Consultant - Mexico
Ayako combines a deep knowledge of Japanese, Mexican, and U.S. culture with extensive experience as a cross-cultural facilitator. Born in Tokyo, she received her B.A. in policy management from Keio University in 1998. For the past 15 years she has lived in Mexico, where she practices trilingual interpretation and specializes in facilitating lean manufacturing and kaizen for multinational corporations.
In addition to her work as a cross-cultural trainer, Ayako's areas of expertise include legal issues for business development in Mexico, localization, intercultural labor practices, strategic process development, marketing, quality control and commercialization, and security issues. As a freelance consultant she has worked on a diverse array of projects for both Japanese and Mexican clients, including the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Shingijutsu USA, and the Embassy of Japan in Mexico.
From 1998 to 2008 she worked as a consultant and legal advisor to Rivemex, a legal professional corporation in Guadalajara, Mexico. Since 2010, for the past three years she has been involved in a project for JICA helping coffee growers in Chiapas employ kaizen techniques, and working with them as a consultant on business development. At the same time she led two independent study projects with the Universidad Iberoamericana on improving techniques on the coffee production in the state of Chiapas.
She is certified as an official translator and interpreter of English, Spanish and Japanese, authorized by the Supreme Court of Justice of the State of Jalisco, Mexico
In addition to her native Japanese, Ayako is fluent in written and spoken Spanish and English, and has elementary proficiency in French.