Diversity Management Institute, Inc.


Takashi Kawatani

Global Management Consultant

ASEAN Management Specialist
Lives in Kanagawa, Japan

  • President, Diversity Management Institute Inc.
  • Ran consulting firms and lived in Kuala Lumpur for 16.5 years
  • Specialization: global HRD, global application of Japanese style management, crosscultural leadership, diversity management.
  • Publications: Crosscultural Management Guide, Working Together, Managing in English, Multicultural Team Building (e-learning), English for Crosscultural Management(e-learning), Winning Together at Japanese Companies, others.
  • Fielding Graduate University-Human & Organizational Development (doctoral studies)

Lily Lau

Management Consultant

Formerly a managing consultant with Pricewaterhousecoopers Malaysia
Livies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Specialization: interpersonal relations, corporate culture change, business in Japanese companies, multicultural team building.
  • Managing Director, Culture Dynamics Sdn Bhd.
  • Tokyo University of Agriculture (Applied Bio-Science)

Dato Zulkifli Abdul Malek

Management Consultant

Former president of Association of Look East Policy Society Bridge person between Malaysia and Japan
Lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Former deputy branch manager, Yasuda Trust & Banking (Kuala Lumpur Branch)
  • Entrepreneur/owner/board member of a dozen companies
  • Former president, Association of Look East Policy Society
  • Specialization: organizational management of Japanese and Malaysian companies, Malaysian and Japanese societies, collaboration of Japanese and Malaysians, Islamic business.
  • Hitotsubashi University (economics)

Parul Rajpopat Thakker

Business English consultant, Japanese-English interpreter, crosscultural trainer

Teaching English to Japanese presidents in Singapore
Lives in Singapore

  • Director, Tozai Communications
  • Kansai Japan-India Cultural Society Award
  • Specialization: Japan-Singapore/Japan-India crosscultural communication, teaching business English to expatriates
  • Wesleyan University(anthropology)

Dr. Thomas Wilhelm

Management Consultant

Crosscultural Management Specialist active in Europe and Japan
Lives in Munic/Tokyo

  • Specialization: collaboration with Asian people, argumentation and persuasion, decision making and ethics.
  • Co-director of Projekt-Philosophie, President of East and West Communication(Munic-Tokyo)
  • Publications:
    • Edmüller & Wilhelm, Manipulationstechniken
    • Edmüller & Wilhelm, Argumentieren
    • Thomas Wilhelm, Wie viel Gewissen darf‘s denn sein
  • University of Halle (PhD, logic and sinology)

Paul Jaffe

Crosscultural Consultant

Crosscultural Specialist on Japanese Business, Strategic Communication
Lives in New York

  • Specialization: pre-departure training, crosscultural business management, international negotiation
  • Former professor of intercultural communication and English studies at Ryukoku University for 20 years (kyoto)
  • New York representative, Japan Intercultural Consulting
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (MA, Asian Studies), UCLA (doctoral studies, Buddhism)
  • Publications:
    • Jaffe & Kawatani, Intercultural Communication in Asia-based Japanese Companies, Chapter Four (Japanese)
    • Flowers Fall (English translation of A Commentary on Zen Master Dogen's Genjokoan)

Ernesto G. Espinosa

Strategic HRM Specialist

14 years as VP of HR at a Japanese IT Firm
Lives in Manila

  • Specialization: Strategic HR, Leadership Development, Talent Management, Culture Transformation
  • President, Human Resource (HR) Gabay Asia Pacific, Inc.
  • President, Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management (APFHRM), 2012-2014, 2007
  • President, World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA), 2008-2010
  • Former Vice President, HR and General Affairs, Fujitsu Computer Products Corporation of the Philippines
  • De La Salle Graduate School of Business (MBA)
  • Publications: Values in the Workplace, Values in the Workplace for Managers and Supervisors, Urbanities in the Workplace, Japanese Values System

Asataka Negishi

Research & Development

Malaysia specialist & Editor-Writer
Lives in Kuala Lumpur

  • Specialization: R&D, editorial design, publication
  • Former editor-in-chief of a Japanese community newspaper
  • President, LINXMAS SDN. BHD. (editorial production house)
  • Editor/columnist on Malay culture & music
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