Rika grew up in a cultural melting pot in Tokyo, attending the International School of the Sacred Heart where her classmates were children of diplomats and expats from all around the world. This, along with her parents being Japanese and German, drove her to pursue a career in global partnerships, business development and applied innovation exchange.
She is a Principal at Kettle, working with internal teams and clients to fully harness the digital transformation agenda. She is also the CEO and Founder of BoardSeatMeet, Inc. an NPO focusing on gender-balancing corporate board rooms by empowering women to build and leverage social capital with modern technology - essentially delivering the “High-Performance Board Room of Tomorrow”.
Trilingual in Japanese, German and English, Rika immigrated to the U.S to attend Princeton University. Rika has since worked internationally over two decades in senior executive roles in strategy, business development, and marketing with Fortune 500 companies - NVIDIA, Sony, Accenture, American Express- and Silicon Valley startups. She is a technology industry veteran and serves on Advisory Boards to ventures in Next-gen Computing (VR/AR/MR) and Artificial Intelligence ecosystems.
Throughout her career Rika has been an avid advocate for advancing women's leadership in technology and business across industry verticals and global lines. Rika is also the only woman on the Dean's Council for Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University, where she addresses the matter of gender parity in STEM Higher Education. Rika is passionate about deepening intersection of the human, the digital, and the physical through the challenge of practical innovation and the reward of purpose-driven collaboration.