Ms. Akemi Aota
Chief Executive Officer – Awaji Youth Federation
President and Principal of Pasona Education Co. Limited
Executive Officer of Pasona Group Inc.
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 moved to Hong Kong to work for Cathay Pacific Airways where she became a First Class Purser. In 1987 she joined Pasona Hong Kong to enhance her career in teaching and training 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.
With her professional knowledge and extensive background in global business, she has conducted business training seminars and cultural activities throughout Asia. In particular, working with and nurturing young people to help them achieve their dreams in the international market. Many of her training courses focus on cultivating a global mindset, leadership training, and cross-cultural communication; she has also offered and supervised internship positions to university students. As a result, thousands of people have been inspired by Ms. Aota and have maximized their potential and abilities.
Ms. Elizabeth Masamune PSM
Senior Managing Director of Awaji Youth Federation
Managing Director, @Asia Associates Japan
Senior Executive Advisor to Pasona Group
Member of the Management Advisory Board of Chiba University
Non-Executive Director, Advangen Inc.
Director, Grameen Australia Foundation (Sydney)
Chair, Dana Asia (Singapore)
Member, Japan Diversity Network (JDN)
Argonaut Online（London）Advisor on Japanese Culture
ANZ Blue Notes （Melbourne） Japan Commentator
A former diplomat, Ms. Elizabeth Masamune has served in senior trade roles at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, Seoul, Jakarta and Hanoi. In recognition of her pioneering work 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, and Senior Managing Director of the Awaji Youth Federation. She is a passionate advocate for supporting working women in business, developing the next generation of global leaders and promoting cultural diversity. Elizabeth leads the Global Sub-Committee of the Japan Diversity Network, and has also been appointed as a Director of the Omotenashi Meister Association.
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 also devotes time to charitable work through social business as a director of the Grameen Australia Foundation, and Chair of Dana Asia, a charity registered in Singapore.
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).