Minami Tsubouchi is an entrepreneur in the field of leadership development with a particular focus on youth under adversity. She founded BEYOND Tomorrow to support young victims of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident that hit the northeast coast of Japan in 2011. Believing that great leaders can rise out of adversity, she has supported more than 700 young adults suffering from traumatic experiences to overcome hardship as budding leaders who can make a difference for society.
Minami worked in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attack, engaging in humanitarian assistance, and she worked in Bahrain during the Arab Spring as a member of the Kingdom’s Economic Development Board. Her time in Afghanistan and Bahrain convinced her of the importance of leadership development and opportunities for dialogue for youth, especially during times of national catastrophes. She has also served on the advisory boards of Hiroshima Global Academy and U.S.-Japan Leadership Program of the United States-Japan Foundation. She was awarded Nikkei Woman of the Year 2013 by Nikkei Woman Magazine and was selected as one of the AERA Leaders for 2020 by AERA Magazine, Asahi Shimbun.