How can there be Peace
if people don't
understand each other,
and how can this be
if they don't know each other?
- Lester B. Pearson
TOMO-ni (共に), TOMO-ni (友に).
"together, we become friends." (Japanese)
Our founder Kohtaro has always been dreaming of making this world a better place. It is why he attended Pearson College UWC in Canada, an international boarding school where 160 friends from over 80 countries lived and learned together for their last two years of high school, in order to hear real stories from his friends and understand what is happening in today's world.
His time at Pearson College UWC and New York University has made him question if many of today's global issues share one fundamental problem in their roots, which is the lack of mutual respect and understanding of each other's identities, perspectives, and cultures. As he kept learning, he realized that enabling the world to face and embrace both external and internal diversity of people was what we needed to pursue a more peaceful and brighter tomorrow of the world in globalization.
He did not wait until he finishes his school to start taking action since he believed that there is no ending in learning. He was joined by passionate changemakers to bring this idea into action as Tomoni Group.
Our mission and ideas of providing a solution to today's globalizing era were presented to experts and active members of the international community at the United Nations Headquarters in the summer of 2017, and we have received numerous positive feedbacks on our new approach. We have spent some time since then to plan our action concretely, and in the summer of 2019, Tomoni Group is launching our first set of action.
Born in Japan, having lived in Japan, Canada, USA, and Spain, Kohtaro identifies himself as a citizen of the globe. He loves meeting people from different backgrounds and experiencing their cultures.
After his time at Pearson College UWC in Canada, he started his B.A. majoring in Global Liberal Studies and minoring in Peace and Conflict Studies at New York University (NYU). He is also pursuing an M.A. in International Relations with a concentration in International Politics and International Business.
While pursuing his academics, he also worked at the United Nations Headquarters as an intern in 2017, and he also was selected from 7000+ candidates to work as the Japanese CEO for One Month of The Adecco Group, the largest HR Consulting firm in the summer of 2018.
He has been and will have been pursuing his dream of making this world a better place, with his strong belief in unity in diversity as the ultimate key to achieving it.
MILLIE OLIVIA SYMNS
Millie is guiding the organization in keeping abreast on current social issues as well as providing input on organizational structure and goals. Her expertise lends well with grant writing, logic modeling, ethics and more. She has her M.A. in Applied Psychology Research (Human Development and Social Intervention) from NYU Steinhardt and a B.A. in Sociology from Randolph College, formally known as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.
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