ORGANISERS

JOE POURNOVIN
FOUNDER & CEO

I work with the team to create, shape and bring to life unique ideas like Tokyo Yamathon and Sea to Summit, with the purpose of raising as much as money as possible for great causes. It’s an unbelievable feeling to be able to do what we do – empowering our participants by giving them, and indeed ourselves a platform to shine and raise a lot of money in the process. Our team, our participants, our sponsors and supporters; it’s an absolute pleasure working with these real-life superheroes. Together we encourage and push each other to think of new ways of changing the world, one fundraising event at a time. We always welcome new members so, if you are looking for something to get your teeth into with the opportunity to meet some amazing people both personally and professionally, come and join us!

KOJI OISHI
COO

By day I work as an engineer but, outside of work I
am a classical pianist. Working for IVG gives me a
lot of opportunities to meet nice people and help
each other to achieve many kinds of goals which, to
me, is similar to the way of playing music to interact
with many people and share something beautiful. I
believe working with IVG allows me to inspire my
creativity and enthusiasm to help harmonise lives
all over the world.

MITSUHIRO HONDA
CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER

Since I participated as a corporate sponsor in 2014,
I engaged Yamathon as a participant and volunteer
until now, and have joined as an organizer as the
Yamathon, which I realized so meaningful to help.
Tokyo Yamathon is a very unique event that the
people can contribute the society through joining a
fun running/walking activity. And each of IVG staff
is so passionate, with full diversity and fun to work
with. I’m working to make the participants can have
fun, walk safely and giving a benefit to the sponsors
as well through my experiences as a corporate
staff, participant and operating volunteer. I’m excited
to have more people to join the Tokyo Yamathon
and other IVG activities.

HEENA SINHA
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

After working for over five years in Investment
Banking in India, I realised I am passionate about
bringing about positive change in the world, working
with a talented group of people who are equally
passionate. IVG is exactly the group I was look-ing
for. I was amazed by their infective energy and
joined them the very moment I met them.
Among other ways of contributing to the group, I
principally help with sponsorship and fund-raising
wing of events. It is truly a life-changing experience
to witness how the money we have raised through
charity events has had such positive effects in people’s
life. I urge anyone who feels the same way to
join us as participants or volunteers and walk along
in this beautiful journey.

SANDIP CHAMLING RAI
IT DIRECTOR

I joined IVG in 2016 as a website manager and content
editor. Shortly after i joined the team, i realized
that i was a part of a group who were dedicating
their already valuable time and skills to help people
all over the world. This inspired me more to help
the team in the way i can.


I manage websites related to IVG and its events
such as Tokyo Yamathon. I also help in creating
sponsors banner as well as certificates for Yamathon
participants and Volunteers.

LAN TRAN
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
MANAGER

I came across Yamathon in 2018 when I
knew that volunteering efforts in that year
would go to build a facility for a school in
Vietnam, my home country.
I was amazed to realize that volunteering could be
done through such an incredibly fun approach, so
I decided to join the team. In my role at Yamathon,
I am trying to enhance the experience for participants
and organizers because I believe the more
fun we have, the more money we could raise for a
great cause. In my day job, I do sales and
marketing for an AI software in Tokyo.

MICHELLE SIMMER
YOUTH VOLUNTEER
COORDINATOR

As a school teacher for 30 years, I work with motivated
students to help change the world.
Students want to give back and help others, I
organize and get them there. A new member of
Yamathon, I bring my experience and my passion
working with volunteer youth groups in the USA
and here in Japan.

EBONY LUPER
YOUTH VOLUNTEER
COORDINATOR

Teaching for 12 years has taught me how to enjoy
working alongside students, modeling selflessness
before selfishness. Our young volunteers strive to
develop leadership skills by following the examples
set forth by our International Volunteer Group members.
As a youth volunteer facilitator, I enjoy planning,
organizing, and contributing to both the vision
and mission of the Tokyo Yamathon.


Working with our youth on international service
projects through Rustic Pathways and being an active
member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Incorporated have both permeated my desire to
serve oth-ers. Our Yamathon group works in a
manner that is selfless, humble, and mindful of
community needs. I am thankful to be among such
an amazing group of individuals!

ZAIN ABBA
MEDIA

I started working with IVG to record footage for the
2017 Yamathon. During that event I witnessed, firsthand,
the magic of the event. It was an amazing experience
and it was an honour to be a part of event
with so many wonderful participants and volunteers.
Since then I have had the pleasure of continuing
to work with IVG to produce content to increase
awareness of what IVG is about and the impact of
events, such as Yamathon, have on people. I look
forward to seeing you at the next event!

MASAKI HASHIMOTO
MEDIA

I enjoy taking photos in portraiture, landscape, nature,
events, food, still life, motorsport and railway
photos both for my job and in private. I took part in
Yamathon in 2016 as a videographer. Thousands of
people have joined this challenging charity event
over the years and each of them has their own story
before and after joining Yamathon. As a camera
person, I take this opportunity to capture everyone’s
vivid life in my photos and footage and make
it part of the Yamathon history! Show me your best
smiles when you see me at Yamathon!

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