Program Coordinator, Learning Support Program, Leadership Training Division, Ashinaga HQ
From the outset of her career, Maya has pursued opportunities focused on leveraging innovation to address structural inequities, particularly in emerging markets. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Maya spent three years living and working in Nairobi, Kenya. Those three years were spent immersed in Nairobi’s thriving startup community learning the many nuances of emerging markets as well as how to iterate rapidly in an ever-evolving startup environment. After three years in Kenya, Maya was eager to better understand how she might leverage her background as both a Japanese and American national to galvanize resources from developed markets to be forwarded to worthwhile projects on the ground in developing contexts. As a result, Maya made the transition to working in Tokyo, Japan.
Upon arriving in Tokyo, Maya was immediately introduced to the Ashinaga Foundation owing to its dedicated work in Sub-Saharan Africa. After meeting several staff members, Maya developed a keen interest in Ashinaga’s work, not only in Africa but also in Japan and elsewhere in the world. When the opportunity arose to work on a brand new program, the Learning Support Program, Maya joined the foundation. At Ashinaga, Maya brings a breadth of international experience, program development, expansion and management expertise, and a mindset dedicated to creating equal access to opportunities for youth in Japan and around the world. Under the exemplary vision of Ashinaga’s President and founder, Yoshiomi Tamai, Maya hopes to expand and diversify Ashinaga’s impact on future generations.