OUR TEAM

Kengo Kitaura

Founder / CEO expand_more

Born in Osaka with 15+ years of experience to run and operate a personal financial service company in Japan, found that people with low financial literacy have a strong tendency to exacerbate their own financial situation without design of secure lending model for borrowers. After Japan, he moved to Cambodia in 2009 to make a further impact on economic circumstances and quality of life of people in rural areas with financial and IT solution. He discovered a feasible solution to ameliorate rural economy while he was operating 1,000 ha of cassava farm. To implement the solution, he established and started “AGRIBUDDY” in 2015 which has been a shining star since then and now also has won him the best “founder” rice bowl award across Asia.

Naho Shigeta

Board of Director / Chief Analytics Officer expand_more

Naho Shigeta spearheading our operations in India, one of the highest-growth markets in the world. She joins us with a wealth of experience in diverse fields combined with a flair for multi-national entrepreneurship. Since 2006, she has been the Founder and CEO of Infobridge Holdings Group Ltd., a Hong Kong based company that has set up several companies in India in order to bring about closer cooperation and relationships between Indian and Japanese companies, as well as expand markets for Japanese companies in India. Ms. Shigeta has also worked in China on setting up operations that grew an IT-based market research company from 3 to 400 employees over a six-year period. A graduate of Tokyo University she specializes in managing multi-cultural teams, and is happiest while setting up commercial relationships between companies from different countries.

Noriaki Okubo

Board of Director expand_more

Aki serves on the directors of AGRIBUDDY and brings to the company extensive knowledge in finance and business development. Aki is also the Managing Director of Scentan Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Tokyo / Singapore that invests in innovative technology companies worldwide. Before Scentan Aki was the Managing Director of IgnitionOne a global marketing technology company. Prior to iOne Aki was SVP of International business at livedoor overseeing the company's global M&A and investment strategies.

Nishank Sharma

Chief Operation Officer expand_more

An MBA in Marketing and a Mechanical Engineer with multiple years of coding experience and experience collaborating with top clients across the globe such as Nike, Amazon, E-bay, and Etsy. Played a vital role with businesses and achieving digital, commercial, critical, and strategic goals across North America and Southeast Asia.

Keisuke Honda

Head of Brand Ambassador expand_more

Coming from a sporting family, Keisuke Honda is a Japanese professional footballer who plays for Australian club Melbourne Victory and also general manager and coach of Cambodia national football team. He has earned over 90 international caps since 2008, Honda is the first Japanese player to score in three FIFA World Cups. Together with Rural Entrepreneurs (group leaders of smallholders), a.k.a. "BUDDYs", he will motivate smallholders in developing countries, many of whom face difficulties in improving their standard of living. He will strive to inspire smallholders to reach their full potential by never giving up and continuing to expand their horizons.

Vong Rylida, Ph.D

Director- Strategy & Partnerships expand_more

Ph.D. from the University of Nagoya in Japan. Comprehensive 6-year and over 4-year experience in managing and leading teams in challenging and multicultural environments. Possess excellent negotiating and problem-solving skills, and a proven ability to complete projects to the highest standard. Committed to the highest levels of professional and personal excellence.