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Nicole Pagourgis
Development Director
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Akiko Arai
Chief Operating Officer

Akiko Arai

After moving from Japan and graduating from the International Center of Photography in New York, Akiko started working as a photography assistant for Japanese photographer Kenro Izu, in the early 1990s. In 1996, when Kenro decided to found a nonprofit organization to build a pediatric hospital in Cambodia, she offered her administrative and clerical skills and gradually shifted her time from the photography studio to Friends, as it continued to grow and gradually expand. Akiko is a founding board member of FWAB and is Chief Operating Officer of the organization.  
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Juan Carlos Uribe
Development & Events Manager

JuanCarlos 2015 Originally from Colombia and Venezuela, Juan Carlos moved to Japan at the age of 17 to pursue studies in Environmental Sciences & Sustainability under a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education. During college, he was actively involved in environmental and social justice issues, including as funding member of Oxfam Japan’s International Volunteer Group. Prior to joining Friends Without A Border, Juan Carlos worked with Peace Boat, coordinating educational travel, exchange and advocacy programs and events in partnership with other NGOs, international agencies and local governments from around the world. A father of a very active 5 year old boy, Juan Carlos is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to support Friends’ work for children in Southeast Asia.
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