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Social Business Research Center Investigator/Organization

SBRC Members

Masaharu OKADA

Executive Director, SBRC, Kyushu University

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


Professor, Business School, Kyushu University
Web: http://hyoka.ofc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/search/details/K000508/index.html

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, Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University
Web: http://hyoka.ofc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/search/details/K003912/social.html

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

Professor Masato WAKAYAMA – Manager of SBRC Director/Vice-president 
Professor Yoshio ABE – Faculty of Languages and Cultures
Professor Motoyuki TSUNEKAWA – Faculty of Languages and Cultures
Professor Hiroshi HOSHINO – Faculty of Economics
Professor Keita FUKUMOTO – Director, Bureau Chief, Faculty of Languages and Cultures
Professor Keijiro ARAKI – Director, Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
Professor Susumu FUKUDA – Director, Faculty of Agriculture
Professor Isao MURAFUJI – Head, Faculty of Economics
Mr Kazunori YODOGAWA – Manager, Industry Academia/Social Collaboration Office 
Associate Professor Takako SUZUKI – Faculty of Languages and Cultures
Associate Professor Ashir AHMED – Faculty of Information Science and Electrical Engineering
Professor Masaharu OKADA – Executive Director, SBRC

Kayoko Windle

Coordinator, SBRC, Kyushu University

Akiko Fish

Coordinator, SBRC, Kyushu University

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