Kohei Kurihara, CMO, CollaboGate – Top 100 Fintech for SDG Influencer

This articles features an interview with Kohei Kurihara, CMO of CollaboGate, and one of our Top 100 Fintech for SDG Influencers.

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This interview is part of a series of interviews featuring Fintech influencers who are doing work that advances our efforts in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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This article features an interview with Kohei Kurihara, CMO of CollaboGate, and one of our Top 100 Fintech for SDG Influencers.

  1. Tell us more about what you do and how your role or project is making an impact. How do they support the SDGs?

I’m working at CollaboGate, as CMO of this team, to empower individuals to establish one’s business ecosystem. We develop frictionless teaming function that enables projects to find and discover the talents for SDGs related projects. Social projects have teaming issues from my experiences and it works so well with a voluntary mindset. Our platform allows for higher liquidities among human resources, enabling social project to become more easily associated to solve specific problems much faster.

  1. Why do you see Fintech and/or Blockchain in particular as an important enabler in creating a social impact?

It depends on the expected focus area. However, as my experience comes from education in particular, I would explain it from this angle.

Education is not always necessarily provided everywhere in the regions. In Japan, I was working at an educational non-profit for one and a half year as a volunteer. They have been providing after class service and subsidiary room, supporting the kids and students who are behind in their school curriculum. This issue is really serious because the classroom does not have access to public resources  that enables it to keep track of the progress of each student.

We therefore need to consider new rules to allow out-of-class resources to participate in the educational process and environment. In this respect, blockchain technology can be used  during the authentication process of external professionals, to ensure that they meet the minimum requirements and have obtained the required licenses. After all, a teaching license is one of the key barriers for public resources to join into schools. Therefore, if we can make any alternative to the public rule, it would widen the human resource capacities and create an opportunity for the education industry.

  1. What are some challenges you face along the way?

We have to discuss among multiple stakeholders, not only teachers and students, but also policy makers, local educational office, parents, and engineers. For example, Sony, a leading Japanese electronic company has just started to take educational records of a student’s progress.

In order to lead in these topics, we have to come to a consensus, involving talented and better evidence to prove these roadmaps will become beneficial for the society. That is a long-term challenge, but it deserves to be looked into for future development. Besides, this topic should not remain simply as a local issue, but a global challenge.

  1. What more do you think is needed in the ecosystem to support and facilitate creating a greater social impact?

Making it an international movement is the way to go forward. That is because, creating a social impact is not simply one’s vision, but something that is part of our own identity. Therefore, we have to consider working with people from international backgrounds and diverse talents, and leverage on resources across different fields such as engineering, social activism, governments, business and more.

  1. What do you hope to see or achieve in 10 years’ time?

I wish that the world will become more connected, and talent can be shared regardless of their geographical, political, cultural, or other barriers.

This will allow us to flourish,  as we become global citizens who seek collaboration by harnessing the power of global knowledge to treat local issues.