Fariza Abidova is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for promoting global business collaboration. In 2010, she established SOPHYS Corporation, a global human resource development company, that trained 3000 Japanese executives and senior managers.
In 2016, Fariza launched her second start-up, Trusted Corporation, that helps large companies and startups accelerate innovation through cross-border and cross-industry collaboration.
On the side, Fariza lectures at Japanese universities and American business schools and writes articles and columns for Japanese newspapers.
Michele has extensive experience in the IT field where he specializes in design, UI and UX.
Throughout his career, his deep knowledge of IT has provided business development and consulting services to various gaming companies in Germany, Australia, Japan, Italy, France and the United States of America.
Dirk is an angel investor, startup mentor, and associate partner in the management consulting industry.
Skilled in digital transformation, business planning, M&A, IPO advisory, financial reporting, he also holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Walden University.
Robert is a CTO and startup co-founder with more than 15 years’ experience scaling startups in Boston, San Francisco, and Tokyo. As an advisor and consultant, he loves to help companies find novel ways to thrive in market highs and lows.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard University.
Mie graduated from the Faculty of Law, Kobe University and is proficient in human resource development and training.
She brings deep experience in SME sales and account management which she now uses to promote open innovation of Japanese companies as a Trusted team member.
Mareike brings a decade of experience in journalism, media, and content management, with a focus on sustainable solutions which she now harnesses to promote open innovation through Trusted.
Mareike also co-founded a startup that involves fishing communities in ecotourism to reduce illegal poaching of marine life. Mareike graduated from the University of Oxford and holds a Ph.D. from Sophia University, Tokyo.
Valeria is Trusted's on-site researcher for Europe, directly connecting our clients to our European network. She completed her undergraduate thesis on open innovation in Japan after working with us as a research intern. Valeria has lived in six countries and is actively involved in sustainability. She is currently completing a Master's in International Management at Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal.
Christine brings thirteen years experience in the logistics and customs compliance field. Her highly developed skills in analyzing and classifying various commodities and goods and applying the appropriate tariffs and regulations are beneficial in discovering and researching innovative and sustainable startups that exactly match our clients’ criteria. Christine holds a Bachelor degree in International Business from California State University.
Half Japanese, half American, Andrew is native in both languages and cultures, a unique combination and an asset for Trusted’s clients seeking partnerships and M&As between Japanese and Western companies. His expertise is in the marketing realm, with a focus on digital marketing and consumer behaviour. Andrew is currently completing his degree in International Business and Economics at the renowned Sophia University in the heart of Tokyo.