Shigeki Okazaki , Japan

Shigeki Okazaki

Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Spring 2017

Shigeki’s Story

Originally from Mariana Islands, Shigeki is majoring in Business Administration at Ishinomaki Senshu University.

Shigeki started working in important social justice issues when he was in first year of university. He was engaged in volunteering activities and in charge of bringing together people to promote and sell products from Kumamoto, an area affected by recent earthquake, at a local Festival. This was his first attempt at being a leader and he had a challenging experience as he felt he was unable to carry out the duties that was expected of him to mobilize people. Shigeki viewed this as a learning opportunity to truly assess what he needed to improve in order to enhance his own abilities and become a better leader. Currently, Shigeki also wants to work on a project that creates a platform to connect students from various universities around Japan who wish to volunteer and share ideas with one another regarding disaster relief efforts.

In his near future, Shigeki hopes to become an economist. His main goal is to gain a better understanding of the world economy and the functions of a capitalist society. He is concerned about the growing disparity that can be seen in Japan and wants to learn policies that economically closes the gap between the rich and the poor.

Through the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Shigeki hopes to learn how to be a good leader and improve his leadership skills.