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CJS Special Event: From Area Studies to the Global Workforce: Center for Japanese Studies Alumni Talk About their Careers in International Business

Thursday, January 29, 2015
5:00 AM
Room 1636, School of Social Work Building


LeAnn Eriksson (CJS MA and
MBA, 1991)

LeAnn Eriksson has had a rich and varied career.  She's been a management consultant at Bain & Company in Tokyo, advised as an free-lance consultant on projects between Japan and the US, raised two daughters in four different countries (including Japan and Indonesia), and is now a vibrational therapist and singer-songwriter, using sound, scent and music for healing and well-being.


Ali Zamiri (CJS MA and MBA, 1991)

Ali Zamiri is a multi-lingual, International Business Executive at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc, a Fortune 100 mobile technology company.  In his role, Ali defines market strategies to proliferate mobile technology in the Middle East and Africa regions and leads sales teams across Japan, China and other parts of Southeast Asia.  Qualcomm’s market cap has grown from $4B to more than $125B during Ali’s 16 year tenure.  Prior to Qualcomm, Ali held international business roles at companies across the Consumer Packaged Goods, Automotive  and Sporting Apparel industries.  Ali holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a joint Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Arts in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan. Ali resides with his family in San Diego where he spends his free time playing tennis, surfing and enjoying Kuroswawa classics.

Moderator: Kenneth Mori McElwain, Assistant Professor of Political Science, U-M