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Social Business Research Center Investigator/Organization

SBRC Members

Masaharu OKADA

Executive Director, Kyushu University SBRC

In 1979, joined NTT, in which he was mainly in charge of international business management, especially, international legal management including intellectual property license, lobbing, public relations, internet business projects. In NTT-America(1988~1994), as General Counsel, he was in charge of management of legal, public relations, personnel and research. In NTT-X(1994~2001), he was in charge of Internet Business Developments of NTT and alliances with ventures in the field of Internet area in and out of Japan.
In 2001, retired NTT, and joined Kyushu University in the following year. In the University, he is teaching in the Law School such as “Cyber Law”, “International Corporate Law” and “Contract Writing”. Also, he is supporting industry-university collaboration projects in IMAQ (Intellectual Property Management Center) as Vice General Manager of International Industry-University Collaboration Center.
In October, 2005, he has become a board member of ACCESS in charge of corporate governance, compliance, strategic alliances (M&A) and international business strategies.
In October, 2008, he was appointed as General Counsel in charge of international projects of the University. Since 2008, he has also been engaged in the projects of the University with Grameen Family, working closely with Prof Yunus for promoting ‘Social Business’ in and out of Japan, and became in April 2011 Executive Director of Grameen Creative Lab@Kyushu University.

Masaharu OKADA


Coordinator, Kyushu University SBRC

Kyushu University Law School, International Public Law graduate.
Worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the International Cooperation Bureau, and for the International Development Journal as editor assistant before joining Yunus & Shiiki Social Business Research center team.
Volunteer for Social Business events, and participated to Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) University(summer school) in Spain, NGO study tour in Cambodia and UN Forum Study Program in Thailand.
Wish to gain more experiences in the social business world, do research and create strong partnership and network among various organizations.



Professor, Kyushu University Business School

Prof.Hoshino was born in Tokyo in 1958. After graduating from the Department of Political science, the Faculty of Law, Keio University and from Georgetown University Law Center (USA) with his MBA, he went to work for Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and served as an assistant professor of the school of Business Administration and the research Institute for Economics & Business Administration of Kobe University.
Currently, he is involved in education and research activities as a professor of the Faculty of economics, Kyushu University, and a visiting professor of the Faculty of Maritime sciences, Kobe University. Global business and global logistics are his specialized fields.
He also acts as a member of various committees related to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, transport and Tourism, Kyushu Bureau of economy, Trade and Industry, Hyogo Prefecture, Fukuoka Prefecture and Fukuoka City. His participation in civic projects is an other example of the wide range of activities in which he is engaged.
He holds memberships in several academic societies, including the Japan Society of Logistics and Shipping Economics (Executive Director), the Japan Academy of International Business Studies (director), and the Academy of Multinational Enterprises (Director).



Associate Professor, Kyushu University Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering

ASHIR Ahmed is an associate professor at the department of advanced information technology in Kyushu University, Japan and director of GCC project in Grameen Communications, Bangladesh. His research aims to produce and promote ICT based social services for the unreached community in the world. In 2007, he joined Kyushu University as a guest associate professor under the research superstar program by Japan Science and Technology Agency. Through this program, he developed a joint collaboration with Grameen and Kyushu University and produced numerous international projects e.g. GramWeb (a village information platform), ePassbook (an electronic gadget for unreached community), $300 portable clinic and IGPF (Income Generation Project for Farmers using ICT). In Kyushu University, he developed a team of multi-disciplinary researchers which ultimately produced two research organizations e.g. GCL (Grameen Creative Lab) and GTL (Grameen Technology Lab) in 2009.
In 2011, a social business research institute has been established in the university. He is also a core contributor to establish Grameen Yukiguni Maitake Ltd, an agriculture based social business in Bangladesh. In 2003 to 2006, Ashir worked for NTT Communications to develop SIP based applications for home electronic devices and represented NTT Communications in International forum namely IETF to standardize NTT’s technology. In 2000-2002, he worked as an MTS1 in Avaya Labs, Japan to R&D Avaya’s SIP based products for Japanese market. Ashir was a visiting researcher at JGN (Japan Gigabit Network) project under the Telecommunication Advancement Organization and successfully setup regional TAO office in Sendai, Japan. Ashir received his Ph.D. in Information Sciences from Tohoku University in 1999.


Kyushu University SBRC Steering committee

Manager of SBRC Director/Vice-president Masato WAKAYAMA
SBRC Professor/Associate professor
Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Professor Yoshio ABE
Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Professor Motoyuki TSUNEKAWA
Faculty of Economics, Professor HiroshiHOSHINO
Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Associate professor Miyuki INABA
Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Associate professor Takako SUZUKI
Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Associate professor Ashir AHMED
Bureau chief, Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Director Keita FUKUMOTO
Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Director Keijiro ARAKI
Agricultural Research, Director Kazuaki HIRAMATSU
Faculty of Economics, Industrial Management Special study head Keita FUKUMOTO
Office, Industry academia/Social collaboration Manager Kazunori YODOGAWA

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