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Making teams happy
One conversation at a time

We do virtual retreats!

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.


Global Fund for Children

City of Alexandria

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


"I commend Nami for the excellent job she did facilitating the Children Youth and Families Collaborative Commission’s retreat.  Prior to the retreat, she attended a Commission meeting to discuss with members their expectations of the retreat. She used these to create clear objectives for the retreat. She facilitated interactive activities and informative discussions throughout the retreat. She helped the group create a timeline that generated a sense of excitement among members. After the retreat she sent a comprehensive report, which was well received by members. I highly recommend her as a facilitator!"

—  Noraine Buttar, Youth Development Team Leader, City of Alexandria