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Global Operations

 
 
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REON HIRUMA

FOUNDER AND HEAD OF POTENTIALIST GLOBAL

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Reon studies Political Economics at Waseda University in Tokyo and was raised in a multi-cultural family with a Dutch father and Japanese mother. He speaks Japanese, English, French, and Dutch. In 2017, he received an award from Stanford e-Japan, a university-level online course specializing in U.S.-Japan relations. He gained hands-on business management experience by completing an internship at the Carter Group and by winning the KJ Business Contest during his high school years. He hosted a Kendo class in the Netherlands for two years, which further broadened the spectrum of his activities. Potentialist, the future entrepreneur community, was created to aspire towards making a space where students with the interest and potential to innovate are given resources and opportunities to do so. Reon is currently the representative of Potentialist.

 
 
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TAKUMA ONOTANI

MANAGER, GLOBAL OPERATIONS

Takuma studies Social Science at Waseda University. He’s a certified 5th Qualification jeans sommelier and has passed the Kanji Level pre-1 Rectification Course. He has also completed a jurisdiction proofreading communication course at the Japan Editor School. His broad skill set translates into marketing acumen. Takuma is currently the manager of Global Management Team.

 
 
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JAPAN OPERATIONS

 
 
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YUKI KAMATSU

Business Analyst, JAPAN OPERATIONS

Born in 1998. Studies Political Economics at Waseda University. Conducting research on the utilization of alternative data in real estate investment as part of the big data analysis company Finatext Group. In charge of the agenda at real estate fund company Cloud Realty. Currently works at UTokyo X Finatext: Near Future Financial System Creation and serves as the program manager at Potentialist.

 
 
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KOREA OPERATIONS

 
 
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HYEIN AHN

MANAGER, KOREA OPERATIONS

Ahn studies at Underwood International College of Yonsei University. She has completed her internship at MWTV Immigrant Broadcast and does voluntary work at Seoul City Tourism Association. She has also passed Korean History Exam Level 1 and won the first prize at both the nationwide debate competition and citywide essay contest. Her excelling linguistic abilities in Korean, English, and Japanese widen the spectrum of her skill sets. She is currently the manager of Korea Operations, establishing a competitive edge of Potentialist in Korea with the right branding foothold.

 
 
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USA Operations

 
 
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KINGSHUK KHAN 

MANAGER, USA OPERATIONS

Kingshuk is a founder of the Peascon organization, a think tank, that directly works with the New York Academy of Sciences and the Global STEM Alliance. Peascon is currently partnered with Potentialist. Kingshuk is a third-year student studying electrical engineering and physics with a concentration of project management and business at the University of Texas Dallas Campus. Following his gap year, where he researched at MIT and Harvard and tutored SAT English and math in Belgium, Romania, and the U.S., he was admitted to the top universities in the U.S. and the UK, which inspired him to start a college counseling business with Reon. He is able to communicate in about eight languages, with varying proficiency in each one. Kingshuk is a manager of the USA team.

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MUNTASIR KHALEQUE 

BUSINESS ANALYST, USA OPERATIONS

Muntasir is a part of the Junior Academy, a program hosted through the New York Academy of Sciences, and continues to work with them under Peascon with Kingshuk. He spends his time as a project manager of at Peascon. He is a second-year student also studying electrical engineering at the University of Texas Dallas Campus. During his gap year, he tutored SAT English and math in Belgium, Romania, and the U.S. He speaks English, French, and Bangla. Muntasir is member of Potentialist USA team.

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 PRIYA KHAN 

BUSINESS ANALYST, USA OPERATIONS

Priyana studies at The Academy High School, a engineering and project-based sciences school in Plano, Texas. She has a fascination with science thanks to her mother who is an IBM Database Analyst. She speaks English, Bengali, and French. She’s lived in New York, Michigan, Colorado, Bangladesh, and Texas. Priyana is a member of Potentialist USA team as well as a manager at Peascon.

 
 
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Kazakhstan Operations

 
 
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ADEL DAIRBEKOVA

MANAGER, KAZAKHSTAN OPERATIONS

Adel graduated Almaty International School with an Academic Diploma with Honors and an AP Capstone Diploma. In high school, she was the Editor in Chief of the Yearbook club, as well as an officer in student council and National Honor Society. She is accustomed to a diverse community through her experience in an international school and global involvement in debate. Currently she is studying Global Media and Communications at the University of Sussex. Adel is a member of the Kazakhstan Potentialist Team.

 
 
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TIMUR SULTANBAYEV

BUSINESS ANALYST, KAZAKHSTAN OPERATIONS

Timur has graduated the Almaty International School with an Academic with Honors diploma, and a Capstone certificate. Being parts of various sports teams in his school, he learned how to effectively apply leadership skills to operate a team, and later used that skill to help organize various school-hosted events. Being exposed to various cultures in his school, he developed a wide range communication abilities that help him successfully execute various tasks while with a team. Currently, Timur is studying business in Kazakhstan, while on a gap year.

 
 
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Costa Rica Operations

 
 
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 ROKA KAKEHI 

MANAGER, COSTA RICA OPERATIONS

Roka has been a part of Potentialist since its first operation in Tokyo, when she was working as an assistant of its Tokyo team. Now, Roka is based in Costa Rica as Event Manager of Potentialist Costa Rica. She is also a senior at the United World College where she’s been gaining insights into tourism industry of her country’s of beautiful nature while studying with students from over 70 countries. She’s currently learning about entrepreneurship with her local mentor as she intends to start her own business after graduating from university. Roka was also a committee member of Arlixmeet Japan where she met Reon and started working with him.

 
 
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Global Youth Perspectives

 
 
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EVAN WRIGHT 

PROJECT MANAGER, GYP PROJECT

Evan is a freshman at Indiana University as a Direct Admit Scholar to the School of Global and International Studies (SGIS). He is currently double-majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures (with a concentration in Japanese) and cross-cultural business management. His research interests focus on U.S.-Japan relations, cross-cultural management, and language acquisition. Evan fell in love with U.S.-Japan relations through Stanford University's Reischauer Scholars Program where he was one of three award winners. It was at the award ceremony, held at Stanford University, where he met Reon. Evan is the manager of Potentialist’s Global Youth Prospective (GYP) project.