Co Founder

Hiromasa Furufu

KUROFUNE Design Holdings Inc.Managing Director

Hiromasa Hurufu started the student venture when he was in Tokyo Institute of Technology. After graduation, he started his own business called “Oisix”, which sells safe, secure, and delicious foods such as organic vegetables. “Enrich the dining tables in Japan through foods and change society for the better”. Under this mission, he was in charge of the value creation of the projects, such as product development and system development. He drove the business growth of Oisix and it went public on the stock exchange in 2013. After that, while he was in MIT Sloan Fellows MBA, he met Inoue and Ueta, who went to Harvard University at that time, and he started the KUROFUNE Design Holdings Inc. with them. Also, he is drafting a plan for space business by making use of the networks in MIT.

Supporter Taichi Murase

US tech company

Taichi Murase works for an US tech company after he graduated from Waseda University, the department of commercial science. From the childhood experience when he lived in United States for 6 years, he lived in the international student residence for 4 years when he was in waseda university in order to put himself in more international environment. Also, from the experience when he interacted with the students from different backgrounds in international student residence, he decided to go study abroad to the Toronto University. After study abroad, he worked as a RA in the international student residence and he supported the japanese students from countryside and foreign exchange students

Supporter Minami Neeley Kanzaki

Waseda University, School of International Liberal Studies

Minami Neeley Kanzaki goes to Waseda University, major in international politics. She was born and grown up in the United States. She has a dual nationality and she is fluent in both English and Japanese. Currently, she works as a tutor for english conversation and as a resident assistant at international student residence. She aims to work for United States Department of State in the future.

Supporter Akiko Takai

Goldman Sachs Inc.Vice President

Akiko Takai was grown up in Japan, France, England, and United States. After she graduated from Sophia University, department of English Studies, she worked for Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd., department of international finance, and took part in fundraising for overseas enterprise. At that time, she was sent on loan to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and being involved in the negotiation of FTA with Philippines and Thailand. After that, she received a Master of International Corporate Strategy degree from Hitotsubashi University Graduate School. During her time at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School, she spent a year at HEC Paris in France as an exchange student, and she also did the internship of the project called Saved the Children. After that, she worked for product development department in Deutsche Bank Group and Goldman Sachs Group and had professional experiences in marketing and composition of the product which incorporates project finance, asset finance, and derivatives. During maternity leave, she moved to Boston since her husband went study abroad to there and she gave birth to a 3rd child. Now, she is raising three kids; 1 year old, 3 years old, and 7 years old, respectively.

Staff Riona Kunimoto

Waseda University, Political Science and Economics / Student

Riona Kunimoto goes to the Waseda University, major in Political Science and Economics. She got 940 score on TOEIC and she obtained Grade 1 in the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency without having the experience of living abroad. After she spent a year at Babson College in Massachusetts, United States, during her time at Waseda University, she helped start the U Share project and she worked on business support, such as creating content for services.

Supporter Sara Tanaka

Office Worker

Sara Tanaka works in the finance industry after she graduated from Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Faculty of Policy Management. She spent 4 years in the international school in the Sri Lanka during her time in elementary school and in junior high school. After she was admitted to the Keio University, she devoted herself to the cross-cutting research in the seminar which studies about practical management strategy through consultation and in the seminar which studies the ideology behind the financial policy in the Islamic countries with a focus on Indonesia.

Supporter Zoë Vincent

Fulford EnterprisesProject Manager

Zoë graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 with a First Class Honours B.A. Degree in Japanese with Distinction in Spoken Japanese. As part of her 4-year degree program, Zoë spent 1 year as an exchange student at Waseda University in Tokyo, studying on the university’s Intensive Japanese Language Program. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, Zoë moved to Japan and worked for 1 year as an Assistant Language Teacher in Unzen City, Nagasaki Prefecture. Next she worked for 4 years as an Overseas Promotion Specialist at Fukushima Prefecture Tourism and Local Products Association, before starting her current job at Fulford Enterprises. Fluent in English and Japanese. Zoë’s hobbies include photography, travel, and hiking.

Supporter Armando Sullivan

Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants Planner

Armando Sullivan works as a Transportation Planner in the City of New York. He earned his Master’s in Urban Planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His passion is using spatial analysis and urban design to empower marginalized communities with mobility. This mobility opens doors to economic and cultural opportunities that have the power to transform quality of life.His current work focuses on using design, spatial analysis, quantitative analysis, and strategic planning to improve the quality of transportation systems around the U.S. By improving these systems, a greater number of residents are able to benefit from the mobility provided by these systems.Before beginning at Harvard, Armando earned his Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Temple University. He has studied urban development in Brazil, Estonia, and Japan. Domestically, he has worked in public, nonprot, and private sectors in transportation planning.

Co Founder Masamichi Ueta KUROFUNE Design Holdings Inc.

CEO

Masamichi is a licensed architect (first grade) / developer with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Waseda University and a Master of Architecture degree from Osamu Ishiyama Laboratory in Waseda University Graduate School. After he graduated from Waseda University graduate school, he won the Azusa Ono Memorial Award. He was involved in the startup stage of the nendo design office. He engaged in the CRE, PFI, large-scale development inside and outside of Japan at Kashima Corporation Design Headquarters, urban planning group. As a Fulbright scholar, he received a Master of Real Estate Design degree from Harvard Uniersity Graduate School of Design. After study abroad, he was involved in the real estate private equity business at Morgan Stanley Capital KK. and Angelo Goldon. From the experience of Lehman collapse, by making use of the architectural development method which integrating “long-term and socially conscious real estate investment” and “added value through design”, he aimes to create the sustainable place where people can act lively through real estate development at urban or rural area. He engaged not only in the activities in the business world but also in the non-profit activities. He also gives lectures about real estate design at Keio University SFC campus and Waseda Univeristy. Received various awards; the Azusa Ono Memorial Award, SD review award, Good Design Award, Reconstruction Special Award. His hobby is cooking. He can make Edomae-Sushi.

Co Founder Takafumi Inoue

KUROFUNE Design Holdings Inc.
CECO

Takafumi is an urban planner, with a Master of Urban Planning degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2018. He is a current member of the American Planning Association (MA Chapter). His current work focuses on examining the relationship between tangible and intangible assets in the built environment. He is particularly interested in the real estate developments, which properly reflect the existing local identities and cultures to maximize the uniqueness that each place has. He has professional experience in mergers & acquisitions and the equity offering business at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. After having engaged in developer’s finance projects, he returned to Harvard to study the issues in the urban arena. He holds a B.A. in Policy Management from Keio University – Tokyo, Japan, where he graduated as a valedictorian (top student). During his time at college, he spent a year at The University of Edinburgh as an exchange student. Fluent in Japanese, English, and French. His hobbies are watching rugby matches, traveling, and playing the piano.

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