16th GLOBIS Alumni Awards
GLOBIS University is pleased to announce the 2020 winners of the 16th GLOBIS Alumni Awards.
At the online ceremony, held on Saturday, July 4, during the Asatte Conference, four alumni received awards in two categories: Creation and Transformation.
Each of the four award winners was recognized for his or her achievements in raising awareness of issues within society and their professional organizations, as well as their continued work toward innovation and organizational reform.
The GLOBIS Alumni Award was established in 2005. The Creation category awards business leaders who start their own ventures or otherwise display entrepreneurial excellence. The Transformation category awards those who revitalize existing organizations. All winners hold an MBA or GDBA degree from GLOBIS University and are evaluated on their contributions to society, creation of social value, and display of leadership.
Fumiaki Kiuchi (Co-Founder/Director of Makuake Co., Ltd.)
Mr. Fumiaki Kiuchi was awarded in the Creation category in celebration of his entrepreneurial success. He joined CyberAgent in 2009 and co-founded the purchasing platform Makutake three years later. With true entrepreneurial spirit, he managed a wide range of tasks, including business management, after-sales services, bank tie-ups, and new business launches. In December 2019 the company was listed in the Mothers on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Today, Mr. Kiuchi is focusing on his most recent company, Makuake Incubation Studio, which delivers R&D content and tailored products and services.
Hiroyoshi Noro (Founder and CEO of DIVE INTO CODE)
Mr. Hiroyoshi Noro was awarded in the Creation category in recognition of his global commitment to social issues and leadership. In 2017, Mr. Noro founded his own company, DIVE INTO CODE, with the purpose of helping budding engineers fulfill their potential in an industry sorely lacking their qualifications. DIVE INTO CODE delivers Japanese IT education to the world. In August 2017, the company launched an IT Engineering program in Rwanda. Mr. Noro built a school management system from the ground up together with Rwanda ICT Chamber, which has since produced 19 graduates.
Obara Nanae (Chief Marketing Officer, AXA General Insurance Co., Ltd.)
Ms. Obara was awarded in the Transformation category for her outstanding achievement in digital strategy implementation and marketing. She started her career as a brand manager for consumer goods, but quickly climbed the corporate ladder. In 2014, she joined AXA. In 2019, the company's TV commercials ranked among CM Research Institute's "top 10 commercials that moved customers." Ms. Obara receives the Alumni Award for leading in digital marketing, UX, and CRM, as well as leadership efforts that have put her at the top of her field.
Shigeo Kagami (Corporate Planning Division Executive Officer, President & CEO KADOKAWA Co., Ltd.)
Mr. Shigeo Kagami was awarded in the Transformation category in recognition of his distinguished career in business innovation. In 2017, as CIO of Dwango Co., Ltd., he led an infrastructure reform that solved long-standing issues and overturned a revenue deficit. In 2019, he successfully executed a DX project for KADOKAWA Co., Ltd. as executive officer. He was then appointed to lead the digitalization strategy of the group as president and representative director of KADOKAWA Connected Co., Ltd. Mr. Kagami also established a DX consulting service to help Japanese companies digitalize.