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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

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Maynard Kang

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Christian Czernich

Innovation Banking and Development

Soleil Brisbane

Employer Branding Specialist

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Chip Murray

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Jussi Westergren

Senior Advisor

Chal Davidson

Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Dana Lindquist

Data Scientist

Chris Buntel

Vice President | Singapore

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Maggie Ng

Vice President

Wyatt Antoine

Information Technology Intern

Yang-Won Jung

Senior Director | Innovation Services Group

Matthew Ritchie

Senior Product Designer

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Evelyn Miles

Office Manager

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Vlad Dabija

Technical Fellow

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & SEA

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Anton Orlich

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

BK Lee

President Korea

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Ken Poppe

Managing Director | Innovation Development and Banking

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Mai Huong Tran


Molly Kent

Software Engineer

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Emmanuel Gomez

Principal Engineer

Kevin Crommelin

Product Manager

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Isaac Pek

Innovation Development Manager

John Kim

IT Manager

Brian Yen


Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Liron Porat

Innovation Program Director

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Kelly Romano

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Jake Cannon

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Ryan Canfield

Software Engineer

Olivia Armstrong

Project Manager

Matthew Holloway

Vice President of Products

Cate Yochum

Software Engineer

Sally Flaxman

Contract Manager

Jacob Harvey

Accounting Manager

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Gerald Toh

APAC IT Manager

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Christopher Ruehs

Software Engineer

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Arra Ardona

Sr. Product Manager

Darrel Rhea

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Alyssa Moore, MBA

Senior Marketing Manager

Jake Fagan

Senior Product Designer

Rapha Goyran

Software Engineer

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Andre Lee

President | Innovation Development & Banking

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Sharat Reddy

Chief of Staff to Founder & CEO

Jon Gleasman

Senior Product Designer

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Daniel Edenhofer

Software Engineer

Andy Tolton

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Duncan Mowatt

Senior Product Designer

Vivek Ramakrishnan

Managing Director

Grace Kang

Accounts Payable Specialist

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Rahul Das

Vice President

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Emma DeMaris

Marketing Intern

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Marketing

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Connor Timmerman

Senior Analyst | Network Platform

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Adam Holiber

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Leesa Murphy

Payroll & Benefits Analyst

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Mark Buchthal

Software Engineer

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director | Innovation Banking and Development

Cassandra Schwartz

Product Marketing Manager

Jordan Bundy

Software Engineer

Andrew McLain

Product Manager

Paul Payne

Architect | Network Platform

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Shiloh Stuart

Software Engineer

Nadia Savin

Senior Analyst

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