Maki Nakata, 2013, Japan

Managing Director & Co-Founder, Maki & Mpho - Boston, MA/New York, NY

How has your Fletcher experience prepared you for your current job? As an entrepreneur, my daily activity is basically about problem-solving. Business ideas are developed by identifying problems, understanding the context of the problems, selecting core insights, and coming up with potential solutions. At Fletcher, I learned about embracing the diverse community, navigating richness and complexity of the multidisciplinary approach, and understanding complex issues in the context of globalization. These experiences always motivate me to solve a complex problem and help me make better decisions for my venture.

What was your favorite class at Fletcher and why? My favorite class at Fletcher was Political Economy and Business of the EU, taught by Professor Jacque. While my academic and professional focus has not much relevance with the EU, I think the class was a condensed version of the unique Fletcher experience. It was all about the excitement and complexity found in the intersections of political economy and business, and also about social, cultural, and historical aspects that make EU issues so complicated. I attended classes that are offered in both French and English, which added another unique element to my learning.

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Favorite Movie:

Good Will Hunting

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Most Rewarding Trip:

My first business trip to Bangkok

Experience When You Felt the Farthest From Home:

South Africa Trip during the 2010 World Cup

Fletcher Capstone

  • Case Study: Market Assessment for an African Inspired Lifestyle Brand in the U.S.

Fields of Study

  • Human Security
    Strategic Management and International Consultancy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Net Impact
    International Business Club
    Social Business Club
    Consulting Club
    International Development Club

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, International Studies / American Studies, International Christian University
    Exchange Student, Liberal Arts, University of California, Berkeley

Experience before Fletcher

  • adidas Japan, Retail Strategy Team, Junior Manager – Tokyo, Japan
    ABeam Consulting, Consultant - Tokyo, Bangkok, Shanghai


  • Japanese