Founder of Wisdom 2.0Soren Gordhamer
Soren works with individuals and groups on how to live life with greater purpose, mindfulness and apply wisdom to our technology-rich modern society.
He has spoken to and taught mindfulness to people from all around the world — from youths in New York City’s juvenile delinquents, traumatized workers in Rwanda to staff members at Google’s corporate headquarters.
As the founder of Wisdom 2.0, he organizes the Wisdom 2.0 summit once a year, an event that brings together leaders from various fields- technology, spirituality and business world- to cultivate a culture that is based on wisdom.
President of Wisdom 2.0 AsiaChade-Meng Tan
Meng is a motivator speaker, writer, software engineer and ex-Google employee who was responsible for the early stages of Google’s search engine algorithm.
In Google, he developed the groundbreaking “Search Inside Yourself (SIY)” program based on mindfulness meditation which was popularly received both within Google and by other companies such as LinkedIn, SAP, and other companies as well as universities.
His ultimate goal is to create world peace. Since the founding of Wisdom 2.0, Meng has been supporting the work of Soren Gordhammer and was also nominated 8 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Co-founder of Wisdom 2.0 JapanJunya Ogino
Junya is a pioneer in mission management, mindfulness, and mindful coaching, supporting leaders and organizations to improve their fundamentals.
After graduating from Keio University and achieving IPO as an executive in charge, he has been one of the most respected coaches/consultants and authors in Japan.
He has been supporting leaders both in large listed corporations and start-up companies.
His credentials include: certified trainer of SIY (mindfulness-based leadership program) developed in Google, researcher at Keio University Graduate School, System Design Management Research Institute, co-founder Let’s Propagate Good Corporations (NPO). His books include How Global Top Elites Train Their Focus (co-author), Ways To Rest and Not Try Too Hard, and so on.
Co-founder of Wisdom 2.0 JapanKimiko Bokura Shafe
Kimiko is an entrepreneur and key bridge-person between Japan and the western world, bringing mindfulness to Japanese leaders and corporations last 8 years.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from International Christian University and an MBA from Boson University, she became a successful brand manager achieving a leading market share for her brands.
Then she moved to California to start her own training company and taught communication and leadership all over the world.
After encountering mindfulness practice, she became the first Japanese certified trainer of SIY, developed in Google, and co-founded Mindful Leadership Institute in 2013.
Her books include How Global Top Elites Train Their Focus (co-author), Silicon Valley Style The Lessons to Optimize Your Mind And Heart, and etc.
Connection Designer/TranslatorYumiko Terashima
Yumiko has lived in the US, Peru, Australia, and Colombia besides Japan over the past 25 years.
During that period, she encountered many local (including but not limited to) business people as well as those from Japan through her work as an interpreter.
That experience enabled her to objectively see the good and not-so-good aspects of life and work of her fellow Japanese back home. She then went on to explore ways to help people improve those negative sides and live a happy, productive life, and came across mindfulness that was spreading rapidly throughout the US at that time and had proven effective, as an answer.
In order to share the practice of mindfulness and the science behind it, she went through the year-long training of becoming a certified teacher of the program called Search Inside Yourself (SIY) which was designed to improve emotional intelligence via mindfulness based on neuroscience, originally developed at Google.
She is currently being trained in a course for teachers to teach mindfulness to school children provided by a US-based non-profit organization called Mindful Schools.
Connection Designer/ TranslatorSherab Jin Young Lim
Born in Penang, “Jin” is an overseas Chinese who graduated from the School of Liberal Studies at Waseda University and holds a double degree in International Relations from Peking University.
He was exposed to mindfulness at a young age and started learning meditation, martial arts and yoga during middle school. He moves around Asia teaching yoga, Tai Chi and other forms of mindfulness moving meditation.
In 2018, he started Vira Life Academy, a social enterprise that brings people on expeditions to the Himalayas of Ladakh to practice yoga, meditation, learn about the local culture, sustainability, as well as to engage in community service projects with the local people.
There he also co-founded a non-profit organization called Spawo Foundation. Jin’s goal is to create a holistic education that encompasses our body, mind, and spirit, develops integrative healing and sustainability in this world. Host of Eco Flow Podcast. Speaks 5 languages (Japanese, English, Mandarin, Malay, and Taiwanese-Hokkien).
Administrative ManagerChitose Kiribayashi
Nutritional therapy & psychology counselor, illustrator & cartoonist
After experiencing victimization, Chitose has been searching for a meaning for her life and had an awakening moment to transcend herself. She came across meditation in search of ways to actualize her human potential and with the intention to contribute to world peace, Chitose has worked on promoting cultural exchange in Eastern Europe and engaged in work related to Japan’s defense issues.
However, she later realized that social change must not depend merely on political change. Since then, she has embarked on a new journey in search of means to improve both personal and social consciousness.
She is now working as a psychological counselor at a psychiatric clinic, a supporting lecturer for school refusals and special needs students and a member of the crime victims self-help organization and through these different roles, she hopes to create a better society where everyone can live with ease and comfort.
Venue Manager / Space DesignerSarah Iwahama
Think Space Representative, Well-Being Space Director, First Class Architect, Residential Building Contractor.
Graduate from the Faculty of Science, Gakushuin University.
After working as a system development consultant in the real estate industry, Sarah diverted to entrepreneurship when she realizes that “she wants to create a place to shine herself and foster relationships from the heart”.
She now operates a co-working space that blends mindfulness with Japanese culture and nature and hopes to create healthy minds, bodies and societies through her “wellbeing management proposal” and “workation project”.
Stage ManagerKazuko Nakai
Kazuko’s childhood of immersing in nature, playing along the banks of Kizugawa River and a movie she watched about the fearful death of war and atomic bombs back in elementary school had impacted his life in many ways.
In high school, she realized the nature of suffering, the power of self-discovery and the potential we all have in influencing the body through our mind. From there, she began delving into philosophy and ancient wisdom through various books and now finds joy in writing down his own version of wisdom in the form of poems, which she hopes to share with the world.
She aspires to treat life and every thought as divine and receives empowerment from the Kagura spirit through dancing, singing, and laughing. Kazuko is a veteran involved in front and backstage management.
Scrum Master / Global Communication LeadJun Ishikawa
Jun is in search of a life model that leads to a happy meaningful life and one that is friendly to all sentient beings.
At the same time, he is leading the overseas division of Gaiax Co. Ltd, and lives in Amamachi with his spouse Sayaka and his 4-year-old son Yu.
Type-A Breakfast Organizer (https://typeabreakfast.com/)
Volunteer Staff ManagerSeiko Akashi
Born in Shiga Prefecture and graduated from Kansei Gakuin University.
Deriving from her 15 years of managing experience in manufacturing, recruitment, and real estate industry, Seiko is now involved in new business development, real estate brokerage, and human resource development.
12 years ago, when she was still an employee, she experienced a spiritual transformation of mind and body through yoga, which led her into meditation & mindfulness.
In 2017, she became the director of “Manabiya Academy ”- an NGO which she helped established to help spread mindfulness. “The world changes when our consciousness is transformed”.
She woke up to an inner calling “to protect this planet earth” and is now working towards supporting the “consciousness transformation” in others.
Movement Lounge ManagerHiroko Tanaka
After working in the real estate and publishing business for more than 10 years, Hiroko decided to quit her career to become a yoga teacher.
In 2019, she started a partnership company to promote yoga among the business world. She came across mindfulness as a means to deepen her own practice and to better explain the theoretical benefits behind practicing yoga and meditation.
Hiroko organizes various kinds of mindfulness-related workshops in Fukuoka. Based on her own experiences and self-practice, and her desire to help those working in harsh corporate environments, she later on undertook training to become a certified social worker.
Now she plays many hats as a yoga teacher, a social worker in support of poor and needy people & a business partner all while practicing and delivering the spirit of “being in the present moment”.