Team

  • Kohei MutoCEO
  • Gayama YannickManaging Director
  • Nobuko SteinmannManager
  • Albert MbithiAssociate
  • Kamil Orbisso MohamedProject Manager
  • Adaeze GbuforAnalyst
  • Koshiro AshizawaAnalyst
  • Frank AcheampongAnalyst
  • Takayuki MatsuoLegal Advisor
  • Kohei MutoCEO

    Kohei has experience in advising global and local firms on capital raising, acquisition, and investment. He has successfully executed more than 35 deals worth more than 30 billion USD in 5 regions (Asia, US, Europe, Middle East, and Africa) across sectors.

    He started his career at Morgan Stanley and later joined Shurook, a private equity investment subdivision of the Office of the Quartet, led by Tony Blaire, covering investments in banking and clean-tech sectors in the Middle East. He graduated from a boarding school in Pennsylvania, US, and graduated from Tsukuba University in Japan. He enjoys traveling and flying planes.

  • Gayama YannickManaging Director

    Former director at a global PR agency, Yannick advised multinationals in Stakeholder Engagement in various fields (life sciences, technology, etc.) and currently supports African embassies in investment promotion and and is co-founder the African Commerce Community in Japan (AfCCJ) project. Son of an Ambassador of the Republic of Congo, he was born in the U.S., raised in Ethiopia, Congo and Canada, holds a B.Sc. in Communications, a grad. degree in Game Design (University of Montreal), and a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (University of British Columbia).

  • Nobuko SteinmannManager

    Nobuko holds a Ph. D. in Islamic Studies (University of Tokyo) and offered expert lectures, Arabic language training to the Japanese government and large corporations for over 14 years, while participating in Ministry of Foreign Affairs projects such as “Monitoring the Middle East through SNS” and “Research on The Roles of Major Tribes in North Africa”. She also worked many years as an Arabic media interpreter for major Japanese broadcasters and translated Arabic publications.

  • Albert MbithiAssociate

    He has 10 years of experience as a financial expert in East Africa’s largest banks KCB Bank and Equity Bank. At Equity Bank, he made achievement in the field of Agency Banking by pioneering financial inclusion through use of mobile and POS terminals. He also has experience working at the Kenya National Highways Authority Corporation. He has Bachelors of Commerce in Marketing and Management from the University of Mount Kenya and a Diploma in Business Administration from the British Association of Business Executives. Based in Kenya

  • Kamil Orbisso MohamedProject Manager

    Kamil obtained a degree in Global Studies and International Relations from Addis Ababa New Generation University in Ethiopia. He has been working in Djibouti and Japan expert in the fields of international logistics, maritime affairs, and supply chain of multinational corporations. He came to Japan as a Fellow of Awaji Youth Federation and served as an International Relations and Project Officer at Pasona Co., Ltd.

  • Adaeze GbuforAnalyst

    Adaeze holds a master’s degree in project management, a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology, and a diploma in Pharmacy from the International University of Malaya-Wales based in Malaysia. She won the Young Researcher Award in 2019 from FSTEM, with other awards of excellence. She has experience and expertise in project development and promotion of sustainable novel technologies. Her exceptional skills in research analysis, project management and laboratory techniques enabled her participate in a database analysis and software product testing for healthcare App development for Silicon Valley. She also passionately runs a foundation that caters for less-privileged children in Africa.

  • Koshiro AshizawaAnalyst

    Koshiro holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of California Santa Barbara. He managed projects for Nuovo Fiore Ethiopia, a charity foundation that promotes and supports basic education in the African continent. He graduated from an American boarding school in Switzerland.  Based in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Frank AcheampongAnalyst

    Frank acquired MBA in Finance at Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, and BSc. in Business Administration (Marketing) through a joint program between Arctic University of Norway and University of Ghana. He has gained experience in international trade, finance, and business development within commodity trading and banking industries while working at both Itochu Corporation and Access Bank Limited.

  • Takayuki MatsuoLegal Advisor

    Takayuki is a Partner at MM&N (Momo-o, Matsuo &Namba). He has expertise in emerging markets’ legal framework, and has experiences in information/ intelligence related laws (including AI). He is the author of several books and university textbooks, including “AI/HR Technology Related – Legal Practice on Personal Management & Labor Related Information Management”.
    He graduated from Tokyo University Faculty of Law, Harvard University Law School, and Pekin University Law School.

ALUMNI

  • Abidame UmekumAnalyst
  • Liban Abdilatif AhmedAnalyst
  • Christian GeraudAnalyst
  • Adel GuerramAnalyst
  • Siphosethu MakanandaAnalyst
  • Abidame UmekumAnalyst

    Abidambe is a pending graduate in International Business Studies at Soka University, holding a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Business from the University of Buea. He has in-depth knowledge of the African business environment and was selected for the African Development Bank’s Agricultural Value Chain Development Program in 2018. He also managed over 100 Ha of Agricultural production for two companies in Cameroon.

  • Liban Abdilatif AhmedAnalyst

    Liban received his BSc in Computer Science from Somali International University and MSc in Information Security from Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is CCNA Cisco certified and has experience in Networking and app development.

  • Christian GeraudAnalyst

    Christian holds a bachelor’s degree from Renmin University in China and a master’s degree in International Development from the International University of Japan, Geraud Neema has a diversified professional background that has taken him to several industries. He has been a business and commercial representative in China for Congolese companies; a project manager for Intermines Ltd for which he negotiated and managed the creation of a mining joint venture for gold, cassiterite, and coltan in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a consultant on good governance issues and policy advocacy for a Jesuit research center in Kinshasa.

  • Adel GuerramAnalyst

    Adel holds an MBA from Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. Interested in finance, he is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Algiers 3 and specialized in alternative finance. After 5 years of experience in HR at an Algerian-Lebanese company specializing in metal construction, he joined the Algerian Ministry of Commerce, where he is in charge of controlling public procurements.

  • Siphosethu MakanandaAnalyst

    Siphosethu has seven years of professional experience in the South African energy sector, specializing in project development research, customer relations, training, and facilitation. She studied for an MBA at NUCB Graduate School of Management, in Japan. She won the 2021 International Negotiation Challenge alongside a team. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science, from the University of Cape Town and Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from Henley Business School in South Africa.