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Waseda University × ASHOKA × Mizuho Bank present “The Social Innovation Challenge” Lecture and discussion by Riccarda Zezza(11/15)

Waseda University × ASHOKA × Mizuho Bank present: ”The Social Innovation Challenge”

Lecture and discussion by Riccarda Zezza

With the slogan “The Social Innovation Challenge from Waseda!”, we will break out of our usual way of thinking and prejudices and create opportunities for innovation through diverse human resources. As the famous quote by Michael Eisner says, “Diversity is a great force towards creativity”. How can we encourage diversity in universities, workplaces and society? We invite you to listen to Riccarda Zezza, an Ashoka Fellow, regarding the concept of “MaaM” and learn from discussions with Ricarda, WASEDA students, and Mizuho Bank workers.

Riccarda believes that work-life balance should radically be redefined, so parents can stop seeing their time off work spent with their children in conflict with their careers. To reach this objective, she works with employers, particularly in the corporate world helping them to stop seeing maternity leave and parental care as a burden, but as a time for developing key skills that are useful for personal as well as professional development. Riccarda refers to this concept as MaaM, Maternity as a Master(s).

Date and time: Thursday, November 15, 2018 18: 15-20: 30 (opening 17: 30)

Venue: Waseda University Waseda Campus Building 14, Room 102

Language: English (No interpreter)

Participation Fee: Free

Eligibility: Waseda Students, Staff and General Public

Registration: Please apply from here.

Organizer: WASEDA-EDGE Global Talent Development Program Office for Promotion of Equality and Diversity, Waseda University

Cooperation:Ashoka Japan  General Mizuho Bank

  • Program
18:15 Opening  Opening Speech from Waseda
18:25  Introduction of ASHOKA
18:40  [Lecture] Riccarda Zessa
19:30  break
19:40-20:30    Dialogue with Riccarda Zezza: Waseda students  and  Mizuho    Bank workers (Panel Discussion)


Lecture:Riccarda Zezza

Ashoka Fellow/Fellow Since 2016/ Italy

  • Seiya Ashikari
    Post grdduate in science and engineering. ECOLOGGIE Inc. Founder&CEO. Born in Oita.
    Through the Model United Nation as circle activity, I was interested in social issues such as food problems.
    Then I started my own startup company which aims to make use of crickets as foods to solve these problems by technology.
    In the future, I would like to create community and market for small-size cricket farmers and empower them to make more profit in emerging countries.
  • Tamaki Kikuchi
    Sophomore majoring in Culture. Born in Tokyo.
    Media and Society and currently undertaking gender and diversity studies.Taking part in managing an international forum about science and technology called STeLA (SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION). The president of the Waseda ITF TaeKwonDo club. Through the study about technological innovation and leadership, I gained greater insight into the deeply rooted problem of gender norms and hierarchy in Japan.
  • Hiroko Yamanaka
    Mizuho Bank Ltd, Acquisition Finance Department Coordination Team. Graduate of Keio University. Born in Tokyo.
    2010-2013 Mizuho Bank Ltd, Ginza-Chuo Branch: Relationship manager for small and medium sized enterprises
    2013-2016 Mizuho Bank Ltd, International Business Department: Promotion of multinational companies’ business in Japan and Business promotion targeting Japanese clients’ activities abroad
    2016-2017 Proposed improving financial services for LGBT+ customers as part of company training program. That proposal built the momentum for launching mortgage loans for gay/lesbian couples, which was a first among Japanese banks
    2017-2018 Mizuho Financial Group, Global Talent Acquisition and Development Department: Talent acquisition of fresh graduates
    2018- Mizuho Bank Ltd, Acquisition Finance Department Coordination Team: Revenue management of acquisition finance deals
  • Nana Watanabe
    Ashoka Japan. Graduate of Keio University. Born in Tokyo.
    Worked as a photographer since 1980 in New York.
    Awarded Photographer of the Year by American Photographer Magazine in 1987.
    Exhibited globally since 1998. Founded Ashoka Japan in 2011.
    Authored `Changemakers: Social Entrepreneurs are Changing Japan’ 2005 and {Changemakers-II: Work called Social Entrepreneurship’ 2007.


Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker. Together, we collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of all.

Ashoka Fellows are the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. They champion innovative new ideas that transform society’s systems, providing benefits for everyone and improving the lives of millions of people. Ashoka Fellows define the new roadmaps that allow people to thrive in this new environment, while providing solutions and demonstrating the how-tos. They are the ultimate role models in today’s world.


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