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 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 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.
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.
30+ years of Japanese Public Affairs and corporate-legal experience. Timothy Langley is the founder of Langley Esquire. He holds J.D. & M.S.F.S. degrees from Georgetown, L.L.M. from Tohoku University and another L.L.M. from the University of Denver. Timothy combines a comprehensive understanding of international law, Japanese law and in-house-legal-counsel experience to get the impossible done in Japan. Known as the first foreigner in the Japan National Diet, Timothy served under Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Nakayama; as such, he is a well-known insider and specialist in Japan’s political landscape. This has allowed him to handle a wide range of projects such as political attaché for U.S. presidents & diplomats, to building bridges between Japan and U.S. leaders. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Timothy is an enabler for foreign corporations in Japan (Board positions in numerous foreign-capital companies). Formerly, General Counsel & Director of Public Affairs for Apple Computer Japan and General Motors Asia-Pacific.
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, 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.
Alexander is the Head of Asia Sanctions at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer focusing on compliance and regulatory issues (anti-bribery/corruption, sanctions, investigations, trade wars, cybersecurity, and product liability). He is an attorney qualified in NY, England & Wales, and Russia and registered as Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi with the Daini Tokyo Bar Association. Alexander is also a co-Chair of Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network (LLAN), a Japanese NPO promoting LGBT rights. He also supports (through fundraising and otherwise) an orphanage near Yangon, Myanmar. In his spare time, he serves as a “friendship ambassador” of Hachijojima.
Hailing from Ireland and traveling for the past 30 years, Colette finds herself back in Tokyo for the second time and assuming the role of Head of Seisen International School since 2015. Her background as an experienced international school counselor, mother of two teen third culture kids ( TCKs), and her experiences as a "trailing spouse" reinforce her advocacy of holistic education. Colette has a firm focus on social and emotional wellbeing, student voice, a global mindset, and a belief in cultivating the existence of a strong network of qualified professionals working in collaboration with international families. As a Head of School, top of Colette's priorities is adhering to the international standards of Student Safeguarding and ensuring her faculty and staff are trained in child protection and advocacy. A proud and respected member of the Japan Council of International Schools ( JCIS), Colette represents JCIS on the TELL Board.
Tiziana came to Japan the first time as a fellow student of the Japanese Ministry of Education at Kyushu University, where she obtained her Master in Economics. The years spent in Japan as a student were fundamental to grow her respect for the Japanese culture. Since 2005, when she returned to Japan from Italy as a top executive in the automotive business, she has been combining her knowledge and love for the local culture with her creative approach. Her focus, in her current role as Marketing Director at FCA Japan is to connect the value of each Brand she manages to a responsible cause marketing strategy. Since 2011, she has promoted a consistent support to 13 NPOs active in Japan in the field of women empowerment, LGBT rights, environment & animal protection, support to hospitalized children and to persons with diverse ability. Tiziana is a passionate lecturer and is often invited as a speaker by the Academia, at business associations networking events, other companies’ seminars and as an energetic testimonial to encourage women empowerment in Japan.