President of Nourish Japan, LLC.
Ph.D. in psychology, Natural food coordinator, Part-time professor of Matsuyama University
Michiko Izumitani was born in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture. At 22 her love of the United States led her to study at The City University of New York. While studying there, she was moved by the words of a classmate devoted to both study and volunteer work: “We always need to be conscious of the role we play in our family, school or workplace and the society we live in.”
After graduation, she became involved in English education and various volunteer activities and local civic actions. She decided that she would like to “foster human resources that fully understand social interdependence, find social challenges and contribute to positive social evolution by cooperating with diverse populations.
Between 2007 and 2013, her time was principally dedicated to planning and sales activities for fair trade products and traditional handicrafts from Ehime in various events, collaborating with volunteers with the objective of conserving cultural traditions that develop pride and confidence among the local people.
In 2007, she started graduate studies to research methods for developing human resources to contribute to society. Since 2008, she has been involved in leadership and cross-cultural studies and teaches psychology mainly at Ehime and Matsuyama Universities. She has already developed and implemented more than 50 leadership study programs worldwide.
In July 2016, she established Nourish Japan LLC. with the goal of creating a sustainable society building on the interaction between practical experience and training.