Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Akemi Aota is the Chief Executive Officer of the Awaji Youth Federation. She was formerly an instructor for Japan Air Systems; following this she worked for Cathay Pacific Airways, where she was made First Class Purser. In 1987 she joined Pasona Hong Kong and was later appointed President and Principal of Pasona Education Co. Limited. In addition to her active roles in education and training in Hong Kong, her extensive business background has earned her international titles such as Executive Officer of Pasona Group Inc., as well as Director of Pasona India Private Limited.
With her professional knowledge and extensive background in global business, she has been delivering various business training seminars and cultural activities throughout Asia. In particular, Ms. Aota has been working with and nurturing youths and students to help them achieve their dreams in the international market. Many of her training courses are offered with a focus on developing a global mindset, leadership training, and cross-cultural communication; she has also delivered and supervised internship positions to university students. Thousands of people have been inspired by Ms. Aota, and have maximized their potential and abilities as a result.
Elizabeth Masamune PSM
Senior Managing Director
Elizabeth Masamune is a former diplomat having served at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, Seoul, and Hanoi as Minister (Commercial) and Senior Trade Commissioner. In recognition of her pioneering work in Jakarta as Trade Commissioner for Australia-Japan in Asia, she was awarded the prestigious Public Service Medal (PSM) by the Australian Government in 2006.
Elizabeth currently serves as Senior Executive Advisor to the Pasona Group Inc., and Senior Managing Director of the Awaji Youth Federation.
She is a member of the Management Advisory Board of Chiba University, and acts as Coordinator of the Future Leaders Program within the Japan Australia Business Cooperation Committee.
Elizabeth is a Non-Executive Director of biotechnology firm Advangen Inc, and the Grameen Foundation Australia. She is the Chair of Dana Asia, a charity registered in Singapore, and leads the Global Sub-Committee of the Japan Diversity Network. Elizabeth has also been appointed as a Director of the Omotenashi Meister Association.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Monash University, and a Master of Literary Studies from the University of Queensland in simultaneous interpretation and translation of Japanese. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).