Before founding Gakko to empower education through technology, Kenta worked at Palantir Technologies and some startups. In addition to making learning a creative experience, Kenta is a professional magician. His degree is from Yale University, where he was encouraged to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams.
Nadia Irshaid Gilbert is a Palestinian-American director of photography and filmmaker. They graduated in 2016 from Tisch school of the arts with a BFA in Film and TV. Most recently, Nadia served as Director of Photography on Lola, Girl Got a Gun (dir. Emily Elizabeth Thomas), which was selected for Cannes Short Film Corner, Harlem International Film Festival, and Victoria Texas Film Festival; Independently, they are currently working on a documentary project with Gaza refugees in Jordan.
Leyla thinks at the intersection of architecture, theater and education. With a degree in architectural studies from Yale, she has four years of experience with Gakko as a Sempai to the camp initiative.
Lilly's professional (and personal) background is nothing if not diverse! Prior to joining the Gakko team, Lilly dabbled in education and non-profit, the restaurant and hospitality industry, and tech. She has studied Theater, Anthropology and Business. Lilly is keenly interested in human beings, how they learn, transform and grow. She loves creating spaces and curating events where people can explore who they are, and who they want to be. Now part of the Gakko project, she is bringing together her myriad of experience and passions to inspire meaningful learning, connection, and experiences.
Chris leads Gakko's Digital Learning team who are creating meaningful experiences for early learners. Previously at Skillshare he led product and engineering for their suite of educational mobile apps. He started his career as an engineer and also studied Digital Design in the UK.
After studying computer science at Tokyo University, Yusuke founded and served as lead engineer at Semitransparent Design. Before joining Gakko, he worked on multiple digital media art projects internationally.
Ian heads partnerships and coordination in Japan. Previous to joining Gakko, he launched the Japan chapter of 350.org, one of the largest environmental NGO's in the world. He is interested in environmental sustainability, travel, and music.
Yuta is an actor, videographer and tap dancer based in Tokyo. Outside of Gakko, he splits his time between Tokyo and Europe, working on various film projects as an actor and/or cinematographer.