Takeshi Hakamada, an entrepreneur in the new space industry, is founder and CEO of ispace. inc. ispace is developing space robotics that will create and support daily existence in space by mapping valuable resources in space. He is also leading a Japanese team, HAKUTO, competing for Google Lunar XPRIZE, a robotic lunar surface mission traveling across the surface of the Moon while sending back to Earth specified images and other data. In January 2015, Hakuto won the Milestone Prize. He earned M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
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.
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.