David Desser, Ph.D.David Desser, Ph.D.

Dean of the Akira Kurosawa School of Film
Film Professor

David Desser is Dean of the Anaheim University Akira Kurosawa School of Film. He is also Professor Emeritus of Cinema Studies, University of Illinois, where he was Professor of Cinema Studies, Comparative and World Literatures, East Asian Languages and Cultures and Research Professor of Communication. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Kansai University in Japan, Hong Kong Baptist University, the University of Pennsylvania, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Chapman University and the University of Southern California (USC). He received his Ph.D. from USC in the Cinema program with a minor in Japanese and has authored a number of books and served as editor on a number of journals related to Asian cinema.

Kwok Shum, Ph.D.Kwok Shum, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Akio Morita School of Business
Director, Kisho Kurokawa Green Institute
Sustainable Management / Business Professor

After earning a Stanford University Master of Science in Engineering degree, Dr. Kwok Shum received his Ph.D. in Management of Technology from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Dr. Shum’s research and teaching interests lie in new technologies, renewable energy industry and deployment, the business of renewable energy and clean technologies. Dr. Shum has taught at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and conducted workshops for the Clinton Foundation’s C40 Large Cities Climate Summit, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Hong Kong Baptist University. He has served as a Reviewer for the International Journal of Innovation Management and the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy and has served as the Academic Committee Chairperson for the Technology and Management Sustainability Business Plan Competition organized by the University of Illinois Urbana Champagne, Seoul National University, the University of Sao Paulo, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and London South Bank University.

YukuoTakenakaYukuo Takenaka, CPA

Executive Strategy Advisor

Yukuo Takenaka is Chairman, CEO and President of the Takenaka Partners Group. Prior to forming The Takenaka Partners Group in 1989, he was a partner and National Director of KPMG Peat Marwick’s Japanese practice. He also served as Chairman of the Project Japan for the parent company, KPMG. A graduate of the University of Utah, Mr. Takenaka is recognized for his expertise in cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions. On both sides of the Pacific, he serves as senior advisor to companies in a wide range of industries including high technology, electronics, manufacturing, financial services and real estate. He is the author of the Japanese best seller, Merger and Acquisition Strategy.

KateStraussIMG 7244Kate Strauss, MA

Vice President for Administrative Affairs

Kate Strauss is the Vice-President for Administrative Affairs at Anaheim University, overseeing the administrative, accreditation and state approval functions of the university. Ms. Strauss holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University, and a Master of Arts in English from the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Strauss brings over 10 years of experience in the human relations and marketing fields, and has won numerous civic awards in her role as Marketing Director for One Colorado in Old Pasadena, CA for her innovative contributions to cultural life and leadership. She has also enjoyed success using her communication skills as a teacher and training professional for the Orange County Human Relations Council.