Masako Kato

Originally from Japan, she spent a few years of her childhood and student time in the USA. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Sophia University in Tokyo. After her study, she moved to the Netherlands and worked for Fujifilm at various Human Resources Management functions.

After 16 years at Fujifilm, Masako joined what is now Hofstede Insights in 2003 as an intercultural and organisational culture management consultant. Her special expertise lies in enhancing the collaborations between Japanese and European. In more than 10 years, she has served Fujifilm, Omron, Yokogawa Electrics, Teijin, Yusen Logistics, Alpine Electronics, Philips, ASML, ABNAmro, ING Direct, Boskalis, IHC Holland, Fluke, TEVA, Otto and TU Delft and many others. For these clients, she has delivered her services in USA, Europe and Japan.

Next to the culture expertise as a Hofstede Insights consultant, Masako is a Co-Active® Coach of the Coach Training Institute and a certified facilitator of the Intercultural Readiness Check (IRC), a self-assessment tool to diagnose the intercultural competences. She uses the results of IRC and her coaching skills to help her clients develop their intercultural competences.

Masako is also a certified Organisation and Relationship System Coach (ORSC) of the Centre for Right Relationship and an authorised facilitator of Team Diagnostic Assessment by Team Coaching International. She uses the results of this assessment tool and organisational culture scan of Hofstede Multi-Focus Model, and her system coaching skills to help clients create positive and productive intercultural teams and organisations.

She delivers training, consulting and coaching services in English, Dutch and Japanese.