MEET THE TEAM
Taihei brings his years of experience in business and finance to the Amber International team as Managing Director. A Certified M&A Professional, he is a former investment professional for one of Japan’s largest institutional investors and has engaged in private equity investments. After his financial career, he has held CFO position in successful IT startups in SE Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economic Development from the University of California, Berkeley and enjoys traveling to hidden scenic destinations.
Masahiro is a seasoned professional in the service and hospitality industry, applying his vast experience to the concept and design of Amber’s resorts as Chief Development Officer. A former manager at Recruit Holdings, the largest media agency serving the service industry, he brings strategic insights in media planning, branding and consulting to our team.
Krystelle has a decade of combined experience in the areas of financial advisory, corporate finance, accounting and auditing. She has previously worked for Sunlife Canada, Citibank and Ernst & Young, one of the Big Four accounting and auditing firms worldwide. Before joining our team, she also held the role of Head of Treasury and Corporate Planning for DoubleDragon Properties Corp., a Philippines-based developer.
April has successfully launched brand identities all around the world. Over the course of 9+ years, she has led a team of creatives, each an expert in their field, to deliver full-fledged marketing campaigns to international clients. She has a European MFA in art direction and marketing strategies from Écoles de Condé in Paris and takes inspiration from her constant world travels and the fascinating, diverse clients she works with.
Naoyuki is a Japanese registered architect with a first-class license granted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. He has 20+ years of professional experience in architecture including Muji House as an in-house architect in Muji. He has international working experiences in countries including Italy, Japan, and other Asian countries, and as an international traveler and architect, he brings experience-oriented and minimalist designs to Amber.
Andrew has over 17 years of real estate experience across asset classes with institutions ranging from family offices to sovereign wealth funds. He has managed development and investment at multiple scales from individual boutique hotels to mega-projects exceeding US$ 10 billion in value. Most recently, he was a senior development leader with Qatari Diar, the real estate arm of the Qatar Investment Authority with projects in 24 countries and a combined value of over US$35 billion. He holds advanced degrees in Design, Business, and Engineering from University of Cambridge, HEC Paris, and University of Florida.
With over a decade of experience in the field of architectural and interior design, Johnattan has carried out multiple projects throughout the globe including Switzerland, Argentina and Saudi Arabia. He has worked for Arcoing and Quadro Arquitectura, and he holds advanced degrees in architecture, photography and CGI from Universidad Central de Costa Rica and Universidad Santiago Mariño.
Jeff is a transactional attorney with extensive international experience across 19 countries. A member of the California Bar, he formerly worked within the tax department of global accounting firm KPMG. Jeff holds an MBA and MBT (Master of Business Taxation) and is a former professor of finance and law at the University of Southern California. He is the author of “You Want To Be An Entrepreneur”.
Mr. Kawakami has extensive experience in the health and wellness industry, and has studied a number of different massage and wellness techniques. He has recently been awarded first place at the “Meilleur Spa Praticien International France 2019” competition, one of the most prestigious awards in spa and massage, making him the No.1 spa therapist in the world. He is advising Amber on our extensive menu of spa and wellness treatments, and will be training our spa staff in his advanced techniques.
Pramana is a hotel management operator established by a team of passionate and creative professionals who have founded and operate a collection of well-known boutique resorts, spas and more throughout Bali
Pramana continuously strives to maximize guests’ experience while contributing to the wellness of its team and the pride of its partners. This involves a commitment to a sustainable model of community and culture-based tourism, staying true to the Indonesian concept of balance by respecting the local people and the natural environment.
In addition to Amber Komodo, they also manage The Kayon Resort, the N°1 resort in Ubud, Bali.