team

    Born in Fukushima. At Keio University, Faculty of Law, Department of Political Science, fieldwork on Multi-Culturalism and on Burmese refugee/migrant’s democracy activism. Volunteered to teach Japanese language to refugees and did research on peace activism in Okinawa. Currently a Japanese newspaper writer since 2011.

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    Shun Ito

    Core Team

    Now a management consultant in Singapore with a special interest in Myanmar. Also worked as a freelance consultant in Akita Prefecture for a local supermarket chain. Spent his early childhood in the UK and Brazil. Studied at Keio University, Faculty of Economics, and at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

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    Kenta Minami

    Core Team

    Born in Tokyo. Currently working as a management consultant in Japan. B.A. Experimental Psychology (Oxford), MPhil. Development Studies (Cambridge).

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    Shoyo Nishikawa

    Core Team

    Born in Tokyo. Studied at Kokubunji High school and Waseda University. He currently works at an electronics company as strategist and associate research fellow at the University of Tokyo, Institution of Industrial Science. He is also leading Tagu Film Japan, which is the spin out Burmese movie project of LAB. Chosen as Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and G1 Summit U-30 member.

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    Asumi Nonomiya

    Core Team

    Born in Tokyo and spent her childhood in London, UK. Studied International Relations at Keio University and International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Passionate about intercultural education, she currently works at the Alliance Forum Foundation developing educational programs in Bangladesh.

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    Satoshi Sakaguchi

    Core Team

    Born in Nara. Graduated from Kyoto University, majoring in Economics. Now Deputy CFO of consulting and investment company.

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    Takafumi Yamada

    Core Team

    Born in Hokkaido. Graduated from the University of Tokyo, majoring in International Relations. As a management consultant, he worked in multiple emerging markets including Southeast Asia, Middle East and India. Currently a MBA candidate at Harvard Business School.

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    Yasumasa Yamamoto

    Core Team

    Born in Osaka. While studying at graduate school of Harvard University, he experienced an internship at United Nations-related organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Worked at Google for FinTech area.

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    Bo-jiun (Jingbo) Jing

    Core Team

    Born in Taipei, Taiwan. Analyst on ASEAN affairs, Taiwan-ASEAN relations, and China-Taiwan relations. Currently a research associate at Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; former journalist in Washington D.C. and associate researcher at Mainland Affairs Council, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan). Voluntary Taiwan Liaison Officer for LAB. Graduated from National Taiwan University with double major in Political Science and Economics; received MA degree in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).