Kaichi is the President & CEO of Moon Creative Lab. At Moon, Kaichi oversees the strategic direction of the business, manages day-to-day operations, and selects and mentors entrepreneurs-in-residence. At Mitsui & Co., he has served as intrapreneur for more than 25 years and lead everything from building supply chains in Europe to growing healthcare businesses across Asia. He's spent one fourth of his life in Europe (Italy and Belgium), holds a PED diploma from IMD, and a BA in Economics from Keio University. In his spare time, he loves to play bass guitars, go cycling, explore the outdoors and go dive for nudibranchs.
Mike is the Chief Creative Officer at Moon. He oversees all design aspects of the organisation and its work. Specifically, he ensures that the new ventures created within Moon are elevated by human-centered design and creativity. Prior to joining Moon, Mike was a Partner at IDEO where he co-founded and ran its Tokyo office since its inception in 2011. He also co-founded D4V (Design for Ventures), Japan’s first-of-its-kind venture capital firm that invests in early-stage Japanese ventures and co-creates human-centered products and services to deliver positive impact to the world. Mike graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Neuroscience. He has taught at The University of Tokyo, Keio University, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID), and NYU, among others. In addition to being a competitive tennis player, Mike is also an avid hip hop dancer who finds solace in British baking shows!
Shinichiro Omachi is a Moon Committee member responsible for overseeing Moon's overall strategy as well as selecting future Moon entrepreneurs-in-residence. At Mitsui & Co., he is currently Representative Director, Senior Executive Managing Officer. Previously, Shinichiro had a long career in the Metal Sector industry and served as General Manager of Iron Ore Division, General Manager of Operations Division, General Manager of Metal Resources Division, and General Representative of India. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from The University of Keio. On his days off, he enjoys playing golf and watches sports, particularly baseball, which remind him of when he used to play in the past.
Takeshi Akutsu is a Director of Moon as well as a Moon Committee member. He is responsible for overseeing Moon’s overall strategy as well as helping select future Moon entrepreneurs-in-residence. Takeshi has over 30 years of experience in the consumer related business including the Fashion Industry and Service business sector before becoming the General Manager of Corporate Planning and Strategy Division. He also has experience being seconded to Recruit Co., Ltd., a Japanese listed Media & Human Capital Service company, as Director of Business Development Office. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science and Engineering from The University of Waseda. On weekends he enjoys to watch movies, read books, and watch sports.
Jun is a Director at Moon. His role is to oversee the overall Moon strategy and connect Moon with Mitsui & Co., Moon’s parent organization. At Mitsui & Co., he has worked in various industries such as construction materials and apparel. Until recently, Jun worked in healthcare staffing companies in both Texas and Florida. He holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Economics from Keio University. While growing up in Romania, Japan and the U.S., he enjoyed playing ice hockey.. During his free time he enjoys playing soccer with his sons, but realizes it’s getting harder to compete with them as they grow older (and stronger).
Jeremy is Chief Operations Officer at Moon. The Operations team supports Moon's people and ventures with everything practical that they need to do great work, including our studio spaces in Tokyo and Palo Alto. He also sits on the Moon Committee that selects and funds ventures, and as part of the leadership team ensures the fit between strategy and governance. In recent years, Jeremy held senior leadership positions at legendary Silicon Valley research lab Xerox PARC and at Comcast, where he led innovation teams working on consumer products based on novel technologies. He was born and raised in England, holds a BCom in Commerce from Birmingham University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He enjoys quirky English sports cars, particularly the combination of his Caterham Seven and California's Santa Cruz mountains.
Mary Ann Gallo is the Head of Marketing and Communications at Moon, where she is responsible for increasing the awareness and engagement of the Moon brand across all audiences. Prior to Moon, Mary Ann founded Affinitee, a peer-to-peer community and mentorship platform for underrepresented professionals. Mary Ann has led marketing and global communications teams at startups, large global organizations and PR firms including Hitachi, VMware and Edelman. When not working, Mary Ann enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to sunny beaches and cooking all types of cuisine.
Yoshio Kometani is a Moon Committee member responsible for overseeing Moon's overall strategy as well as selecting future Moon entrepreneurs-in-residence. At Mitsui & Co, he is currently Executive Managing Officer responsible for Infrastructure Projects Business Unit, Mobility Business Units, and Digital Transformation.
Yoshio has worked at Mitsui for over 30 years, previously holding the position of Chief Operating Officer of Infrastructure Projects Business Unit. He holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering from The University of Tokyo. He is passionate about ice hockey and also enjoys traveling with his family on vacation and experiencing new cultures.
Michelle is the Head of Human Resources at Moon where she helps build, grow, and develop all of the amazing talent at Moon. During her career, Michelle has worked as Director of Human Resources in many industries in both large and small companies all over the world including Netflix, Samsung and Accenture. Her true passion is around teaching and fostering empathy. In her free time, Michelle loves jazz, tennis, traveling the world, and eating any and all types of bbq (as a former Kansas Citian).
Signe is an Operations Designer at Moon Creative Lab, Palo Alto. In her role, Signe designs effective operations and engaging experiences that will power and help Moon grow. Signe was born and raised in Denmark where she got her MA in Aesthetics and Culture. While Signe enjoys creating workflows, charts, and systems of operation, she is passionate about new ways of connecting people through creativity and play. Outside of work, you’ll find Signe either roaming the beaches of the Bay or relaxing to a record with a cup of tea and a jigsaw puzzle at home.
Takashi is an Operation Design Lead at Moon. His role is to manage the lab's day to day business operations and to "keep the lights on" at Moon. At Mitsui & Co., he has experience in M&A and PMI advisory spanning across many fields, ranging from Iron & Steel, Oil & Gas, Real Estate to Renewable Energy. He holds a LL.B from Keio University. He is a soccer fanatic and usually spends his weekends either playing soccer with his friends, or travelling throughout Japan to watch J-league games.
Saki Bizen is an HR Associate at Moon Tokyo. She is in charge of Human Resources at Moon. At Mitsui & Co., she imported fertilizer from Canada and Germany into Japan and managed the inventory domestically. After that, she went to the Philippines as a trainee and was part of the office renovation project and new business development. After coming back to Japan, she accumulated various experiences such as assisting in exporting snacks and processed foods overseas. On weekends, she attends classes at interior design school and immerses herself with the homework assigned! Her dream is to create her own interior space in the future!
Tsubasa is a SMAP Lead at Moon. His role at Moon is to create and implement strategy, to set-up and keep the organization running, and help entrepreneurs-in-residence to design their businesses. He has diverse working experience across various industries at Mitsui & Co., including Chemical, Renewable Energy, IP, and Consumer Services. His passion is to drive business transformation and innovation in traditional industries leading multi-disciplinary teams. He holds a MBA from IMD, and a LL.B from Sophia University. He's a huge fan of spicy food - ask him for the best mapo tofu restaurants to go to!
Kentaro is a Program Designer at Moon Palo Alto. His mission is to create new ventures with real-world impact together with entrepreneurs-in-residence. He is from Mitsui & Co.'s Mineral & Metal Resources Business Unit and has been engaged in businesses related to iron ore, aluminum and nickel. He also did a three - year secondment with the World Bank where he participated in the development of market-based climate change solutions. Other than working in Mitsui Tokyo Headquarters, he has overseas working experience in Washington, D.C. and Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese.
He holds a MBA from Georgetown University and a BA in Economics from Keio University. He loves to watch live sports games and has never missed attending the past four FIFA World Cups consecutively!
Kyra Yamamoto is a Marketing and Communications Designer at Moon Palo Alto. She is responsible for making Moon’s story come to life in unique and creative ways that will leave a lasting impact on just about every one. Over the course of her career, she has worked across digital marketing, public relations and brand strategy in a variety of industries including healthcare, retail, consumer packaged goods, food, blockchain and tech. A natural born storyteller, she holds the unique ability to imagine the world from multiple perspectives. Outside of work, she is an avid foodie, live music goer and podcast listener with the desire to always keep feeding her innate curiosity.
Yu Onodera is an Operation Designer at Moon Tokyo. In her role, Yu designs effective operations and engaging experiences that will power and help Moon grow. After graduating from university, Yu joined the sales team at a cosmetic company. She then joined the Embassy and Consulate General for a Latin American country in Japan after having studied Spanish in Barcelona. Even though her stomach loves Japanese food, she finds her way of thinking to still be quite Latin!
Ryo is a Program Designer at Moon Tokyo. His role is to create new ventures with real-world impact together with entrepreneurs-in-residence. At Mitsui & Co., he specialized in the machinery sector where he gained experience in everything from overseas sales and marketing, setting up new companies in Myanmar and Europe, to managing investments in global affiliate companies. He grew up in China and is a frequent business traveler, having visited 20 countries and gained work experience in Russia. He holds a B.A in Engineering from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. On weekends he loves to invite friends over to enjoy his homemade dishes. If you are lucky you may be treated to a full course lunch yourself!
Chihiro is a Communication Designer at Moon Tokyo. In her role, Chihiro uses design to articulate work across multiple mediums including graphics, products, spaces, experiences and digital media. Prior to Moon, Chihiro was an Art Director at PARTY Inc, a creative agency focusing on interactive design -from IoT product experiences, to advertising, branding, and wayfinding. During her free time, she enjoys watching movies and traveling to explore new hotels around the world.
Takuya is a Design Researcher at Moon Tokyo. His role is to discover valuable insights from various researches and develop them into inspiring business ideas. Before joining Moon, Takuya worked at an advertising agency and engaged in marketing, branding and research for an automobile brand. He studied Design Research and Service Design in Goldsmiths, University of London and Hyper Island to learn more about the "Human-Centered" approach. During his free time, he loves to travel both abroad and domestically to experience local culture and enjoy good food!
Yeh (YO) is a Communication Designer at Moon Tokyo. Her role is to transform idea concepts into visual elements and use graphic design and illustration to tell better brand/user stories. Yo also has a strong passion for HCD, user experience, and user interface design for digital products. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, playing guitar, photography, visiting museums, organizing her art shows.
Asami Kawanishi is a marketing & communication designer at Moon Tokyo. She is responsible for external and internal communications and events to bring awareness to the Moon incubation program and support the recruitment of new creative talent. Over the course of her career, she has worked across advertising, and digital B2C marketing in the entertainment industry. She holds a bachelor's degree in Commerce from Doshisha University. Outside of work she enjoys golfing, eating, and traveling abroad.
Subaru is an Interaction Designer at Moon Creative Lab. She is responsible for creating human-centered design and building prototypes that transfer conceptual ideas to experienceable digital products. Prior to Moon, She has worked as a digital designer, gaining experience in web design and branding across fashion, ecommerce and healthcare projects. She also has a strong passion for user experience and information architecture. Outside of work, she loves to enjoy music in live houses and horror movies in arthouse cinemas around Tokyo.
Shingo is an Interaction Designer at Moon Tokyo. His role is to develop digital products that can be intuitively experienced by the user. Previous to Moon, Shingo worked in the IT industry developing Android / iOS / Web applications that allow real-time communication through audio and visuals. In his spare time, Shingo likes to go solo-camping and is particularly curious about lightweight camping.
Rieko is the Digital Communication Designer of Moon Creative Lab, responsible for developing and incorporating new technology to support projects from a digital-lens. At Mitsui & Co., she worked on developing a new AI-powered service out of the New York office as a product manager and contributed as a researcher at Mitsui's in-house think tank (Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute) in the field of AI, wireless tech and XR. She is also a Ph.D. candidate at Tokyo Institute of Technology and a visiting scholar at New York University. She has developed a Computer Shogi (Japanese Chess) program during her university years. You may have noticed, she is a techie, you will find her on computer to try new technology whenever she has some spare time!
Ryu is a Communication Designer at Moon Creative Lab Tokyo. As a team member, he always tries to create visually attractive solutions by approaching problems from different angles and based on user insight and the needs. Prior to joining Moon, Ryu has worked as a Graphic Designer with extensive experience, such as branding, packaging, web design and AD campaigns. In his leisure time, Ryu enjoys outdoor activities, watching films, photography and gaming.
Kuni is a Program Designer at Moon Palo Alto. His role is to create new ventures with real-world impact together with entrepreneurs-in-residence. He spent 23 years at Mitsui & Co., working in the chemical industry and has experienced both trading and investment businesses. During his career, he had overseas working experience in both Ho Chi Minh office in Vietnam and Houston office in U.S.A.
He grew up in both U.S.A. and in Tokyo thus is fluent in English and Japanese. He holds a BA in Business and Commerce from Keio University. During his free time, he loves watching American Football (watching only, for now）and playing golf. On the weekends, he transforms into a coach & chauffeur for his kids. He looks like a pure Japanese but deep inside he is more like a Texan.
PH is a Program Designer at Moon Palo Alto, responsible for the Asia Pacific region where she is originally from. Her role is to create new ventures with real-world impact together with entrepreneurs-in-residence. At Mitsui & Co., she worked closely with the dynamic South East and West economies and spent some time in the Mineral and Metal Resources Division. She studied Economics in National University of Singapore. During her free time, she enjoys reading a book and hanging out with her imaginary dogs.
Gaku is a Program Designer at Moon Palo Alto. His role is to create new ventures with real-world impact together with entrepreneurs-in-residence. At Mitsui & Co., he has worked at both headquarters in Tokyo as well as at Mitsui Dubai. He has built his career in the Oil & Gas industry, supplying critical components from all over the world, building stable and sustainable supply chains. Gaku is London-born, but raised in New Jersey, Indiana and Tokyo. He speaks fluent English and Japanese (but flunked in Chinese) and holds a BA in political science from Keio University. He's addicted to Basketball, sneakers and 90's hip hop, and recently added Camping and DIY to the mix.
Feng is a Program Designer at Moon Palo Alto, responsible for China block. His role is to create new ventures with real-world impact together with entrepreneurs-in-residence. At Mitsui & Co., he's worked in Shenzhen and Hong Kong office in chemical, machinery business, as well as business development in global steel business and supply chain in EV motor. He studied International Business in Shanghai Maritime University. Outside of work, he jogs every morning to start off his day and finds time to cook whenever he can.
Hoan is a Product Designer at Moon. His role is to execute user research and turn insight into great solutions. He actively contributes to marketing design. Prior to Moon, Hoan has worked in both industrial design and digital design at Whipsaw and Apple respectively. He holds two bachelors of science degrees; Microbology from UC Santa Barbara and Industrial Design from San Jose State. Outside of work, Hoan enjoys spending time outdoors - playing golf, skiing, hiking, or walking his Golden Doodle. He is also heavy into fashion, music, and 3D printing.
Monique is an HR Associate at Moon’s Palo Alto office. She helps to facilitate the growth of Moon and the relationships between its wonderful employees. Prior to Moon, she has had experience in a wide range of roles that include benefits, recruitment, onboarding, and HRIS system administration. On a personal note, she was a NCAA D1 collegiate athlete at Santa Clara University playing on the Women’s Golf Team, and in her free time, enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling.
Yui is a Design Researcher at Moon Tokyo where she focuses on inspiration coming from conflict and passion that leads to new ideas. Yui studied Design Thinking at Stanford D-school and holds a Service Design B.A. from Keio University. Her research focused on developing new methodologies for behavior change through the integration of Behavioral Economics and Service Design. Her dream is to grow a lemon tree along the beach.
Masao is an Interaction Design Lead at Moon Tokyo. His role is to build unforgettable user experiences behind every new business at Moon. Prior to Moon, Masao worked at EPSON and Ziba as a UI/UX design lead. After that, he started a design firm which helped early-stage startups. Masao has supported many companies and built user experiences for various 0 to 1 businesses within healthcare and D2C industries. He enjoys pottery and gardening in his free time.
Yoshinori is a Program Designer at Moon Tokyo. His role is to create new ventures with real-world impact together with the entrepreneurs-in-residence. He joined Moon as a previous EIR, building a business making use of travel at the time. At Mitsui & Co., he specialized in the insurance division and has experience providing risk management to group companies, operating at an insurance agency and planning a new insurtech business. He holds a Master of Bioinformatics from Osaka University. His daily routine is to hit the sandback every morning, including weekdays and holidays.
Sho Nonaka is a Data Scientist/Product Manager at Moon Tokyo. His role is to lead ideas and projects within Moon by utilizing the power of data science. Before joining Moon, Sho was a manager of a data analytics team located in US Mercari where he focused on product improvement and service growth strategy planning. He enjoys traveling and taking pictures specifically when we can combine the two.
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