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).