Yumi Terahata


Keio University (Tokyo), BA, International Policy Management
Al-Quds University (Jerusalem), MA, Community Mental Health


Yumi spent 16 years leading emergency response and development programs for non-profit organizations in the Middle East and Asia, from small grassroots set-ups to international non-governmental organizations, including the Netherlands Red Cross, International Medical Corps, and International Rescue Committee before shifting to executive coaching. Living and working in different countries and contexts honed her ability to navigate complex multicultural environments and connect with people from diverse backgrounds. This has also led to her passion for intercultural dialogue and diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Now as a certified executive coach and systems coach, Yumi’s specialty is in supporting people to communicate better, gain clarity and alignment, and leverage differences for creative collaboration. Yumi is a global citizen and moves from country to country around the world. She speaks English and Japanese and still has a decent command of Palestinian colloquial Arabic from having lived close to a decade in the Gaza Strip.

Recent clients

Microsoft, Indeed, Amazon, Chilli Technology, Nespresso, Optum, Biogen, MSPCA, US State Fire Department, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, World Food Programme, International Organization for Migration, United Nations Office for Project Services, European Commission

Training and certification

CRR Global, Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC); The Co-Active Training Institute, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC); International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC); Harvard University, Postgraduate Certificate in Global Mental Health; Growth Edge Coaching, Conversations at the Growing Edge & advanced workshops; Center for Transformation and Change, Facilitation and Design Course; Cultures Connecting, Train the Trainer – Strategies for Facilitating Courageous Conversations on Race

At The Boda Group…

Yumi is warm, funny, and a bit quirky; she puts people at ease and brings playfulness into discussions. As a coach and facilitator, she cuts to the chase, supports clients to take a step back from their issues and see the bigger picture, and holds space for emerging emotions without losing focus. She currently coaches leaders, groups and teams across different continents and loves designing and running fun, interactive workshops on leadership for a global remote audience.

One place that is special to me is…

Rafah, the southernmost town of the Gaza Strip. I spent 5 years here as the “only” foreigner (i.e. someone not married to a Palestinian), running a psychosocial program for teenagers living along the border with Egypt. Here, my kids taught me colorful curse-words and shared their dreams with me, the community looked out for me, and I saw around me time and again what it takes to be resilient in the face of adversity.

What matters to me is…

that people can feel that there are always options, no matter in what situation they find themselves, and that in those moments when they feel stuck, they don’t have to feel alone. In the wise words of Robert Fulghum, “When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.” This sounds to me like good advice for going the long haul.