“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.”
Tomo is a University Innovation Fellow currently studying Anthropology, Political Science and Business 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 favourite 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 passion towards one’s work and dream.
In the last two years, he has been heavily active in leading student movements and diving into design thinking to empower himself and the people around him. He is the Co-Founder and former president of Horizon, a student empowerment group. He led a diverse team of 30 members into its second year and building projects focused on gender, refugee, environmental and innovation issues.
While also a Fellow at the Stanford d.school, Tomo is educated in design thinking at the HPI School of Design Thinking, a leading design thinking institution globally. Currently, he is building RISE, an organization empowering the youth to become changemakers through design thinking workshops. He is also currently working on projects focusing on digital technology, sustainability, ocean pollution and education systems.