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Making teams happy
One conversation at a time

I'm Nami Ishihara, a professional facilitator and founder of HappyTeams. I help groups become teams and achieve their goals through meaningful conversations.

I believe that:
  • Happy teams lead to success, not the other way around. 
  • Teamwork needs to be addressed in relation to real team issues, not in a vacuum.
  • People are more likely to act when they have a say in the decisions that affect them.
  • Wisdom is already in the group. A facilitator can tap into and draw out that wisdom. 
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About me

I'm an IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator passionate about helping teams find their "spark", that quality that enables teams to achieve much more than the sum of its parts. I do this by providing a space and necessary structure for conversations to develop. I act as a guide and provide support for teams to find their own way.

I'm currently based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I'm available to facilitate online for groups anywhere in the world and in person in Asia as conditions permit.

selection of past Clients

UNICEF Indonesia

UN Resident Coordinator's Office Indonesia

Coca Cola Company Southeast Asia Finance Team

FEW (For Empowering Women) Japan board

Embassy of the Netherlands ROK

Global Fund for Children

City of Alexandria

World Wide Web Foundation Policy Team

Common Future Heartland Project

Association of Public Health Laboratories

United Nations Population Fund Laos

GIZ (German Development Agency) Laos 

UN Food and Agriculture Organization Laos

EU Commission Laos

Inter-African Development Bank IRM


Nami is knowledgeable, cheerful, and genuinely cared about our group and the issues we were talking about. She was also very attuned to the cultural differences in our group. Thanks to her, we had a great retreat!

—  Retreat participant, UN Resident Coordinator's Office Indonesia

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