EXECUTIVE TEAM FOR AWAJI YOUTH FEDERATION
Heizo Takenaka is a professor emeritus at Keio University and a professor at Toyo University in Japan. He served as Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy (2001-2006). In his capacity as an economist and as part of his social activities, he also serves on several advisory boards and committees such as Member of the Policy Council under Abe Administration; Director of Academy hills, Chairman of Pasona Group, Outside Director of Orix Corporation and Outside Director, SBI Holdings Inc. He was named to the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum in 2007. Professor Takenaka’s research interest is in economic policy.
(June 1996 – June 1999) Member of the board, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
(January 1990 –May 1996) General Manager, Overseas Marketing Division & Middle and Near East Division, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
(December 1981 –June 1984) Washington office representative, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
(April 1965) Joined TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
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 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).