Governing board



Fumiko Uraki

Senior Director, Frontier & Open Innovation Division, Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation

In her role, she drives open innovation and facilitate partnership globally with academics, startups and corporates. The unit has a mission to explore and incubate new Frontier fields for Mitsubishi Chemical Group business growth.

Associate Director

Chair, Steering Committee

Fumihiko Shimizu

Senior Manager, Global Research Partnership Department, Frontier & Open Innovation Division, Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation

He leads partnerships with academics and research organizations globally. His department is going to develop and enhance the R&D functions across the borders for Mitsubishi Chemical Group.

Co-Chair, Steering Committee

ASU-MCG Research Coordinator

Satoshi Shimono

KAITEKI Research Fellow, The Global KAITEKI Center and Global Research Partnership, Frontier & Open Innovation Division, Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation

He engages in projects as a residential researcher in the US and a liaison for TGKC and Mitsubishi Chemical Group.

Leaders of research programs

Research Program I: Circular Economy in the Chemical and Materials Industry

Bhavik R. Bakshi


Bhavik Bakshi is the Richard M. Morrow Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University, and the Director of the SE3RG (Sustainable Engineering-Ecosystem-Economic Research Group). He is also on the Faculty Advisory Board of OSU’s Sustainability Institute

Research Program II: Social Value of Innovation and Business for a KAITEKI Future

Research Program III: Sustainable Food Systems

Research Program IV: Design, Development and Testing of Innovative Materials for Urban Cooling

Research Program V: Climate Change as a Waste Management Challenge

Research Program VI: Self-Actualization and Well-Being: Wearable Hybrid Robotic Suits


Participate in research projects

All members of the ASU community are encouraged to participate in various research and educational activities of The Global KAITEKI Center. To explore existing or potential opportunities, contact Professor George Basile, the Associate Director of the Center, or the corresponding principal investigator of the six research programs.