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About - Education Beyond

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

​Administrative Operation
麻井 佐和子 | Sawako Asai

After graduating from International Christian University (ICU), Sawako worked at an investment advisory firm and a web marketing company where she is mainly in charge of back-office operations such as accounting, general affairs, and legal affairs. Sawako’s husband grew up in the U.S. East Coast and during their information gathering on how to raise a bilingual child in Japan, she learned about Education Beyond’s activities and joined the organization as a pro bono member.

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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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Business Development
尾島 菜穂 | Naho Ojima

After graduating from the University of Tokyo with a degree in Education, Naho worked at a telecommunications company. During an assignment in Silicon Valley, she became interested in Edtech Startups and the usage of technology in schools. As a mother of three preschoolers, she is learning about Montessori education and parenting without presuppositions. Naho joined Education Beyond as a pro bono worker to contribute to the mission of helping children realize their full potential and creating a society where diversity is embraced.

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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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Marketing & IT
ジェンキンズ 真佐美 | Masami Jenkins

Masami specializes in foreign startups, marketing, technology, and launches of new services and products from overseas. She has a wide variety of working experiences including starting her own business and she is currently in charge of the web service division for promoting renewables at an energy company. Masami currently serves as the president of the Parent Teacher Association at the school for her three middle and high school children and she is passionate about creating a free and fair society.

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Legal Counsel
島崎 詠一 | Eiichi Shimazaki

Eiichi is a partner at Kamiyacho Law Office and an attorney-at-law in both Japan and California, 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, Eisuke had depression and dropped out of school. He recovered through learning on his smartphone and during university he focused on studying programming, design, and English. During his 20s, Eisuke published a book called “Bad People Picture Book” and started a business in trialing online education in India. Currently, he is developing IT systems for schools and continues to research on the experiences for children to avoid becoming “bad guys”, develop a sense of self-affirmation, and 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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Auditor
星 千奈津 | Chinatsu Hoshi

After graduating from the School of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University, Chinatsu worked at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation where she was involved in financing infrastructure projects in Latin America. She then graduated from Keio University Law School and joined Mori Hamada & Matsumoto as an attorney involved in financing for energy-related projects and foreign investment trusts. She became interested in the education field after the birth of her children and became the auditor of Education Beyond.

Accounting
細川 幸子 | Sachiko Hosokawa

Sachiko began her career in research support and accounting at a university in Japan. She then studied Master Healthcare Administration at the University of Southern California, volunteered at a university hospital, and interned at a healthcare-related company. Upon returning to Japan, Sachiko engaged in operations related to management planning for university hospitals. Through raising her children, Sachiko became interested in local communities, education, community building and joined Education Beyond as a pro bono member.

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真野 梨沙子 | Risako Mano

Risako’s experience as a returnee planted the seeds for her decision to study in Tokyo Gakugei University’s elementary school teacher training program. She specialized in international education which included a trip to the Dominican Republic through the Cabinet Office's Japan International Youth Exchange Organization. Upon graduation, Risako worked for a foreign consumer goods company responsible for marketing strategy and sales at headquarters. Upon learning about Education Beyond’s mission, she joined as a pro bono member.