Tomo Hamakawa

Tomohiro Hamakawa

Chief Strategy Officer

Tomo has spent most of his career working for international and local development NGOs across Asia, Africa and Europe. He has a Bachelors in Social Anthropology and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard, and was a fellow in the Asia Pacific Leadership Program at the East-West Center in Hawaii. Tomo manages our consulting projects within the advisory service arm and also serves as an Assistant Professor with the Global Health Leadership Program at the University of Tokyo. He and his wife are appreciating the joys and challenges of raising their two children.

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Kopernik in action:
08 September 2017

Unusual Suspects for Innovation »

To achieve any of the SDGs in any country, no single player can do it alone. Not even some of the biggest corporations, foundations, and institutions in the world. We need effective synergies between like-minded partners to channel resources for collective impact.

By Tomohiro Hamakawa

Kopernik news:
13 December 2016

Huge interest garnered in the agro sector at report launch event »

On Thursday last week, Kopernik and Javara Indigenous Indonesia joined together to co-host an important event in Indonesian agriculture. It marked the launch of Kopernik’s Unmet Needs Report that highlights gaps in post-harvesting processing, calling for better economic outcomes for smallholder farmers across the country.

By Tomohiro Hamakawa

Kopernik news:
30 June 2014
Five Success Factors: A New Report on Last Mile Technology Distribution & Adoption by Kopernik

Insights From Our First Four Years: A New Report From Kopernik »

In implementing more than 100 projects connecting simple technology with those most in need, Kopernik has learned a number of important – and sometimes surprising lessons. These lessons have been consolidated into five key factors for success that Kopernik uses as guiding principles in its projects today. Please download our new report sharing the insights we have gained in our first four years serving the last mile.

By Tomohiro Hamakawa

Kopernik in action:
18 November 2013
Introducing d.light solar lanterns in rural Myanmar (Photo credit: M.L. Dispanadda Diskul, Mae Fah Luang Foundation)

Gauging and engaging with Myanmar »

Myanmar. Burma. The former rice basket of Asia. After decades of political isolation, Myanmar opened its doors to the outside world in 2011, opening up new economic opportunities that investors, donors and nonprofit organisations are keen to explore. Kopernik has been investigating the demand for simple, life-changing technologies that will benefit the many people living in poverty. After a productive trip this month, we are a step closer to making this happen.

By Tomohiro Hamakawa