Fariza has extensive knowledge and cultural understanding for the EU, Middle East, Russia and Asian countries as she grew up in the multicultural and multilingual environment of Uzbekistan. She is able to speak 7 languages: English, Japanese, Russian, Uzbek, Tajik, Persian, and Turkish.
Majoring in English and Japanese linguistics, Fariza graduated with Honors from Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages.
She later conducted research work about cross-cultural communication and international relations under a scholarship with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) at Kobe University.
At the age of 24 and after three months of experience working with major Japanese company, Fariza identified a gap in the Japanese market: a lack of cross-cultural communication skills and cross-cultural understanding. To ensure her opportunity identified was feasible, Fariza interviewed 200 Japanese managers and 500 international employees about the global work environment and cultural miscommunication. With this information, she created a database and seminar content to help Japanese companies perform better in the global business environment; thus, the launch of SOPHYS Corporation.
Fariza currently provides business solutions and global business skills seminars to the top 3 companies in Japan’s manufacturing, automotive, engineering, healthcare, IT and financial industries.With her deep knowledge of the Japanese language, economy, business culture, and international markets, Fariza is now developing practical solutions with IT technology for successful cross-border businesses.
On the side, Fariza holds seminars regarding successful business development in Japan, to renowned American business schools, Japanese universities, and Japanese branches of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and British Chamber of Commerce. She has also started writing media articles and columns in Japanese newspapers.
In her spare time, Fariza helps mentor young entrepreneurs develop business ideas.
From her work and contribution to other businesses, Fariza was nominated for the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2017.
Michele has extensive experience in the IT field where he specialises in design, strategy, project development and project management of international teams.
After graduating from a prestigious design school in Milan, he was involved in global IT project development.
Throughout his career, he has provided business development and consulting services to various gaming companies in Germany, Australia, Japan, Italy, France and the United States of America.
With his deep knowledge of IT, Michele makes IT more easy to understand, practical and efficient to the business world.
Global Lead Business Partner for Financial and Risk Management services to Japanese automotive Fortune 500 company.
Inbound business development for Financial and Risk Management services to foreign companies; focuses on financial reporting (primarily revenue recognition, leasing, M&A and consolidation accounting), internal controls, finance transformation type engagements; project lead on multi-million dollar project for US Fortune 500 company that started in August 2015.
Chairman of Financial Reporting Committee at European Business Council (European Chamber of Commerce) in Japan.
Member of German Chamber of Commerce Japan, European Business Council (European Chamber of Commerce), American Chamber of Commerce, Tokyo American Club.
Professional memberships with Institute of Chartered Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Frequent speaker at events/seminars (Deloitte's CFO Program, German and American Chambers of Commerce, etc.) and quoted as subject matter expert on business topics affecting foreign companies in Japan (EURObiZ Japan).
Educated to Ph.D. level with a research interest in reciprocity between financial reporting (particularly revenue recognition) and valuation (from the analyst perspective).
Experience: Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Education: Walden University, Doctor of Philosophy, Finance - Colorado State University, Master of Business Administration, Management Strategy, International Business & Finance - Universität des Saarlandes -Diplom-Kaufmann, Accounting, Finance, Economics.
Graduated from Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University and Graduate School of Science and Technology, Keio University with a Master of Engineering.
Joined Salomon Brothers Asia Securities and joined International Fixed Income Sales.
After the establishment of Joint Venture Nikko Salomon Smith Barney Inc. in 1999, took up the post of the Managing Director of Fixed Income Department.
Promoted to Co-Head of Fixed Income Department in 2004 and achieved numerous records for the company.
Robert is a Technical Advisor to Trusted Corporation, with experience as a Chief Technology Officer at Zehitomo, and Director of Engineering at Leomo Inc and Lumos Labs (Lumosity). Previously, Robert has worked on many successful startup projects, including one that was acquired by Google.
In 2010, Robert graduated from Harvard University with a Masters in Technology, Innovation and Education. This complements his experience in web application development, software development, UX design, and educational technology.
Robert specialises in software development methodologies, development, IaaS and PaaS technologies, database technologies, monitoring and analytics, scaling and deployment, and many more. Adding to his technological expertise, Robert also specialises in mentorship, scaling of teams, startup vision leadership and execution on complex projects. He is also bilingual in English and Japanese.
Rhiannon has a passion for social enterprise, startups and helping make a positive difference in the world. She is an Accounting and Applied Economics graduate from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She also recently completed a diploma for Applied Entrepreneurship from the University of Canberra in Australia.
At the age of 19, Rhiannon became the State Manager at a regional branch of an international not-for-profit, youth organisation. Rhiannon later completed an internship at an IT startup company in Hangzhou, China, where she learned and developed an interest for Marketing and Branding.