As the Director of the newly awarded JICE (Japan International Cooperation Center) Kakehashi Program, Mamiko Hada, YFU USA Director of Program Development, leads the designing and implementation of 7-day academic and professional study tours to the U.S. for more than 1,000 Japanese students and young researchers.
Director of Program Development
As the Director of the newly awarded JICE (Japan International Cooperation Center) Kakehashi Program, Mamiko leads the YFU program team, spearheading the designing and implementation of 7-day academic and professional study tours to the U.S. for more than 1,000 Japanese students and young researchers. As a bilingual manager, Mamiko has demonstrated her deep commitment to international education through her personal as well as professional experiences. Prior to her appointment as Director of the JICE Kakehashi Program, she served for 4 years as a Support Services Manager for YFU USA, taking a proactive, teamwork approach to help ensure a rewarding exchange experience for students, host families, and volunteers. She has also trained many volunteer Area Representatives as one of YFU’s Certified Trainers.
Prior to joining YFU, she worked as a Program Officer for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) at the Institute of International Education (IIE), serving as the primary contact for the U.S. Department of State as well as for professors and professionals from the U.S. and overseas. Mamiko also spent time as a Programme Officer at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, contributing to the establishment of its first international master’s programs. A graduate of the University of Tokyo, she has earned Master’s Degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Catholic University of America, and holds a post-graduate certificate in counseling from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.