Shigenori ArakiPresidentShigenori Araki joined a general trading company after graduating from Waseda University.
After working primarily in a devision related imports and exports with India and China, he obtained an MBA from the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Starting in 1996, as a member of the private banking business start-up team at Goldman Sachs Securities, he cultivated businesses targeted at the affluent market.
Since then, he has worked in various positions including vice president at Merrill Lynch and director at Alliance Bernstein, and Japan branch manager at Janus Capital International.
Part-time lecturer of Graduate School of Finance, Accounting & Law at Waseda University.
Vice-Secretary of the Waseda University Finance Alumni Society.
Tohki HatadirectorTouki Hata joined Jardine Fleming Securities after graduating from Aoyama Gakuin University. Four years later, he was hired by Goldman Sachs where he spent 9 years in Equity Sales and 2 years as a private banker. He subsequently joined Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank for one year each. In 2005, He founded Slow Natural Corporation, an e-commerce company, which imports natural food for wholesale and retail business in Japan.
Alan AcostaChief Administrative Officer, Director of Overseas Business DivisionGraduated from University of the Pacific and joined the Research Department of Baring Securities (Japan) in 1986 as an equity research analyst.
In 1993 transferred to the Buenos Aires branch of Baring Securities. In 1995 joined Nomura Securities in Tokyo as a member of the Research Department and later transferred to the Client Relations Management Department. In 2008 completed the MBA program at the University of Chicago.
Takami HikokuboChief Administrative OfficerAfter graduating Hitotsubashi University with a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB), Takami Hikokubo joined Nomura Securities. She subsequently worked in Legal/Compliance fields of several major global investment banks, including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Commerzbank. In March 2007 Takami joined the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ as one of the founding members of European Compliance Division in London. In 2011 she acquired a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Financial Risk Management from London Metropolitan University with Distinction and received the Robert Cooper Memorial Award. Takami was one of the original core freelancers at Workshift when it was launched in 2014, later switching to her current role in June 2016. She is also pursuing her doctorate research at Essex Business School, the University of Essex (UK).
Sakae TashimoCo-CTO & Managing Director, System Development DivisionHaving dealt with software development since the dawning of the internet era, Sakae Tashimo has vast knowledge and hands-on experience from developing client server systems to web applications. He has worked in the development of game applications for feature phones and subsequently developed applications for social games, novel games, and well-known, large-scale MMORPG on smartphones. Prior to joining Workshift, Sakae was the CTO of a business corporation.
Taro HiraiCo-CTOTaro Hirai joined VSN Co., Ltd. after graduating from Ritsumeikan Univeristy.
Upon studying IT, he engaged in software development as a freelance engineer. In 2010 he founded LHit Co., Ltd., a company specializing in business data analysis and software development. After stepping down from his role as President of LHit in 2012, he founded another company, LIFAA that offers IT and data analysis services.
Atsushi AsaedaChief of Planning and Sales DivisionPrior to joining Workshift, Atsushi Asaeda graduated with a masters degree in Social Sciences from the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University in March 2018. His thesis was based on the interviews with the victims of atomic bombs in Hiroshima who had suffered hardships at their younger age. After completing three months of internship, he subsequently became a full member of staff at Workshift in May 2018.
External Director / Auditor
Kenshi MatsubaraExternal DirectorCorporate Executive Officer of transcosmos inc.After graduating from Kyushu University, Kenji joined Recruit Holdings. In 2002 he subsequently joined transcosmos inc., contributing greatly to the expansion of its call center and marketing services. Currently he holds the position of Corporate Executive Officer and Headquarters Manager of Digital Marketing/EC/Contact Center Headquarters.In December 2016 Kenshi was appointed as the External Director of Workshift Solutions Co., Ltd.
Yoshihide HirowatariAuditorPresident of AGS Consulting Co., Ltd. After graduating Waseda University, Yoshihide joined Century Audit Corporation (now Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC). In 1994 he transferred to AGS Consulting Co., Ltd., contributing greatly to its business expansion. Since 2009 he holds the title of Managing Partner at AGS Certified Tax Co.In December 2016 Yoshihide was appointed as the Auditor of Workshift Solutions Co., Ltd.
Kenji KawadaWorkshift AdviserAfter graduating from Waseda University he joined Saitama Bank, and in 1999 became an executive officer at Asahi Bank. In 2003 he became president of Resona Holdings and in 2006 president of Saitama Resona Bank, all the while leading the firm through the "Resona Reorganization" project. Subsequently, he moved to the Resona Research Institute as Chairman. He is currently Standing Director at the Fujitsu Research Institute.
Our interns’ current enrollment：
Tokyo University Department of Science and Engineering, Waseda University Department of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University Department of Education, Tokyo Institute of Technology Department of Industrial engineering and Management, Tokyo University of Science Department of Chemical Science and Technology, Sophia University Department of Science and Technology
Instead of having a set list of responsibilities, we deal with different tasks every day. As a result, I am able to ameliorate my personal and professional skills with an open mind and learn how fun work can be. In addition, the staff are very kind and they give constructive feedback, so I believe this is a great environment for students who are about to enter the “real world.”