Asia Regional Forum Secretary & Japan ChairpersonTokyo, Japan
Asia Regional Forum Secretary & Japan Chairperson
Tokyo, JapanBorn and raised in the Eastern Cape, Michelle was part of the South African youth who experienced the transition to the current democratic Republic of South Africa. After graduating from the University of Cape Town, she travelled to a small city in Japan to act as a representative from South Africa to promote internationalism. Michelle is one of many South Africans who has left South African shores, but has not given up on her motherland. She is looking forward to working with The Democratic Alliance, which stands for, and seeks to advance, the ideals of an open opportunity society for all.She currently resides in central Tokyo with her cat, Jelly, and her husband, “Zulu”.
Japan Deputy ChairpersonKyoto, Japan
Japan Deputy Chairperson
Born in Hillbrow and having spent the greater part of his life in Johannesburg, Mark lived in Israel for the last 10 years and currently reside in Kyoto with his Japanese wife and Japanese/Israeli/South African children.
Mark’s great-uncle, Hymie Miller served alongside Helen Suzman in the United Party and was also Mayor of Johannesburg. Mark studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, worked for Business Report and Microsoft in South Africa and owned bookstores in New Zealand and Joburg.
Mark has always believed that the Democratic Alliance (and it’s predecessors) are the greatest hope for our beloved country, and he looks forward to the day that he can return with his children to a truly free and democratic South Africa.
Japan SecretaryUrayasu City, Japan
Urayasu City, JapanStephanie Ando was born in Johannesburg and later moved to Cape Town. She came to Japan in 2012 as a gap year after graduating from the University of Stellenbosch. She lives in Urayasu City, Chiba with her Japanese husband and their 2 South African-Japanese sons.She currently holds a 4th degree black belt in Yoshinkan Aikido and works as a professional Yoshinkan Aikido instructor while also running the International Affairs department of the dojo. She remains passionately committed to South Africa and, through her work in the martial arts, her goal is to increase co-operation and communication between Japan and South Africa.In this way, she hopes to help create organisations at the community level which will provide the training and life skills necessary to achieve the vision of “One Nation with One Future underpinned by Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity for all.”