Kaoru Okada

3 Route du Buisson

Milon la Chapelle FRANCE 78470



Mobile: +33(0)6 3825 1164


Strategic and business insights combined with coaching and international leadership skills 

Professional information​

Change Leader with comprehensive international experience who has worked with the World Bank,     the United Nations Development Programme, OECD and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Group around the world across many sectors and functions. Kaoru believes strongly in the inner resources of individuals and uses her passion for leadership development and in-depth cross-cultural insights to heighten professional and personal growth. Areas of interest include strategic leadership, peak  performance, compliance, team convergence, and international business expansion or phasing-out. 

Unique expertise in coaching and mentoring individuals and organisations from multi-cultural perspectives.


Services & Offers 

Consulting offers comprise individual and group Coaching or Learning and Support to: 

- Women and Men in Leadership roles

- Transition and transformation in a VUCA environment 

- Cross-cultural challenges focusing on: negotiation / decision-making / managing conflicts 

-“What Next?” in Diversity and Inclusion.

Also Trade Compliance expertise, regulatory risk assessment and train-the-trainer learning design and deployment




Coaching and Mentoring in 

Japanese, French and English


Certified Coach and Mentor at ILM Level 7 

(Post-Graduate equivalency)

Business experience
Executive Coach and Trainer. Cultural Leadership. 
Export Control Expertise.

May 2019 - Present ​


Transition coaching, career advancement, life change, cross-cultural mentoring.

Clients are Senior Executives, Directors, high potential leaders, private business CEOs, small and large teams from France, the UK, Japan, Spain, Germany, Morocco, Lithuania, Brazil, etc.

Export Control Training in the Industry sector. Prestigious collaboration with two European leading business schools. 


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Group Global Head of Trade Export Control.

​2012 - April 2019

Create and manage function of Export Compliance for Group world-wide. Manage geo-political, financial and compliance risks and report to CFOs. Create and deploy Group policies and procedures, ensure due-diligence in anti-corruption and trade compliance of sales network, banks and business partners including M&A. Monitor dual-use in R&D. Design and deploy training in Anti-Corruption and Export Control. Cooperate with authorities (US, Japan, EU, etc.). Public speaking credentials.

Renault Group Director, Internal Audit Sector. 

​2009 - 2012

Develop annual audit plan based on Renault Executive Committee risk assessment and supervise audit assignments in the areas of Comp&Ben Policy in HR, HRIS Strategy, Partnership with Daimler, Performance and Cost Management of Suppliers, Outsourcing Efficiency, etc. Verify internal control and efficiency of audited corporate functions and subsidiaries. 

Executive Secretary to Renault Group HR SVP. 
Nissan Europe Director for Training and Recruitment.

​2002 - 2009

Talent acquisition and management, executive training design, HR performance, HR budget and internal communication, corporate projects. Integration and exits. First European Code of Conduct. Diversity Policy. 

The World Bank Young Professionals Programme Manager. 
​1999 - 2002
Reformer and Mentor of the Young Professionals Programme. Created and implemented Assessment Centre based on new leadership competencies and behaviours. Change Leader.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. 
United Nations Development Programme. 

1989 - 1999

International Project Manager (Sustainable Development Projects based in Mali, West Africa; and Cambodia, South-East Asia; phasing-out of Aid from Tunisia). Also HR Recruitment.

Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris 

​1986 - 1989

1989 - DEA en Economie Internationale (One Year Doctorate Programme in International Economics) 

1988 - Diplôme de l'IEP de Paris (MA in International Relations)

La Sorbonne, Université Paris IV
1982 - 1986
1986 - Maîtrise en Philosophie Politique (MA in Political Philosophy) 

Executive MBA (Nissan GET Programme)

2004 - 2006

Business Administration, International Affairs

Institute of Leadership and Management 

Certification as Executive Coach and Mentor, ILM 7

2018 - 2019

2019 - Qualified Coach and Mentor certified at ILM Level 7 (Post-Graduate Equivalent)