Past Events
9 April 2014 | New York, USA

The World Summit of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (theWSIE) will be held in New York City in September, and as a strategic partner for TheWSIE, Akira Foundation calls for social innovators and entrepreneurs to join.

TheWSIE was launched at United Nations in 2006. Supported by three UN agencies including UNDP along with International Chamber of Commerce, African Union, and multinationals like PepsiCo, Boeing, CNBC, and Microsoft, the first theWSIE took place at the historic city of Muscat, Oman, and has been held every other year with over 70 countries attended.

Held on September 28-30, 2014, in New York City, under the support of Harvard Business Review, Wyss Institute at Harvard, IBM, Cisco, BT, Nasdaq, and many multinationals, theWSIE on “Creative Everywhere,” “Mobility for Digital Life” and “Livability = Sustainability+” will showcase how to balance the conflict between “the three most pressing consumer-led and citizen-oriented forces”: “the drive to co-create; the desire for mobility; and the demand for livability.”

The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (theWSIE)

- Stories shaping tomorrow’s Creativity, Mobility and Livability (CML)-


New York City, New York
Sunday, September 28 – Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Hirofumi Yokoi
Co-Founder and President, Akira Foundation

+81 (0) 3 5456 5179
+81 (0) 3 5456 5511

06 May 2014 | Tokyo, Japan

The Global Leadership Program (GLP) at The University of Tokyo, where Hirofumi Yokoi, President of AFJ, currently works as an assistant professor, has organized a special symposium in May.

This symposium crystallizes the GLP momentum and shares our experiences and wisdom on Social Innovation celebrating the FIFTH YEAR inception of GLP. The Symposium will be held at Tetsumon Memorial Hall, UT on May 28, 2014. We are hoping that you will share our enthusiasm for your active participation.

In keeping with the theme of the Symposium, you will learn from the keynote speaker, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, UN foundation for the Global Compact, how capitalism has been under siege and created our society that is getting more divided and less inclusive. He will share his view of “Responsible Leadership” – leaders in both public and private sectors should be ethical, responsible and accountable to shareholders, stakeholders, and others as a whole.

Following his keynote speech, you will also have an opportunity to glean facts from two distinguished leaders – Dr. Iyabo Obasajo, Former Health Commissioner in Nigeria, and Tri Mumpuni, Ashoka Fellow, Founder of IBEKA in Indonesia – in terms of what kind of roles each woman plays in making their sea changes happen in ones of most challenging environments and of how to reconceive social and economic interaction–the principle of shared value –that creates social and economic values in a harmonious and sustainable way.

At the panel discussion, you will be invited to the discussion on the dynamics of the interlocked loop from beyond capitalism toward an inclusive society by appreciating societal needs and challenges. Please invite your good friends to the Symposium. More information about the Symposium is available at:

May 28, 2014
Tetsumon Memorial Hall, Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo (Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Hirofumi Yokoi, Assistant Professor, GLP, The University of Tokyo

02 February 2014 | Kyoto, Japan

We are committed to supporting the PHILIPPINE STUDIES CONFERENCE IN JAPAN (PSCJ) that will be held at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. It starts on February 28, 2014, at 9:30am and ends on March 1, 2014, at 6:30pm. Below is the rundown on the event:

“PHILIPPINE STUDIES CONFERENCE IN JAPAN (PSCJ): Emerging Philippines: New Frontiers, Directions, Contributions”
Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
February 28 – March 1, 2014
*Sponsored by the “Southeast Asian Studies Toward Sustainable Humanosphere” Research Program of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University

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20 June 2013 | Tokyo, Japan

Don’t miss out on great volunteering opportunities this summer in Japan! We support the campaign activities led by Tokyo Volunteer Action Center, as do other companies including Toyota Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation and Glaxo SmithKline. The fields available for volunteers vary from health care, education, disabled and elderly care, and childcare to environmental conservation, international cooperation, and cross-cultural learning. For further information, please visit (in Japanese only).

23 November 2012 | Hong Kong

As one of the International and Regional Supporting Organizations, Akira Foundation is happy to announce that the MaD (Make a Difference) 2013 will be held in Hong Kong on 25-27 January in 2013.

The MaD Forum is an intense 2.5-day event that brings together international changemakers and about 1,200 aspiring young people from Hong Kong, Mainland China and other parts of Asia. Through thematic dialogue sessions (talks followed by moderated discussion), interactive activities and other 2.0 activities, the young attendees are inspired by the changemakers’ stories and vision, and are motivated to kick start real changes.

Thanks to our sponsors, we are now able to support Asian young changemakers to participate in MaD 2013. You can apply and have a chance to receive subsidy (including airfare and free admission), come to Hong Kong and join MaD 2013 from 25 to 27 January. Complete the application form (online or email) and send your personal statement to

on or before 12:00 NN, Nov 30, 2012. No late application will be accepted. For more information on the application process, please visit:

About the MaD:
Founded in 2010, MaD (Make a Difference) is an initiative to inspire and empower young people (aged 16 to 35) to be the change. Evolving around 3 key themes – discovery, creativity and impact, it is a continual project to groom a creative, compassionate and collaborative young generation, supporting them to create change at different levels.

About the organizer:
Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture (HKICC) is a non-profit non-government organization founded in Hong Kong for promoting a creative civil society and sustainable cultural pluralism. Its Hon Chief Executive is Ada WONG.

January 25-27, 2013
Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture (HKICC), Hong Kong
For more information, please visit:
Make a Difference (MaD)
+852 2766 3703
+852 2766 0189

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