TELL Japan

The Board

Dr. Anne Bille


Dr. Anne Bille joined the TELL Board of Directors in October 2011. She is Medical Director and Executive Officer at Baxter. Dr. Bille is a Medical Doctor and Psychiatrist with various university appointments in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, with special research interest in neuroscience and schizophrenia. Dr. Bille has held senior positions within the pharmaceutical industry since 2000, with prior roles at Eli Lilly Japan KK and Wyeth Research, Wyeth KK. Dr. Bille received her medical degree, PhD, and Masters in Public Health at København Universitet in Denmark. She lives with her husband in Tokyo and is an expert sailor.

Brian Wellings


Brian Wellings is an Information and Communication Technology Specialist. Since 2007 he has been a Vice President with Credit Suisse Japan, specializing in Investment Banking technology and a long standing member of the Japan IT management team. Prior to that Brian held a technical management position with BT Financial Group in Sydney. He holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Computer Science from Wollongong University in Australia.

Tsuyoshi Akiyama, M.D., Ph.D.

Chair Emeritus

Tsuyoshi Akiyama graduated from Tokyo University in 1979 and has been practicing psychiatry in Japan ever since. In addition to his service for TELL, he currently serves as Secretary of Finances for the World Psychiatric Association, and as a board member for the World Federation of Mental Health, the Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Japanese Society of Transcultural Psychiatry. In 2008, Tsuyoshi Akiyama received the Tokyo American Club Distinguished Achievement Award and in 2010 the Certificate of Honor from the Samaritan Institute. He received these awards on behalf of everyone who has been at TELL.

Nick Tsai

Nick Tsai is an attorney at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and a registered gaikokuho-jimu-bengoshi. His legal practice focuses on complex corporate transactions, including carve-out acquisitions and divestures, cross-border M&A transactions and international joint ventures. Prior to moving to Japan in 2012, he practiced law in Houston where he specialized in energy industry M&A transactions, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, and securities law reporting and compliance. Nick is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast.

Julia-Sophie Selig Sonderhoff

Julia-Sophie Selig Sonderhoff is a native of Hamburg, Germany, but grew up in Japan, graduating from St Maur International in Yokohama. She speaks German, Japanese and English, went to college in Maine, USA, and worked as a dolphin trainer in Okinawa. She lived in the US, Germany, and Australia. In Japan she worked for TGA relocation company in Tokyo as well as for The Westin Tokyo, The New Grand Hotel in Yokohama, and TUV Rheinland Japan. Julia holds a Masters Degree in International Tourism Management from the University of Queensland in Australia, and returned to Japan ‘for good’ in 2005. Since then she has been actively involved in various German and International charities and community organizations. She lives in Yokohama with her husband and two Flat Coated Retrievers.

Timothy Langley

With over 30 years of experience in Japan Public Affairs, Timothy Langley is the founder and driving force behind Langley Esquire. After obtaining an L.L.M. from Tohoku University, a dual J.D./M.S.F.S. from Georgetown University, and an L.L.M. from the University of Denver, Timothy has made his name in combining his comprehensive understanding of international law with an exceptional perspective gained from a career spent getting the impossible done in Japan. Known as the first foreigner in the Japan National Diet, having served as a Diet secretary under former Japan Foreign Minister Taro Nakayama, Timothy is well-known as an insider and specialist in Japan’s political landscape. He has used his experience inside Japan’s legislature in successful projects as political attaché for U.S. presidents and diplomats, building a reputation as a bridge between Japan and U.S. leaders. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Timothy is best known as an enabler for foreign corporations in Japan, having served as General Counsel and Director of Public Affairs for Apple Computer Japan and General Motors Asia-Pacific.

Maurice Rabb

Maurice Rabb is the Head of Inclusion, Professional Development & Recruitment for the Tokyo office of Morrison & Foerster LLP. He enjoys all things professional development-related, especially career coaching. He is a former practicing attorney, has lived and worked in Japan since 2006, and has extensive experience working with international and Japanese NPOs. He worked as a full-time, seconded consultant to a Japanese education NPO start-up from 2012-2014. Maurice is a native of Moline, Illinois, and loves to unwind at Japanese hot springs.

Barbara Hancock

Barbara Hancock, with her husband Scott, owns and operates a corporate communications business serving international clients in Tokyo. She has served on the Board of Governors of the Tokyo American Club and as President of its Women’s Group. She has served as President of the Japan America Women’s Club and continues to be involved in fundraising activities for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, helping to organize their yearly Charity Ball as well as serving on the board of the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund and Republicans Abroad.

Alexandre Dmitrenko

Colette Pauline Rodgers

Tiziana Alamprese

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