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About - Education Beyond - エデュケーションビヨンド

About

Established in 2020, Education Beyond is a nonprofit foundation with the mission to help build a society where Advanced Learners can realize their full potential in Japan. Our activities are currently supported by ~20 passionate pro-bono volunteers who contribute their time and effort to help achieve the organization’s mission.

Mission

Helping to build a society where Advanced Learners can realize their full potential

Vision

1. To create a space where Advanced Learners can satisfy their passion for learning
2. To build a collaborative community for the parents and guardians of Advanced Learners to share knowledge and experience
3. To work with teachers to ensure Advanced Learners are identified, understood and supported in schools

About

Organization name Education Beyond Foundation
Representative director Paul Li
Incorporation date July 20, 2020
Business overview Education programs for children who are Advanced Learners
Head office Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Team

Board Member
飯田 陽一郎 | Yoichiro Iida

After graduating from the University of Tokyo and its graduate school, he worked for a consulting firm and a foreign PC manufacturer.
Currently, while working as a student again to earn his doctorate, he is helping companies with projects such as business development and organizational restructuring.
In order to repay the kindness of his teachers, he joined Education Beyond to create a world where his daughter, who was born in 2021, can "be himself and live freely".

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ヘンリー・サイ | Henry Cui

After receiving high school education in China and the United States, Henry entered Department of Information Science, Faculty of Science, The University of Tokyo, then received M.D. and Ph.D. from Department of Computer Science, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the same university. Henry co-founded a university-launched venture and has been involved in a wide range of product development using machine learning. Based on his experience in Advanced Education he received as an elementary school student, Henry joined the activity to contribute to organizational efficiency through IT development.

Business & Program Development
石川由季子 | Yukiko Ishikawa

After majoring in physics at university, she spent 6 years as an IT programmer at a large Japanese company and 12 years in marketing/business management at a global company. Currently, she is engaged in the development of new businesses for the realization of automatic driving and smart cities, making use of her experience in both fields. She is a graduate of MIT Sloan Design thinking course. She joined EB in order to create a system that enables children to develop their abilities beyond the boundaries of subjects and grade levels.

Liaison Officer
石田 博彰 | Hiroaki Ishida

Special Education LD major at UW. Worked in a local middle school resource room and LD self-contained class. After returning to Japan, worked for a foreign financial company. After working in online school, coaching, mentoring, rehabilitation, and educational support in Tokyo, Kawasaki, Kodaira, Higashiyamato City, etc., she joined Seisa Group in 2004 as Director of Seisa International High School and Tachikawa Learning Center, and has been in charge of "Kingdom of Bhutan" at World Children's Foundation since 2016. Kingdom of Bhutan" since 2016. While seeking a place to consolidate her career and give back to the community, she came to know about Education Beyond and joined the organization because she shared its vision.

市川 文恵 | Fumie Ichikawa

Fumie Ichikawa is the Director of Operations Policy at Indianapolis Public Schools. As someone who grew up outside of the U.S., learning how K-12 education works in America was a journey she embarked on when her oldest child was turning five. She serves in a large urban district to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all children to succeed regardless of their race, socioeconomic background, or ability status in the community that she has called home since 2003. Fumie previously worked in international higher education and automotive logistics.

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Business & Program Development
梅津 友翔 | Yuto Umetsu

After graduating from Komaba Toho Junior and Senior High School, he entered the Faculty of Information Media Creation at the University of Tsukuba. He is a member of the Master's Program of the Graduate School of Informatics Degree Program at the University of Tsukuba.
Based on his own original experiences as an elementary school student, he participated in activities to create a place for learning that responds to children's curiosity and passion.

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IT / WEB
遠藤 孝行 | Takayuki Endo

After studying in Canada and Korea, Taka graduated from the Faculty of Economics at Saitama University and worked as a system engineer at an IT company in Tokyo. 2 years later, he established a company that focuses on IT and education businesses in his hometown in Fukushima Prefecture. With the personal mission of nurturing global talents locally, he is also a part-time lecturer at a design school and a mentor at a programming school for working adults. Upon learning about Education Beyond’s mission, Taka joined as a pro bono member.

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Board Member
尾原香代子 | Kayoko Ohara

Kayoko has vast experience as a professional investment manager as well as a management consultant both in Japan and Hong Kong. She joined Education Beyond as a pro bono member after learning of the organization's activities through her child, who is a CTYer. She is committed to helping realize a society in which all children can maximize their potential. MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Corporate Enviornmental Governance from the University of Hong Kong, Certified Securities Analyst from CFA Institute

久保 光太郎 | Kotaro Kubo

After graduating from Kaisei Junior and Senior High School, he entered the University of Tokyo, where he was a member of the first semester Faculty of Liberal Arts, Science Department. While still in high school, he became a certified meteorologist. he became interested in education based on his own and his family's experiences, and has been involved in activities since the fall of 2022.

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Program Advisor
合田 圭介 | Keisuke Goda

Professor, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo; Adjunct Professor, School of Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles; Adjunct Professor, Wuhan University School of Industrial Sciences; Director of several deep-tech ventures. B.S. (summa cum laude) in Physics, University of California, Berkeley. ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently developing and commercializing serendipity-enabling technologies in Biology and Medicine. Father of two children.

Business Development
公山 倫子 | Michiko Kohyama

After working as a business development management member at Walt Disney Japan, she is currently working for a foreign VC firm. After entering university, she worked as a volunteer leader at the YMCA for 4 years, and also joined the NPO "ATD Fourth World" in New York City. While raising a baby and raising a child, she encountered Education Beyond and joined the organization as a pro bono member. She is a board member of Public Mind, an NPO that supports social good.

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Board Member
小林 りん | Lin Kobayashi

Lin attended the Pearson College United World College (UWC) in Canada with a full scholarship from Keidanren (Japan Business Federation). After majoring in development economics at university, she worked for UNICEF as a program officer in the Philippines and was involved in the non-formal education of street children. From this experience, Lin became acutely aware of the need for leadership education and in 2014 founded a boarding international high school in Karuizawa after 6 years of preparation. She is currently the chairperson of UWC ISAK Japan.

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Auditor
島崎 詠一 | Eiichi Shimazaki

Eiichi is a partner at Kamiyacho Law Office and an attorney-at-law in Japan, California and New York, USA. He is involved in a wide range of corporate legal matters, focusing on B2B transactions, corporate law, and personal data protection laws in various countries around the world. In addition to working with large Japanese and global corporations, Eiichi is also active in supporting social entrepreneurs and has a strong interest in education. He graduated from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law (LL.M.).

HR
春原 頌子 | Shoko Sunohara

Thanks to her studying experience at UWC (U.K.) and the fact that both parents are teachers, Shoko obtained a teaching license during university. After graduating, she joined a general trading company, starting with the agriculture-related business and later transitioned to human resource development. With national career consultant and professional coach certifications, she is currently in charge of the company’s HR for West Japan. Upon learning about Education Beyond’s mission, Shoko joined as a pro bono member.

Marketing & IT
常盤瑛祐 | Eisuke Tokiwa

Growing up in a poor family, faced bullying and depression, and eventually dropped out of school. However, he managed to improve his situation by studying with his smartphone. In university, he studied programming, design, and English. Throughout his twenties, Eisuke conducted research on social issues and published a book called "Bad People Picture Book." He also started a business, conducting a pilot project for online education in India through an NGO called Super30. Currently, he works as a freelance Product Manager (PdM) while developing prototypes. He continues to research how children can have experiences that help them avoid becoming "bad guys," nurture self-esteem, and expand their individuality.

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Board Member
轟 麻衣子 | Maiko Todoroki

From the age of 12, Maiko Todoroki studied at a private boarding school in the UK and enrolled at King's College, University of London. And completed MBA at INSEAD Graduate School. After working in foreign finance, luxury goods, and living abroad for 25 years, she came back to Japan and joined Poppins. In 2020, Maiko was appointed as President and CEO of Poppins Holdings Inc. (now Poppins Corporation) Poppins currently operates over 330 nursery schools across Japan and also provides in-home nanny and babysitter, elderly care service, and infertility prevention initiatives. Poppins’s IPO to the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange (now TSE Prime Market) in Dec 2020 was presented as the first SDGs-IPO in Japan. She is a director of the All Japan Childcare Services Association and serves as both a coordinator at the Japan Association of Corporate Executives and Vice-Chair of its Regulatory and Competition Policy Committee. She is the mother of two children.

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Public Relations
服部 絢子 | Ayako Hattori

Growing up in NYC from 5th grade through middle school, Ayako studied at a private boarding school where attending different grades and levels of classes were the norm. After returning to Japan, she attended ICU High School and the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law before joining NHK. In June 2021, she retired from NHK and is currently working for an IT company. While raising a son and a daughter in middle and high school, she joined a project to make Japan a place where each child can receive an education suited to his or her individuality.

Chairman of Board
ポール・リー | Paul Li

After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a B.A. in Business Administration (Honors), Paul worked as an investor in the Tokyo and Hong Kong offices of several global financial institutions. He joined the East Asia Advisory Board for Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) in 2012 and has served as Chairman for Education Beyond since 2022 to bring CTY to Japan. He is currently the founder/CEO of a learning/education startup and pursuing a Master's degree in Data Science from Harvard University.

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IT
三雲 明 | Akira Mikumo

After studying electrical and electronic engineering, worked in development and service operations.Experienced in global operations (Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India) since 2014, and in Malaysia since 2018, promoting helpdesk management and RPA to improve operational efficiency. Currently trying new business and AI field. His experience includes 5 years in RPA engineering, 8 years in project management, 8 years in service operations management, 2 years in development engineering, and 10 years overseas (as of April 2024). His diverse skills include business improvement, multinational team management, business English, and ERP system implementation.

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Marketing
宮崎 悠介 | Yusuke Miyazaki

After graduating from Seibu Gakuen Bunri Junior and Senior High School, entered the Department of Geoengineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University. He is a member of the Kyoto University MBA program. Through his own experience and that of his relatives, he realized the importance of "a place where children can maximize their curiosity and spirit of inquiry," which is the goal of Education Beyond, and joined its activities.

Business Development
山田 宏弥 | Hiromi Yamada

After working in venture investment at an independent VC in Japan, she joined Impact Investment Fund in 2019 and is mainly responsible for investment in education and childcare related companies.
She has had a strong interest in the field of education since his college days and obtained a teaching license at university. Through raising her own children, she felt the need for an environment that matches their curiosity and characteristics.