Consultants & Instructors

Tetsuya Abe

Tetsuya Abe is the founder and CEO of EQ Partners, Inc. and a lecturer in the MBA program at Rikkyo University. His particular concern is leadership development.

He holds a B.A. in law from Chuo University and an MBA from Bond University. He is also an experienced consultant and trainer, specializing in human resource development. He has consulted with both global and domestic companies such as NEC, NTT, Toshiba, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Sumitomo, and Lotte as well as The Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS), a technical cooperation organization. His seminars center upon leadership skills and global perspectives for executives from various countries of Asia and the world. His customer-oriented coaching skills are based on his own work experience at Panasonic in Japan and Hong Kong, with the goal of the betterment of international society. His courses are provided both in Japanese and English.

• World-Class Leadership (2011)

Eichi Kasahara

Eichi Kasahara received his MBA and MIM from the Thunderbird Business School and has had cross-cultural experience in working as a fund manager for an institutional investor based in Japan and the US. Afterwards, he worked at the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency and Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan, where he promoted projects in creating policies that would aid small-sized companies in their growth. Then he joined Fuji Research Institution Corporation (now Mizuho Information and Research Institute). There, he worked to support domestic and overseas startups and small and mid-sized growth companies. He played an essential role in corporate communication problem solving, and assisted in a wide range of activities from R&D, marketing, branding, and sales to IPOs and M&As

Eichi is now involved in projects that include consulting for R&D management and marketing and holds lectures at the MBA level at Rikkyo University’s Design Research Department.

Terumi Laskawsky

Terumi Laskawsky is a specialist in information security, including compliance, policy, application, host, and network security. He also holds many certifications in the field of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), the study of how the connections between neurological processes, language, and behavioral patterns developed through experience can be organized to achieve specific goals in life.

He received his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and BSE at Arizona State University. After experience in the US Army, he has held managerial positions in multiple corporations, including being a senior systems analyst at Goldman Sachs, director at Symantec, and director at Swiss Bank Japan. Some of his NLP certifications include Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Certified NLP Coach, and Certified Practitioner of Indirect Ericksonian Hypnosis Psychotherapy and NLP. In the field of training and consulting, he has taught corporations such as Panasonic, Toshiba, Sony, KDDI, and NTT and holds lectures at institutions such as Temple University and Waseda University.

Maria Chow

Maria Chow is a professional in the field of leadership development and organizational development. The last twelve of her 25 years of work experience in HRM and Training &
Development have been regional and multi-cultural with emphasis in Asia, assisting multinationals with leadership development.

Prior to setting up Spark Asia Leadership Practice, Maria was the Custom Solutions Director at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore, where she helped clients develop cross-cultural teams, manage change and innovation, and nurture women leaders. CCL is consistently ranked by the Financial Times as the Top 10 executive education providers worldwide. At her previous workplace, she was the first director of training and development for the Asia-Pacific Operations. Her focuses include leadership development, talent management and such organizational development initiatives as post-merger and acquisition integration.

Maria Chow is skilled in designing and delivering training & development solutions that help shape the leadership of our businesses today. Her consulting experience with KPMG Peat Marwick, her lecturing experience in various universities, and the industrial relations role that she played in the Hong Kong and Singapore Governments, all serve to facilitate her connections with people, industries and businesses. Her perspective is therefore broad and her experiences are expansive.

She speaks English, French, Japanese and Chinese, including the Cantonese and Shanghai dialects. Spark Asia serves clients with regional needs through a network of experienced associates based in the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Thailand and more locations.