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Andrew Bender
Senior Consultant - Southern California, USA

Andrew Bender holds a BA in International Relations and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA/MA with concentrations in Multinational Management and East Asian Studies from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew has worked with Japanese firms since the mid-1980s. He began his career in the Investment Advisory Department of JAFCO, Japan's largest venture capital company and then part of the Nomura Securities Group. Later he worked in development, production, and acquisitions of filmed entertainment for Fujisankei Communications in Los Angeles. He also was Executive Vice President of The Motion Syndicate, Inc., in charge of the U.S. operations of this Japanese-owned animation and computer graphics house.

Since joining Japan Intercultural Consulting in 2001, Andrew has counseled clients in industries as diverse as manufacturing, management consulting and entertainment. Seminar participants often comment on his conversational, open style, whether in English or Japanese, animated with his own experience and others’.

Outside of JIC, Andrew is a frequent contributor to publications including The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Travel + Leisure, Hemispheres (United Airlines’ in-flight magazine), Silver Kris (Singapore Airlines’ in-flight magazine), and Lonely Planet travel guides (including the guide to Japan). He also serves as study leader on trips for overseas visitors to Japan, including for Smithsonian Journeys.

Andrew is fluent in Japanese and speaks conversational French.

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