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

Steve has achieved successful global start-up operations at numerous enterprises. He is experienced at exit strategies including IPO, M&A and sell-offs. Of the 12 companies he managed, eleven turned profitable, and two went on to IPO.

For 15 years, Steve has been active as a Founder and CEO of an NPO promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality and has published four books.

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Felix Kirmse
Engineering Manager & Curriculum Owner

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.

Masataka Shintoku
Head of Japanese Programs

Masataka graduated from Osaka University in 2009, and worked at NTT Data in customer service, consulting, and as a product manager for the development of critical systems. In 2016, after encountering Bitcoin, he decided to become a software engineer. He enrolled in Code Chrysalis' Immersive program, and graduated as part of the 3rd cohort in March 2018. Masataka is currently the CTO of the Tokyo-based startup yui, Inc.

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.

Melanie Taylor
Director of English Curriculum

Melanie is a freelance Japanese-English translator, interpreter, and language instructor. She enjoys facilitating communication and interesting projects, which are often connected to education and performing arts. Born & raised in New Zealand, Melanie worked in Japan for thirteen years. She also has a Masters degree in Interpreting and Translation Studies.

Anjuli Campbell
Program Manager

Anjuli hails from the great-but-super-inaka state of Montana. After graduating from the University of Washington, she helped run her family’s winery, dabbled with craft beer brewing in Nagano, and taught English to adults for 3 years in Hokkaido. She brings this eclectic jumble of past experiences to the Code Chrysalis team in her role as Program Manager.

Iku Eguchi
Admissions Lead

Iku graduated from Sophia University with a master's degree in Sociology. She lived outside of Japan for 10 years, was born in Chicago, and grew up in England. Before joining Code Chrysalis she worked as a recruiter and will be helping with admissions. If you have any questions about our course please feel free to contact her!

Eri Ochiai
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.

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.

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.

Jill Hackney
Curriculum Analyst

Jill Hackney is originally from Philadelphia, and previously worked in the film and television industry in camera and lighting. She travelled extensively before joining Code Chrysalis, including extended period of residence in Saudi Arabia, the UK, and New Zealand. She currently works remotely from Seattle on the Immersive bootcamp curriculum.

Victor René Molina Rodríguez
Educational Software Engineer

Born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, Vic studied Business Administration and Filmmaking in the USA before moving to Japan. He has experience in various creative fields such as education, graphic design, music, and programming. He now works as an engineer developing internal tools for Code Chrysalis and delivering technical lectures.

Steffie Harner
Educational Software Engineer

After working in digital marketing for 5 years in San Francisco, she moved to Tokyo to work as a content creator and freelance model. Through co-founding Startup Lady Japan she met CTO Yan Fan, who inspired her to dive in software development herself. As a hybrid software engineer & creative, fascinated with the marriage of tech, art, and social impact, she dreams to create digital experiences to encourage more women to pursue technical careers.

Eriko Kidera
Educational Software Engineer

Born and raised in Nagasaki, Eriko worked as a systems engineer in a fintech company where she spent a decade handling system design, UI/UX, testing, & product launches. As a technical mentor & instructor, Eriko wants to encourage those who work hard as a tech mentor / instructor.

Yunn Takiguchi
Finance Associate & Office Manager

Yunn is a bubbly musician and nursery teacher who loves care and creativity. As Finance Associate & Floor Manager, she makes this magical school more comfortable to promote harmony and growth for all who gather at Code Chrysalis.

Maya Gueyouche
Marketing Associate & Office Manager

Irvine born, Atlanta grown, and holding a Baltimore state ID. Maya has lived in Japan for 18 years, graduating from the American School of Japan and International Christian University. Values creativity and has previously been a nursery teacher. Now with her own toddler to nurture, Maya is excited for the future of other working mothers in Japan.

Rafael Viana
Educational Software Engineer

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rafael was a member of a short lived heavy metal band before moving to Australia, and finally Japan. He owned a food truck business, and worked as an interpreter & tech support for NTT Docomo.

Now he works for Code Chrysalis helping the drill sergeants prepare the new battalion of software engineers.

Ryuki Kuga
Educational Software Engineer

Grew up in Tokyo, Japan.He did various kinds of martial arts as a kid, karate, kendo, boxing and kick boxing.

He taught boxing in Japan and worked in sales in Australia after high school before joining the Immersive - shortly after he is helping mentor students in the Japanese Immersive.

Mia
Co-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.

Potato
Co-Chief Kawaii Officer

Born in Niigata, Potato is new to the world of technology, but makes up in passion and energy what he lacks in years. He is currently learning JavaScript and hopes to one day make an app that helps him locate the nearest cardboard box to chew on.

Fudgi
Co-Chief Kawaii Officer

She is the newest, but the oldest member of team-CKO. Previously, she worked both as a security and wait staff at a cafe in West Tokyo. New to the industry, she is excited to be part of a diverse, multi-species work environment.

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!
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