Meet the OAO Team



Hidehiko Agata
Supervising Director (0.2 FTE)
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Lina Canas
International Outreach Coordinator (1 FTE)
Izumi Hansen
Assistant Outreach Coordinator (1 FTE)
Aoki Makiko

Makiko Aoki
OAO NAOJ Collaborator
(0.2 FTE)


Fatoumata Kebe
Project Manager, Meet the IAU Astronomers! Program
IAU Outreach Visitors Progam 2020


Kelly Blumenthal

Researcher, research on best practices in science communication and outreach, to inform short workshop programs for professional astronomers in regional IAU-led meetings.
IAU Outreach Visitors Progam 2020



Milano Aoki
OAO Designer
(0.2 FTE)



NAOJ Associate Members / IAU OAO Collaborators (0 FTE)

Kumiko Usuda-Sato
NAOJ Collaborator
Mizuho Matsumoto
NAOJ Collaborator
Hitoshi Yamaoka
National Outreach Coordinator for Japan 

Former members

Yukiko Shibata
International Outreach Officer 
rom 2014 to 2019
Sze-leung Cheung
International Outreach Coordinator (2014-2018)
Hannah Harris
OAO Intern
(Apr 2018 - May 2018)
Dr Gabrielle Simard
Astronomy Translation Network Project Assistant
(Jan 2018 - Mar 2018)

Yuuki Kashiwada
OAO Intern
(Oct 2017 - Feb 2018)

Hiroko Komiyama
OAO Observer
(Apr 2014 - Mar 2018)

Seiichiro Naito
OAO Observer

Berenice Himmelfarb
NAOJ-OAO Collaborator

Pisit Nitiyanant
OAO NARIT Trainee Dec. 2018-May 2019
OAO Collaborator

Thilina Heenatigala
NAOJ Research Affiliate
OAO Collaborator

Sarah Reed, International Outreach Coordinator (From 2012 to 2013)
Elian Abril Diaz Rosas, OAO Intern on graphics design (From 2015 to 2016)
Haruka Suzuki, OAO Intern on graphics design (From 2017 to 2019)
Karin Shimodate OAO Intern on Graphics Design (From Apr. to Sept. 2020)
Wanda Diaz Merced, NAOJ Visiting Research Fellow (From Jul. to Dec. 2020)