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SAKI TAKASU

(804) 869-7778 | saki.takasu.2016@anderson.ucla.edu | www.linkedin.com/in/sakitakasu

EDUCATION
UCLA ANDERSON SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
Los Angeles, CA
M.B.A., Full-Time Program, Marketing
June 2016
Leadership: Co-President, Design For America; VP Brand Management, Marketing Association; Co-Chair TED UCLA 2016
Membership: High Tech Business Association, Management Consulting Association, Womens Business Connection
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Berkeley, CA
B.A., Development Studies
May 2003
Leadership: Chapter President, AIESEC (global work exchange program); President, Tomodachi (Japanese cultural club)

EXPERIENCE
H.U.M.A.N. (Helping Unite Mankind And Nutrition) Healthy snacks vending and distribution platform startup Los Angeles, CA
Intern
May2015Present
Sponsorship and marketing support for the inaugural Association of Workplace Engagement (AWE) launch event for 150 LA
tech and startup C-suite executives and HR managers
U.S.-JAPAN COUNCIL Non-profit promoting U.S.-Japan networking in government, business and civil society
Washington, DC
Development Director
January 2012 July 2014
Strategized and implemented a major PR, TV and print media campaign with the U.S. Department of State to support youth
affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, impacting over 10,000 youth and raising $30M+ from major U.S. and Japanese
partners including Coca-Cola, Toyota, GE, Major League Baseball, and Lady Gaga
Drove fundraising and partnership contracting for the organization with U.S. and Japanese corporations, resulting in $1M+
operational funds with annual 15% growth
Co-directed the 2013 Japan Symposium in Tokyo, featuring keynote speakers Tadashi Yanai of UNIQLO and Marc Benioff
of salesforce.com, drawing 500 business and public attendees, a four-fold increase in attendees from 2011
Development Manager
July 2009 December 2011

Co-created the organization from its mission to infrastructure, developing robust programming including culinary diplomacy,
entrepreneurship, bilateral clean energy collaboration, and women in leadership
MWV Global innovation packaging manufacturer for Food & Beverage, Health & Beauty, and Media industries
Richmond, VA
Global Market Strategy Analyst
August 2007 February 2009
Validated emerging market potential of $500M in six key regions in Asia (China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and
the Philippines) through field visits and working with internal and external partners
Supported Personal Care, Beauty, and Healthcare top 5 global brand owner studies for the Global Market Strategy team
Developed monthly and annual quantitative and qualitative market reports for the global Entertainment Media division and
business unit executives, aggregating syndicated data in Home Entertainment, Music, and Video Game industries

Developed a critical marketing and consumer insights presentation on sustainability packaging and messaging awareness,
leading to $6M sales for the start-up Security Packaging division
Senior Global Associate rotations in various locations (U.S., England, France)
August 2005 August 2007
Managed a European supply chain project for the Food & Beverage division to shift resources across seven manufacturing
facilities during an unexpected high demand season, saving $30M+ in cost and maintaining positive customer relations

Analyzed the market potential and operation efficiency for a gift with purchase product for Estee Lauder, Clinique and Stella,
ultimately informing the Health & Beauty team on how the product could be better promoted to customers
Developed cost models, led brainstorming sessions, and assessed external market research purchases for a package
innovation project in the UK and continental Europe, eventually advancing the project to the pilot run phase
EMERSON ELECTRIC
Hong Kong, SAR
Corporate Communications Associate
August 2003 February 2005
Published monthly Asia procurement best practice articles with $1M+ savings for Emersons U.S. and European divisions
Internally promoted Emersons full suite of procurement and sourcing services in the Asia Pacific through marketing supplier
management & development, reverse auction, QA/QC testing, material testing, and data analysis capabilities

ADDITIONAL

Languages: Japanese (Native); Chinese Mandarin (Basic), French (Basic), Spanish (Basic)

Volunteer Work: Board Member, Shea Yeleen International (womens shea butter cooperative in West Africa); Pro bono
consultant, Net Impact Service Corps; Judge, William James Foundation Sustainable Business Case Competition
Top Travel Moments: Backpacking in SE Asia, climbing the Andes in Peru & Bolivia, dining my way through Istanbul