Faculty, Speakers, and Contributors 

Yukiko Nakategawa  HR Manager– Human Resources Japan  Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd

Yukiko Nakategawa, in her HRBP role, works for Talent Management and Development for Japan sales and engineering organization in line with Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2012, Yukiko was the lead of talent management in IT Frontier Corporation (currently Tata Consultancy Services Japan).  She experienced 10+ years in HR. Matured knowledge of HRBP, job and performance evaluation, recruitment, employee relations.

She is a Certified social insurance labor consultant, “Sharoshi” and Certified career consultant.

Event Speaker:  Agile Performance Management: The Microsoft Japan Experience, 09 Mar 2017, 18:30-20:30, AP Shinagawa ANNEX, Shinagawa Center Bldg. B1F, Room O 

Dr. Dan Harrison, PhD, CEO, Harrison Assessments International

Dr Harrison is the developer and CEO of Harrison Assessments' and originator of ParadoxTechnology™ as used in Harrison Assessments. His diverse background in Mathematics, Personality Theory, Counseling Psychology, and Organizational Psychology has enabled him to make a unique and exceptional contribution to assessment methodology.

His 30 years of experience in Psychology and Assessment has enabled the Harrison Assessment tools to fulfill practical needs for recruitment, development and assessment. Dr Harrisons' ongoing world-wide travel gives him direct involvement with the needs of Harrison Assessments' clients and exposes him to the appropriate practical application in a wide variety of cultures.

Event Speaker: The Hiring Paradox: How to Consistently Find the Right Person for the Right Job, 07 July 2011, 18:30-20:30, Shinagawa EastOne Tower 21F

Yoshiharu Matsui, President, HPO Creation, Inc.

Matsui-san specializes in leadership and organization development leveraging his more than 12 years of marketing experience and 12 years of HR/OD experience. He provides executive coaching, leadership development, organizational change, and marketing & sales development to help clients strengthen their business performance, organizational health & employee engagement.

He started his marketing career at Richardson Vicks -Japan and later on with Procter & Gamble, Fareast Inc. He then moved to Human Resources/Organization Development career at P&G where he served as Corporate Training Group Manager, HR Director for P&G Taiwan, and Talent and Organization Development Leader for Northeast Asia.

After P&G, he joined Nortel Networks and Levi Strauss, as HR Director, especially in terms of leading several organizational changes, BPR and globalizing HR policy & reward system.

He has a BA in Intercultural Communication from Kita-Kyushu University  and an MBA from Northwest Missouri State University. He is currently working on his doctoral degree in Organization Change at Pepperdine University.

Matsui-san is also one of the hosts of JHRS' AskHR Forum where he answers the toughest HR-related questions from both HR and business professionals.

Event Speaker: Creating a High Performance Organization Culture: What HR Needs to Know and Must Do, 28 February 2011, 18:30-20:30, Shinagawa EastOne Tower 21F

Dr. Ric Roi, Sr. Vice President, Right Management

Based in Tokyo, Japan and working across Asia, Dr. Roi has over 19 years of providing international consulting services to a diverse and unique group of global corporate clients including: Cisco Systems, China Mobile, Toyota, Gap Inc., Wells Fargo, Barclays Bank, Visa, HP, Boeing, Ericsson, Bank of Norway, Lenovo, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Mckesson, Biogen IDEC, GlaxoSmithKline, Schneider Electric, Tyco, Sharp, Kaiser Permanente and AT&T.  He is a frequent conference and corporate event speaker.

He earned a Doctorate in Organization Development from University of San Francisco and served as teaching Professor at the University of San Francisco in the Masters program, teaching in Human Resource and Organizational Development. He also serves as Visiting Professor at Nagoya University of Commerce teaching in the International MBA program.

Event Speaker: RESET Your Talent for Growth--3rd Generation Talent Management Practices: A Briefing for HR Pros, 01 December 2010, 18:30-20:30, Shinagawa EastOne Tower 21F

Andrew Manterfield, Sr. Consultant & Executive Coach, SudaManterfield

Andrew has an innate belief in people and their desire and ability to achieve more. His purpose is to find the greatness in every person he meets and to ensure that greatness lives and breathes everyday and is fulfilled.

He has worked in the global FMCG industry for over 27 years for Diageo Plc, the worlds biggest adult drinks company.  Andrew has over 10 years Director level experience in both Human Resources and Sales; he has lived and worked in Japan, Australia and the UK and he has worked with organisations across Asia, Latin America and Africa,

Andrew has a unique breadth and depth of knowledge in the areas of building high performing businesses; organisation change; capability development, talent/leadership development, coaching and building employee engagement.

With an inspiring style and an ability to communicate simply, both one to one or to an audience, Andrew uses his experience, of building high performing and enjoyable places to work, to coach and support people to fulfill and achieve their true greatness as well the greatness of the people they work with.

Event Speaker: Employee Engagement Through Change: The Diageo Experience, 10 November 2010, 18:30-20:30, Shinagawa EastOne Tower 21F

Tim Bennett, General Manager, Japan & Korea, First Advantage, Inc.

Tim has been with First Advantage Japan, since 2008. He joined the business at a crucial time of integration and adding customer value after a strong period of organic growth and acquisitions. The company specializes in pre-employment screening services in Japan and Korea.

Tim holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Bristol and has direct investigative experience from 6 years in law enforcement. Prior to joining First Advantage he has been an international business manager with European and Japan based

Event Speaker: Trust but Verify: Background and Reference Verification in Japan, 27 October 2010, 18:30-20:30, Shinagawa EastOne Tower 21F

Mike DeJong, President, Arigato Communications

Mike DeJong is President of Arigato Communications.  He has spoken to a wide range of audiences in Japan including the American Chamber of Commerce, the Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Eye for Pharma and Foreign Executive Women.

Mike DeJong holds a Master’s Degree from York University in Toronto and teaches Communications at the University of Maryland University College Asia.  He also hosts a popular podcast called The Assertive Executive.  His background is in radio and TV at NHK Japan and at CBC and CTV in Canada.

Event Speaker: When Yes Means No: Cross-Cultural Communications Strategies for HR Professionals, 22 September 2010, 18:30-20:30, Shinagawa EastOne Tower 21F, Small Conference # 1

Kevin Reynolds, Organizational Capability Consultant

Kevin is a Human Resources Executive with more than 16 years experience in people development and HR in Asia, including comprehensive experience in direct linkage of the HR plan to the overall business strategy. He has regional experience covering Japan and Korea for American and European multinationals, with 18 years living in Japan.

He provides consultancy services on a range of HR solutions, including: HR Business Partnering, Change Management, Organizational Strengthening, Leadership Development, Succession Planning, Talent Development, Employee Engagement, Performance Management, Compensation Design, etc.

Prior to becoming an independent HR consultant, he was the immediate Head of HR of Maersk Line Japan.

Event Speaker: HR Business Partnering in Japan: WHAT, WHY, and HOW, 28 July 2010, 18:30-20:30, Shinagawa EastOne Tower 21F, Small Conference # 1

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Norman Grant, President, Starclusters

Norman is a team building consultant and facilitator serving multinational organizations in Japan. After more than 25 years of experience in working for multinational companies, both in Canada and here in Japan, Norman founded Starclusters in 2006 to provide facilitated workshops to help organizations tap into the hidden potential of their teams.

Simply put, Norman works with organizations to create and sustain high performing teams and effective team players.

Event Speaker/Facilitator: CULINARY TEAM BUILDING: An innovative way to unleash the power of teams, 27 May 2010, 18:30-20:30, Tsunohazu Kumin Center in Nishi-Shinjuku

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Suzanne Price, Principal, Price Global

Suzanne is a Diversity consultant and facilitator serving cross-industry multinational organizations in Asia and USA. In 2003, Suzanne founded Price Global, as a change agent specializing in Diversity and Inclusion based in NY and Tokyo providing experiential training programs and coaching for diverse groups such as Female Leadership Programs, Interactive Drama-Based Diversity Programs, and Experiential Diversity and Inclusion Skills Workshops for Managers.

She also served as Diversity Manager for global investment bank - part time and with a very flexible working arrangement from 2005 – 2010.

Suzanne transitioned from Psychotherapy practice into organizational development and adapted her application of Gestalt Psychology into coaching, group facilitation and training. As a consultant, Suzanne’s methodology is highly experiential and is based on a solid, practical background in applied psychology and how change happens.

Event Speaker/Facilitator: "LIGHTS...CAMERA...DIVERSITY!", Mar 04, 2010, Shinagawa East One Tower

Eric Kung

Eric Kung, Chairman & CEO, Human Dynamic

Eric Kung is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Human Dynamic. He has been in the field of people management consultancy and executive coaching for over 20 years with experience in both MNCs and government organizations.

Human Dynamic was founded in 1993 in Hong Kong, and under Eric’s leadership, has grown to be the leading Integrated People Management Solution (IPMS) provider. With 19 direct offices internationally serving over 95 global companies, Human Dynamic’s IPMS program specializes in people management consulting, learning and development, executive coaching, change management, outplacement consulting service, Work Life Coaching (EAP), and wellness consulting services.

Eric has vast hands-on experience in providing IPMS consultancy to multinational corporations. He has supported top level executives and HR personnel in leading organizational change, handling staff communication in change, and crisis management. Eric has also conducted leadership trainings to middle and senior executives. Customers he has worked with include: Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC, ExxonMobil, BP Asia, Shell, DuPont, Dow Chemical, P&G, Nike, MAST, and Li-ning, among many other global companies. Eric travels widely throughout Asia Pacific and Europe as a key consultant and speaker in conferences and seminars.

Prior to founding Human Dynamic, Eric worked for Price Waterhouse Associates (HK). He graduated from McMaster University, Canada, with a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Commerce, and obtained his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Hong Kong.

Event Speaker: "Crisis Management for HR", Jan 22, 2010, Grand Hyatt Tokyo

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Kevin Menon, Chief Practice Officer, Human Dynamic

Kevin Menon is the Chief Practice Officer for Human Dynamic Asia Pacific Group, heading the Practice Department for Human Dynamic that governs delivery of its Integrated People Management Solutions (IPMS) for its customers across the Asia Pacific. Apart from his role as department leader, he is also a principal consultant and works directly with clients on consulting, coaching and training projects and the application of world-class content and processes from Human Dynamic to increase personal and organizational effectiveness.

Kevin has been called upon to provide psychological aid, training and crises consulting to companies and people across the region affected by the traumas like natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunami etc); murders; violent attacks; suicides; sexual assaults; robberies; gas explosions; industrial accidents; national tragedies; terrorist attacks (bombings, siege attacks etc); hijacking etc.

Kevin is a registered Clinical Psychologist and has worked in a variety of settings across the region. As the Chief Practice Officer, Kevin drives and supervises the practice and delivery standards of Human Dynamic’s Practice Directors and consultants across the company. He is also a registered Trainer with MCYS, an MOE registered lecturer and has experience teaching psychology at a tertiary level, and has been involved as an Academic Advisor for Psychology and Counseling Courses.

Kevin has extensive regional training and consulting experience in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Philippines and Australia working with clients from a wide range of industries such as finance, retail, chemical, manufacturing, petroleum and gas, and IT. Kevin holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor of Psychology (Hon) Degree from Western Australia. Professionally, he is a Registered Psychologist (Singapore), a member of the Singapore Psychological Society and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Kevin is also a corporate member of the Asia Pacific Alliance of Coaches (APAC). 

Event Speaker: "Crisis Management for HR", Jan 22, 2010, Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Julina Halim

Julina Halim, Director - Global Relationship Management/
Senior Consultant - Wellness Consulting Service, Human Dynamic

Julina holds an M.Sc in Human Nutrition from the University of Glasgow, UK and a B.Sc in Public Health from Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Julina’s career started as a Community Health Education Nutritionist in Ministry of Health of Singapore and most of her later work lies in training & consulting across industries such as health, spa & hospitality, manufacturing, oil & gas etc. across ASEAN countries. While running her own practice, Julina actively worked with corporations on adult health/workplace health programs, such Healthier Workplace Canteen Certification Program, under Health Promotion Board Singapore. Companies Julina has worked under workplace health companies include Shell Chemicals, Raffles Hotel, MediaCorp Singapore, Mt Elizabeth Hospital and many more. She is a certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant by the American Fitness Professionals & Associates and is an active dance fitness instructor and a regular contributor to local health magazines & publications.

A Wellness Coach trained under Wellcoaches® Corporation, an institute recognized by the American College of Sport Medicine and the International Coach Federation, Julina has a keen interesting in working with individuals, in particular, obese patients on making long-term behavior changes and establishing new lifestyle habits in the areas of nutrition, healthy eating, exercise/physical fitness and other behavioral changes.

Event Speaker: "Crisis Management for HR", Jan 22, 2010, Grand Hyatt Tokyo

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John Suermondt, Sr. HR Consultant, Harrison Assessments International

John has 19 years experience in selection, recruitment, leadership development and succession planning. He has specialized expertise in individual assessments related to position analysis tailored to specific client requirements. John has been based in Asia for the last 30 years advising international and domestic companies as well as conglomerates on how to optimize their human capital by leveraging his deep understanding of human resources principles and practices in maximizing individual talents.

Event Speaker: The Hiring Paradox: How to Consistently Find the Right People for the Right Job, June 26, 2009, CCT

Whitepaper: The Hiring Paradox: How to Find the Right People for the Right Job

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Kiichiro Nakamura, Management & Diversity Consultant

Mr. Nakamura is an independent management and diversity consultant, specializing in leveraging diversity for globally competent product, people, and organization development.

He offers consulting, lecture, and training by leveraging a range of global experience and experience at Procter & Gamble where he worked for around 18 years across multi-functions (R&D, HR), categories (Beauty Care, Fabric Care, Baby Care), and countries (Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, US, Belgium). He is also known as one of the first father-employees in Japan who took child care leave during his career at P&G, and shares the experiences and principles behind that decision for better work life balance and career management. Mr. Nakamura received his BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Osaka Prefecture University.

Event Speaker: Diversity in the Japanese Workplace: A Luxury or a Must?, September 11, 2009, CCT

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Bernd Kestler, Independent Information Professional and Founder of Brainpool.jp

Bernd possess high-level skills in finding, managing, applying, and communicating information particular in the area of: protecting and enforcing trademark rights in Japan, by providing online watching services to locate and report, where IP-rights are infringed; searching for similar and identical (word) trademarks in Japan; in-use search of trademarks; and, designing and facilitating search workshop to develop and increase participant's research skills.

Event Speaker: Find DON'T Search: Internet Data Mining for Recruiters, May 27, 2009, CCT

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Dana M. Gallagher, MPH, PA, Executive Coach, Management Trainer and OD Consultant

Dana has over 10 years experience as an executive coach, management trainer, and Organizational Development consultant. Her special interests are leadership development, change management, and team building across cultures and generations. She has worked in a variety of industries and settings, including non-profit advocacy organizations, start-up companies, and multinational headquarters. With a dual base in Tokyo and California USA, she has trained and worked extensively in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Whitepaper: The New Manager: Tips for Successfully Transitioning to the Manager Role

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Dr. Linda Semlitz, Clinical Director, TELL Community Counseling Service

Dr. Semlitz is an American trained Psychiatrist with board certification in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as General Psychiatry.  She completed her undergraduate education at Brown University in 1975 and received her medical degree from Brown University in 1978.  Dr. Semlitz completed her Psychiatry training at the Cornell University, New York Hospital Westchester division and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at New York State Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University.  Dr. Semlitz has practiced psychiatry for over 25 years in both the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore and has had academic appointments at Columbia University, Oregon Health Sciences University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and National University of Hong Kong.  More recently she was the Medical Director of Merck, Sharpe and Dohme in Hong Kong and Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs at Banyu, a division of Merck in Japan. She has particular interest in multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment ADHD, anxiety and depression, cross cultural mental health, and community mental health.

Event Speaker: Employees in Crisis: Managing Workplace Depression & Preventing Employee Suicides, April 15, 2009, CCT


Prof. Shinya Yamamoto, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers HRS Co. Ltd. and Professor, Graduate School of Business Science, University of Tsukuba

Mr. Yamamoto is a Partner in charge of PwC Human Resources Services practice in Japan. He has more than 18 years of experience in HR management consulting, servicing to both Japanese and foreign-affilated companies in Japan and overseas subsidiaries of Japanese companies. His recent professional activities include HR strategy development, performance management design, HR effectiveness consulting, HR development (management training), along with numerous experience in HR transaction services such as HR due diligence, integration and redesigning of HR systems, down sizing, HR administration and communications. Bilingual in Japanese and English, Mr. Yamamoto is a frequent speaker at HRM conferences and seminars in Japan, and an author of several HRM books in Japanese.  He holds BS Engineering from Keio University in Tokyo and MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Event Speaker: HR in Crisis: Lessons Learned from the Past, Feb 25, 2009, CCT

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Philippe Grall, President, Equilibre k.k.

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Event Speaker: HR Balance:Applying Emotional Intelligence to HR, August 22, 2008, CCT

Anne Good, President, Eureka!

Anne is an HR professional with in depth knowledge and experience in both business strategies and training practices. She operates her own coaching and personal development business in Japan called Eureka! She moved to Japan in 2003 and has worked with a variety of businesses ranging from large multinationals to smaller entrepreneurial enterprises with a particular focus on foreign companies investing in Japan.

In the UK, Anne worked with Spring Group plc, a UK based consultancy, recruitment and training company, where she further developed business-planning skills including strategic direction, competitor analysis and financial planning & analysis. She gained additional experience in managing start up projects including Education Learning Centres.

Anne has an MA in Educational Management, Certificate in Post Compulsory Education and Training, University of Hertfordshire, England and is a Certified Myers Briggs Professional and Certified Keirsey Temperament Sorter II Professional.

Event Speaker: Work-Life Balance: A Myth or a Possible Reality in Japan?, June 17, 2008, CCT

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Jun Kabigting, Managing Director, HR Central K.K.

Jun is an HR professional with a deep HR body of knowledge and experience (15+ years of HR professional experience, 8+ years of which are in Japan). Jun has a solid experience as a trainer, HR consultant, and executive search consultant. He also has experience in other HR fields like performance management, compensation & benefits design, organizational design and development, change management, as well as other HR generalist functions like employee relations, coaching, and career counseling. Read more about Jun (English or Japanese).


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