Toshi Nakamura

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Toshi Nakamura

Co-Founder and CEO

Toshi co-founded Kopernik in 2010 to connect simple, life-changing technology with people in the last mile. The idea was driven by insights from his extensive career in international development, management consulting and academics. Toshi dealt with governance reform, peace building processes and post-disaster reconstruction during his ten years with the United Nations (UN) in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, the United States and Switzerland. He initiated Sierra Leone's Open Government Initiative to increase the accountability of government leadership, and consequently made transparency a priority while building Kopernik. Prior to joining the UN, Toshi was a management consultant for McKinsey and Company in Tokyo. He holds an LLB from Kyoto University and MSc Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is a Guest Associate Professor at Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University. Toshi was selected as a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader in 2012, and is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development 2014-2016. He also sits on Kopernik's board of directors. A proud father, Toshi's young daughter with Kopernik co-founder Ewa Wojkowska already speaks Indonesian, Japanese, English and Polish.

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Kopernik insights:
01 February 2017

Hermetic storage solutions reduce weevil contamination by up to two thirds »

In the eastern part of Indonesia, weevil infestation accounts for a large portion of post-harvest grain losses. The insects are especially harmful for the country’s indigenous crop, sorghum, due to the warm and humid conditions in which this crop thrives.

By Toshi Nakamura

Kopernik insights:
28 September 2016

Business experience is not necessarily the key to becoming a high-performing sales agent »

A KOPERNIK INSIGHT

So, you want to sell your products in base of the pyramid markets and you’ve decided to form a sales force. What type of people should you recruit? Those with experience in sales or prior business ownership might seem like the best choice. However, that’s not what our data shows.

By Toshi Nakamura

Kopernik insights:
30 August 2016
Woman on motorbike

TECHNOLOGY SALES AGENT PERFORMANCE DOUBLES WITH ACCESS TO MOTORBIKES »

A KOPERNIK INSIGHT

We wanted to find out whether there were any characteristics shared by our high-performing Wonder Women (technology sales agents). So we analysed the attributes of 55 Wonder Women with the highest sales records - those who contributed towards 80% of the total clean energy technology sales of the Wonder Women Eastern Indonesia program - to identify any commonalities.  

By Toshi Nakamura

Kopernik news:
19 July 2011
Emergency response in Japan

Thank you for your generous support to Tsunami response projects! »

Dear Generous Kopernik Supporter, I am writing to personally thank you for the generous donation you made in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11. Thanks to you, and others like you, Kopernik was able to quickly deliver thousands of solar lights and solar powered hearing aids to people who had lost everything in the disaster.

By Toshi Nakamura

Kopernik in action:
12 July 2011
Woman learning how to use biomass stoves

The Women »

Jordi, Sansan and I just completed our field trip to West Lombok, to meet with an amazing group of women who are heads of households (these are women who are either single mothers, divorcees, widows, or primary income earners for the family) to co-host a two-day technology fair with our partner organization PEKKA. PEKKA was founded about 10 years ago to address the problems and discrimination that women who are heads of households face in Indonesia.

By Toshi Nakamura

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