Members(As of April,2020)

The SBRC Managing Director
Hiroshi HOSHINO
Hiroshi HOSHINO
Professor of International business at the Faculty of Economics and Managing Director of Yunus and Shiiki Social Business Research Center.
Visiting professor at Kobe University and Mae Fah Luang University in Thailand.
 
Graduated from Faculty of Law, Keio University, and Graduate School of Business, Georgetown University. After working at Nippon Yusen Co., Ltd., serving as assistant professor in the Faculty of Business Administration and at the Research Institute of Economic Management, Kobe University, he assumed his present position in 2003. In response to the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Jan. 1995, he has been contributing to the Kobe society through various community development activities for over 20 years and engaged in creating and supporting various sort of social businesses in Kobe.
 
The SBRC Steering Committee
Hiroto YASUURA
Hiroto YASUURA
Executive Vice President
Trustee (Vice President)
 
Dr. Hiroto Yasuura is an Executive Vice President of Kyushu University since 2008. He is also serving as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Kyushu University.
 He was an associate professor in Kyoto University and moved to Kyushu University in 1991 as a Professor of Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering.
 He also worked for revolution of higher education by ICT. He established AXIES (Academic eXchange for Information Environment and Strategy) in 2011 and served as the first president of AXIES. He is one of founders of JMOOC and now a vice president of it. He also serves as a director of Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Center since 2011 for Fukuoka City.
 
Shigeki INOUE
Shigeki INOUE
Professor
Graduate School of Design
School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation
Director of SDGs Design Unit
 
Prof. Inoue was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Director of the Hakuhodo Diversity Design Institute before assuming his current position in April 2017. He engaged in research and production under the theme of "Solutions through Design" to address various issues and needs of consumers such as the disabled, the elderly, and the poor in developing countries. His publications include 'Creating Universal Social Inclusion' (Iwanami Shoten) and 'Good ideas come!' (Nihon Keizai Shimbun Publishing).
 
Takako SUZUKI
Takako SUZUKI
Associate Professor / International Social Development
Department of Multicultural Society
Faculty of Languages and Cultures

 
Dr. Suzuki was graduated from University of London. She had worked at JICA as an expert in education based in Zambia. After coming back to Japan, she has been working at universities including Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University, and Graduate School of International Cooperation, Kobe University. Currently she is an associate professor at Graduate School of Human-Environment, Kyushu University.
 Her specialty is Education and International Development, particularly working on small scale primary schools in peripheries, mainly in Africa, South America, South Asia and Oceania, addressing the vulnerable children along the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
 
Kenji IWATA
Kenji IWATA
Professor, Graduate School of Economics
 
Born in 1960, Prof. Iwata graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University. He withdrew from the Graduate School of Economics after having completed the coursework for Doctor of Philosophy (Economics). Since 2015, he has served as Director of the Kyushu University EU Centre. He assumed his current post of Dean of the Faculty of Economics in 2019. He served as President of the European Union Studies Association-Japan and Executive Director of the Japan Society of Monetary Economics. Prof. Iwata specializes in international finance and European economic integration. His publications include 'Modern European Economy 5th Edition' (co-authored by Yuhikaku Publishing Co., Ltd., 2018).
 
Masaharu SHIRATANI
Masaharu SHIRATANI
Professor / Division of Electronic Devices
Department of Electronics
Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
Dean of the Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
Center of Plasma Nono-interface Engineering

 
In order to promote the information society from the aspect of hardware, Prof. Shiratani has been studying the processes of solar cells and integrated circuits using low-temperature plasma, as well as the development of new oxynitride semiconductor materials and their application to excitonic devices and quantum computers, and the conversion of CO2 to CH4. He has also conducted research on enhancing plant growth using low-temperature plasma as a new approach to solving the food crisis.
 
Susumu FUKUDA
Susumu FUKUDA
Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Faculty of Agriculture
 
After completing the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyushu University, he served as an associate professor at Miyazaki University and then joined Kyushu University in 2001. Prof. Fukuda has been Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture since 2017. He specializes in the distribution and marketing of food products, and has many contacts within the food and agricultural world. For example, he serves as Director (part-time) of the Rice Stable Supply Organization (a public interest corporation). He also serves as Research Director of Kyushu University Institute for Asian and Oceanian Studies, established in April 2019.
 
Masaharu OKADA
Masaharu OKADA
Yunus & Shiiki Social Business Research Center
Executive Director/Professor
 
After graduating from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law, Prof. Okada joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (the predecessor of the NTT Group) in 1979. He received an MBA from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1985, and qualified as a lawyer in New York State in 1995. Since October 2002, he has been providing lectures on subjects such as "International Corporate Law" at Kyushu University Law School, and has been in charge of domestic and international projects to promote Yunus Social Business with 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus since 2008. He has held his current position since April 2011.
 
Ashir AHMED
Ashir AHMED
Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
Director, Global Communication Center, Grameen Communications, Bangladesh
Representative Director of the Social Business Academia Network, Japan Chapter
 
After receiving Ph.D. on Information Science from Tohoku University in 1999, Dr. Ahmed joined Avaya Labs (former Bell Labs), NTT Communications to develop and standardize next generation communication technologies. He left industry with the hope to devote himself more on social cause driven technology development. He established Global Communication Center (GCC) within Grameen Group and at the same time joined Kyushu University as a Research Super Star to develop technologies for the unreached communities. Prof. Yunus and Prof. Yasuura (Kyushu University) are the source of his motivation.
 
 
 
Visiting Fellow
 
Takuzo OSUGI
Associate Professor, Faculty of Business
Administration, Kyoto Sangyo University
 
Miho KOBAYASHI
Sayama City Business Support Center
Director of Saya-Biz Center
 
Secretariat
 
Hiroaki ITO
Head
Industrial Collaboration Promotion Division,
Research and Industrial Collaboration
Promotion Department