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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

Alyssa Moore

Senior Marketing Manager

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Kelly Romano

Managing Director | Innovation Programs

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Rahul Das

Vice President

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Sherri Richman

Innovation Business Development Representative

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Programs

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Rob Dhat

VP of Innovation Partnerships

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

John Kim

IT Manager

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Kyle Dowling

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Soleil Brisbane

Marketing Specialist

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

BK Lee

President Korea

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Mai Huong Tran

Consultant

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Paul Levins

Co-Founder

Chal Davidson

Director

Bo Garcia

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Brian Yen

Consultant

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director, Innovation Programs

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

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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

USA

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

Japan

Xinova Japan GK
Yaesu Mitsui Building 6F
2-7-2 Yaesu, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0028 Japan
+81-3-6478-6120
xinova.jp

China

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

Singapore

Xinova Asia Pte Ltd.
331 North Bridge Road
#22-01, Odeon Towers
Singapore 188720
+65 6408 5080

Korea

Xinova Korea
10th floor, Golfzone Tower
735, Yeongdong-daero
Gangnam-gu
Seoul 06072, Korea
+82 2 6952 8840
xinova.co.kr

Australia

Xinova Australasia Pty Ltd.
223 Liverpool St
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Australia
+61 2 8093 4850

India

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

Finland

Xinova Finland
Erottajankatu 5 A 4
FI-00130 Helsinki
Finland

Affiliate offices in Tel Aviv & Vienna