“Use your heart, your courage, your vision to fix, to heal, to connect, to empathize. Because living life for something bigger than yourself is a hero’s journey.”
Tomohiro Loeer, a UIF candidate and co-founder of student organization Horizon, is currently studying Political Science, Philosophy and Anthropology at Sophia University in Tokyo. Tomo enjoyed an interdisciplinary and multicultural upbringing by growing up in Japan, Germany, and Scotland. He enjoys learning about his native Japanese culture, modern innovation, mental health and what defines creativity. He is an avid lover of Italian cuisine, dive bars and pottery, and likes to keep himself active through team sports like football and volleyball. Just walking without direction exploring cities and immersing himself in the local community is his favorite pastime.
For Tomo, the UIF program is a place where he can freely grow ideas with a like-minded team. From his mix of Japanese, German and Scottish background, he has grown to believe in individuality - the ability to be yourself - and in passion towards one’s work and dream.
In Horizon, he has led a diverse team of 30 members into its second year, and building projects focused on gender, refugee, environmental and innovation issues. When working with others, Tomo values the intention behind the creation of positive impact. This intention was crucial when bringing his founding members of Horizon together in their mission to empower themselves and inspire other changemakers. But more importantly, he acknowledges the value of a team supporting his actions.
He wants to empower others, to empower himself.