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  • Honorary President SEM Kojiro Shiraishi

    Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland.

  • President Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarzenegger

    Prorector at the University of Zurich. Legal scholar and criminologist
    Assistant professor at Niigata and Aichi Universities from 1994-1999
    Visiting professor at Keio (2018) and Chuo (2019) Universities

  • Vice President Kyoko Ginsig

    Teacher of Japanese language and calligraphy.
    Japanese narration and recitation.
    Intercultural communication and translation in Japanese and German.
    Born and raised in Japan and since 1983 in Switzerland.

  • Managing Director Marianne Häni-Lerch

    Translator’s diploma, textile artist and family manager.
    During the past years, intensive studies of Japanese language and culture.

  • Niels Viggo Haueter

    Historian, Head Corporate History at Swiss Re
    Guest lecturer and speaker at various universities, including Hitotsubashi University in Kunitachi

  • Tomoko Kobayashi

    Executive Director Wealth Management UBS Switzerland AG, Zurich, since 2007.
    Capital Markets and Private Banking Nikko Bank (Switzerland) AG and Mizuho Bank (Switzerland) AG (1989 – 2007).
    Bachelor of Arts, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan.
    CFA – Chartered Financial Analyst.

  • Michael Schmid

    Senior Information Technology Project Manager, Treasurer and Webmaster
    Married to a Japanese national

  • Satoshi Sugimoto

    Director External Communications – Europe/Asia, Novartis International AG (2019- )
    Deputy Head Communication Switzerland, Novartis International AG  (2007- 2018).
    Head of Group Communications, Japan/Emerging Growth Markets, Novartis International AG (2004-2007).
    Brand Manager, Novartis Animal Health KK, Tokyo (2000-2001).
    Communications Officer, CIBA-GEIGY Japan Ltd., Tokyo und Takarazuka (1994-1997).

  • Prof. Dr. Hans Bjarne Thomsen

    Professor an der Universität Zürich. Leiter der Abteilung Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens.
    Dissertation über Ito Jakuchu an der Princeton University.
    Geboren in Kyoto, aufgewachsen in Japan und Dänemark.

  • Dr. Khanh Trinh

    Kuratorin Japan und Korea am Museum Rietberg. 21

    Kuratorin und Lehrbeauftragte für japanische Kunst in Berlin, Tokio und Sydney.