World Campus International Staff

Hiro Nishimura

Hiro Nishimura – Chief Executive Officer

Hiro was born and raised in Arao, Kumamoto, located on Kyushu Island in western Japan. This seaside region is well-known for its especially warm and outgoing people. Hiro earned a degree in Education at the University of Kumamoto. He spent 20 years with the Up with People programs, serving in various capacities for the organization while developing his distinctive and influential management philosophy. As the Chief Operation Officer, Hiro has worked in both program implementation and company management throughout North America, Europe and Japan. One of his most impactful experiences was helping to implement part of the United Nation's Global Forum on Environmental Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hiro led the implementation of 9 international student programs in Japan. Well respected and well connected in a variety of Japanese networks, this was done in part through his successfully collaboration with national, prefectural and city governments, major and local corporations and organizations. Hiro was the recipient of 4 company awards from Up with People, including the Presidents Award. After living in Denver, Colorado, USA for many years along with his Norwegian wife, Kristin, and their three children: Markus Yuki, Daniel Masami and Anna Mikako, they moved to Japan where WCI operates their international programs every year. Contact him at

Maki Honda

Maki Honda - Operations Manager

Maki Honda worked as one of the World Campus Local Organizing Committee staff members in Kumamoto for many years and also worked for the program as a program counselor for two years.

She was born and grew up in Kumamoto, Japan where some of the World Campus - Japan participants get to visit every year! When she was a university student, she met the program and organized activities with some of her friends in Kumamoto city. She not only learned about other cultures from the people from various countries, but also rediscovered her own country and herself by exploring a familiar sight with different points of view, interacting and exchanging cultures with them. Those experiences had a huge impact on her. It was only one short week but quite long enough to change her whole life. This experience made her decide to get involved in World Campus International in a long term.

As the Operations Manager, she is working for all the logistics for the program and the translation/interpretation needs. She an be reached at

Juuso Myller

Juuso Myller - Program Counselor

Juuso Myller joined World Campus Japan for first time as a participant in 2015. The following years he has been working as a counselor, guiding and helping new participants enjoy their time to the fullest while in Japan. He spent his youth in Eastern Finland, choosing to study to become an English teacher in the University of Eastern Finland. His minor is Japanese and during one of those lessons Hiro Nishimura visited the university to advertise World Campus Japan. He joined the program almost on the spot and has been hooked ever since. The first program as a participant was an eyeopener for him. He learned a lot about not only Japan, but the cultures of participants from all around the world. This sense of a closely knit, welcoming community influenced him greatly and motivated him to give something in return by becoming a counselor for the program next year.

Previously, as a counselor, he has overseen the blog and some aspects of social media in the program, photography, and Thank You -cards. Contact him at

Joakim Gåsøy

Joakim Gåsøy - Program Counselor

Joakim Gåsøy was born and raised in Sarpsborg, Norway, and is majoring mathematics at the university of Oslo in Norway. He joined the World Campus - Japan summer program as a participant for the first time in 2011, and the experience was so well recieved that it made him return again in 2012. Initially curious about Japanese popular culture such as music and comics, Joakim quickly grew a great appreciation for the people of Japan. The involvement with WCI has had a great impact on his life, such as making him more open to interracting with new people.

Joakim’s role as a program counselor, has been the technical manager. In this role, he was responsible for all the technical area of the program including the Arigato Event management, photo and video editing. One of his goals has been to make sure that the other participants had as great experience as he did when he was a participant himself, and he greatly believes that an experience like World Campus – Japan is an important asset in a world filled with conflict and prejudice. Contact him at

Thomas Greve

Thomas Greve – Webmaster

Thomas lives in the Hanseatic city of Rostock, Germany. Growing up in the former German Democratic Republic, he understands the critical importance of connecting diverse people to break down unnecessary barriers. Thomas spends a lot of his time as a volunteer with non–profit organizations. As the former Coordinator of Local Organizing Committee in Rostock for an international program, he led a regional team which arranged host families and program contents for international groups in his hometown. Thomas loves to work with people. With a extensive background in technology, Thomas is World Campus International’s official webmaster and advisor to all computer troubleshooting. Please be in touch with Thomas for more information about World Campus – Japan at