Sawako Tanaka comes from Ushiku, Japan. She recently worked as an UN Environmental Programme Officer in the island country of Mauritius. Sawako is an environmental scientist that has focused on coordinating research networks for AsiaFlux monitoring data and other greenhouse gas data. A data-mining expert, Sawako’s plans at WFI were to investigate environmental monitoring systems in the PNW and find linkages to business practices and how to build in practical opportunities for the use of public data.

Sawako started a new position at Nagoya University in Japan as the liaison between industry and university research to promote entrepreneur education and international collaboration. Sawako believes that the critical thinking culture she was exposed to at WFI propelled her to continue learning from every opportunity available.