My PULSE assignment is about to start!!

Hello! My name is Tomoyuki Kotaki, I’m working for GSK as an IT project manager based in Tokyo, responsible for delivering digital marketing projects. Thank you for taking time to read my first blog post.

I have been selected as a PULSE* volunteer and will be working with the Irish nonprofit organisation called Barretstown, a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network which was founded by the famous Hollywood star Paul Newman to provide free camp for children living with a serious illness.

My PULSE journey started 7 months back in December 2016 when I decided to apply to the program. PULSE is a great program that changes the world to be a better place to live, but not only that, it also brings personal development. It will put you in a new challenging environment, develop your resilience and leadership capability and provide different perspectives. So I submitted the application in January 2017. I took a personality test in Feb, got interviewed by the GSK PULSE team and my manager at Barretstown in Mar-Apr, attended series of training sessions online and offline in May… we had so many activities and learnings. It’s been so long that I cannot believe I’m still in Tokyo. For me it seemed like the selection process would last forever.

But finally, I will be flying to Dublin in 2 days – This is just amazing.

Through this blog, I will share experiences, interesting stories and pictures from my assignment. Hope you enjoy it and feel free to leave your thoughts/questions in the comment section.



With Philippe Fauchet (Chairman of GSK Japan) and Ryuji Iwata (another PULSE volunteer from Japan – he will be working with Malaria Consortium in Cambodia.


* What is PULSE?

The PULSE Volunteer Partnership is a skills-based volunteering initiative by GSK. Through PULSE, eligible employees are matched to a non-profit organisation for three or six months full-time, contributing their skills to solve healthcare challenges at home and abroad.


  1. Hi Tomo, I started my assignment early in July in Dynamo Camp in Italy, again part of the SeriuosFun Children’s network!! Excited to share with you my experiences and maybe to visit the Camp in Irland :0) The Camp here is amazing!!!
    Good Luck and speak you soon!

    1. Hi Deborah, so glad to know that you also work with the SeriousFun camp! Look forward to speaking to you.

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