ICS Alumni Day 2017
The ICS Alumni Association and Hitotsubashi ICS hosted another memorable annual ICS Alumni Day on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at TKP Garden City Takebashi, a few minutes- walk from the ICS building. This event has been held every year since the first graduates of class of 2000.
The event was well attended, with current students joining around 130 Alums. Live-streaming enabled even wider participation, with alumni living/working out of Japan able to watch the entire event from their home country.
Following a welcome speech from Dean Kaz Ichijo that highlighted exciting upcoming changes at ICS, including the EMBA program to be launched this September, Mr. Charles McJilton, CEO of Second Harvest Japan, gave the keynote address.
Drawing on his long experience in promoting food banks in Japan (he incorporated the first food bank in Japan (2002),
established a U.S. non-profit to promote food banking in Asia (2010) and incorporated the Alliance of Japan Foodbank (2013)), Charles spoke on applying business principles and entrepreneurism to address social issues, brining into play his unique world view and approach to his work that has set his non-profit apart from others around the globe.
Another special guest, ICS founder and former Dean Hiro Takeuchi, gave an update on his current activities as professor at Harvard Business School.
This year's event also announced officially the retirement of Sherman Abe, who will be leaving ICS in December after many years of service as both instructor and faculty advisor for alumni affairs. His contribution to ICS is very much appreciated and he will be greatly missed.
Thanks go to the new ICS Alumni Association (ICSAA) led by Chris Duston (Class of 2003) and the leadership team, supported by Sherman and ICS staff Yoko Ohashi, for their outstanding efforts in making this year's Alumni Day a great success.