Our Team

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Philip

Founder 

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Philip graduated from UCLA in Earth and Environmental Science and World Arts and Cultures in 2011 and moved to Japan to study radiation safety at Kyoto University. In 2016, after obtaining his PhD, he established his social venture, Gochiso, to support nonprofits and the food industry in Japan. In 2020, he established his new venture, mamoru, to accelerate actions for sustainability.

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Sonam

Business Development
Team Lead

Hello, I am Sonam. I am from Bhutan, and I am currently doing my BA in Environmental Studies at Keio University. I am primarily interested in conscious consumerism and minimalism.

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Misaki

Social Media
Team Lead

Misaki was born in Japan and spent her childhood in England and New Zealand. She has visited 37 countries, and developed interest in sustainable living to preserve the beautiful landscapes and cultures she encounters during her travels and for the next generation. With mamoru, she wants to spread sustainable actions and choices that can be adopted in daily life for people who do not know where to start.

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Moe

Business Development

Hi, I’m Moe Taki. I was born and live in Chiba (next to Tokyo), and now I learn architecture in my university.

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Miki 

Social Media
Team Lead

Miki is currently a student at the Dokkyo University. After hearing a lecture by photojournalist Natsunoki Yasuda in high school, she became interested in life in developing countries and humanitarian aid. At university, she is a member of FEST TOKYO, a student international cooperation organization, where she served as the head of the 8th Overseas Project Department. She is currently researching eco-friendly lifestyles with sustainability as her keyword, and has been working as an intern since autumn 2020.

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Daniela

Community Development
Team Lead

I was born in Hamburg, Germany, and raised in a small town just north of Hamburg. Studying Japanese and Linguistics, I spent a year in Kyoto as an exchange student. The strange misconceptions about non-Japanese people I was made aware of during this time, made me decide to come back to Japan after graduation, thinking that I might use my skills to promote globalization. I’m now based in Osaka, working in translation and international cooperation. For a while now, I have been switching my focus from languages and culture to sciences and environmental awareness (as a second passion of mine).

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Norah Hoang

App Development
Team Lead

Originally from Vietnam, Norah came to Japan in 2010 to study Sustainable Development at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. She is now based out of Tokyo. While a recruiter by profession, Norah remains an advocate for sustainable development at heart. She believes in the collective power of each and every individual making sustainable choices every day. Norah was drawing a little map of zero waste shops around Tokyo for her own, when she heard about mamoru. She didn’t need to think twice at the opportunity to join the effort!

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Hiep

App Development
Team Lead

My name is Hiep. I came from Vietnam and have been living in Japan for about 8 years. Currently working as an IT consultant. Interested in Fintech, EdTech, cutting-edge technology like Deep Learning, Blockchain.

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Allen

App Development

Originally from Bangkok, Thailand. Currently living in Tokyo, Japan. Seeking to use my professional skills and experience to improve people's quality of life and promote workplace efficiency. I believe technology has the power to increase safety, reduce repetitive tasks and make our world a better place for everyone. Throughout my professional career, I have led projects, resolved team disputes, and collaborated with various members of companies and teams.

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Nao

Business Development

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Alicia

Product Design

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Natsuki 

Community Development

Hi, I am NAO! I am in my third year of a Bachelor and currently studying in Norway as an exchange student.

Hi! I’m Alicia and I’m from Korea. I came to Japan around 3 years ago and currently living in Tokyo. I work as a recruiter now while doing freelancing job in design.

Natsuki was born in Japan and has lived in the UK. While studying broad areas at International Christian University, she began to search for sustainable and ethical alternatives.
After coming to take the idea of veganism and zero waste into life, and noticing that the choices are not accessible to everyone, she is hoping to make steps toward a livable environment for all.

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Russell

App Development

Nice to meet you! I am Russell and I am currently living in Tokyo but am originally from the UK.

I fell in love with programming over 2 years ago and have been working with it everyday to improve and learn. I am also currently taking a BSc in Computer Science!

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Sarah

Business Development

Sarah left her job in edutech in Singapore after taking night classes in dress making and realised how ridiculous it is that companies can sell clothes at less than $10 when she took a month to make a skirt.

She will be graduating from Fashion School in a few months but is not stressing enough about finding employment (partially because her research project is enough to fill her plate already).

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Hibiki

Community Development

Hi, I’m Hibiki. I was born in Oita and raised in Yamaguchi. And currently live in Córdoba in Spain. I’ve lived in Kyoto to study for 4 years, and had the best experience there!

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Mana

Business Development

Hi! I’m Mana, 23 yo. I’m interested in social development issues including social business, fair trade and human rights.

Aili

Product Design
Team Lead

Hi! I'm a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and creative thinker based in Kyoto, Japan. I've lived in Kyoto for 18 years, and I'm fluent in both English and Japanese. Also, I have received the International Baccalaureate Diploma. I love helping and bringing people together through art and design.

Khwaish

Social Media

Hey! I’m a sophomore in an international school in Tokyo. I’m originally from India and have lived here all my life.

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Marianne

Social Media

I'm a 4th year Japanese studies student at Gakushuin University. I’m currently studying the Japanese language and the socio-political issues concerning Japan. I have some experience with video editing and Photoshop.

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Vivian

App Development

Born and raised in Taiwan, and now living in Japan:) My name is Vivian and I’m a full-stack developer who’s passionate about finding effective solutions to problems, with interests in both front-end and back-end.

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Karen

App Development

Hi there, my name is Karen. Originally from the Philippines but living here in Japan for almost 4 years and just finished the web-dev fulltime course at Le wagon last month. I’m really grateful to be part of mamoru.

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Milo

Social Media

I am a third year student at the University of East Anglia, studying International Development and the Environment with a year abroad (Ritsumeikan University).

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