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Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

I grew up in one of the Japanese cities notorious for air pollution. From my home up on a mountain, I could see the smoking chimneys from the large chemical complex based near the seaside. I remember wondering how I could participate in the industry and how I might support the emerging Japanese economy by innovating technologies and materials. I even wrote my graduation essay for my elementary school on this. Twelve years passed by, and by the time I became a chemical engineer, the Japanese economy lost its momentum. So, I dedicated myself as a sales engineer for a Japanese boiler manufacturing company and then as a technical service/application development engineer at a U.S. based company using ion exchange resins and reverse osmosis membranes for water treatment. This company supported customers worldwide, mainly in semiconductor and nuclear industries, by providing technical solutions and products. Through this work, I realized that technically innovative approaches were crucial to overcoming the stagnant economy in Japan.
After working in this career path for ten years, I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering for gas separation by membrane and adsorbents. It was challenging and a risk for me to lose the stable and expected career life, but it was also a chance for personal innovation and a time for me to acquire more technical and cultural experiences. I think it is common to think in terms of risk management for the development tasks of technology, product development and business. I believe innovation requires logical and well-prepared planning implemented with periodical reviews, but the most important element is passion. The opportunity to acquire state-of-the-art R&D knowledge and experience on polymer science was meaningful for my life, further fueling my passion.
I returned to the water treatment industry for a German chemical company after completing my Ph.D., and continued to work in commercial organizations, including a global marketing assignment in Germany, for eight years. This reinforced my technical experience and accelerated the technically innovative approaches I was taking. Now, I am excited to join the team at Xinova to focus on “innovation.” I look forward to collaborating with our clients on their coming innovations!


Our Team

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Nadia Savin

Business Intelligence Analyst

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Rahul Das

Vice President

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Katerina Baranyuk


Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Christopher Ruehs

Software Engineer

Dana Lindquist

Data Scientist

Matthew Ritchie

Senior Product Designer

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Jake Cannon

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Leesa Murphy

Payroll & Benefits Analyst

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Andy Tolton

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Bo Garcia

Account Executive

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Molly Kent

Software Engineer

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Mai Huong Tran


Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Jacob Harvey

Accounting Manager

Connor Timmerman

Senior Analyst | Network Platform

Soleil Brisbane

Employer Branding Specialist

Emma DeMaris

Marketing Intern

Jake Fagan

Senior Product Designer

Darrel Rhea

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Ryan Canfield

Software Engineer

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Duncan Mowatt

Senior Product Designer

Rapha Goyran

Software Engineer

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Paul Payne

Architect | Network Platform

Ken Poppe

Managing Director, Revenue & Program Management

Kelly Romano

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Chip Murray

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Wyatt Antoine

Information Technology Intern

Maynard Kang

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Cassandra Schwartz

Product Marketing Manager

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Mark Buchthal

Software Engineer

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Chal Davidson

Director, Revenue & Program Management

Daniel Edenhofer

Software Engineer

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Brian Yen


Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

Andrew McLain

Product Manager

Jussi Westergren

Senior Advisor

Alyssa Moore, MBA

Senior Marketing Manager

Yang-Won Jung

Senior Director | Innovation Services Group

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Andre Lee

President | Innovation Development & Banking

Cate Yochum

Software Engineer

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Grace Kang

Accounts Payable Specialist

John Kim

IT Manager

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Jon Gleasman

Senior Product Designer

Kevin Crommelin

Product Manager

Rob Dhat

Account Executive

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Liron Porat

Innovation Program Director

BK Lee

President Korea

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Marketing

Shiloh Stuart

Software Engineer

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Olivia Armstrong

Project Manager

Emmanuel Gomez

Principal Engineer

Adam Holiber

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Services

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

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We are always seeking new problems to solve, as well as innovators and entrepreneurs to help us solve them. Let’s work together to create the future.

Our Worldwide Locations


311 ½ Occidental Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
+1 (206) 800-2678


Xinova Japan GK
Yaesu Mitsui Building 6F
2-7-2 Yaesu, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0028 Japan


Xinova Innovation (Beijing) Consultancy Co. Ltd.
Room 2494, Level 24, Tower 3
China Central Place
77 Jianguo Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025 China


Xinova Asia Pte Ltd.
150 Beach Road
#08-06/08 Gateway West
189720 Singapore
+65 6408 5080


Xinova Korea
10th floor, Golfzone Tower
735, Yeongdong-daero
Seoul 06072, Korea
+82 2 6952 8840


Xinova Australasia Pty Ltd.
Level 6, 8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW 2060
+61 2 8093 4850


Xinova India
Suite No 208, 2nd Floor
Survey No 414
PSR Complex
Govinda Reddy (GR) Layout
Bannerghatta Road
Karnataka, 560076, India


Xinova Finland
Erottajankatu 5 A 4
FI-00130 Helsinki

Affiliate offices in Tel Aviv & Vienna