Marist Brothers International School

Board of Directors

Michael Settsu (Hiroyoshi Settsu)

Michael is an Alumni of 1983. His business career started from Mega-Advertising Agency and developed his expertise in Marketing. Then he moved on to Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Products firms in Japan, US, and Europe to build his management skills and managed big to small companies as Director on Board, Vice President, and CEO of multinational companies. Now he runs his own management and marketing consulting company to support startup companies and owns 24/7 fitness club in Tokyo.

Taro Bhasin

Taro has over twenty years of financial industry experience working in senior management capacities at both global and domestic investment banks. He specializes in business and risk management encompassing areas including strategy, finance, human resources, policy development and implementation, technology and infrastructure, ESG and CSR. He has extensive project management experience including directing post-merger integration activities. He is a Marist alumni and co-founder of the Bhasin Scholarship program available at the school. He holds a BA in International Business from Sophia University. Taro lives in Tokyo with his wife and daughter. He enjoys traveling with his family and playing volleyball in his private time.

Sachin Bennur

Sachin comes from Mumbai, India and has been living/working in Japan for the past 22 years mostly in the IT world. He moved to Kobe in 2011 to work with a MNC Pharma company where he leads large IT programs and commercial data operations. He has been active in the Marist School Community as a parent since 2016 with both his children studying in middle and high school. He joined the board as a Trustee in September 2020 supporting the HoS selection committee, Board development and policy committee and the digital information management policy. With his extensive experience in Project and Program Management in multiple regulated industries where good governance practices are embedded in daily work he is excited to work with the school administration on building strategic plans for the school’s future.

Shawn Hutchinson

Originally from Adelaide, South Australia, Shawn has worked as a teacher and educational leader for over 25 years in Australia, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, China, New Zealand, and Indonesia. He has held roles in teaching and senior management in a variety of schools, including the Australian International School Vietnam where he was founding Head of Secondary and helped establish a school widely reputed for its academic and personal development for all students. As the Head of School at ACG Tauranga in New Zealand, he worked with the team to establish a new independent school, which received numerous awards from the New Zealand Institute of Architects. He most recently served as the Head of School at ACG School Jakarta, Indonesia. Shawn is married to Mayumi, and they have two daughters: Lina studies Political Science at Waseda University and Mei is in her final year of the IB DP at Marist.

Board of Trustees

Mark Selzer

Mark Selzer is originally from Los Angeles, California USA; and has been living in Japan continuously since 1993. His background is in Japanese higher education, having served at many different universities, including a 10-year stint as an associate professor at Ritsumeikan University. He teaches courses in economics and political science to both Japanese and foreign students in both Japanese and English-language degree programs. He also teaches academic writing and study abroad preparation classes, as well as English-skills classes. Currently, Mark is teaching mostly at Doshisha University and has lived in his current home in central Kobe for the past 16 years. He is also a parent of an upper-school student at Marist.

Jennifer Uchida

Jennifer is an Alumna of 2001. She is a qualified early childhood educator and carer (“hoikushi”) and her expertise is in children with special needs. She has always been engaged in different non-profit organizations in Japan and abroad. Her focus now is on revitalizing the local aging community and providing housing support to disadvantaged women and children. She lives in the Rokko area with her teenage son and two dogs. She enjoys hiking, yoga, reading and thrift shopping.

Shigeo Otsu

“Geo” Otsu is an external relations officer at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ). TUJ is the oldest and largest overseas university in Japan. He provides expertise in political and government relations and works closely with other universities and the alumni. His work also involves organizing the university’s annual graduation and other school wide initiatives. Before joining TUJ, Geo was an administrator for Tokyo International School and Tokyo International Progressive School. He has more than 22 years of experience in international education and can support the MBIS students with the transition from secondary to higher education. He enjoys running, trekking, watching football, and eating snacks.

Akira Ikemi

Having been raised in an international community in Kobe, Japan, Akira is English-Japanese bilingual. He graduated magna cum laude double majoring in psychology and philosophy at Boston College. He studied with Professor Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago Graduate Division and then returned to Japan. He worked at the Kitakyushu Municipal Hospital and then at the University of Occupational & Environmental Health School of Medicine where he got his doctorate. Since then, he has taught at Okayama University, Kobe College and now at Kansai University. He has taught part-time at universities including Shizuoka University Graduate School, Hyogo University of Teacher Education Graduate Division, Kyushu University, the University of Strathclyde (UK). He has also been a doctoral thesis examiner at the University of East Anglia (UK) and the University of Sydney (Australia).

Akira has served as one of the founders and past-presidents of the Japan Focusing Association, and has served as board members of the Japanese Association of Humanistic Psychology, The International Focusing Institute (USA), World Association of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling (UK). Currently he is a member of the steering committee of the Eugene Gendlin Center and an editorial member of the journal, Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. He teaches Focusing all across Japan and worldwide, including China, Australia, Greece, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Sandra Healy

Originally from the United Kingdom, Sandy has lived and worked in the Kansai area for over 30 years. She is a professor at a national university in Kyoto researching creativity, intercultural communication, virtual exchange, and inclusive education. She has been organizing international exchanges with various countries including Belgium, Burundi and the Philippines for many years. She has been a board member at Marist for a number of years and has two sons who have graduated from Marist. Sandy loves dogs, traveling, reading, films, gardening and cooking.

Gentaro Matsumoto

Gen is an alumni and now a father of Kaito currently in Grade 1. Gen attended Marist for 15 years – all the way from PreK to Grade 12. After graduating Mcmaster University in Canada, Gen started work for Microsoft where he continues his career. Gen is now back in Kobe working fully remote as a program manager specializing in Identity. Personally, Gen recently started playing Ice Hockey and took on yachting as a hobby to enjoy with Kaito.

Palak Chudgar

Originally from India, Palak Chudgar is associated with the school as a parent & board member. Having been in Japan for more than 13 years, Palak is a Permanent resident with great Japanese language skills. On professional ground, Palak is a Facility Manager of Infrastructure Operations division in one of the Multinational companies representing Osaka region. He has a strong technical & leadership background for over 22 years executing power plant & refinery projects in Canada, UAE, The Netherlands, Thailand, Indonesia & Australia. Palak is a IPMA certified Project Manager accredited under PMA, UK. Also, He is a certified CPR, AED and First Aid corresponder in Japan. With the MBIS board, Palak is extending his tremendous contribution in the strategic planning, school infrastructure & education initiatives.

Paolo Shigeto Akisada Nocent

Paolo born in Italy, is an alumnus of 1995. Father of three children, whom two of them already graduated from Marist.

He has over 25 years of experience in business management and administration. He is running companies in the aviation, oil, logistics and transport industry.

Mark Pilgrim

Mark Pilgrim is originally from Brandon, Manitoba Canada. He is a certified Canadian teacher entering his 17th year at Marist combined with 4 years teaching in Canada giving 21 years of elementary teaching experience. Over the years, Mark has managed a wide variety of Marist afterschool programs that allow opportunities for non-Marist families to become familiar with the school. Having lived in the Shioya area for 16 years gives him a good understanding of the local community surrounding Marist. His interests include ice hockey, paddle boarding, golf and fitness training.

Harry Dauer

Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Harry has been teaching in adult and higher education in the Kansai region since 1989. Currently he is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Science and Engineering at Ritsumeikan University. His teaching experiences have brought him to Spain, Vietnam, Australia, England and the US. Research topics include bilingual education, intercultural communication and English language education.


Kenji Toyoshima

Kenji is a “Tokutei Gyousei Shoshi;” a “Designated Certified Legal specialist for Public Administration Procedures”, who has worked for Kobe Municipal Government for 33 years. He also has worked for organizations of the Japanese Central Government, Hyogo Prefectural Government, the Kobe Tourism Bureau, and Japan Bank for International Cooperation. Currently as an “Independent Administrative Agent,” he assists people with liaison works for governmental procedures.

Yoshihiro Tsutsushima

Working in Kobe for 32 years, Yoshihiro has built a career in real estate brokerage, mergers and acquisitions, inheritance, and consulting. Recently, he has been expanding his career into the field of video production. Yoshihiro values providing trust and value to his clients through continuous learning and in-depth expertise. Yoshihiro’s son, who joined Marist from Grade 1, is currently in Grade 11 and taking the full IB Diploma Programme.