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Liza Maronese

Consultant - France

Liza Maronese completed a Masters Degree in Japanese Language and Culture along with International Relations Studies at INALCO - the Oriental Language and Culture National Institute, established in 1795 and the premier educational institution in France for Japanese studies.

She since worked for three years in two different organizations located in Osaka, Japan. Firstly, she was a consultant at the French Trade Commission assisting French companies wishing to enter the Japanese market. She then joined Minerva-HD - an e-commerce Japanese company specialized in the outdoor sector - as a business developer. Since her return to France in 2011, she has been advising French companies such as Air France and Catalina Marketing on how to better understand the Japanese market, including maximizing their web marketing.

Liza is also the author of a book about Japan, published in 2009 (Dictionnaire Insolite du Japon, Editions Cosmopole).

Cécile Buckenmeyer
Senior Consultant  - France and United Kingdom

Cécile is a graduate from Tours Graduate School of Management in France. Before completing her degree, she studied for one year in the Department of Comparative Culture at Sophia University, Tokyo. She holds an MSc in Psychodynamics from Birkbeck College, London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology from Leeds Metropolitan University. Born and raised in France, she has spent five years living in Japan and the past twelve years in the UK. She is fluent in French, English and Japanese and regularly works in these languages.

Since joining Japan Intercultural Consulting in 2006, Cécile has worked as a coach and facilitator with over thirty companies in industries as diverse as financial services, electronics, telecoms, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and consumer products. She has coached Japanese senior managers on leadership development as well as working with cross-cultural issues. She facilitates cross-cultural communications and management training programmes, including workshops introducing coaching skills to Japanese managers.

In her previous career, Cécile worked with a leading Japanese recruitment company which is partly owned by the Nikkei group. She advised Japan-based multinational companies on their international recruitment strategies and, in collaboration with European Chambers of Commerce, she led a PR campaign raising the profile of European companies in Japan. She was later appointed head of European operations in London where she managed a team promoting recruitment events across ten European countries. More recently she was a manager at Manchester Business School where she offered coaching and career services for MBA participants and alumni.