Platinum Training Consultants

Meet the team

"Our greatest strength is our staff"


At Platinum our greatest strength is our staff. All of our coaches have vast experience in their chosen fields, allowing us to match the coach to the project. In addition, many of our coaches are bi-lingual, in some cases tri-lingual. All of our coaches, whether International or Japanese have experienced living and working in different countries, enabling an advanced understanding of the cross-cultural challenges faced in the modern day business world.

Personal Profiles


Paul James
Program Director

Paul is a leadership skills coach, soft skills trainer, program director and entrepreneur. He has worked as an executive coach in various industries and organizations including: Astrazeneca, Nippon Beohringer Ingleheim, Lundbeck, Ericsson, Applied Materials, KPMG, Shinko Secruities, Mistubishi Engineering Plastics, and many more.

Before co-founding Platinum he worked as a learning and development manager at a leading global pharmaceutical company based in Tokyo. In this role he helped embed a global leadership and communication framework enabling smoother communications, improved team environments and stronger performance from Japanese managers in global projects.

“I believe that one of the biggest challenges faced by global leaders is that of cultural diversity, and that only those who are willing to accept and embrace these challenges will succeed.”


Andrew Abbey
Program Director

Andrew is a leadership skills coach, soft skills trainer and program director.  Following 7 years working as an international tax advisor for major international accountancy firms (Deloitte, KPMG) around the world, he has coached staff at a variety of blue-chip organizations including Nikkon, Nissan Financial, KPMG-Azsa, Mizuho, Sony and the Japanese House of Representatives.

In addition to his role as co-founding director of Platinum Training Consultants, Andrew is also a professor at Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business, lecturing to MBA candidates on globalization.  At Platinum he is involved in curriculum development, client services and course delivery.

“Whilst language skills are crucial to operating effectively in an international environment, non-linguistic skills and cross-cultural understanding are equally important. Language without culture is a blunt tool of limited effectiveness.”


Tanja Bach

Facilitator and Coach


Tanja Bach MA, is a consultant, facilitator and coach focused on helping multi-national companies and individuals to develop globally transferable skills. She has lead workshops on topics including business acumen, time management, negotiation, presentation and cross-cultural communication, and conducts coaching sessions in English, German and Japanese for clients in the financial, IT, pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries in Tokyo and Asia.

Tanja became the first foreigner certified by the Japan MBTI association as a qualified user (Step I and Step II), is a certified DiSC Consultant, and is also a certified Global Readiness® Guide. In addition to her role at Platinum, she lectures on international negotiation at Kenichi Ohmae Business School in their Global MBA program.


Hiroaki Nishida

Facilitator and Coach


Hiro is a leadership skills coach, soft skills trainer and executive mentor. His passion for the power of improvement through self-awareness has led him to work on a wide variety of coaching projects in Japan and overseas, and he has spent extended periods living in Norway, Chile, Costa Rica and the Phillipines.

He specializes in conflict management, organizational development and team building and has delivered over 500 hours of coaching to CEOs, entrepreneurs, and employees of global organizations. In 2015 he was selected by the Cabinet Office of Japan to facilitate for “The Ship for World Youth Leaders” global leadership development program.

Hiro recently completed a Masters course in Peace and Conflict Studies at the United Nations University for Peace.


Kohei Noda

Facilitator and Coach


Kohei Noda is a consultant, facilitator and coach focused on helping multi-national companies and individuals to develop globally transferable skills. He is a ph.d in cognitive science related to individual and organizational(I/O) psychology and has spent several years working overseas in English and German speaking environments. He now divides his time between Cebu, Phillipines and Japan and and conducts training in both countries.
He has lead workshops on global competitive personal development, global cultural and organizational change, leadership, entrepreneurship, management, career development, MBO, motivational change, mental health, communication and organizational development.


Jennifer Shinkai

Facilitator and Coach


Jennifer is a facilitator and coach with over 15 years of business experience in Japan in roles covering Learning & Development, Marketing, Sales Operations and Sales. Her training specialities include assisting Japanese executives in transitioning from domestic to global roles, high-impact presentation training, and mindfulness coaching.

Jennifer is passionate about developing women’s participation in the workforce, and is the founder of a monthly “LeanIn Circle” for foreign working mothers in management roles.

In addition to her role at Platinum, Jennifer works as an independent facilitator and executive coach, helping her clients to create and communicate change in their professional lives.