Award: People Categories \ Mentor of the Year

Makiko Imao is the Head of Brand and Innovation in Wunderman Thompson Tokyo. With her many years of experiences with multinational clients and teams, Imao is the best person to direct a paradigm shift in the way Wunderman Thompson conducts its business.

She leads her team with two key objectives: to effectively solve clients’ challenges, and to raise the profile and capabilities of junior staff and create a next generation of multifaceted leaders who can guide and inspire growth in brands. Imao achieves this through a multifaceted approach – providing rigorous and frequent training and development opportunities, while improving the work culture at Wunderman Thompson Tokyo to maximise each team members’ potentials.

Imao is both a hands-on mentor, and also a visionary in implementing structural changes to improve overall staff growth and welfare.