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Annie Chang is an advocate for women’s participation in the science & technology fields in Japan & Asia.Originally from Taiwan, she has worked for over 20 years bringing women into the field and empowering women into leaders of innovation in Japan.In 2013, she founded Women in Technology Japan (WITJ) to further promote women in a time when women’s participation in the workforce is pivotal to Japan’s national economic agenda.
アニー・チャンは台湾に生まれ、台湾の有名大学を卒業し、高校教師として働いた後日本に移住。自力で日本語と英語を学び、様々な多国籍企業で働きながらIT営業とコンサルティングスキルを身につけた。チャンは1989年に最初の会社を設立。トップ500に入る多国籍企業を対象に、ソフトウェアトレーニングの提供とITエンジニアの紹介を実施。その後クライアントのニーズ、そして1990年代のITブームに応えるべく、香港と東京にITコンサルティング会社を設立し、テクノロジーのみならず金融およびヘルスケア業界に特化したサービスを提供。2008年に始まった金融危機を機に事業の見直しを行い、グローバル市場でのIT人材紹介にフォーカスしたAG Global Solutionsを設立した。チャンは雑誌に掲載されたり、セミナーの講師を務めたりした経験があり、また過去20年間に渡ってダイバーシティ（多様性）の推進とITに携わる女性の支援に積極的に関わってきた。
AC Global Solutions
Annie came to Japan for adventure, survived in a male-dominated society and became an entrepreneur. She has established three companies focus on recruitment, career consulting and computer training. Annie is also an Advocator on women Empowerment with a technology focus. Established AC Solutions in 1989, Founded WITJ in 2013 with a goal of attracting more women to the technology industry.
Annie came to Japan for adventure, survived in a male-dominated society and became an entrepreneur. She has established three companies focus on recruitment, career consulting and computer training. Annie is also an Advocator on women Empowerment with a technology focus and founded the Women in Technology Japan group in 2013 with a goal to attract more females to technology industry. .
Graduated from Chinese culture University in Taipei, Taiwan, with a BA in Chinese literature. Established AC Solutions in 1989 focused on software training and IT consulting, rebranded to AC Global Solutions in 2008 expanding recruiting to include Technology, Life Sciences, Management Consulting industries and Financial Services.
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The Global Impact:
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Recognitions: Sustainable Business Award — Special Recognition for SDGs, and Finalist, Inspired Leadership Award
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She has been a serial entrepreneur since 2001, starting and running several commercial enterprises all aiming to transform the way businesses are operated today. And by taking a completely new look at the power of giving, she founded B1G1 (Buy1GIVE1) in 2007.
Masami’s approach to life is very different. She brings a new, almost upside-down strategy to everything she does.
She brings these new perspectives in topic such as effective giving (transforming the CSR concept), organisational change and corporate sustainability.
She also radiates her principles through her writing and speaking. She has authored four books including, ‘JOY - The gift of acceptance, trust and love’, ‘GIVING BUSINESS – Creating the maximum impact in the meaning-driven world’, ‘Better Business, Better Life, Better World’ and 'LEGACY - the Sustainable Development Goals in Action'.
Akemi Tsunagawa is the founder & CEO of Bespoke, one of the fastest growing chatbot startups in the travel industry. Prior to Bespoke, Akemi worked at Fidelity Investments, Deloitte, and Macquarie Capital after graduating from UCLA.
I founded “Bespoke” in 2015 to make the product that I’ve always wanted for myself. As a traveler, I’ve always enjoyed discovering little known places rather than major attractions featured in guidebooks.
Why did you choose to employ Bebot in the travel and hospitality industry?
I followed my passion rather than opportunities first; however, we did get lucky with getting the timing right eventually. We were focused on consumer facing services rather than business to consumer services for the first 6 months. As we conducted many user interviews, we quickly learned that many of our users were frustrated that locals didn’t understand foreign languages to take reservations at those local restaurants or even to answer very simple questions from travelers.
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Born in Hokkaido, after college Ms. Iwasaki has started her career with a travel agency and then as Sales director of an advertising agency.
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For Startup Grind, May Month is focussed on Women leaders. We will be interviewing Junko Masachika, Fashion leader of Japan.
Junko shift has happened when she moved to Italy when she was 25 years old. She understood how personal styling can impact a individual.
Her Entrepreneurship began in 2001 when she started styling Japanese models/celebrities. Her clients were mainly Wealthy/Politicians
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