Emiko Nakayama, ACS Hillingdon Class of 1999

Emiko Nakayama, ACS Hillingdon Class of 1999

We welcomed ACS Hillingdon Alumna, Emiko Nakayama, back on campus recently where she spent the day inspiring grades 3-12 students to make a difference in the world through her international humanitarian work with the global charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).  

ACS Cobham Alumni Story

We welcomed ACS Hillingdon Alumna, Emiko Nakayama, back on campus recently where she spent the day inspiring grades 3-12 students to make a difference in the world through her international humanitarian work with the global charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).  

Emiko attended ACS Hillingdon from 1991-94 leaving at the age of 13 to live/study back in Japan. She shared her story to 370 students about the positive impact her ACS education has had on her life. Since 2013, Emiko has dedicated herself to working on the frontline for MSF with missions to Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, whilst continuing to build her career in emergency medicine in Japan. 

Emiko’s time at ACS Hillingdon was not without its personal challenges. She arrived from Japan in the autumn of 1991 not speaking a word of English, but with support from her ACS EAL teacher, Carmel O’Callaghan, whom she credits as being a fantastic mentor to her, she learnt to speak English fluently within her three years at the school. On her return to Japan, Emiko uses English as a main communication tool for MSF work and is hoping to study for a Masters in Global Health in the UK.