The Team

Arnaud Collery, Co-founder & Curator, Stand Up for Passion

Arnaud Collery created Stand Up for Passion in 2014 drawing from his standup comedy background and combining it with his personal mission to make the world a happier, funnier and deeper place. He believes there needs to be a space to discuss the meaning of life in an entertaining way. SUFP's mission is to find the stories that have transformed you. He curates each event while also personally training and coaching the speakers to find their story and give their best performance. He has helped hundreds of people to find meaning in their lives. He also emcees each Stand Up For Passion event.

Arnaud is also involved in the TED/TEDx community as a TEDx Speaker (Aruba, Maastricht) and the official coach for TEDx Champs-Elysees Women and Monaco (2016). 

Arnaud lectures and keynotes on creativity, passion and happiness. He works on a regular basis all over the world as a happiness coach or lecturer for Cartier, Chanel, the Government of Aruba, (women empowerment), the French American Chamber of Commerce of NY, and The United Nations.

He is an award winning comedian (Last Comic Standing quarter finalist 2009) and filmmaker (Little Klaus Big World, best comedy film at the Monaco film festival in 2012).

He is a fellow of the New York Startup Leadership program and is a current participant at THNK, the leading institution for creative leaders in Amsterdam during the Fall Winter 2014-2015. Since 2012, Arnaud has been using his creativity for tech companies, including winning Startup Weekend LA and an AT&T Hackathon. He was entrepreneur-in-residence at, a leading tech incubator in South Africa in 2013.

He has previously worked as a creative consultant for Cartier Japan, the European Parliament, and the European Stock Exchange. He is an alumnus of the EU-China Manager Exchange Program 2009 in Beijing. He has been featured on CTTV China, TBS Japan, KTLA, KPCC, NBC, MTV, E! as well as the Huffington Post.

He is available for executive coaching, team building workshops, and keynote speaking. For more info on Arnaud, visit:

Janet Nakano, Video Producer & Strategist 

Janet focuses on creating a video presence for Stand Up for Passion. She produces and edits the video library and is planning new and exciting content. 

A Los Angeles native and NYC transplant, Janet has studied literature at UCLA and documentary filmmaking at The New School for Public Engagement. She is a former public radio journalist/producer turned filmmaker/editor and has been working as a Senior Video Producer at IBM where she produces live streaming events, shoots interviews and content for marketing campaigns, web platforms, and conferences. 

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Michael O'Connor, Tokyo Partner

Michael is Tokyo/ Asia Partner for Stand Up For Passion, CEO of Monedo Productions and Premier Society. 

Monedo Productions is a engagement marketing agency which uses premium events as a communication platform to introduce and feature our client's brands, educate potential consumers and leverage the experiences via online social media and television. 

Michael has been living in Tokyo and Shanghai for more than 25 years. He speaks, reads & writes Japanese and Chinese, and has unique access and understanding of these cultures and marketing needs.