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Donor Profile: Haruo J. Kano

haruo-lgIt is our honor to showcase Haruo J. Kano, a tireless contributor to AIESEC, both as a member during his youth, as well as an alumnus, throughout his long and successful career in business.

Haruo is a proud donor to The AAI Seed Fund 10 X €10K Campaign, demonstrating his generosity and commitment to The AAI Transformation Project.  In fact, he was the first alumnus to raise his hand in Vienna during the campaign’s launch, and went on to lead it in 2013 and 2014.  Thank you, Haruo!

Haruo’s AIESEC career was the perfect example of what so many of us experienced in our youth.  He was a member in Mexico City at AIESEC UNAM before doing a traineeship in Nantes, France. He later attended IC in The Hague, Berlin, and Copenhagen, organized a Latin-American Congress in Medellin, Colombia, and advised the Mexican Government on behalf of AIESEC in their student exchange programs. His advisory role won him a scholarship in Japan to study their management systems.

Haruo’s extensive business experience ranges from retailing to international shipping and finance. He has been stationed in Japan, France, England, Israel, and Mexico. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Japanese.  He is a regular guest speaker at conferences and seminars in Mexico and overseas, dealing with international trade, shipping and marketing issues.

Haruo has been married to his wife Mariana for 40 years and they have two sons (28 and 26). He was a second-generation founder at AIESEC MEXICO (1968-1973) and was the first Mexican to work at AIESEC International.

For many years, Haruo has been one of AIESEC MEXICO’s main patrons. His company, GNKL, has been hosting the AIESEC MEXICO MC in their head office for the last 15 years, providing all infrastructure and food for 14 members of the National Committee. He is the current Chairman of the AIESEC MEXICO BOA for 2014-2015 and was just elected to lead AIESEC Alumni Mexico in 2015-16.  He and Mariana have been seen at all international alumni meetings, and they have built a global network of friendships through AA.

Haruo Kano is a fine example of how our alumni develop lifelong connection through AIESEC, while generously contributing to strengthening our network.  We are proud to have Haruo as a part of our community, and we are grateful to him for his generosity and service!