The Core Team

Kani Munidasa
Co-Founder & CEO

As an executive at EMC (now Dell EMC), Greenplum, and Pivotal Labs, Kani helped industry leaders transform the way they build software, drive customer success, innovate, and disrupt businesses across industries in multiple geographies.

Born in Japan and raised in Sri Lanka, Kani graduated from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering, specializing in robotics. He worked in Japan and then the US for 18 years, before deciding to leave Pivotal to explore his passion for education by graduating from and working at Hack Reactor. He relocated to Tokyo from San Francisco in 2017 to co-found Code Chrysalis.

Yan Fan
Co-Founder & CTO

Born in China and raised in Seattle, Yan graduated from Dartmouth College with degrees in Economics and Arabic. After graduation, Yan worked at Bunge Global Agribusiness, a commodities trading house. After a career change into tech, Yan worked as a software engineer at Ayasdi, a leading Silicon Valley machine learning startup, and as an instructor for Hack Reactor's prep course.

Code Chrysalis is Yan's second coding bootcamp--with Hack Reactor, she co-founded and served as CTO of a coding school in Jordan helping refugees in 2016.

Steve Furukubo
Managing Director

As a Global Operating and Management Executive, Steve achieved successful hands-on, turn-around, and start-up operations at numerous international enterprises. He is also well experienced at exit strategies including IPO, M&A and sell-offs. Of the twelve companies he managed, eleven turned profitable, and two went on to IPO. The single company that did not turn profitable during his tenure became so shortly after he left, and was successfully acquired by a corporate giant.

Steve graduated from Hitotsubashi University with a degree in Business Administration, and worked for Sumitomo Corporation in Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles and Auckland. For 15 years, Steve has been active as a Founder and CEO of an NPO promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality. He has published four books.

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Felix Kirmse
Lead Educational Software Engineer

Felix, a German native, brings with him a diverse technical background. He previously was developing software for a company producing embedded measuring devices, where he created an array of internal and customer-facing tools for the company.

Heather Dobbin
Dean of Programs

Heather, originally a denizen of Atlanta, Georgia, has spent the past 10 years facilitating multicultural communication and managing education in both the bustling city of Busan, South Korea and the beautiful mountainous countryside of Japan.

Mary Sedarous
Digital Marketing and PR Lead

Mary graduated from the University of Tokyo with a master’s in History, focusing on U.S. intelligence action in Japan during the early Cold War. She switched from spies to marketing, and now leads Code Chrysalis' marketing strategy, content creation, social media and overall digital presence.

She has also worked as a marketing consultant, with clients ranging from one of Japan's largest music festivals to a mobile game startup. Passionate about the intersection of data and creativity.

Niklas Karvonen
Community Manager

Niklas graduated from Aalto University in Finland, with a double-degree in Design Business and International Management. Before joining Code Chrysalis, he worked as a Business Designer for a Japanese IoT hardware startup, in diplomacy, and organized and volunteered at tech events in Finland and Japan.

Eri Ochiai
Admissions and Outcomes Lead

Eri has lived in numerous countries including Japan, U.S., Canada, Italy and Malawi. After graduating from the International Christian University (ICU) with a degree in International Relations she has worked in the fields of language education and technology. Using her previous experience in HR at an autonomous driving startup, her role at Code Chrysalis is to advise graduates in job hunting. She also handles admissions for all courses.

Rachel Ponce
Senior Educational Software Engineer

Rachel has over seven years of industry experience as a front end and sometimes full-stack javascript engineer. She's worked on data-rich SAAS products in the healthcare industry, built visually stunning websites for Fortune 500 companies, used React/Redux on the e-commerce website of a major US athletic retailer, as well as worked with CMSs like Drupal and Wordpress, and is now currently in love with the headless CMS trend and static site generators.

Software development is actually Rachel's second career. She attended graduate school at the University of Chicago where she studied the history of medicine. Combining her love of history and technology, she's published a nerdy online text adventure about the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia.

Melvin Koh
Educational Software Engineer

Originally from Malaysia, Melvin graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Software Engineering with Distinction before moving to Japan. He has experience as a freelance engineer, and worked in a startup as a fullstack developer, where he build and launched 2 major HR-related products.

Although he uses JavaScript at Code Chrysalis, he is also a Pythonista who writes blogs for Hackernoon, Codeburst, and other major tech publications on Medium. In fact, he's multilingual outside of tech, and is fluent in 4 languages.

Dustin Tran
Educational Software Engineer

Dustin is a California native, raised in Orange County. He earned a Bachelors of Computer Science in Silicon Valley and worked as a QA Technician for Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Panasonic Avionics. Dustin joined Code Chrysalis shortly after completing the Immersive program and now develops internal tools for staff and students.

Mia
CKO (Chief Kawaii Officer)

An expert coder with over 7 years of documented experience. She loves yarn and playing on bookshelf. She solves threading problems by using sleep(). Actually she solves every problem that way. She's into cryptocurrencies, but does not like DogeCoin.

The Extended Team

Krista Moroder
Engineering Manager, Checkr
Dylan Tran
Fullstack Engineer
Bianca Gandolfo
Frontend Engineer, Thumbtack
Brad Melluish
Software Engineer, a search company
Rohan Pethiyagoda
Senior Backend Engineer, Stealth Startup
Jason Miller
Software Engineer

THE ADVISORS

Nobuyuki Idei
Founder & CEO, Quantum Leaps; Former CEO and Chairman, Sony
Masayasu Morita
Founder & CEO, Hitomedia Group
Danny Burkes
Senior Director, Pivotal Labs, Asia Pacific and Japan
Kristin Hayden
Chief Partner Office, IGNITE National; Co-Founder, VisionVenture; Founder, OneWorld Now!
Dr. Robert E. Cole
Professor Emeritus, Haas School of Business & Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley
Tomomi Imura
Developer Evangelist & Advocate, Slack
Norikazu Tokusue
Special Advisor, Brainpaid; Board Member & Councilor, Japan Women's University
Rochelle Kopp
Managing Principal, Japan Intercultural Consulting; Author
Naoto Togashi
Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group; Executive Advisor, BrainPad