Aika N./Sawai

Shibuya, Japan

Person: A Japanese native born in New York, raised in Yokohama (Japan), Bangkok (Thailand), Florence (Italy), and after living in Brooklyn for 8+ years, moved to Tokyo in 2012. I enjoy being exposed to different cultures, especially emerging cultures, whether it's low-tech/high-tech, offline or online. I love food and music, but more importantly, I have an insatiable appetite for information.

Career: I was a Mobile Product Manager at KDDI America, a group company of Japan's 2nd largest telecom KDDI, based in New York. I am part of a team that offers a nationwide mobile service catered towards the Asian ethnic communities in the US. After graduating from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, I joined the KDDI office in NY when the business was gearing up to launch its wireless venture. There, I had the rare opportunity of having a hands-on experience of building a business from the ground up, ranging from mobile device software development, marketing, end-to-end testing, contract writing, vendor management, process engineering to UI enhancements. My career has been exploratory and interdisciplinary.

I want to completely immerse myself in the socio-digital revolution, to continue changing, and sincerely hope to make the world a better place for the future generations to come.

人となり:NY生まれの横浜、バンコク、ニューヨーク育ち。バンコクのインターナショナルスクールを卒業後、NY大学のGallatin School of Individualized Studiesという自分で研究テーマを定めて、取りたい授業を学際的に選ぶことができるちょっと変わったプログラムに入学。始めの1年はイタリア・フィレンツェのホグワーツのような分校で過ごす。911はこの年。