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Larry Ellison

Oracle Corporation, Chief Executive Officer


Lawrence J. Ellison has been CEO of Oracle since he founded the company in 1977. Under his guidance, Oracle has become one of the world's largest enterprise technology companies, with more than 400,000 customers in 145 countries and annual revenues over $35 billion. Oracle has one of the most active mergers and acquisitions programs in the world, with more than 100 acquired companies in the past 10 years, valued at over $43 billion, including the industry transforming acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
Mr. Ellison also races sailboats, flies planes, and plays tennis and guitar. He sails with ORACLE TEAM USA, and successfully brought the America’s Cup back to the United States for the first time in 15 years. This past summer, ORACLE TEAM USA defended the America's Cup in an amazing comeback win against Team New Zealand. Mr. Ellison owns the BNP Paribas Open, the largest combined ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event in the world. Mr. Ellison also founded The Lawrence Ellison Foundation.

Jerry Yang

AME Cloud Ventures, Founding Partner


Jerry co-founded Yahoo! in 1995 and served on its Board and as a member of its executive team until 2012. Jerry was instrumental in building Yahoo!'s relationships with Yahoo! Japan and Alibaba and continues to be a thought leader in China and Asia. Jerry currently sits on Stanford University's Board of Trustees, where he is a Vice-Chair, and is a Board Member at Workday, and a Board Observer for Lenovo.

Drew Houston

Dropbox, Founder / CEO


Drew Houston is CEO and Co-Founder of Dropbox, and has led Dropbox's growth from a simple idea to a service used by millions around the world.
Before founding Dropbox, Drew received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 2006. He took a quick leave from school to form Accolade, an online SAT prep startup, and also worked as a software engineer at various startups.
After graduating, Drew was endlessly frustrated by carrying USB drives and emailing himself files. In early 2007, he teamed up with fellow MIT student Arash Ferdowsi and the two began working on the project that would eventually become Dropbox.
Drew has been named as part of Vanity Fair's "New Establishment" list, which names the top innovators and disruptors across various industries and was named to MIT Technology Review's TR35 list honoring the world's top innovators under 35. He was also included in Fortune's "40 Under 40" and Forbes "30 Under 30."

Tony Fernandes

AirAsia, Group Chief Executive Officer


Tony Fernandes graduated from Epsom College, London School of Economics and has been the Group CEO of AirAsia since December 2001.
Prior to AirAsia, he was the Financial Controller of Virgin Communications London before joining Warner Music International London in 1989. Promoted to Managing Director, Warner Music Malaysia in 1992 and to Regional Managing Director, Warner Music South East Asia in 1996. In 1999, he was the Vice President of Warner Music South East Asia.
His awards include the Honor of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 for services to promote commercial and educational links between the UK and Malaysia. In 2010, he received the Officer of the Legion d'Honneur award from the French government in 2010, followed by the Commander of the Legion d’Honneur again in 2013, which is the highest award that can be conferred on a non-French national for his extensive contribution towards the French & European aviation & automotive industry.
He was named as one of the world's most creative people in business for 2011 by New York-based business magazine Fast Company, and awarded the inaugural 'Travel Business Leaders Award' winner by CNBC in 2011. In 2013, Tony was named 'Innovator of the Year' by CNBC's Asian Business leaders Award (ABLA).

Alex Laskey

Opower, President and Founder


Alex Laskey is responsible for Opower's business strategy, public profile, and company culture. He leads and develops Opower's partnerships with utilities and governments, including the company's international expansion on three continents. In his role as Opower's President, Alex has been invited to the White House to meet with President Obama to discuss innovation and job creation, and to testify before the US Senate. He was featured in Fortune's "40 under 40", has been a Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and serves as a Commissioner on the Alliance National Commission on Energy Efficiency Policy, chaired by US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tom King, President of National Grid USA. Alex also serves on the board of the Conservation Lands Foundation. Prior to founding Opower, he enjoyed a career in politics and policy, serving as a campaign manager, strategist, and public-opinion analyst. Alex received his BA in the History of Science from Harvard.

Ben Silbermann

Pinterest, Co-Founder and CEO


Ben grew up in Iowa, where he spent a lot of time collecting bugs. Today, he helps millions of people collect things they love as co-founder and CEO of Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Ben worked at Google on AdSense and studied at Yale. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

Carey Kolaja

PayPal, Vice President of Global Product…

PayPal, Vice President of Global Product Solutions


Carey Kolaja is the vice president of global product solutions for PayPal, a Silicon Valley tech company with 15 years of experience in global payment business now transforming itself to become not just a payment service provider but a commerce innovator for both online and offline businesses. PayPal has been empowering people and businesses to pay and to be paid easily & securely in more than 193 countries & regions covering 26 currencies, with 137 million users globally. With its innovation in offline payments such as Check-In Payments, Order Ahead and multiple partnership with POS manufacturers, PayPal is accelerating the evolution of omnichannel commerce and help businesses stay meaningful in the ever changing competitive market.
Carey holds more than 18 plus years of diverse experience within the financial services and technology consulting industry in various operational and leadership roles for companies of all sizes, including UBS Warburg, Waterstone Consulting, Windomar Financial and divine interVentures. Carey holds a B.S. from the University of Indiana, and is a graduate from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Chris Lin

KKBOX, Co-founder & CEO


Kwan-Chiun (Chris) Lin is the Co-Founder and CEO of KKBOX, Asia's top music streaming service provider. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, KKBOX offers unlimited, on-demand music subscription services to the music lovers in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. KKBOX host over 10 million music tracks from over 500 local and international music labels and has over 10 million registered users and 2 million paying subscribers and is growing rapidly in the Asia pacific region.

David Chao

DCM, Co-founder and general partner


David Chao is a co-founder and general partner of DCM, a global venture capital firm with over USD $2 billion under management. Prior to DCM, David worked at Recruit, Apple Computer and McKinsey & Company. He was also co-founder, acting CFO and CTO of JCI 日本通信株式会社, Japan's first public mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Past DCM's investments include About.com, Slingmedia, Clearwire, Kabu.com, Fortinet, DangDang, VipShop, and 58.com. Currently, David is the Chairman of 51job and sits on the boards of RenRen, Bittorrent, SOFI and other DCM portfolio companies. David is ranked as one of the Top global VCs by Forbes for over 8 years.

David Lee

SV Angel, Founder and Managing Partner


David Lee is a Founder and Managing Partner of SV Angel. Prior to SV Angel, David was at Baseline Ventures, a leading seed-stage venture firm. He was a founding member of Google’s New Business Development team and led business development at StumbleUpon prior to its sale to eBay. He also was a corporate attorney at leading technology law firms. David has an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford, where he was a National Science Foundation graduate fellow; a J.D. from NYU; and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.

Dennis Yang

Udemy, Inc., President and Chief…

Udemy, Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer


Mr. Yang is the President and Chief Operating Officer of San Francisco-based Udemy, a global online learning and teaching marketplace. The world's experts come to teach skill-based courses on Udemy, ranging from business, entrepreneurship and technology, to lifestyle, yoga and photography. Over 2 million students have access to over 13,000 on-demand courses via Udemy's native Android, iPad, and iPhone apps, and the Web. Mr. Yang is responsible for directing all business-related activities, and scaling Udemy's operations globally. He also oversees the company's sales, marketing, business development and business operations functions. Since joining the company, Udemy's student base and revenues have grown by 300% annually.
Prior to joining Udemy, Mr. Yang was the Senior Vice President of Operations at 4INFO, a leading mobile advertising company. Mr. Yang oversaw all the business operations, as well as, the strategic initiatives and corporate partnerships at 4INFO.
Mr. Yang has over 15 years of mobile and software solution experience in both consumer and enterprise technology markets. Previously, Mr. Yang captained the Corporate Data Access business at Motorola's Good Technology Group. Earlier in his career, he worked as a venture capitalist and spent time as a management consultant with PWC. Mr. Yang holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University.

George Kellerman

500 Startups, Managing Partner &…

500 Startups, Managing Partner & Fire Chief


George Kellerman heads up finance, legal and investor relations for 500 Startups, and he also manages 500's portfolio of investments in Japan. As an early-stage investor, 500 Startups invests a relatively small amount of money (five to ten million yen) in a comparatively large number of companies (over 650 companies in the past four years), and this supports a broad startup community around the world.
George has a deep history in Japan. He first came to Japan in 1987 as a firefighter in the US Air Force. He was stationed at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture for three years and taught himself Japanese during that time. He later returned to Japan as a Coordinator for International Relations working for the Ibaraki Prefectural Government. George also held senior executive positions with Yahoo! Japan and Dell Japan. An attorney by training, George now focuses on helping revive Japan's economy by investing in the next generation of startups and technology companies.

Gilles Bouchard

Livescribe, Chairman and CEO


For more than 25 years, Gilles Bouchard has succeeded in the technology industry as an engineer, manager and senior executive. As a leader, he has a proven track record of growing businesses, building consumer technology brands, solving operational challenges and forging strong strategic partnerships. He joined Livescribe as CEO in December 2011.
Previously, Gilles was the CEO of Opnext, a maker of fiber optic components, originally founded as part of Hitachi. While there he grew sales to record levels by renewing the product line and implementing major operational improvements.
Earlier, Gilles spent 17 years at Hewlett-Packard, working his way up to executive vice president of Global Operations and CIO, reporting directly to CEOs Carly Fiorina and Mark Hurd. Gilles was instrumental in the company's dramatic turn-around in the mid-2000s, earning recognition as one of CIO Magazine’s Top 100 executives. Earlier in his career, Gilles built HP's North American consumer PC division into a multi-billion dollar business, growing the HP Pavilion brand to an industry leader with 40 percent of the retail market.
He holds an MS in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley and a BS in engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France.

James Park

Fitbit Inc., CEO and Co-Founder

John Donham

TuneIn, CEO


John Donham is the CEO of TuneIn, the world's leading service for listening to live radio. TuneIn has over 100,000 radio stations streaming from every continent, and more than 40 million monthly active listeners.
John's expertise is in the consumer Internet, entertainment and gaming industries. John co-founded social gaming company Metaplace, which was acquired by gaming giant Playdom in 2010. Playdom subsequently sold to Disney and soon after John was promoted to co-COO of Playdom, overseeing product and technology.
He was previously a Vice President of Development for Sony Online Entertainment where he led the development of dozens of popular titles including the EverQuest franchise and Star Wars Galaxies.
When he's not obsessing over product, you can find John building high-quality custom speakers. Some of his creations now pump out the sounds of favorite employee shows and stations through the TuneIn offices. John's favorite stations and shows on TuneIn include ESPN, KFOG, Hot 97, WSB, KQED, and Radio Paradise.

Joseph Chen

Renren Inc., Chairman & CEO


Joe Chen is the founder, Chairman & CEO of Renren, Inc., the leading real-name SNS in China.
Joe is a pioneer of Chinese internet industry. Before founding Renren, Joe was co-founder, Chairman & CEO of ChinaRen.com, a first-generation SNS in China and China's #4 portal in 1999. He served as Senior Vice President of Sohu.com after the two companies merged in 2000.
Joe Chen holds BS in Physics from University of Delaware, MS Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MBA from Stanford University.

Karim Temsamani

Google, President, APAC Operations


Karim Temsamani oversees all of Google's sales and operations across the Asia Pacific region, determining the strategy for 16 offices and the regional business strategy for Google products including AdWords, AdMob, Google Maps, Google Apps for Business, DoubleClick, Ad Exchange, YouTube and AdSense.
He was most recently Google's Vice President for New Products and Solutions for the Americas region, leading Google's business and strategy for its rapidly growing newer businesses, including mobile advertising, display advertising, DoubleClick platforms, YouTube, social products and new search ad formats.
From 2010 to 2012, he was Google's Global Head of Mobile. He oversaw the growth of Google's mobile advertising business worldwide, leading the teams charged with providing advertising services and solutions to thousands of advertisers, developers, and publishers.
From 2007 to 2010, Karim was Managing Director, Google Australia and New Zealand, leading its business and strategic partnerships in those countries. Karim joined Google from Fairfax Media, where he was Commercial Director for Newspapers (responsible for agency and group sales, trade marketing and business development) and Group Director, Fairfax General Magazines.
From 1999 to 2002, he was the Publisher and Vice President of Who Weekly at Time Inc.,South Pacific. He has previously served in a variety of senior capacities with Hachette Filippachi Media, in Hong Kong, Korea and Australia.

Matt Wilsey

Angel investor and advisor


Matt is a Silicon Valley angel investor and advisor. His investments include Nimble Storage, Practice Fusion, Pinterest, Virtual Instruments, Bonobos, LYFE Kitchen, Caveman Foods, Rinse, Moment, Tout, Pinrose, Need, and Weddington Way. In addition to consumer products and services, Matt invests in and advocates for biomedical research, drug development, and genetic sequencing technologies. Before moving to the investment side, he spent many years as a front-line operator. Most recently, Matt was Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of CardSpring, a payment infrastructure company backed by Accel and Greylock. Previously, Matt ran West coast sales and business development for Howcast.com. He was responsible for building Howcast's instructional content library, distribution network, and strategic relationships. Before Howcast, Matt worked for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on the Capital Markets team focused on new product development, capital raising, and investor relations. Prior to that, Matt spent five years as Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development at Zazzle.com, where he was responsible for all content and distribution deals. He started his career serving in various roles at the White House and the Department of Defense. Matt holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

Natavudh P. (Moo)



Moo Natavudh is a tech entrepreneur with over 12 years experience in founding, funding and managing tech companies in Thailand and ASEAN countries.
He is currently the founder and CEO of OOKBEE (www.ookbee.com), Thailand's biggest e-book store with market shares over 85%. Since the launch, Ookbee apps have been in the top 10 Top Grossing iPad Apps in the Thai Apple AppStore everyday for the past 30 months. OOKBEE now has over 5 million users across Asia.

Peter Vesterback

Rovio, CMO

Razmig Hovaghimian

Viki, CEO and Co-…

Viki, CEO and Co-Founder


Razmig is bringing global TV –translated into 160+ languages by a community of avid fans–to new audiences around the world. Prior to Viki, Razmig worked at NBC Universal, where he served as Senior Vice President for its International Studio Ventures arm and oversaw funding and the development of international productions and content.
Prior to that role, he was the Acting Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Analysis for NBC Universal's West Coast offices. Earlier in his career, Razmig worked on new media engagements with firms including the Mitchell Madison Group in the US and Europe, and Dentsu in Japan.
Razmig is also co-founder and joint patent holder of Embrace, an organization that has developed a $25 infant incubator for the developing world. His social ventures include working in Sudan for the United Nations on setting up private-public investment initiatives.
Razmig holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor's degree from University of California, Berkeley, graduating magna cum laude.

Sirgoo Lee (이석우)

Kakao Corp., Co-CEO


Sirgoo Lee, Co-CEO of Kakao Corporation, graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in East Asian History in 1988, and earned his Master's degree in Chinese History from University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1991.
In 1997 he graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and passed the Oregon State bar.
From 1999 to 2004, he worked for IBM Korea as Senior Attorney, and also taught at Youngsan University Law School in Seoul as an adjunct professor from 2000 to 2004.
In 2004, he joined NHN Corporation as its VP & General Counsel, and later served as VP of overseas business development and CEO of NHN USA, Inc.
In August 2011, Sirgoo Lee joined Kakao Corporation as its VP & General Counsel, and is currently the Co-CEO of the company.

Youngme Moon

Harvard Business School, Donald K.…

Harvard Business School, Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean, Chair of the MBA Program


Youngme Moon is the Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean, Chair of the MBA Program, at Harvard Business School.
At HBS, Professor Moon has taught in both the MBA program and a number of Executive Education programs. She has received the HBS Student Association Faculty Award for teaching excellence on numerous occasions (most recently in 2013); she is also the inaugural recipient of the Hellman Faculty Fellowship, awarded for distinction in research.
Professor Moon's research and course development focuses on the intersection of business, branding, and culture. Her bestselling first book, Different, was published by Crown Business/Random House in 2010. (To view the book trailer, CLICK HERE.) Her ideas have been published in a variety of journals, including the Harvard Business Review, and she has published and sold more than a million case studies on companies ranging from Microsoft to IKEA to Starbucks.
Professor Moon serves on the Board of Directors of Zulily, Inc. and Avid Technology, and is a former member of the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University, her M.A. from Stanford University, and her B.A. from Yale University. Prior to joining HBS, she was on the faculty at MIT. She lives in Brookline with her husband and two sons.

Motohide Ikeda



Mar., 1992 Graduated from Waseda University School of Education, Social Studies Department
Apr., 1992 Entered the Tokai Bank, Ltd. (Current: The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.)
Apr., 1994 Secretary, House of Representatives member Hiroshi Nakata
Dec., 1996 Entered to Nittan Exco, Ltd.
Jan., 2000 General Manager, Nittan Energy (Current: Nittan eREX Company Limited)
Sep., 2003 Energy team leader, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., International Commercial non-ferrous energy group.
Jan., 2008 CEO, NERES Co.,Ltd. (Present)

Noriyuki Matsuda



Noriyuki was born in 1965 in Hyogo prefecture. He graduated from Osaka Prefecture University, School of Engineering, Mathematical Science Department in 1989 and after graduating, he joined IBM Japan, Ltd. and actively engaged in system development for financial institutions as a System Engineer, until leaving the company in 1993 to work as a System Consultant. On August 1996, he established SOURCENEXT Corporation, and since then has continued to lead the company to success, along with having the company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2008.

Akira Morikawa

LINE Corporation, CEO


President, LINE Corporation. Born in 1967. After graduating from Tsukuba University (School of Informatics), he joined Nippon Television Network Corporation. He obtained a MBA degree at the Graduate School of International Politics, Economics and Communication, Aoyama Gakuin University in 1999 and worked for Sony Corporation. In 2003 he joined Hangame Japan (currently LINE) operating online game community. He assumed President of the company in 2007 after holding posts of Head of Game Business Division and Executive Director. Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of NHN Japan Corp in 2012 after the business merger.

Jun Murai

Keio University, Dean / Professor…

Keio University, Dean / Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies


He developed the Japan University UNIX Network (JUNET) in 1984, established WIDE Project in 1988, currently the Founder.IT governance for national government including Prime Ministers and global IT policy communities.
1993-1995, Member of Internet Architecture Board (IAB), 1997-2000, Board of trustee of Internet Society (ISOC), 1998-2000, Board of Director of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He inducted into The 2013 Internet Hall of Fame/ 2011 IEEE Internet Award / 2011 The Okawa Prize / 2007 Funai Achievement Award / 2005 Jonathan B.Postel Service Award

Satoshi Sugie

WHILL Inc., Co-Founder and CEO


After working at the NISSAN Technical Center, Sugie became a Japanese teacher in China Nanjing for a year. He started to stay local area in the world and engage in new product development for 2 years. Co-founded the WHILL Project in 2011. He is a member of World Economic Forum Davas Meeting GSC Japan member.

Yoshikazu Tanaka

GREE, Inc., Founder and CEO


Yoshikazu Tanaka founded GREE in December 2004, and serves as the Company's founder and chief executive officer. Before founding GREE, he worked at Sony Communication Network (now So-net) and Rakuten, Inc. While at Rakuten, Inc., he started developing the social network GREE in his spare time. Tanaka earned a bachelor's degree in law from Nihon University in 1999.

Toru Tokushige

Terra Motors Corp., CEO


Tokushige was engaged in management planning in Sumitomo Marine and Fire Insurance Co. Ltd. straight out of university.
Executing hands-on support of technological ventures as the president of an incubation enterprise in Silicon Valley upon earning his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, he achieved a satisfactory level of performance in establishing and revitalizing companies.
He is a part of a project of the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry "Session for Creation of Firms in New Industry".
Tokushige earned a bachelor degree in engineering from Kyushu University.

Hironobu Yoshikawa

Treasure Data, Inc., CEO & Co-Founder


Open source software business veteran Hiro Yoshikawa began his career at Red Hat as an engineer and later transitioned to business development and product marketing. He successfully introduced Red Hat Linux into several transnational companies. Prior to starting Treasure Data, Hiro worked at Mitsui Ventures, where he led several key software investments for the firm.


Ali Izadi

Bloomberg New Energy Finance,…

Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Head of Japan Research


Ali leads Bloomberg New Energy Finance's Tokyo team tasked with analysing Japan's energy sector covering topics such as renewable energy & fossil fuel economics, advanced transportation technology development and electricity market reform.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Ali co-founded an engineering consulting firm specializing in materials science for energy storage applications. His prior experience also includes working at the Nanotube Research Center of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, and the fuel cell manufacturer, Ballard Power Systems in Canada.
Ali holds a Doctorate in materials engineering from Meijo University and a Masters in electrical engineering from University of British Columbia.

Gen Isayama

WiL, Co-founder and CEO


Gen is a Co-Founder of WiL-World Innovation Lab which is an organization to support entrepreneurs in Japan go global and to assist overseas venture entering Japanese market. WiL also incubates new business leveraging resources in large corporations (capital, technology and people). Born and raised in Tokyo, Gen joined IBJ (now Mizuho Financial Group) after graduating Tokyo University and moved to Silicon Valley in 2001 to attend Stanford Business School. After graduating the business school, he joined one of top tier VC firm DCM and worked as a partner until summer of 2013.

Jiro Kokuryo

Keio University, Vice President /…

Keio University, Vice President / Professor, Faculty of Policy Management


Professor Jiro Kokuryo, Vice-President of Keio University, is concurrently a professor at the Faculty of Policy Management. He joined Keio in 1993 as an associate professor at the Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was appointed professor in 2000. He served as Executive Director of the Keio Research Institute at SFC (2005-2009) and Dean of the Faculty of Policy Management (2009-2013), before being appointed Vice-President for International Collaboration and Education in 2013.
Vice-President Kokuryo graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1982 and acquired a Doctor of Business Administration (1992) from Harvard Business School while an employee of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (1982-1993). His major publications in Japanese include "Open Architecture Strategy," Diamond Inc. (1999), and "Business Strategy in an Onymous Economy," Nikkei Publishing Inc. (2013).

Swimmy Minami

BizReach, Founder & CEO


Swimmy founded BizReach in 2009, a premier online professional networking service connecting career-driven Japanese professionals and talent seeking employers. LUXA, a discovery e-commerce site empowering consumers in finding unique curated products, and RegionUP, an APAC version of BizReach based out of Singapore was subsequently launched inside of BizReach in 2010 and 2012 respectively. The group now combines to employ over 300 staff representing 7 different nationalities. Previously, Swimmy was a founding member of the Rakuten Eagles, a Japanese professional baseball team, as well as being an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. He is a graduate of Tufts University.

Waichi Sekiguchi

Nikkei Inc., Editorial Writer


Waichi Sekiguchi is an editorial writer for Nikkei, the largest economic daily news in Asia. He joined Nikkei in 1982 and has been covering the IT industry and cyberspace issues for over 20 years. As a Washington correspondent during the Bush and Clinton Administrations in the early 90s, Sekiguchi covered US trade and government policies. He was a fulbright fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University in the late 80s, and was a chief writer for the Nikkei Weekly, the English edition of the Nikkei. Sekiguchi served as a news commentator for a NHK World TV program "Nikkei Japan Report" in 2009-2012 and as a main caster at a BS Japan program "NIKKEI × BS Live 7PM" in 2012-2013. Sekiguchi graduated from Hitotsubashi University, and is currently a visiting professor at Hosei University Business School and the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM) at the International University of Japan.

Akio Tanaka

Infinity Venture Partners Co-…

Infinity Venture Partners Co-Founder & Managing Partner


Akio is a co-founder and managing partner at Infinity Venture Partners, an early stage VC fund focused on consumer Internet companies in China and Japan. He is the former director of the venture investment program at Adobe Systems Inc., a leading global software company. Previously, he held the positions of CEO advisor at Macromedia HQ and CTO at Macromedia Japan.
Akio holds a Master's degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada

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Hiroshi Mikitani

Rakuten Inc., Chairman & CEO


Hiroshi Mikitani is Chairman and CEO of Rakuten, Inc., one of the world's leading e-commerce companies. Mikitani has been referred to as a maverick in his approach and is widely seen as the leader of an emerging, 'New Japan', one which increasingly turns away from traditional modes of doing business.
Born in Kobe, Japan, Mikitani graduated from Hitotsubashi University in 1988, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1993. Personal tragedy in the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake inspired Mikitani to leave a promising career in investment banking to create something that he thought would be more meaningful to society. Starting out with just a handful of team members, Mikitani launched the "Rakuten Ichiba" marketplace in May 1997. Today, Rakuten is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is the world's third largest e-commerce company by revenue.

Susumu Fujita

CyberAgent, Inc., President


Ever since establishment in 1998, he has continued to promote the company's Internet-based businesses, with the core services of "Ameba", Internet Media, Internet Advertising and Investment Development Business. While serving as president, he is also the chief producer of "Ameba" and commits to expanding services as chief technical director. In 2000 he listed the company in the Mothers section of Tokyo Stock Exchange as the youngest president (at the time) in the stock exchange's history.
In 1998 he established CyberAgent, Inc., with current vice president Mr. Hidaka, and assumed the position of president.
He graduated from Aoyama Gakuin University School of Business in 1997 and immediately entered Intelligence, Ltd. Born in 1973.

Yasufumi Kanemaru

Future Architect, Inc., CEO


Yasufumi Kanemaru is an active member of the Japan Association of New Economy Project Team chairing the "Japan - 30 year vision" project. Kanemaru launched his career in 1979 when he joined TKC Corporation, and later moved on to Logic Systems International (now Logic Corp). In 1985, he was the youngest Executive Director at NTT PC Communications where he served for four years before establishing the Future System Consulting Corp. Since then, Kanemaru has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Future Architect Inc, and taken on many roles including Cabinet officer for the Council of Regulatory Reform, Cabinet Secretariat for the IT Strategic Headquarters of the Japanese Government, as well as Vice Chairman of Japan Association of Corporate Executives (from April 2014).

Masatoshi Kumagai

GMO Internet Group, Founder & Group CEO


Masatoshi Kumagai,(born July 17, 1963, Nagano, Japan), is the founder and head of GMO Internet Group. Under the company's slogan "Internet for Everyone", GMO Internet Group strives to be the leading all-in Internet services provider in Japan. GMO Internet Group consists of 71 companies (including 6 listed companies) and 3,800 staff.

Daisuke Iwase




Iwase started his career as a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and was engaged in private equity investing at Ripplewood Japan. He co-founded Lifenet Insurance Company in 2008 and assumed the current role in 2013. Iwase was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010, and is an author of many best selling books in Japan, including "Seimeihoken no Karakuri (The Gimmicks of Life Insurance)". He is also a member of the Tokyo Committee of Human Rights Watch, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending human rights worldwide. Iwase is a graduate of The University of Tokyo (Law) and Harvard Business School (MBA with High Distinction). He serves as an Independent Director of Benesse Holdings, Inc.

Atsuki Ishida

FreeBit Co., Ltd., President and CEO


Born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1972. He decided his life with a message "Be an entrepreneur, do a telecommunication business." told by Sony founder Akio Morita. In 1998, he established Dream Train Internet Inc.(DTI) in response to request from Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and became a CSO. He made the company a "No.1 ISP in Customer Satisfaction", and got listed on NASDAQ Japan. In 2000, he established FreeBit Co., Ltd. and got listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers in 2007. He aims to develop the Internet society by providing a "Smart Infrastructure" in multi-layer with patented technologies. In 2012, he became the auditor of Japan e-Business Association. Graduated from Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University.
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