Meet the ispace Team
on the Ground

 
takeshi-hakamada.png

Takeshi Hakamada
Founder & CEO

Takeshi studied Aerospace Engineering and received his M.S. degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Enchanted by Star Wars movies at a young age, the dawn of the new commercial space industry and the success of non-governmental entities like the Ansari XPRIZE drew his attention and curiosity. Takeshi chose to enter the consulting industry after graduation, where he developed team management skills and led multiple successful cost reduction projects. Since 2010, he has led Team HAKUTO, competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. In 2014, he contributed to meetings initiated by the Minister of State of Japan to discuss the new space industry.

kazuya-yoshida.png

DR. Kazuya Yoshida
Director & CTO • Professor, Tohoku University

Professor Kazuya Yoshida received Dr. Eng, in Mechanical Engineering Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He now works for Tohoku University as a professor, and serves as Director of the Center of Robotics for Extreme and Uncertain Environments. His research activities cover dynamics and control of space robotic systems ranging from orbital free-flying robots to planetary exploration rovers. His role in ispace is to transfer his expertise, knowledge and know-how earned during his academic research to ispace, which he believes will contribute to the advancement of human beings.

takahiro-nakamura.png

TAKAHIRO NAKAMURA
DIRECTOR & COO

After receiving his M.S. in Planetary Science from both Kyushu University and then via the University of Tokyo on a full scholarship, Takahiro joined Accenture, where he spent 5 years as a management consultant, specializing in both the retail and high-tech industry.  Joining Recruit next (Japan's largest information company) Takahiro launched 4 businesses - leading two of them - including SUMO, a moving service, and a business for elderly people. Takahiro joined ispace in 2011 after an initial volunteer role, and is now the acting COO.

 

 
DR. JOHN WALKER CHIEF ENGINEER

DR. JOHN WALKER

Engineering
Manager

Shuhei Akimoto Communications Manager

SHUHEI AKIMOTO

Communications
Manager

KYLE ACIERNO BIZ DEV (INTERNATIONAL)

KYLE ACIERNO

Global Business
Development Manager

KYOKO YONEZAWA ENGINEERING MANAGER

KYOKO YONEZAWA

Creative
Director