2015 U.S.-Japan Symposium Bios

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Donald Allison [Back to top]
Senior Managing Director, State Street Global Markets

Donald Allison is a Senior Managing Director for State Street Global Markets. Prior to joining State Street he worked at UBS, JP Morgan and the World Bank. He is co-author, with Hunter Lewis, of The Coming Battle for Control of the Global Economy, which was also published in Japan by TBS. Donald has a B.A. with Honors in Economics from UC Berkeley, an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, and a Diploma in Development Economics with Distinction from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.

Akira Ariyoshi [Back to top]
Professor, School of International & Public Policy, Hitotsubashi University

Mr. Akira Ariyoshi is Professor in the Asian Public Policy Program at the Graduate School of International and Public Policy at Hitotsubashi University. Prior to moving to academia in April 2010, Mr. Ariyoshi had extensive experience in the Japanese Government and international financial institutions in macroeconomic and financial regulatory policies, including as Director of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the International Monetary Fund, Deputy Vice-Minister for International Affairs at the Japanese Ministry of Finance and Director of the Legal and Planning Division at the Japanese Financial Services Agency. Mr. Ariyoshi’s other current activities include serving on the Risk Committee of Mitsubishi-UFJ Financial Group as an outside specialist, and on the Advisory Panel for the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO). He is also the President and founding member of the Japan Risk Forum, an association of risk managers, risk consultants and academics that meet regularly to discuss risk scenarios and risk preparedness. He is a graduate of Tokyo University and holds a Doctorate in Economics from Oxford University.

Masatsugu Asakawa [Back to top]
Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Japan

Masatsugu Asakawa is currently serving as Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, and is responsible for all international policies of the Japanese Ministry of Finance. His responsibilities include G20/IMF issues, foreign exchange rate policy, and development assistance. Since he joined the MOF in 1981, he has held many senior positions in the Ministry, including Director-General of the International Bureau(2014-15), Deputy Vice Minister for Policy Planning and Coordination(2013-14), Senior Deputy Director-General, International Bureau (2012-13), and Executive Assistant to Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Ministry of Finance(2012-13), Deputy Vice Minister for International Affair (2009-12), Director for Co-ordination Division, International Bureau (2007-08), Development Policy Division (2006-07), Foreign Exchange Markets Division (2004-06), International Tax Policy Division, Tax Bureau (2002-04), and Regional Financial Cooperation Division, International Bureau (2000-02). He also served as Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister under the Aso Cabinet (2008-09). Mr. Asakawa also has extensive experience outside the MOF. He served as Head for Technical Assistance Management Unit, Fiscal Affairs Department at the IMF (1996-2000), and also served as Executive Assistant to the President of Asian Development Bank (1989-1992). Besides, he held several positions at the Committee on Fiscal Affairs, OECD, while serving his positions at the MOF, including Co-Chair for Board for Cooperation with Non-OECD Economies (2002-04), and Co-Chair for Forum on Harmful Tax Practices (2002-04), and Member of the Advisory Board (2002-05). Since June 2011, he has been serving as a Chair for Committee on Fiscal Affairs.

Mr. Asakawa published two books, Commentary on the New US-Japan Tax Treaty (2005, Okura-Zaimu-Kyokai), and The Theory and Challenges in International Taxation (2005, Zeimu-Keiri-Kyokai). He also wrote many papers including “Base erosion and profit shifting”(2012), “Response to State Fiscal Crisis” (2011), “Transfer Pricing in a Global landscape”(2011), “The Currency Reform in China” (2005), “Asian Currency Regime – the Path to Basket Currency System and the Common Currency”(2004), “Japan, International Tax Policy” (2003), “The New Japan-US Tax Treaty” (2004), “Topics in Fiscal Policies” (1999), and “The Relationship between the Money Supply Announcement and Interest Rate” (1987). He served as Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Economic Science, Saitama University.

David Asher [Back to top]
Principal, Vital Financial LLC; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Over the last 25 years Dr. David Asher has worked extensively in and around the financial industry as well as the US Government. He has focused primarily on Japan and Asia, including advising the highest profile and most successful US activist manager on Abenomics and Japan investment strategy since 2013 and now supports one of the world’s largest macro funds as well. David worked as Global Macro Strategist and Principal at Medley Capital (2007-2009) and as Senior Advisor for strategic planning to the Global Senior Executive Officer of Mitsubishi UFJ (2009-2010). He then co-founded both Vital Financial and Vital Venture Capital with his brother as offshoots from their family office.

From 2001-2005 David served as Senior Advisor for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State, where he was also the Coordinator of the North Korea Working Group, and directed a restricted Policy Coordinating Committee at the NSC. From 2002-2004 he was the Coordinator of the US-Japan Strategic Dialogue for the State Department and a participant in the US-Japan Economic Sub-Cabinet Talks. From 2001-2002 David was a Sherpa for the US-Japan economic and financial revitalization dialogue between the White House and the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office. He is widely published and cited on Japan financial, economic, and security issues. Among other publications, he is a co-author of the last two Armitage-Nye Reports on US-Japan Relations.

David is fluent in Japanese and has a D.Phil in International Relations with a focus on economic history from Oxford University. His doctoral dissertation examined the failure of economic reform in interwar Japan and the rise of military nationalism. David is a member of the Research Advisory Board for BCA Research, Chairman of Sayari Analytics, and serves on the Board of the Center for Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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Larry Beeferman
Director, Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

Larry W. Beeferman received a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and a doctorate in applied physics from Harvard University. He joined the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School in 2004 to help establish the Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project, which he now heads. As a professor of law at the Massachusetts School of Law and Western New England School of Law, he taught constitutional and administrative law, legislation and legislative drafting, conflict of laws, private sector labor law, cyberspace and the law, history of legal education, and devised and managed the first-year legal research and writing program. He launched and headed the Asset Development Institute at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, where he formulated an asset-based policy framework for social welfare policy and developed an “asset index” which incorporates measures of outcomes in asset-based terms. At Brandeis, Dr. Beeferman also conducted research and promoted dialogue among diverse constituencies on specific asset-based policies. As Associate Counsel to the Ward Commission in Massachusetts he provided research and analysis relating to corruption and mismanagement in the public building process; drafted legislation on capital planning and budgeting, real property management, and project management; and did similar work in reference to political campaign finance reform. He has also has written several books and articles on law, policy, and other issues.

Taylor Bodman [Back to top]
Partner, Brown Brothers Harriman

Taylor S. Bodman is a Partner in the investment advisory and banking firm, Brown Brothers Harriman. Since joining the firm in 1983, he has held executive positions in International Banking, Treasury, Operations, and Human Resources. For many years he has overseen Technology as a global function. Since 2012, he has also led the firm’s regional activities in Japan and Greater China. Mr. Bodman was appointed a Partner of the firm in 1999 and is a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Bodman is a Board Director and/or Trustee of: Boston Children’s Chorus, The Boys’ Club of New York, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Kents Hill School, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. Mr. Bodman is a graduate of Princeton University and a resident of Cambridge, MA.

Christopher Bottiglieri [Back to top]
Managing Director, Japan Governance Officer, Citi

Christopher Bottiglieri is the Governance Officer for Citi Japan responsible for governance, strategy, compliance, and capital programs for Japan. He supports the Citi Vice Chairman to drive the strategic direction of the Japan Franchise, working closely with the Corporate Country Officer. He also manages the Global Connectivity Program within the International Franchise Management Group, providing a liaison for foreign regulators and clients visiting New York. He partners with the members of the Japan Board of Directors and Management Committees for both the CJL and CGMJ legal entities to ensure the successful execution and sustainability of their respective Business Improvement Plans.

Chris was named Global Head Investments and Insurance Business for the International Retail Bank in 2007. He was responsible for the overall growth strategy of the retail investments and insurance products and offshore business within the franchise, increasing total revenues to $2.1B and growing assets under management to $125B. Chris also managed and served on the Board of Directors for the Citibank Securities Japan Limited, following the Private Bank exiting the market. He later merged this entity into Nikko Cordial Securities enhancing the product offer for Citibank customers.

Prior to being appointed the Global Head, Chris served as the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Global Consumer Investments business. He held a number of positions within the Consumer Group in Finance Planning and Analysis since joining Citibank in 1983 as a Financial Management Associate after graduating with a BBA from Baruch College. He later received his MBA in Finance from St. John’s University in 1988.

Brian Bussey [Back to top]
Attorney, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Brian Bussey is Associate Director for Derivatives Policy and Trading Practices in the Division of Trading and Markets at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In that capacity, he oversees the Division’s derivatives policy, short selling, and anti-manipulative trading programs. His current focus is the implementation of the derivatives provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. He also serves as co-chair of the Financial Stability Board Working Group on OTC Derivatives, co-chair of the International Organization of Securities Commissions Task Force on OTC Derivatives Regulation, and participates in the OTC Derivatives Regulators Group.

Prior to his current position, Brian served as Associate Director for Trading Practices and Processing and Assistant Chief Counsel in the Division, as Counsel to Chairmen Donaldson and Pitt, and to Acting Chairman Unger, and as an attorney in the Division and in the SEC’s Office of the General Counsel. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable E. Grady Jolly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and was a corporate associate at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago before joining the SEC. Brian is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Pomona College. He studied at Waseda University in Tokyo in his junior year of college, and worked in Hamamatsu for two years.

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Kent Calder
Director, Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, SAIS/Johns Hopkins University

Kent Calder is currently Director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at SAIS/Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. He also serves as Director of Japan Studies. He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in the fall of 2014. Before arriving at SAIS in 2003, he taught for twenty years at Princeton University, was a Visiting Professor at Seoul National University, and Lecturer on Government at Harvard University. Calder has served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan (1997-2001), Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1989-1993 and 1996); and as the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, during 1979-1980. Calder received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1979, where he worked under the director of Edwin O. Reischauer.

A specialist in East Asian political economy, Calder has spent eleven years living and researching in Japan, and four years elsewhere in East Asia. His most recent works include The US, Japan, and the Gulf Region (August, 2015) Asia in Washington (Brookings 2014) and The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics (Yale, 2012). He has also authored Embattled Garrisons: Comparative Base Politics and American Globalism (Princeton, 2007), co-authored The Making of Northeast Asia (Stanford, 2010), and co-edited East Asian Multilateralism, with Francis Fukuyama. Among Calder’s major works on Japanese politics and public policy are Crisis and Compensation (Princeton, 1988); and Strategic Capitalism (Princeton, 1993). He has also written extensively on Asian energy geopolitics and U.S.-Japan relations, including Pacific Alliance (Yale, 2009); and Pacific Defense (William Morrow, 1996). Calder’s first book, The East Asia Edge, co-authored with Roy Hofheinz, Jr., (Basic Books, 1982), was one of the early studies of comparative East Asian public policy, based on a seminar first co-taught with Hofheinz at Harvard in 1979.

Rebecca Chua [Back to top]
Assistant CEO, ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Co. Ltd.

Rebecca Chua is the Assistant CEO of ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Co. Ltd. (ICBCCSI), with focus on international strategy, strategic engagement, product development and other non-investment functions within the firm. ICBCCSI is the international arm of the asset management joint venture between ICBC and Credit Suisse, and is one of the largest asset managers in China with AUM of over RMB750 billion as of June 2015. Prior to joining ICBCCSI, Rebecca was with the strategy practice at Lippincott, which is the leading brand strategy and design consultancy within the Oliver Wyman Group, and part of Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC). Prior to that, Rebecca was a Director at BlackRock, where she was responsible for driving the strategy and engagement of strategic relationships with the regulators and joint venture partner in China, as well as all non-investment activities including strategy and business management for the fundamental equity investment teams in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining BlackRock, she worked as the Strategy and Business Development Director, Office of the Chairman at Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) Asia, covering the Asia strategy initiatives, strategic relationships and business management. Rebecca started as a corporate banker at the Wholesale Banking Division of Standard Chartered Bank. Rebecca received a BBA degree from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and an MBA degree from Yale School of Management. She is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and a CFA and FRM charter holder.

Sean Creehan [Back to top]
Supervisory Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Sean Creehan is a supervisory analyst in the Country Analysis Unit within the Division of Financial Institution Supervision and Credit at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In that capacity, he conducts research into Asian financial and economic issues and produces analyses of Asian foreign banking organizations. In addition, he monitors financial, regulatory, and economic developments in Asia with a special focus on Japan and India. Before joining the Federal Reserve, Sean worked as a management and strategy consultant advising clients on their investing and operating activities in Asia. His work has been published in academic and popular publications, including the Harvard International Review, the SAIS Review of International Affairs, and The Atlantic. Sean received a master’s degree in international economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard University. He spent a postgraduate year as a Harvard-Yenching Scholar at Peking University and speaks Mandarin Chinese and Indonesian.

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Jun Daikuhara
Chairman, PAG Japan/PAG Investment Management

Mr. Daikuhara joined PAG in 2004 as a Managing Director and is a Partner of the Group and Chairman of Japan Division of PAG. He is also Chairman of PAG Investment Management Limited (PAG Real Estate). Between 2000 and 2004, Mr. Daikuhara was a key member of the turnaround of Shinsei Bank (formerly LTCB) as a member of its management committee and also the president of Shinsei Investment Management. Mr. Daikuhara was instrumental in growing its asset management business from zero to Yen 400 billion in assets. Mr. Daikuhara was a founding board member of BlueBay Asset Management Limited, which was listed on London Stock Exchange and now a 100% subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada. He played a key role incubating and growing BlueBay. Prior to joining Shinsei, Mr. Daikuhara held various senior positions at Morgan Stanley and Nomura in Tokyo and New York. Mr. Daikuhara served as a director for Japan Securities Investment Advisors Association in 2004. Mr. Daikuhara has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Keio University and received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert Dohner [Back to top]
Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Treasury

Robert S. Dohner is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He advises the Secretary and directs the Treasury staff work on matters concerning East, Southeast, and South Asia. This includes Chinese exchange rate policy, rebalancing the sources of Chinese economic growth, and analytical and staff work for the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue. Previously he was Director of the Office of East Asian Nations at the Treasury, responsible for the staff work on Japan, China, the Koreas, and other economies of East and Southeast Asia. He was Treasury’s representative in Japan from 1997 to 2002, directing an office of five people that was instrumental in shaping Treasury and U.S. Government policy towards Japan through Japan’s financial upheaval and prolonged recession. He also shaped Treasury’s discussions with Japanese authorities during the implementation of Big Bang financial liberalization, on issues that included securities investor protection, the modification of firewall rules to allow global risk management, and the introduction of the FSA no-action letter process.

Prior his work on Japan, he was director of Treasury’s Office of Central and Eastern Europe, where he negotiated the winding up and release of funds from the Polish Bank Privatization Fund. Before joining Treasury, Dohner was a Senior Staff Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, a Principal Economist at the OECD, and Senior Economic Adviser to Under Secretary of State for Economic and Agricultural Affairs Robert Zoellick during the first Bush Administration. He also taught economics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, with stints at the Stanford Business School and the International University of Japan in Niigata. He has also worked at the GATT and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He has a Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T. and a 40 year old MG-B.

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Drew Edwards
Managing Director, Advisory Research

Drew Edwards, 16 years of investment experience, serves as a Managing Director at Advisory Research. Prior to joining the firm, he was an investment professional at Taiyo Pacific Partners, an activist fund backed by CalPERS and W. L. Ross that focuses on Japanese equities. Previous to Taiyo, he worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers and as a finance executive in the healthcare industry. Drew holds a B.A. in International Business from Sophia University (Tokyo) and an M.B.A. and J.D. from Northwestern University. Drew is proficient in Japanese.

Lisa Emsbo-Mattingly [Back to top]
Director of Research, Global Asset Allocation Group, Fidelity Investments

Lisa Emsbo-Mattingly is a director of research in the Global Asset Allocation (GAA) group at Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. Lisa is responsible for leading the Asset Allocation Research Team in conducting economic, fundamental, and quantitative research to develop asset allocation and macro investment recommendations for Fidelity’s portfolio managers and investment teams. AART is responsible for combining empirical research with foundational principles to execute a comprehensive, global, forward-looking approach to asset allocation across temporal segments of the economy and asset markets. Prior to assuming her current position, Lisa was head of economic research at Fidelity from 2005 to 2010 where she built a winning track record of combining economic insight with investment recommendations. Lisa also worked as an economic analyst responsible for developing econometric models of industry performance in the market. Before joining Fidelity in 1996, Lisa was an economic analyst at Eastern Research Group and an economic analyst at DRI/McGraw-Hill (now IHS Global Insight). She has been in the investments industry since 1990. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and government from Oberlin College and her Master’s Degree in Economics from Boston University. She is currently Vice President of the National Association for Business Economics and is the former president of the Boston Economic Club.

Garry Evans [Back to top]
Chief Strategist, Global Asset Allocation, BCA Research, Inc.

Garry Evans joined BCA Research in August 2015 and is Managing Editor of the Global Asset Allocation service. He was previously Managing Director and Global Head of Equity Strategy at HSBC, based in Hong Kong. During 16 years at HSBC, Garry also worked as Japan Strategist, Asia-Pacific Strategist, and Head of Research in both Tokyo and Hong Kong. Garry started his career at Euromoney Institutional Investor (BCA’s parent company) and was Editor of Euromoney Magazine from 1990 to 1998. He has an MA in Asian Studies from Cambridge University, and undertook postgraduate studies in economics at Kyoto University in Japan.

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Fabiana Fedeli
Senior Portfolio Manager, Robeco

Fabiana Fedeli is Senior Portfolio Manager at Robeco, where she manages Emerging Markets equities relative and absolute returns strategies. Fabiana has 16 years of experience as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst on Emerging Markets, Asia and US equities in London, New York and Tokyo. She has also held advisory roles, including Advisor to the Board of MarketDeveloper Ltd., a cloud-based marketing systems developer in London, and an external advisor position for Pfizer, Inc. in New York. Prior to her current role, Fabiana held the position of Senior Portfolio Manager at Pioneer Asset Management, managing relative returns and long-short absolute returns Asia (Ex. Japan) equity strategies. Fabiana joined Pioneer following the sale of Occam Asset Management LLP, where she was Partner and Fund Manager. Prior to joining Occam, Fabiana spent more than three years at Indus Capital Partners as a senior research analyst. She began her career at ING Barings as an equity research analyst covering Japanese equities in Tokyo and also worked at Lehman Brothers in New York covering US equities. Fabiana holds a Master of Economics from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and a Degree in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan.

Takashiro Furuhata [Back to top]
Executive Director, International House of Japan

Takashiro Furuhata has been Executive Director of the International House of Japan since July 2005. He served as Senior Executive Director of the Kansai NPO Alliance and the editor in chief of NPO Journal, the nation’s only journal dedicated solely to the activities of NPOs in Japan, from 2001 to 2010. Furuhata has been active in the field of international cultural & intellectual exchange, both at the regional and national levels, since the 1980s. He has been a pioneering figure in laying the foundations for, and the networking of various NPOs in the Kansai area. Furuhata graduated in 1971 from Kwansei Gakuin University (B.Sc. in Physics). He also received a B.E. in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1974. Furuhata is a recipient of the Certificate of Commendation, Japanese American Citizen’s League (JACL) in 1983.

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Richard Gabbert
Attorney, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Richard Gabbert is a Senior Special Counsel in the Office of Derivatives Policy in the Division of Trading and Markets at the SEC. In his current position, he focuses on the implementation of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. He has been involved extensively in Title VII rulemakings, including the final rules regarding the definition of security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants; the omnibus cross-border proposal issued in May 2013; and the final rules regarding application of the security-based swap dealer and major security-based swap participant definitions in the cross-border context, adopted in June 2014. Most recently, he was team lead in developing the US activity proposing release that was issued at the end of April. Prior to joining the Commission, Richard was an associate at Gibson Dunn in DC and at Heller Ehrman in Seattle. He also served as law clerk to the Honorable Jay Bybee. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.

Curt Gallagher [Back to top]
Director, Citadel

Curt Gallagher joined Citadel in September of 2015 as a Director in the Client Partner Group. Prior to Citadel, Mr. Gallagher was a Principal at Blackstone’s Park Hill Group where he advised hedge funds on global capital raising. Curt began his career at FBR Capital Markets covering hedge funds. Mr. Gallagher received his MBA from Columbia Business School and an Economics degree from Washington & Lee University. He was named as one of Institutional Investors “Hedge Fund Rising Stars” in 2015.

Nate Gatten [Back to top]
Managing Director, Head of Federal & International Government Relations, JPMorgan Chase &Co.

Nate Gatten is Managing Director and Head of Federal and International Government Relations for JPMorgan Chase & Co., overseeing the firms lobbying and political activities in Washington and globally. He joined JP Morgan’s Federal Government Relations team in 2008, and was among the senior team involved in the comprehensive financial regulatory reform effort in the United States. From 2011-2012, he was based in London where he coordinated the firm’s global policy activity. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Nate was a Partner at the American Capitol Group, a boutique public relations firm, where he specialized in developing and implementing government relations and public affairs strategies for a number of leading companies. Prior to his partnership there, he served as Vice President of Government & Industry Relations at Fannie Mae, where he represented the company before Congress and regulators and served on the corporation’s external affairs committee. Nate served in Congress as a professional staff member on the Senate Banking Committee and as chief aid to the Financial Institutions Subcommittee, chaired by Senator Robert F. Bennett (R-UT). In this role, he managed the Subcommittee’s actions with respect to banks, thrifts, credit unions, industrial loan companies and government-sponsored enterprises. Prior to joining the committee, he served as the legislative assistant advising Senator Bennett on banking, tax and general economic matters. Nate received an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Nate currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Annette, and their four children.

William Grimes [Back to top]
Professor of International Relations, Boston University

William W. Grimes is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, where he has taught since 1996. Professor Grimes is the author of Unmaking the Japanese Miracle: Macroeconomic Politics, 1985-2000 (Cornell University Press, 2001) and Currency and Contest in East Asia: The Great Power Politics of Financial Regionalism (Cornell University Press, 2008), as well as co-editor (with Ulrike Schaede) of Japan’s Managed Globalization: Adapting to the 21st Century (M.E. Sharpe, 2002). Currency and Contest in East Asia was awarded the 2010 Masayoshi Ohira Prize for outstanding book on the Pacific Basin and received an Honorable Mention in the competition for the Asia Society’s Bernard Schwartz Book Award in 2009. He has published articles, book chapters, monographs, and commentary on East Asian financial regionalism, the impacts of financial globalization in Japan, Japanese monetary policy making, US-Japan relations, and related topics. His current research focuses on the effects of the 2008 global financial crisis on regional cooperation as well as on competition among financial market centers in East Asia. Professor Grimes received his B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University, his M.P.A. in International Relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Martin Gruenberg [Back to top]
Chairman, FDIC

Martin J. Gruenberg is the 20th Chairman of the FDIC, receiving Senate confirmation on November 15, 2012 for a five-year term. Mr. Gruenberg served as Vice Chairman and Member of the FDIC Board of Directors from August 22, 2005 until his confirmation as Chairman. He served as Acting Chairman from July 9, 2011 to November 15, 2012, and also from November 16, 2005 to June 26, 2006. Mr. Gruenberg joined the FDIC Board after broad congressional experience in the financial services and regulatory areas. He served as Senior Counsel to Senator Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD) on the staff of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs from 1993 to 2005. Mr. Gruenberg advised the Senator on issues of domestic and international financial regulation, monetary policy and trade. He also served as Staff Director of the Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on International Finance and Monetary Policy from 1987 to 1992. Major legislation in which Mr. Gruenberg played an active role during his service on the Committee includes the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA); the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 (FDICIA); the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act; and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Mr. Gruenberg served as Chairman of the Executive Council and President of the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI) from November 2007 to November 2012. Mr. Gruenberg holds a J.D. from Case Western Reserve Law School and an A.B. from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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Yasuhiro Harada
Member of the Board, Director-General, Future Institute for Economic Research and Financial Strategy, Future Architect, Inc.

Yasuhiro Harada is currently member of the board and director-general, Institute for Economic Research and Financial Strategy at Future Architect, Inc., which he joined in April 2010. Since May 2011, he has been acting as member of the board of North Consulting Group, Pte. Ltd. as well, which was incorporated as a subsidiary of Future Architect, Inc. in Singapore and is now extending their services, i.e., IT (information technology) systems integration and application management, across south east Asian countries. Mr. Harada had been President and CEO and Chairman and CO-CEO of Rating and Investment Information, Inc. (“R&I”) from 2005 to 2009, after he joined R&I as senior executive director in June 2000. R&I is the largest and most widely recognized credit rating company in Japan and the rest of Asia. During his tenure as CEO, R&I was designated as a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO) by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Prior to joining R&I, he worked at the Bank of Japan, Japan’s central bank, for 32 years where he was Senior General Manager of Nagoya Branch (the second largest branch of the Bank, from 1998 to 2000), Director General of the Operations Department (1996–1998), General Manager in the Americas (1994–1996) and Deputy Director General of International Department (1993–1994). He was born in China in 1945 and graduated from Tokyo University (Faculty of Law) with an LL.B. degree in1968. He serves as non-executive director at Phoenix Capital Co., Ltd. and Hiroshima Innovation Network, Inc. respectively. He is vigorously participating in the activity of “Japan Association of Corporate Executive” to achieve structural reform of Japanese economy.

Keiji Hatano [Back to top]
Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP

Mr. Keiji Hatano is a partner in the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) and Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Mr. Hatano is the only FIG partner of the firm in the Asia Pacific region. He regularly advises Goldman Sachs Group, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Mizuho Financial Group, Nomura Holdings, The Norinchukin Bank and other financial institutions in the region on U.S. bank, insurance and other financial regulatory matters. In addition, Mr. Hatano’s practice focuses on cross-border and U.S. and Japanese mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic corporate transactions, such as Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s $9 billion investment in, and strategic alliance with, Morgan Stanley, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings’ pending investment in Scor and Nippon Steel’s business combination with Sumitomo Metals. Mr. Hatano is a member of the bar of the State of New York and Japan. Mr. Hatano obtained his LL.B. degree at the University of Tokyo and LL.M. degree at the Columbia Law School.

Takayoshi Hatayama [Back to top]
President, Art Systems, Ltd.

Takayoshi Hatayama has been an independent consultant since 2000. He has supported various financial service initiatives of retailers, telecommunications, transportation industries, etc., including the setting-up of a “narrow bank” in the form of Seven Bank. Prior to joining the private sector, he worked as economist at IMF, member of the Basel Committees on Banking Supervision as well as on Payments, representing the Bank of Japan. In the course of Japan’s financial crisis coming to the surface in 1997, he assumed Deputy-Secretary General of the Financial Crisis Management Committee, and advisor to the Financial Reconstruction Commission. He elaborated a scheme for major banks’ recapitalization using public money.

Hiro Hayasaki [Back to top]
Counsellor on Global Strategy, The Norinchukin Bank

Hiro Hayasaki joined the Norinchukin Bank in September 2015 as an adviser for the group’s global strategy. He advises the Group on matters of international dimensions in general and international financial regulatory matters in particular. Prior to his current position, Mr. Hayasaki was a central banker and a regulator. Since he joined the Bank of Japan (BOJ) in 1983, Mr. Hayasaki mainly went through the financial stability area. In particular, he was involved in resolving Japan’s financial crisis in the late 1990s. He also dealt with the failure of Lehman Brothers Japan in 2008. In the final years of his BOJ career, he assumed three Director-General positions for the Payment and Settlement Systems Department, Internal Auditors’ Office, and the Personnel and Corporate Affairs Department. From 2010 to 2012, he worked for the Financial Services Agency (FSA) as the Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs. During that period, he was selected as the Vice-chair of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). He was also a member of the Basel Committee’s Macroprudential Supervision Group which developed a methodology for selecting global systemically important banks (GSIBs) and was also a member of the Financial Stability Board’s Resolution Steering Group, which developed “Key Attributes of Effective Resolution Regimes for Financial Institutions.” Mr. Hayasaki received a degree in Law from the University of Tokyo in 1983 and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Oxford in 1990. He and his wife have a 13 year old boy and a 10 year old girl.

Keith Henry [Back to top]
President, Asia Strategy

Keith Henry leads Asia Strategy’s advisory practice that focuses on providing policy, political and business intelligence and analysis to the world’s leading investment banks, hedge funds, and corporations with significant and strategic stakes in Japan. Before founding Asia Strategy 20 years ago, Henry served as a policy aide to the Minister of Defense Ministry and the Minister of the Environment Ministry of the Government of Japan, research affiliate with the MIT Japan Program in Tokyo, and a senior consultant Gemini Consulting Japan (now Booz & Company). A thirty-year resident of Japan, Henry obtained his Master of Arts, International Business from Sophia University, where he also serves as a lecturer of corporate strategy and policy.

Akinari Horii [Back to top]
Special Advisor, The Canon Institute for Global Studies

Akinari Horii is Special Advisor and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canon Institute for Global Studies, a research think tank in Tokyo, Japan. He also sits on the Audit & Supervisory Board of Tokio Marine Holdings as well as advising a few other internationally active business firms, e.g., Nomura Institute for Capital Markets Research.

Akinari was a central banker until he stepped down as Assistant Governor of the Bank of Japan in June 2010. During the four years’ term of office, he was responsible for the Bank’s all international activities and represented the Bank at G7/G20 Deputies, FSB, and other key committees of international organizations. In Asia, he was Chairman of EMEAP Working Group on Financial Markets as well as BIS/EMEAP Forex Forum. Before the governmental appointment, Akinari had worked at the Bank for three decades. Outside the Bank of Japan, he also worked at the BIS in Basel, Switzerland and Japan’s Ministry of Finance.

Akinari received his MBA with distinction, and as a Beta Gamma Sigma, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo.

He is a member of several non-profit entities, e.g., Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), where he is deputy chairman of its Economic Partnership Committee; the Trilateral Commission; United States-Japan Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

His recent publications include:

  • “RMB Internationalization and its Impact on the International Monetary System,” Message from the Management, CIGS on 11 June 2015, available at
    http://www.canon-igs.org/en/management/akinari_horii/20150611_3179.html
  • See also his interview at the Fung Global Institute, Hong Kong, 9 June 2015, available at http://www.fungglobalinstitute.org/en/conversation-akinari-horii-rmb-internationalization.
  • “Abenomics: Scepticism and Hope,” Notenstein Academy White Papers 2014-05-08 (March 2014) available at https://www.notenstein.ch/en/news/white-paper/abenomics-scepticism-and-hope.

R. Glenn Hubbard [Back to top]
Dean & Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School

Glenn Hubbard is dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School. Hubbard received his BA and BS degrees summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida and also holds AM and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University. In addition to writing more than 100 scholarly articles in economics and finance, Glenn is the author of three popular textbooks, as well as co-author of The Aid Trap: Hard Truths About Ending Poverty, Balance: The Economics of Great Powers From Ancient Rome to Modern America, and Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System. His commentaries appear in Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, Nikkei, and the Daily Yomiuri, as well as on television and radio. From 2001 until 2003, he was chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers. In the corporate sector, he is on the boards of ADP, BlackRock, and MetLife. Hubbard is co-chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation; he is a past Chair of the Economic Club of New York and a past co-chair of the Study Group on Corporate Boards. Glenn and his family live in New York.

Douglas L. Hymas [Back to top]
Japan Country Executive, Managing Director, BNY Mellon

Doug Hymas is Japan Country Executive for The Bank of New York Mellon in Japan. He serves as manager of the bank’s Tokyo branch, as representative director/chairman of the securities company, and as director of the trust bank and the investment management company. Mr. Hymas has worked in Japan since 1991 and in Japan’s financial services industry since 1995. A California-licensed attorney, he worked as a legal specialist with Lehman Brothers from 1995 and with Barclays Global Investors from 1998, where he established the Legal/Compliance/Risk Management department and later introduced ETFs to Japan.

From 2001, Mr. Hymas joined Citigroup Asset Management as General Counsel, and from 2004 led the Product Development and later the Offshore Fund Sales departments. With the acquisition of Citigroup Asset Management in mid-2005 by Legg Mason Global Asset Management, Mr. Hymas set up and became president of Legg Mason Securities (Japan) Co., Ltd. After a change in Legg Mason’s global marketing strategy in 2006, he proposed and managed closure of the securities company and was then recruited to set up de novo and manage the Wachovia Securities business in Japan. After successfully managing through the acquisition of Wachovia by Wells Fargo, Mr. Hymas served as CEO & Representative Director/President of ING Investment Management in Japan from April 2009 until accepting his current role at BNY Mellon in August of 2014.

Since 2001, Mr. Hymas has been active in advocacy efforts to internationalize and reform Japan’s financial regulatory framework and has been active in the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ). He currently serves as Chairman of the Investment Management Committee (IMC), having previously served as Chairman of the Securities Committee from 2008 to 2009 and as Co-Chairman of the IMC from 2005 to 2008. He also served as Chairman of the Asset Management Committee of the European Business Council / European Chambers of Commerce in Japan from 2009 to 2014. Mr. Hymas is an active Scouter and volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America. He currently serves as Chairman of the Asia East (Japan) District of the BSA’s Far East Council.

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Masahisa Ikeda [Back to top]
Managing Partner, Tokyo Office, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Mr. Masahisa Ikeda is a partner of Shearman & Sterling LLP, and the Managing Partner of the Tokyo Office. Mr. Ikeda regularly represents corporations and government entities including the Japanese government. Mr. Ikeda has extensive experience representing companies and financial institutions in both public and private M&A transactions and capital markets transactions. In addition, Mr. Ikeda represents numerous Japanese corporations on various government investigations before the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Treasury, including on antitrust law investigations and FCPA investigations. Mr. Ikeda also provides corporate governance-related advice to numerous global industrial and financial institutions, including commercial banks, large manufacturers, pharmaceuticals and high-technology companies.
Mr. Ikeda has been named a leading practitioner for capital markets, M&A and asset management by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia, Asia Pacific Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Yoichiro Iwama [Back to top]
Chairman, Japan Investment Advisors Association

Mr. Yochiro Iwama joined the Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd in 1967, after graduating from the University of Tokyo with MA law. Since then he has built experience and expertise in general insurance underwriting, products development, and branch management. In 1984, he moved to Personnel Department as a manager of human resources allocation, development and strategy and in 1990, he was reassigned to the finance and investment department, and after 1 year was seconded to Tokio Marine Asset Management, where he remained as a representative director for almost 3 years. After coming back to home office, Mr. Iwama was elected as a board director of Tokio Marine & Fire in 1996. Responsibility was global security investment management. In 1998, he became a managing director responsible for regional insurance business, and after 3 years in the insurance production business, he came back to investment side as managing director CIO. In 2005 he was promoted to senior managing director and also became a board director of Millea Holdings (now Tokio Marine Holdings). In June 2005, Mr. Iwama was appointed as president CEO of Tokio Marine Asset Management, a post from which he retired in 2010. In June 2010, Mr. Iwama was invited to the Japan Investment Advisors Association (JIAA) as chairman. The JIAA is a legally authorized self-regulatory organization of the industry in Japan. Aside from his work with Tokio Marine Group, Mr. Iwama had several other appointments, such as non-executive director of a commercial bank which is listed on TSE and also of a retail company which is also listed on TSE. He serves on a few NPOs as a volunteer and loves classical music and golfing.

Akira Iwamoto [Back to top]
Partner, Advantage Partners, Inc., and Managing Director, Advantage Advisors, Inc.

Mr. Iwamoto joined Advantage Partners in August 2001. At Advantage Partners, Inc., he led corporate recovery investment in the Daiei Inc. (Japanese major supermarket company) in 2005. Other investments led by Mr. Iwamoto includes Seidensha KK. and Fujio Food System Co., Ltd. He was appointed as an outside board of directors at most of his investee companies including public companies like CCS Inc., Nissen Holdings Co., Ltd., and Cedyna Financial Corporation. In 2007, he was appointed Head of Advantage Advisors, Inc., (subsidiary of Advantage Partners) which advices minority investment in listed companies. He serves for InfleXion Initiative Funds whose total size is approximately $200million. Mr. Iwamoto graduated from the University of Tokyo with a BA degree in Economics and holds an MBA degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (WG92). He worked for the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (currently Shinsei Bank) after graduation from university, where his experience included M&A financing (in New York), investment banking business with major Japanese corporations, and derivative trading. Subsequently, he joined A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm, where he was primarily engaged in M&A/Alliance/Buyout advisory businesses. He also has CMA and CFA credentials.

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Hiroyuki Kamano [Back to top]
Partner, Kamano Sogo Law Offices

Hiroyuki Kamano is partner of Kamano Sogo Law Offices in Tokyo. His principal areas of practice are international financial and investment law. He is a member of the Tokyo Bar and the District of Columbia (U.S.) Bar. Prior to establishing the firm, Mr. Kamano practiced law at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. for eight years. He served as a board member of Sumitomo Life Insurance Company and an audit and supervisory board member of Komatsu Ltd. from 2007 to 2015. Currently, Mr. Kamano serves as a board member of NGK Insulators, Ltd. and an audit and supervisory board member of House Foods Group Inc. Mr. Kamano is active as a lecturer and commentator. He has lectured at various U.S. and Japanese institutes, including Georgetown University Law Center, the Smithsonian Institute, the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department, and the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren). Mr. Kamano has authored numerous books and articles in the area of U.S.-Japanese economic relations as well as international trade, banking, and investment law. He published a book entitled Patent Mafia Attacks Japan in 1993 and Insolvency Law in 2007. Further, he contributed to his own bi-weekly column “Washington Hotline” in Tokyo Keizai (Oriental Business Weekly) for four years. His articles also have appeared in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Japan Economic Journal), and Nihon Kogyo Shimbun (Japan Industrial Journal). Prior to practicing law in Washington, D.C. as an American lawyer, Mr. Kamano served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan from 1971 to 1979. Mr. Kamano received his law degree from Kyoto University in 1969 and Master of Law degrees from the University of Tokyo and Harvard Law School in 1971 and 1974.

Donald Kanak [Back to top]
Chairman, Prudential Corporation Asia; Senior Fellow Program on International Financial Systems

Since 2008, Don has served Prudential Corporation Asia (Asia Regional Head Office of Prudential plc) as non-executive Chairman and concurrently since 2012 as non-executive Chairman of Eastspring Investments, the Asia-focused asset management business of Prudential plc. He also serves as Chairman of Prudence Foundation. Don is based in Hong Kong and has lived and worked in Asia for over twenty-five years. From 1992 – January 2006, Don served in a number of senior positions at American International Group (AIG), culminating in Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of AIG. Don is also Vice Chairman of the EU-ASEAN Business Council, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Society of Financial Services Professionals. In 2011-12, Don chaired the World Economic Forum’s Council on Insurance and Asset Management and is currently a member of the Forum’s Agenda Council on Southeast Asia.

Don is a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems, and his research has focused on climate change policy, and financial frameworks for achieving climate objectives. He was also a member of the United Nations Global Environment Facility’s Technical Advisory Group on Climate Change Mitigation (CCM) to support the GEF-6 CCM Strategy (2014-2018). He is a trustee of WWF-Hong Kong and serves on the National Council of WWF-U.S. Early in his career, Don worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington representative for a river conservation organization. Don holds a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, an M. Litt. In Management Studies from University of Oxford (U.K.), a B.A. with highest honors in economics from the UNC–Chapel Hill, and the ChFC and CLU designations from the American College.

Shigesuke Kashiwagi [Back to top]
Executive Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Nomura Holdings, Inc.

Shigesuke Kashiwagi was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Nomura Holdings, Inc. effective April 1st, 2013. Prior to this, he was Senior Managing Director of Corporate Office with particular focus on regulatory strategy for Nomura. Mr. Kashiwagi joined Nomura in 1982 and has extensive experience in Fixed Income business including in New York and London. He has held various leadership positions at Nomura, including serving as Head of Global Fixed Income and as President & CEO of Nomura Holding America, Inc. Mr. Kashiwagi has a B.A. in Economics from Keio University in Japan and an M.B.A from New York University.

Richard B. Katz [Back to top]
Editor, The Oriental Economist Report

Richard Katz is Editor of The Oriental Economist Report, a monthly newsletter on Japan, as well as the semi-weekly TOE Alert e-mail service on Japan, and is also a special correspondent at Weekly Toyo Keizai, a leading Japanese business weekly, and his duties including writing a monthly opinion column on Japanese economics and politics. Mr. Katz is the author of two books on Japan. The first was Japan: The System That Soured–The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Economic Miracle (M.E. Sharpe, 1998); it was published in Japanese edition as Kusariyuku Nihon To Iu System (Toyo Keizai, 1999). At the end of 2002, his second book was published, entitled Japanese Phoenix: The Long Road to Economic Revival (M.E. Sharpe) in English and Fushicho no Nikon Keizai (Toyo Keizai) in Japanese. Mr. Katz has taught about Japan as an adjunct professor in economics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and at the New York University Stern School of Business. He regularly writes op-eds for newspapers such as the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, as well as essays for a variety of journals, such as Foreign Affairs and The International Economy. Among his essays for Foreign Affairs were “Voodoo Abenomics” (July-Aug 2014) and “Mutual Assured Production: Why Trade Will Limit Conflict Between Japan and China” (July-Aug 2013). He has testified before Congress several times about Japan, including a session on the lessons for the US from Japan’s crisis. Mr. Katz received his M.A. in Economics from New York University in 1996.

Izumi Kazuhara [Back to top]
Executive Director, Head of Japan, CME Group

Dr. Izumi Kazuhara serves as Executive Director, Head of Japan of CME Group. Based in Tokyo, Dr. Kazuhara is responsible for developing growth opportunities and customer relationships for CME Group throughout Japan. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Kazuhara gained extensive experience in the exchanges sector and derivatives industry, having previously worked at both NYSE Euronext and EUREX. He stared his career in the academic world as an expert in international economic and competition law. He worked at Nikkei Europe while simultaneously studying for his PhD in Law at Frankfurt University. He also has a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from Sophia University, Tokyo.

Brian W. Kelly [Back to top]
Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer, Asian Century Quest Capital

Brian Kelly is Managing Partner of Asian Century Quest Capital, a New York based investment manager focused on public equity markets across the Asian region. ACQ’s portfolio has historically included extensive exposure in Japan as well as greater China, but Korea, Taiwan, India and ASEAN investments have figured prominently at different periods. Prior to founding ACQ in 2005, Brian served as the sector head responsible for Japan/Asia at Maverick Capital (2000-2004). Brian spent over 14 years at Morgan Stanley in several locations including Tokyo, London and New York, primarily in institutional equity research sales. Brian is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA, 1993) and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (BSFS, 1985) with a certificate in Asian Studies. Brian lived in Japan for 10 years and is fluent in both written and spoken Japanese.

Shunichiro Kimpara [Back to top]
SVP, Treasurer and Global Head of Finance, Mitsubishi Corporation

Shunichiro Kimpara is Treasurer and Global Head, Finance of Mitsubishi Corporation, in which manages and controls treasury, corporate finance and risk management for the financial operations in a world-wide manner as from April 2014. Prior to this position (2008 – 2014), he was Global Head of Structured Finance, M&A Advisory, in which advised the company on project finance, structured finance, export credit as well as M&A-related activities. He led a team that structures and implements financing solutions for in-house clients, leveraging the company’s extensive physical and financial business capabilities. He joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 1982. Early in his career he spent approximately six years (1990 – 1995) at the Northwest Shelf Gas Project, Australia’s one of the largest oil and gas resource development, where Mitsubishi Corporation has been partnering with several oil majors. In addition, Mr. Kimpara spent six years (2002-2008) in New York as Treasurer of Mitsubishi International Corporation, which has been acknowledged as one of largest issuers amongst Japanese names in commercial paper market in United States. He was a representative of Mitsubishi Corporation at Japan-U.S. Symposium sponsored by Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems and International House of Japan in 2004, 2011, 2012 and 2013.He is a finisher of 13 full marathons in New York, Chicago, Melbourne and Tokyo.

Shigeki Kimura [Back to top]
Managing Executive Officer & Global Head of Industry Finance Group, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Mr. Kimura has been the Managing Executive Officer and Global Head of the Industry Finance Group of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), a government affiliated financial institution that serves Japanese industries’ global activities, since June 2013. Under his leadership, JBIC’s Industry Finance Group provided a record-breaking Y 2.3 trillion ($ 19 billion) in financing during FY 2013 and FY 2014 for more than 380 overseas business projects by Japanese companies, which include $3 billion M&A finance for Suntory Holding’s acquisition of Beam & Co, $ 2 billion project finance for Rabigh petrochemical project in Saudi Arabia, $ 250 million investments into PE funds and $ 1.5 billion loans for 180 Japanese SME’s’ overseas investments. Prior to joining JBIC, Mr. Kimura held various senior positions at Ministry of Finance, Cabinet Secretariat and international financial institutions covering both finance and national security issues, which include:

– MOF: Director positions for MDBs, Foreign Exchange Control Act and counter-terrorist financing, Asian Financial Crisis and FX market interventions.
– Cabinet Secretariat: Director positions at the Government’s special task force to establish a Consumer Affairs Agency as well as the one for North Korea problems.
– Senior managerial positions at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank responsible for capital market issues.

Mr. Kimura graduated from the Law Faculty of Tokyo University and also studied economics at University of Cologne in Germany. He has passed the National Bar Examination and acquired an approval by Minister of Justice to be registered as an attorney at law.

Kozo Koide [Back to top]
Chief Economist, DIAM Co., Ltd.

Kozo Koide is the Chief Economist at DIAM Co. Ltd., formerly DL-IBJ Asset Management, which is one of the top class Japanese asset management companies. He joined DIAM in October 2000. Mr. Koide provides the economic view for investment strategies, formulates investment ideas and universe for investment trusts for DIAM. He serves as the exclusive member from an asset management business of the Regular Interview Meeting by the Chief Policy Coordinator of the Japan Cabinet Office from FY 04 to FY05 and Member of the Investors’ Committee of Local Government Bond, Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications since 2002. He attends the US-JAPAN Financial Symposium held by Harvard Law School since 2003 as the first member from asset management business in Japan. He is invited to NBEIC (US National Business Issues Council) since 2007 as the only member from Asia. Also he is the only Asian member of European Council of Economists and the only Asian Fellow of Global Interdependence Center since 2007. He appears regularly in Nikkei CNBC. He teaches market economy at Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe, Waseda and Keio University as a visiting lecturer. Prior to joining DIAM, Mr. Koide led the research activities for the Japanese economy at the Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ) as a senior economist (1992-97) after the burst of the financial bubble, formulated strategy of ALM serving as the chief correspondent with the Bank of Japan at the Treasury Department (1997-99) in the middle of the serious financial crisis, Promote IR for IBJ at Corporate Planning Department (1999-2000) after the announcement of Mizuho tri-party consolidation. He is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan and a member of Japan Society of Monetary Economics. He holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Tokyo, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with cross registration at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.

Dino Kos [Back to top]
Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, CLS Bank International

Dino Kos joined CLS as Head of Regulatory Affairs in February 2013. He has more than 25 years of industry and regulatory experience, including over 20 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) in a variety of regulatory and market capacities. During his time at the FRBNY, Dino rose to the position of Executive Vice President of the Markets Group, where he was responsible for open market operations, foreign exchange trading, treasury auctions, the discount window, and the correspondent banking services provided by the FRBNY to other central banks. He was also Manager of the System Open Market Account, reporting to the Federal Open Market Committee on the implementation of monetary policy and market developments. Dino also represented the FRBNY at numerous international meetings, including meetings of G10 central banks at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, and the Foreign Exchange Committee. As the FRBNY’s Head of Foreign Exchange from 1993 to 2000, Dino was responsible for the planning and execution of foreign exchange policies, leading coordination between officials at the US Treasury, and many of the world’s central banks and foreign finance ministries. He was seconded to the BIS in Basel, Switzerland, from 1989 to 1991 in the Secretariat of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, where he worked on the development of a capital adequacy standard for market risk. Most recently, Dino co-founded Hamiltonian Associates, a specialized macro advisory research firm. Prior to this he was a Managing Director at Portales Partners, where his role included analysis of global macro trends for institutional clients with a focus on monetary policy, regulatory developments, financial institutions, currencies and fixed income. He previously held roles at Morgan Stanley Investment Management as Managing Director, Global Head of Central Banks and Sovereign Wealth Funds.

Shizuharu Kubono [Back to top]
Vice Chairman, The Life Insurance Association of Japan (LIAJ)

Shizuharu Kubono has been serving as Vice Chairman of the Life Insurance Association of Japan since July 2007, which is a trade association whose members are all life insurance companies operating in Japan. Also, he is an executive committee member of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) which is a formal global federation of the world’s insurance associations established in October 2012. In addition, he is serving as Director of Japanese Council of Senior Citizens Welfare Service from June 2012. Prior to his appointment in the LIAJ, he worked as Senior Managing Director at the Norinchukin Bank from 2003 and dealt with Basel II. Before joining the private sector, he was a government official in the Ministry of Finance. During his career in the Ministry of Finance, he worked mainly in the budget bureau and was involved in reforming the public pension and public health insurance, and also in the banking bureau (including policy planning and supervision of the insurance sector). During the Japanese financial crisis in the late 1990s, he played a leading role in designing the financial stability policy and the resolution framework for both the banking and insurance sectors. He also worked in the Embassy of Japan in Germany from 1988 to 1991. He gained his bachelor degree in law at Tokyo University in 1971. He also studied at Harvard Law School from 1978 and gained his L.L.M. in 1979.

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Charles Lake [Back to top]
President, Aflac International Inc.

Charles D. Lake II is currently the President of Aflac International Incorporated and the Chairman and Representative of Aflac Japan. As President of Aflac International, he is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to address initiatives in international public affairs that affect Aflac’s global business, which generated approximately $23 billion in total revenues in 2014. As Chairman and Representative of Aflac Japan, Lake is responsible for global governance oversight, external relations, and strategic initiatives for Aflac’s business operations in Japan. Previously, he has served as Vice Chairman and Representative in Japan of Aflac Japan and has also been responsible for all of Aflac’s business operations in Japan as Deputy President and President, and has also served as Aflac Japan General Counsel. Lake serves as a director on the board of the Japan Exchange Group, Inc.; the Peterson Institute for International Economics; the Coalition of Service Industries; the U.S.-Japan Business Council; and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. He is also President Emeritus of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Other positions include serving as a member of the advisory board for the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo; trustee of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai); member of the Antimonopoly Study Group of the Japan Fair Trade Commission; director on the board of the Japan Center for International Exchange; and Councilor of the International House of Japan.

Chris LaRosa [Back to top]
Executive Director, Government and Industry Association Relations, CME Group

Chris LaRosa serves as Executive Director, Government and Industry Association Relations of CME Group. He is responsible for ensuring strong cross-functional coordination in support of CME Group’s global business, legislative and regulatory strategy, and advancing the company’s engagement with industry associations. He leads CME Group’s industry outreach on the implementation of Dodd-Frank and other financial regulatory reforms globally. Previously, he served as Director, Association Relations since joining the company in August 2008. LaRosa serves on Board of Directors of the Commodity Markets Council and on key committees of the World Federation of Exchanges and the Managed Funds Association. Prior to joining CME Group, LaRosa gained more than 10 years of stakeholder relations and public sector experience in consulting and other roles. He most recently served as Principal and Practice Leader with SRA International in Arlington, Virginia, where he led business development initiatives and provided consulting services in the areas of energy, economic development, and environmental policy. He also has worked for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and the Office of Economic Development at James Madison University. LaRosa earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an MPA from James Madison University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Allegheny College.

Hamilton Lin [Back to top]
President and CEO, Wall St. Training

Hamilton K. Lin, CFA, is Founder & CEO of Wall St. Training, a corporate training firm that teaches the fundamentals of financial analysis, modeling and valuation to financial institutions, universities and regulators globally, with emphasis in the US and Asia. Based in NYC, WST teaches professionals how to think independently with practical, hands-on training, not academic theory. WST’s “Training+” consulting and advisory model provides direct insight to market participants and regulators. Mr. Lin’s background is in investment banking, M&A and private equity, having worked at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and several other boutique investment banks and asset management firms. He graduated from New York University’s Leonard Stern School of Business, with double major in Finance & International Business and has also taught there.

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Kurt MacAlpine [Back to top]
Executive Vice President & Head of Global Distribution, WisdomTree Asset Management

Kurt is the Executive Vice President – Head of Global Distribution at WisdomTree Asset Management. In this capacity he sits on WisdomTree’s Executive Management Committee and oversees WisdomTree’s sales and service efforts across the globe. Currently, WisdomTree has offices in the US, Europe, and Japan, and distributes products in Colombia, Chile, Peru, and Mexico through The Compass Group and in Australia and New Zealand through BetaShares. Prior to joining WisdomTree, Kurt was employed at McKinsey & Company where he was a Partner and the Leader of the North American Asset Management Practice. While at McKinsey & Company, Kurt managed global consulting teams in the asset management and wealth management industries on topics related to distribution, marketing, product development, international expansion, strategy and M&A. He has extensive experience working with domestic and foreign firms in North America, Asia and Europe. Kurt is from Canada originally and received his MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Hiroshi Maeta [Back to top]
Vice President, Chief of Investment, Sompo America

Mr. Hiroshi Maeta is the Chief of Investment of Sompo America, and also serves as the Chief Representative (New York) of Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Asset Management Co., Ltd. Prior to that, he held several senior positions mainly within risk management and investment area at Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc., including a Manager of the Global Credit Risk Management and an Investment Manager of the Global Alternative Investments. He holds bachelor’s degree in Law from Kyoto University. He is living in the village of Scarsdale, Westchester County with his family.

Martin Malone [Back to top]
CIO, Alphabook

Martin Malone’s core competence, from over two decades experience in global financial markets, is the provision of global macro policy advice and support to official and private organisations, with a particular focus on Japan. His experience has been gained at Mizuho, Merrill Lynch, DKB and Norinchukin; and as CIO of Alphabook. His international network covers a wide range of official institutions including central banks, leading academic thinkers, major global asset allocators and managers. As CIO of Alphabook, Martin leads all global macro policy and intel work related to Japan. At Mizuho Group (2001-2011), Martin was Global Head of Fixed Income Sales, based out of Tokyo; and he was integrally involved in daily decision-making on all risk. Martin is a recognized expert in Tokyo, and outside Japan, on global fixed income. At Merrill Lynch (1994-2001), as Director of Fixed Income Strategy for 7 years, Martin was responsible for the Yen fixed income franchise (ex-Japan) across European and US clients; and had key responsibility for a number of Merrill Lynch’s top global accounts. Martin developed his solid technical grounding in fixed income markets across strategy, trading and sales over 4 years (1990-1994), while at both Norinchukin Bank and Dai-Ichi Kango Bank. Martin has a BA in Mathematical Science from Trinity College Dublin.

Oki Matsumoto [Back to top]
CEO, Monex Group, Inc.

Mr. Oki Matsumoto earned a B.A. in Law from the University of Tokyo in 1987. He began his career at Salomon Brothers and joined Goldman Sachs in 1990. He was the head of their fixed income and currency business in Asia and became General Partner in 1994 at the age of 30, the youngest ever at that time. In 1999, he founded Monex which was jointly capitalized with Sony where he is presently Chairman and CEO. Monex Group, Inc. is a global online financial institution with operations in three major financial centers. Monex, Inc. in Japan, TradeStation Group, Inc. in the United States which Monex acquired through tender offer in June 2011, and Monex Boom Securities Limited in Hong Kong which Monex acquired in December 2010. The group has about 1000 employees worldwide with over half of its staffs located in the United States. He served as Financial Counsel to the Prime Minister and also as an outside director of Tokyo Stock Exchange, and presently is an outside director of Kakaku.com and JIN CO. He is also a councilor of International House of Japan and an international board member of Human Rights Watch.

Robert McKeon [Back to top]
Vice President, Regulatory Policy and Government Affairs, State Street

Rob McKeon is Vice President and Associate Director for Policy in State Street’s department of Regulatory, Industry and Government Affairs. He joined the department in 2005 and is responsible for the global regulatory reform agenda, including policy initiatives emanating from the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the International Organization of Securities Commissions and the Financial Stability Board. Rob has worked at State Street since 1998 in various investment servicing positions, including as relationship manager for strategic asset management clients. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from the University of the South, and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Rob has extensive overseas experience, having both studied and worked abroad. He is also fluent in French.

Kevin Mellyn [Back to top]
Consultant, African Development Bank

Kevin Mellyn is currently a consultant for the Financial Sector Development Department of the African Development Bank. From 2005 until retiring in 2012 Mellyn was a management consultant at MasterCard Advisors LLC in their Payments Knowledge Center. Mellyn has nearly forty years of experience in banking and consulting with a special focus on payments and settlement systems and the businesses surrounding them. His seventeen years with Manufacturers Hanover Trust in London and New York was followed by twenty years of consulting at A.T. Kearney and as founding partner of Mitchell Madison Group. He has served banks, central banks and development banks on a wide range of issues worldwide, from payment systems to risk management, regulation, and financial inclusion. Kevin is an authority on the evolution of global and national financial markets and banking systems, and the co-author of an essay on the risk and regulatory implications of market driven finance that was awarded the Jacques de Larosiere prize by the Institute of International Finance. He is the author of two books on the 2008 financial crisis and responses to it Financial Market Meltdown (Praeger 2009) and Broken Markets: A User’s Guide to the Post Finance Economy (Apress 2012). Kevin holds an AM and AB in History from Harvard University.

Kanetsugu Mike [Back to top]
Regional Executive for the Americas, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

Kanetsugu “Sugu” Mike is Regional Executive for the Americas for the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG). He oversees its businesses in the U.S., Latin America and Canada, and is Executive Chairman of MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation and MUFG Union Bank, N.A. He’s also Senior Managing Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of the Global Business Unit of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd (BTMU), a commercial banking subsidiary wholly owned by MUFG.
Before taking these top roles in the Western Hemisphere, Sugu was Vice Chairman of the Bangkok-based Bank of Ayudhya (Krungsri), Thailand’s 5th- largest bank and a majority-owned subsidiary of BTMU. He was essential to the smooth, successful integration of the BTMU Bangkok Branch with Krungsri in 2015. Sugu started his career at Mitsubishi Bank in 1979, with valuable experience through important overseas assignments. From 1987 to 1994, he was with the bank’s London branch, working in the international finance business. Then, he transferred to New York as Deputy General Manager of its branch from 2000 to 2003, and eventually as General Manager of the Planning Office for the Americas. Then, to oversee a pivotal, complex merger at the home office, Sugu returned to Tokyo as General Manager of the Corporate Planning Division. He was then promoted to Executive Officer of the Corporate Planning Division in 2005.

When the merger was done in early 2006, Sugu was named Executive Officer and General Manager of the bank’s Business & Systems Integration Division. There, he oversaw the post-merger integration of the bank’s information systems and operations. Three years later, Sugu was appointed Managing Executive Officer, responsible for the bank’s Financial Institutions and Public Enterprises Business. He later added duties as Managing Director and Chief Executive of Corporate Services. Sugu earned a bachelor’s degree from the Keio University Faculty of Economics in 1979 and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1987.

Arthur Mitchell III [Back to top]
Senior Counselor, White & Case LLP; Board Member, Sumimoto Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.

Arthur M. Mitchell has over forty years of experience, much of it in Asia, specializing in investment and financing transactions in the region. Prior to joining White & Case, Arthur was General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) where he supervised all aspects of legal advice given with respect to public sector and private sector loan transactions, equity investments, political risk guarantees and bond financings at ADB. Since returning to Japan, Arthur has been involved in numerous private equity investments, as well as cutting-edge transnational financial transactions. His practice now focuses on M&A, infrastructure finance and clean energy projects. Arthur was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. and is a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Farid Moslehi [Back to top]
Managing Director, KCG Asia Pacific

Farid Moslehi is KCG’s Head of Asia Pacific. He has wide experience in risk management and trading. Farid was Head of Asia for GETCO from 2012 until the company’s merger with Knight Capital Group to form KCG in July 2013. He joined GETCO in 2005 and has served in a variety of capacities, including Chief Risk Officer, trader and team leader in both data services and risk management. Before GETCO, Farid was an independent trader for 6 years. Prior to that, he was a fixed income derivatives trader with Bank One and First Chicago. Earlier in his career he held positions in technology, quantitative research and risk management at Lehman Brothers, CIBC and First Chicago Farid has a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

Satoru Murase [Back to top]
Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Satoru Murase advises global corporations regarding cross-border investments and disputes in the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He is well known for his representation of major Japanese corporations in their overseas operations and disputes, as well as major U.S. and European corporations operating in Asia. He provides advice regarding mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, corporate governance, compliance, crisis management, employment, and government relations. Satoru is identified in The Best Lawyers in America (2012 – 2015), The Best Lawyers in Japan (2012 – 2015), and as one of the 272 BTI Client Service All-Stars lawyers recognized in the United States for their client service excellence in 2012. Satoru regularly represents corporate and governmental entities on global government relations and regulatory matters. His media clients frequently consult him regarding intellectual property and technology issues. He also represents clients facing international trade disputes before the US Trade Representative, Department of Treasury, ITC, and the Department of Commerce. His affiliation with various organizations include Trilateral Commission, National Committee on United States – China Relations, Japan Society, U.S.-Japan Foundation, Japan Center for International Exchange U.S., Table for Two USA, Georgetown Law National Alumni Board Emeritus, Georgetown Law Center Asian Law Alumni Board, China-United States Symposium, Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems, INSOL International, Asia Society, and the China Institute. He received his B.A. from Harvard College and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He attended Seikei High School in Tokyo.

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Takaaki Nakajima [Back to top]
Financial Services Advisory Practice Principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Takaaki (Tommy) Nakajima is a Principal in the Financial Services Advisory practice in New York. He has been serving Japanese financial services clients in the area of business strategies, governance, regulatory matters, operational and IT renovations, etc., leveraging his 25+ years’ experience in banking both in Japan and the U.S. He has also supported his clients in expanding their businesses outside the U.S. and has conducted seminars and conferences in Brazil and Mexico. Tommy sits on the board of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of NY where he worked for non-financial services clients as well. Tommy holds an MBA from MIT and a BA from the University of Tokyo, Law Faculty.

Naoko Nakamae [Back to top]
President, Nakamae International Economic Research, North America Inc.

Naoko Nakamae is the president of the North American subsidiary of Nakamae International Economic Research. Naoko was the Economist’s Tokyo correspondent covering Japanese finance and business from September 2000 to 2006. She remained a freelance business and finance correspondent until 2010. Prior to this, Naoko was a correspondent for the Financial Times in Tokyo, covering retail and finance. She also worked in London as an assistant fund manager on the sovereign-bonds team at Barclays Global Investors.

Shinichiro Nakano [Back to top]
Executive Managing Director and Member of the Board, Norinchukin Bank

Shinichiro Nakano has been a Member of the Board and a Managing Director of the Norinchukin Bank, in charge of Risk Management, Compliance and Global Regulatory Affairs, since 2014. He joined the Bank, the Central Co-operative Bank of Japan for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, in April 1984 and has had extensive experience working abroad, both in the New York Branch and the London Branch. From 2000 onwards, in the Risk Management Division and the Financial Planning and Control Division, he was in charge of managing the Bank’s credit portfolio, re-developing the Bank’s risk and financial controls and establishing the Bank’s risk appetite framework. Further, he gained in-depth experience in the relevant areas through his work on the bank’s implementation of the Basel regulations. His responsibility in the Risk Management Division also covered the introduction and implementation of ICAAP (Internal Capital Adequacy Process) and ILAA (Individual Liquidity Adequacy Assessment). Mr. Nakano received a degree in law from the University of Tokyo in 1984 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Stanford University in 1992. He lives in Saitama Prefecture in Japan with his wife and two children.

Tatsufumi Nihei [Back to top]
Director, ABeam Consulting, Ltd.

Tatsufumi Nihei is working with ABeam Consulting since April, 2014 to lead newly created consulting team in area of payment and financial-technology (“Fintech”) by leveraging his over 25 years of experience in financial industry including 13 years with The Sumitomo Bank, Limited and 10 years with MasterCard International. He has been engaging in wide range of payment, clearing and settlement area in both cross-border and domestic field covering inter-bank, B2B and P2P legacy card payment as well as new medium payment including mobile and other Fintech solutions. His current interest focuses on how Fintech would change global payment framework not only from technology point view but also from legal, regulatory and, above all, the wide spread usage of this solution to enhance payment activity more easy, accurate and safe. He holds a B.A. in International Economics from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, and a M.B.A. from École des hautes études commerciales du Nord (EDHEC) in France. In his spare time, he enjoys conducting amateur symphony orchestra specially Brahms and Rimsky-Korsakov. His favorite work is “Sheherazade”.

Hiroko Niwa [Back to top]
Deputy Treasurer of Finance Department, Mitsubishi Corporation

In 1989, Ms. Hiroko Niwa joined Mitsubishi Corporation, known for one of the Japanese conglomerate companies (“sogo-shosha”) and its vigorous financial activities in capital markets in both funding and investment terms. During early years of her career, she involved as part of the company’s portfolio management team for 6 years, followed by the 2-year tenure in London-based financial company, Mitsubishi Corporation Finance PLC. In the late 90’s, as Mitsubishi Corporation increased its presence in alternative investment markets, Ms. Niwa’s role was enlarged and she served as a portfolio manager in Falcon Management, formed as a Joint Venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and US prime hedge fund, from 2000 to 2003. In 2005, she promoted to CIO of Mitsubishi Corporation Pension Fund. The fund has managed wide variety of assets from conventional bonds and equities to alternative assets such as infrastructure and real estate funds, hedge funds and private equities. She joined Investor Relations Department of Mitsubishi Corporation in 2010. During recent years, Mitsubishi Corporation has been widen its funding sources to overseas, characterized USD-denominated bond issuances in Asian and European markets during 2010 and 2014.

Prior to her current role, she was transferred to Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd. in 2012, and continued working in the bank as Deputy General Manager in CIO office until 2014. Her principal responsibility was to cultivate new investment opportunities for the bank, which plans to go public on the stock exchange market in Japan. Currently, as the Deputy Treasurer of the company, she is responsible for all capital markets activities including domestic and euro bonds and syndicated loans. Most recently, July 2015, her team successfully placed the company’s inaugural hybrid bonds, for the first time for the Japanese institutional issuer, in the Japanese market.

Koichi Noda [Back to top]
CEO, Americas, Sumimoto Mitsui Banking Corporation

Mr. Koichi Noda is SMBC’s Chief Executive Officer of the Americas Division, having worked for SMBC, for 32 years. One of his first leadership roles began in 1991 in the Tokyo head office. During this time, Mr. Noda was the Head of Corporate Research. He held this position until he was transferred to Sumitomo Bank’s New York office in 1993 until 1997. When Mr. Noda returned to Tokyo in 1997, he managed the Corporate Research Department as well as assisted with the merger of the Sumitomo Bank and Sakura Bank in 2001, creating Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Mr. Noda was promoted to General Manager of Global Corporate Research in June 2005. Specializing in credit risk, corporate restructuring and relationship management, Mr. Noda joined the Corporate Banking Department as the General Manager in April 2009. In this role he oversaw and grew the relationships with leading Japanese corporations in the electrical and semiconductor industries. In April 2011, Mr. Noda became Executive Director and then in 2012, became Deputy Head of Corporate Advisory Division, which was responsible for providing investment banking and structured finance services to corporate clients. Mr. Noda returned to SMBC’s New York office in April 2014 to assume his current role as Chief Executive Officer of the Americas Division. Mr. Noda holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Faculty of Economics, Tokyo University, and earned a MBA from Harvard Business School in 1988.

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Masashi Oba [Back to top]
Board Member, Executive Vice President and CFO, Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Oba is the CFO and Executive Vice President of Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. He joined Tokio Marine & Fire in 1978 which was one of the leading property and casualty insurance companies in Japan. He has experiences in accounting, treasury, tax department and overseas department in the company as well as asset management subsidiaries of Tokio Marine Group. Tokio Marine Group is a global corporate group engaged in a wide variety of business ranging from domestic non-life to life insurance, international insurance, and other financial business.

Alicia Ogawa [Back to top]
Senior Advisor, Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Mike and Maureen Mansfield Foundation

Alicia Ogawa is consultant to international investment funds and a senior advisor to the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at the Columbia Business School. She is also an adjunct associate professor at the Columbia University School of International Affairs, where she teaches a seminar on global capital markets. Until 2006 she was Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, where she was responsible for managing the firm’s global equity research product. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Ms. Ogawa spent fifteen years in Tokyo, where she was a top-rated bank analyst and Director of Research for Nikko Salomon Smith Barney, having managed the original Salomon Brothers Research Department through three mergers. Prior to moving to Japan, she worked as a Research Assistant to the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry on a number of U.S.-Japan trade negotiations. She is a member of the board of directors of The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and is on the a member of the President’s Circle of the All Stars Project, a development program for inner city students, In 2004, she was inducted into the Academy of Women Achievers, She graduated from Barnard College and earned a master’s degree in international affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Ronald P. O’Hanley [Back to top]
Chief Executive Officer, State Street Global Advisors

Ronald P. O’Hanley is Chief Executive Officer of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the investment management arm of State Street Corporation and a global leader in asset management with $2.6 trillion in assets under management. He is also a member of State Street’s Management Committee, the company’s senior-most strategy and policy-making team. Prior to State Street, Mr. O’Hanley was president of Asset Management and Corporate Services for Fidelity Investments, where he was responsible for all the firm’s asset management organizations with a combined total of $1.8 trillion in assets under management, as well as key corporate.

Prior to joining Fidelity in 2010, Mr. O’Hanley served as president and chief executive officer of BNY Mellon Asset Management, and vice chairman of Bank of New York Mellon Corp. Before joining Mellon in 1997, he was a partner with McKinsey & Company, Inc. Mr. O’Hanley is on the board of Unum Corp and Rhode Island Commerce Corp. and serves as vice chairman of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Board of Directors. He also serves on the boards of the East/West Institute; The Boston Foundation; the Committee for Economic Development; WBUR; the Institute of Contemporary Art; and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Administration at Syracuse University. Mr. O’Hanley is an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh School of Management and a frequent writer and speaker on a wide range of issues. He is a core member of Focusing Capital on the Long Term, an initiative founded by CPP Investment Board and McKinsey & Company to focus business and markets on the long term. His philanthropic and civic interests include education reform, retirement/healthcare policy and funding, and market structure and operations. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Syracuse University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Hiroshi Okada [Back to top]
Counselor, Embassy of Japan

Hiroshi Okada has been assigned to the current position since June, 2013. He is responsible for fiscal policy, monetary policy as well as financial regulation issues in the Embassy. He joined the Ministry of Finance (“MOF”) in 1993, and has held various positions on budget and financial regulations. From 2002 to 2006, he was assigned to the Legislation Bureau of Financial Services Agency of Japan (“FSA”) and was involved in 8 legislations concerning financial regulations. In 2006, he moved to the MOF and worked in the Budget Bureau until 2009. During this period, he was in charge of budgets for public infrastructure, congressional activities, regional development of OKINAWA, disaster prevention, industry policy and energy policy. In 2009, he was assigned to the FSA again and worked in various positions. He was assigned as Personal Staff to the FSA Commissioner (2010/2011) and worked closely with the leadership of the FSA to counter the damages caused by the Great Earthquake in March 2011. In June, 2013, he was transferred to the United States as Counselor, Embassy of Japan, where he follows the developments of U.S. fiscal-, monetary and prudential policies. At the same time, he is explaining the MOF’s policy measures to counterparts in the U.S. Treasury and other organizations in Washington DC. Outside of Japan, he worked mainly in Germany, at the IFO economic research institute in Munich (visiting researcher) and at the Embassy of Japan in Berlin (Secretary). He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) at the University of Tokyo in 1993.

Yuri Okane [Back to top]
Director, Tudor Investment Corporation

Yuri Okane, Director of Japan strategy, is responsible for Japanese government policy analysis at Tudor Investment Corporation. Yuri joined Tudor in 2001 and spent 10 years in Washington DC office where she focused on political analysis. Currently, she is based in California and frequently visits Japan for research. Her focus is the analysis of Japanese government policy and its economic impact – both domestic and global. Her special interests include public sector financial institutions and the economic policy formulation process. She works closely with the firms traders and advises them on Japan-related events and policy impact from the macro point of view. Paul Tudor Jones II formed Tudor Investment Corporation in 1980. Tudor manages assets across fixed income, currency, equity and commodity asset classes and related derivative instruments in the global markets for an international clientele. Tudor’s investors are based in over 40 countries and include a diverse group of individuals and institutions, including endowments, foundations, corporations, government investing authorities, pension funds, insurance companies and funds-of-funds. Most of it top 25 investors have been clients for over a decade. The firm has great interest in understanding and analyzing Japan. Prior to joining Tudor, Yuri worked with Dresdner Investment Bank in the Global Economics and Strategy Team in Tokyo and then in London. Her focus was on Japanese macro-economic data analysis and trading implications. Yuri has a Master’s degree in Economics from City University in London, and a specialization in regulation and competition.

Mack Okubo [Back to top]
General Manager, International Affairs, Planning and Research Department, Nippon Life

Mack is assigned as General Manager, International Affairs, Nippon Life Insurance Company, based in New York and responsible for international coordination, as well as accounting and regulatory matters. Previously, he reviewed Nippon Life’s oversea operations, M&A, and global risk management policy. Among other global activities, he is currently serving as the Sherpa of the Asia Pacific Financial Forum (APFF) Insurance and Retirement Income Work Stream, promoting long-term investments and longevity solutions by the insurance companies and pension funds in the Asia-Pacific region. Formerly, he was employed by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and served as a member of the IAIS Secretariat, sponsored by FSA Japan, responsible for standards implementation, including technical assistance and training of insurance supervisors over 150 countries. Prior to the BIS, he had 14 years of experience in Nippon Life Group, mainly on planning and research on accounting, regulations and pensions. He served as an active member in the industry task force on international accounting standards. He also spent 5 years in New York as a lead researcher at NLI Research Institute on banking, securities and insurance sectors in the US and Canada. He has launched his personal websites, Mackglobe.com and Insurance-Finance.Com, research portal sites for industry professionals, regulators and researchers used in over 90 countries. He holds a bachelor of law from Kyoto University, and MBA/MS Finance from HEC School of Management, France. He speaks Japanese, English, French, Spanish and some German.

Yoshio Okubo [Back to top]
Vice Chairman, Japan Investment Trust Association

Yoshio Okubo is Vice Chairman of the Japan Investment Trust Association (JITA), an organization recognized as a self-regulatory organization for mutual fund and REIT companies in Japan. Prior to his appointment at JITA in June 2015, he worked for the Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA), a self-regulatory organization for securities firms and financial institutions in Japan’s capital markets from 2008 to 2015, serving as its Vice Chairman and Chief Regulatory Officer since 2011.
Throughout his professional career, he mostly worked on financial, regulatory and international issues in financial services in the government and international organizations. He worked for the Financial Services Agency (FSA) of Japan, covering international issues and capital markets policies as Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs, Comptroller of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and Deputy Commissioner for Capital Markets and Secretary-General of the Certified Public Accountants and Auditing Oversight Board. He also worked for the Ministry of Finance where he served as Deputy Vice-Minister for International Affairs. He served as Chairman of the WTO Committee on Trade in Financial Services in 1997-1999; the WTO financial services negotiations were brought to a permanent conclusion in 1997. While at the JSDA, he served as Chairman of Self-Regulatory Organizations Consultative Committee (SROCC, currently AMCC) of IOSCO from 2009 to 2012. He worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and also for the World Bank Group, serving as its Executive Director for Japan from 2004 to 2006. From 2006 to 2008, he served as Vice President of the Japan Foundation.

Genichi Osawa [Back to top]
Chief Representative, New York Office, Japanese Ministry of Finance

Genichi Osawa is the Chief Representative of the Japanese Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Deputy Consul-General in New York. Mr. Osawa is an expert in fiscal policy and Social Security reform and has spent over 10 years in these areas during his 20-year MoF career. From August 2012 to July 2014, Mr. Osawa was the Director of the Budget Planning Office, where he shaped the annual budget and fiscal policy, both of which were essential to the goals of Abenomics. He played the lead role in implementing a consumption tax hike this April. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Osawa was the Deputy Budget Examiner for Social Security Systems and Education. During that time, he expanded the subsidy for children’s nurseries in order to mitigate the declining birthrate, trimmed the expanding health-care budget, and planned bills for mid-term Social Security reform and the consumption tax hike, which were passed in 2012. He worked on health insurance reform under Prime Minister Koizumi, from 2002 to 2004, in the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Mr. Osawa also was a team leader for many of the financial reform laws at the Financial Service Agency (FSA) from 2004 to 2007. He oversaw successful reform of the Insurance Business Law, the Banking Law, the Trust Business Law and the Money Lending Business Law which reduced the upper limit of the lending interest rates. He also oversaw privatization of Japan Post. His current assignment in New York is to communicate with investors and other interested parties about what is happening in Japan. Mr. Osawa holds a BA degree (law) from Tokyo University, an L.L.M from Harvard University, and an MBA from University of Pittsburgh.

Hiroshi Ota [Back to top]
President, Okazaki Institute

Hiroshi Ota is the Japanese coordinator for the Symposium since its third meeting in the year 2000. His primary responsibility includes organizing meetings of the Japanese Steering Committee for the Symposium, raising funds and recruiting participants on the Japanese side. Mr. Ota spent most of his career in the Japanese Foreign Service. He served in such posts as director of the Policy Planning Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), counselor of the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D. C., deputy chief of mission of the Japanese Embassy in the Republic of Korea, director-general for the Scientific and Technological Affairs of MOFA, and Japanese Ambassador of Japan to Saudi Arabia and Thailand. While serving in Thailand, he was involved in the financial assistance of the Japanese Government to Thailand during the Thai Baht crisis. He was also seconded to the Japan Foundation as its Executive Vice President. Since he retired from the Japanese Foreign Service, he was advisor to the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, taught at Tammasart University in Thailand, and served as councilor at the Asian Institute of Technology. Mr. Ota is currently vice president of the Okazaki Institute, Tokyo, a think tank on international affairs, a director of the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, Tokyo. He was an independent director of the Kasikorn Bank in Thailand until February 2013, and is now a member of the Advisory Council of the Bank. Mr. Ota graduated from Tokyo University in 1959, Faculty of Liberal Arts, majoring in American studies. He received a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in 1962.

Toru Otsuka [Back to top]
Managing Director, Nomura Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Otsuka currently carries dual role in Wholesale Strategy and Regulatory Affairs in Nomura Group. In Wholesale Strategy, he works closely with decision makers in the Wholesale division to plan business strategy. The Wholesale covers most of investment banking businesses such as sales and trading in equity and fixed income, underwriting and distribution, origination of debt /equity financing and M&A, and other businesses mainly with corporates, financial institutions, and government authorities around the world. In Regulatory Affairs area, he focuses on analyzing recent regulatory reforms and engaging himself in ongoing discussions to derive strategic business implications for Nomura Group. He has been engaged in various regulatory projects and initiatives. His interest resides not only in the comparison of capital market regulations, i.e. derivatives, in the U.S., EU and Japan, but also in the interplay between the regulations for financial institutions, i.e. banks vs securities firms, in those areas. Mr. Otsuka has previously worked in Fixed Income at Nomura in Tokyo and London for more than 15 years. He acted as the head of global credit trading amid the financial crisis in 2008. He experienced various head roles in trading and structuring, and product coverage was broad ranging from government bonds to corporate credit in derivatives, securitized products, and mortgages in Japan, Europe, and the US. He also played a key role in designing and structuring the derivatives booking entities within the firm, and initiated Nomura’s credit derivatives business. Mr. Otsuka received an M.S. from Sloan School at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998, and his B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Tokyo in 1991.

Melissa Otto [Back to top]
Director, TIAA-CREF

Melissa has been conducting research in Japan, since 1995, and has been an active equities investor in Pan-Asia, since 2000. She has spent more than ten years living abroad in the UK, Peru and Japan. Since 2010, she has been with TIAA-CREF, where she currently manages a portfolio of Japanese equities and leads the research on Japanese consumer and technology stocks and themes. She began her career in research at J.D. Power and Associates in Tokyo.

In 1998, she returned to the U.S. for graduate school, where she studied in the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Dept. at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, then completed her Master’s degree in International Economics at Brandeis University in 2001. During graduate school, she was a summer associate at the buy-side firm, Wellington Management, and the sell-side firm, Goldman Sachs. After graduation, she decided on a buy-side career as an equities investor and joined GE Asset Management. At GE, she was based in Tokyo and led the Pan-Asia research. She also managed several portfolios: EAFE Consumer, EAFE small-cap and Emerging Markets. After more than three years in Japan, she returned to the US to work for Dr. Allen Sinai and Bill Hambrecht at Decision Economics/WR Hambrecht. She conducted bottom-up research that complemented Dr. Sinai’s top-down views on the strong US consumer and real estate markets and China’s emerging growth. Then, in 2007, Melissa decided to refocus on the Japanese market and joined American Century Investments as a Japan generalist. She oversaw the firm’s Japanese large-cap research and holdings.
Melissa co-leads the Women of Asset Management and the TIAA-CREF sponsorship of Harvard’s Undergraduate Women in Business (HUWIB). She is also a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign. Melissa is a commentator in the financial media and appears regularly on CNBC.

Takashi Oyagi [Back to top]
Chief Strategic Officer, Managing Director (Member of the Board), Monex Group, Inc.

Takashi Oyagi is Chief Strategic Officer of Monex Group, Inc. Monex Group runs online brokerage business in the world. He is now based in Florida where the headquarters of TradeStation, Monex Group’s US subsidiary, is located. Previously he was in China (Beijing and Hong Kong) for 2 years working on business development. He is one of founding members of Monex, Inc., Monex Group’s online broker sub in Japan. He has been in the capital markets for 20+ years. He previously worked for the Bank of Japan, Goldman Sachs in Tokyo and Deutsche Bank Securities in New York. He received MBA at University of Chicago in 1997 and BA in Law at University of Tokyo in 1991.

Tsuyoshi Oyama [Back to top]
Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC

Tsuyoshi joined Deloitte in 2010 after worked 23 years at the Bank of Japan, most recently as deputy director-general in Financial System and Bank Examination Department. In the BoJ, he conducted the projects to deal with Japanese banks‘ NPL problem, on-site examinations for Japanese major financial institutions, and recently to lead Basel II implementation in Japan. He had also worked as a member of several meetings of the Basel Committee on Bank Supervision. From 1994 to 1997, he was seconded to the Policy Development and Review Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He has published several books, including Post-crisis Risk Management (John Wiley & Sons), Basel III Impact (Toyo-Keizai, in Japanese), Art of Risk (John Wiley & Sons, co-authored) and Post-crisis Stress Testing (Kinzai, in Japanese, editor/co-authored), Building Risk Appetite Framework (Chuo-Keizai, in Japanese). At Deloitte, Tsuyoshi leads advisory for major banks to (1) Help adapt their risk management to post-crisis regulatory environments, particularly focusing on stress testing techniques; (2) To design a business reorganization plan to stabilize the future P/L under the assumption of conservative macro-economic scenarios, and (3) To implement Basel III and risk appetite framework.

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Hugh Patrick [Back to top]
R.D. Calkins Professor of International Business Emeritus and Director, Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Columbia Business School

Hugh Patrick is founder and director of the Center on Japanese Economy and Business, co-director of Columbia’s APEC Study Center, and R.D. Calkins Professor of International Business Emeritus at Columbia Business School. He joined the Columbia faculty in 1984 after some years as Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center at Yale University. He completed his B.A. at Yale University (1951), earned M.A. degrees in Japanese Studies (1955) and Economics (1957) and the Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Michigan (1960). He has been a visiting professor at Hitotsubashi University, University of Tokyo and University of Bombay. Professor Patrick has been awarded Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships and the Ohira Prize.

His professional publications include 18 books and some 60 articles and essays. His most recent publications are: How Finance Is Shaping the Economies of China, Japan, and Korea (Columbia University Press, 2013), co-edited with Yung Chul Park and Reviving Japan’s Economy: Problems and Prescriptions (MIT Press, 2005), coauthored and coedited with Takatoshi Ito and David E. Weinstein. Professor Patrick served as one of four American members of the binational Japan United States Economic Relations Group appointed by President Carter and Prime Minister Ohira, 1979-1981. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Japan Society for seven three-year terms. In November 1994 the Japanese Government awarded him the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star (Kunnitō Zuihōshō). He was awarded an honorary doctorate of Social Sciences by Lingnan University, Hong Kong in 2000 and the Eagle on the World award by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York in 2010.

Thierry Porté [Back to top]
Managing Director, J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC

Thierry Porté is a Managing Director of J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC, a private equity firm focused exclusively on financial services. In this capacity, he currently serves as Executive Chairman of NPG Wealth Management, a Luxembourg-based insurance group, non-Executive Chairman of Equita, a Milan-based investment bank, Director of Compagnie Européenne de Prévoyance (CEP), a Nantes-based insurance brokerage firm, Board observer of Sicom, a Mumbai-based non-bank financial services company, Chairman of Eurovita, a Rome-based life insurance company and Chairman of KT Capital, a Korean non-bank lending institution. Mr. Porté worked previously at Shinsei Bank, Ltd., Tokyo, where he served as Vice Chairman (2003-2005) and President and CEO (2005-2008). From 1982 to 2003, he served in various capacities at Morgan Stanley in New York, London and Tokyo, including as President and Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley Japan (1995-2003).

Mr. Porté holds a B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA with high honors from Harvard Business School. He has held leadership roles in a number of Harvard related activities, including serving as President of the Harvard Club of Japan (1995-2008) and currently as a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors of Harvard Business School and a member of the Harvard Global Advisory Council. He is Chairman of the US-Japan Bridging Foundation. He served on the Board of Trustees of Regis High School from 2009 to 2015 and continues to serve as the Chairman of the Regis Investment Committee. He served from 2008 to 2013 as Chairman of the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange, appointments designated by the President of the United States.

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Karthik Ramanathan [Back to top]
Senior Vice President and Director of Bonds, Fidelity Investments

Karthik Ramanathan is senior vice president and director of bonds in the Fixed Income division at Fidelity Investments Asset Management. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries. In this role, he is responsible for providing strategic advice and customized solutions to clients and for building the company’s international fixed income business with a particular focus on central banks and pension funds. Prior to joining Fidelity in 2010, Karthik worked at the United States Department of the Treasury as acting assistant secretary for financial markets from 2008 to 2010, and as director, Office of Debt Management from 2006 to 2008. Previously, he held various positions at Goldman, Sachs and Co. including that of vice president, business unit manager, associate in the Foreign Exchange Division and investment banker in the Mergers and Acquisitions Division from 1994 to 2003. He has been in the industry since 1994. Karthik earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and mathematics from Columbia University. He was also awarded the United States Department of the Treasury Medal of Honor in 2009 and the National Security and International Affairs Finalist Medal in 2010.

Tara Rice [Back to top]
Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Financial Stability and Regulation, U.S. Department of Treasury

Dr. Tara Rice serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Financial Stability and Regulation at the U.S. Department of Treasury. In this role, Dr. Rice is engaged in the G-20 financial reform agenda, working with the Financial Stability Board and relevant standard setting bodies, in the development and implementation of effective regulatory and supervisory policies in the interest of financial stability. Prior to Treasury, she worked for more than a decade in the Federal Reserve System, and, most recently, served as Chief of the Global Financial Institutions section at the Federal Reserve Board. Dr. Rice’s research on financial institutions has appeared in academic journals, such as the Journal of Finance, as well as in Federal Reserve publications. She holds a PhD in Finance from Boston College.

Ed Rogers [Back to top]
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer, Rogers Investment Advisors

Ed Rogers is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Rogers Investment Advisors, the research arm of Wolver Hill Asset Management and Wolver Hill Advisors, LLC. Wolver Hill launched in 2006 and is a specialist in performing intensive hedge fund due diligence and manages Asian hedge fund strategies for fund of hedge funds and private equity funds. Rogers Investment Advisors currently has advisory assets under management of approximately $100 million. Ed Rogers has spent over 25 years in Asia and his experience includes working for Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Rogers received a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Georgetown University. He is the Co-Vice Chairman of the Alternative Investment Management Association of Japan and serves on its Executive Committee.

Dan Ryan [Back to top]
Financial Services Advisory Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Dan Ryan leads PwC’s Financial Services Advisory Practice. Dan advises the firm’s largest global financial services clients on matters ranging from business strategy to governance, risk and regulation. He has led large global projects for major clients including insurers, banks and asset managers. Dan is often called upon by the boards of directors and management of major financial institutions to consult on critical issues – particularly during the financial crisis and its aftermath. Dan has recently focused on assisting PwC’s largest global clients assessing the impact and managing the business and operational changes necessary to meet the new expectations that stem from their designation as systemically important financial institutions. He began his career at PwC as an auditor focused on serving large global financial services clients. Dan rejoined PwC’s Advisory Practice in 2006 after serving as CFO for a major investment bank and later he found and then sold his own trading technology firm. Dan has an MBA in finance from Columbia University and he is a certified public accountant in the State of New York. A frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, Dan is often quoted by the media in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones.

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Atsushi Saito [Back to top]
Chairman, KKR Japan

Atsushi Saito (Tokyo) joined KKR in 2015 and is a Chairman of KKR Japan. Mr. Saito served as Group CEO, President and Chief Executive Officer of Japan Exchange Group (JPX) from January 2013 to his retirement in June 2015. He previously served as the President and CEO of Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) from June 2007, and in August 2007 he became the first President and CEO of the Tokyo Stock Exchange Group, the holding company of the TSE and self-regulatory corporation of the exchange. In this capacity, Mr. Saito oversaw the merger of TSE and the Osaka Securities Exchange (now known as Osaka Exchange), to form JPX in January 2013. Prior to his time at TSE, Mr. Saito was the President and CEO of the Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan (IRCJ), a government-sponsored group focused on turnaround investments. While at IRCJ, Mr. Saito demonstrated strong leadership in the revitalization of several Japanese companies. In addition to these roles, Mr. Saito was a CEO of Sumitomo Life Investment Co. He previously held various executive roles at Nomura Securities and was appointed as Executive Vice President of Nomura in 1995. He has also been a Member of the Board of the World Federation of Exchanges. Mr. Saito holds a B.A. in Commerce from Keio University.

Atsuhito Sakai [Back to top]
President, Guggenheim Partners Japan Ltd.

Mr. Sakai is President & Representative Director, Guggenheim Partners Japan Ltd. He was appointed as Senior Managing Director and Representative in Japan of Guggenheim Partners LLC in May 2014, with responsibility of developing Guggenheim’s asset management and other financial advisory services in Japan. He then took the current position in Feb 2014 with the local brokerage and investment advisory licenses. Mr Sakai has been in FI coverage, corporate & investment banking, asset management and advisory functions for more than 30 years. Prior to Guggenheim, he was Managing Director, Senior Banker (Deputy President) for Corporate & Investment Banking at Société Générale Securities Tokyo (2009-2014). Before that, he was Managing Director & Representative in Japan of Swiss Re Capital Markets (Japan) Corporation (1998-2009), and Managing Director at Credit Suisse group in Japan for FI coverage and investment advisory (1990-1998). He started his professional jobs at Bank of Tokyo (1977-90) where he held capital markets and financial advisory functions. In 1978-79, he was sent by the bank to Japanese Ministry of Finance, where he was engaged in the economic policy analysis.

He received BA Economics from University of Tokyo and MBA degree with Honors in 1982 from Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. Mr Sakai is Deputy President of Japan Association of Risk, Insurance and Pension, Adviser to ERM Committee of Institute of Actuaries of Japan, and a member of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives. He is Director & Executive Secretary of Japan Risk Forum. He has various publications and lectures on ERM and risk management, capital and regulatory related issues, etc. He is Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan, Certified Financial Planner, and carries a licensed insurance brokerage qualification.

Yoneo Sakai [Back to top]
Senior Advisor, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and HSBC Securities (Japan) Limited

Yoneo Sakai joined HSBC Securities (Japan) Limited in 2007 as Representative Director and Chief Executive Officer after a career spanning 35 years in the Japanese financial services industry. In January 2010, he was appointed as a Senior Advisor to the Hongkong Shanghai Banking and Corporation and to HSBC Securities (Japan) Limited. In this role, Yoneo helps to strengthen further relationships with corporate and institutional clients at a senior level. Yoneo joined Mizuho Financial Group and the former Fuji Bank in 1972, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Commerce from Keio University. With Mizuho Financial Group, he spent more than 10 years working overseas in the major global financial centers of London, New York, and Hong Kong. His most recent career was as Deputy President of Mizuho Securities, Co., Ltd. between April 2004 and May 2007, after serving as Managing Executive officer and Head of Asset Management and Transaction Banking Unit of Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd. in 2002. He is married with two children and his hobbies include playing tennis and golf and listening to classical music.

Mark Schuermann [Back to top]
Managing Director, Nomura Holdings America

Mr. Schuermann, Managing Director, is Head of Public Affairs for the Americas at Nomura, the global financial services company. He leads Nomura’s presence in Washington DC while driving the company’s government relations initiatives across the United States, advocating for the company before Congress and the executive branch and advising Nomura’s senior management team on public policy issues. Before joining Nomura in July 2010, he was Senior Vice President for Government Relations for the Financial Services Forum, an economic and financial policy organization representing the CEOs of 19 global financial companies operating in the U.S. At the Forum, Mr. Schuermann coordinated industry advocacy during congressional consideration of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. He was responsible for helping Forum member companies develop and advocate positions on a range of financial and economic policy issues. Mr. Schuermann was Senior Director for Federal Government Relations at Sallie Mae, where he advised executive management on public policy issues and served as a liaison to Capitol Hill. As a senior staff member on Capitol Hill for 16 years, Mr. Schuermann worked on issues impacting the financial services sector, the federal budget, trade and education policy in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He was Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Harold Ford, Jr., an influential member of the House Financial Services and Budget Committees. Prior to that Mr. Schuermann was the Communications Director on the whip leadership staff of U.S. Senator Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader. He managed Senator Reid’s national and state communications efforts. Mr. Schuermann is the Co-Chair of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Derivatives Government Representatives Committee which engages in advocacy with the legislative and executive branches on issues affecting the swaps, security-based swaps and over the counter derivatives markets. He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Memphis.

Hal S. Scott [Back to top]
Nomura Professor and Director, Program on International Financial Systems, Harvard Law School

Hal S. Scott is the Nomura Professor and Director of the Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) at Harvard Law School, where he has taught since 1975. He teaches courses on Capital Markets Regulation, International Finance, and Securities Regulation. He has a B.A. from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School, 1965), an M.A. from Stanford University in Political Science (1967), and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (1972). In 1974-1975, before joining Harvard, he clerked for Justice Byron White.

The Program on International Financial Systems, founded in 1986, engages in a variety of research projects. Its book, Capital Adequacy Beyond Basel (Oxford University Press 2004), examines capital adequacy rules for banks, insurance companies and securities firms. The Program also organizes the annual invitation-only U.S.-China, U.S.-Europe, U.S.-Japan, and U.S.-Latin America Symposia on Building the Financial System of the 21st Century, attended by financial system leaders in the concerned countries.

Professor Scott’s books include the law school textbook International Finance: Transactions, Policy and Regulation (20th ed. Foundation Press 2014); and The Global Financial Crisis (Foundation Press 2009). Professor Scott is also the Director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, a bi-partisan non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of U.S. capital markets and ensuring the stability of the U.S. financial system via research and advocacy. He is also Co-Chair of the Council on Global Financial Regulation, an independent director of Lazard, Ltd., a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, a past President of the International Academy of Consumer and Commercial Law and a past Governor of the American Stock Exchange (2002-2005).

Roger Servison [Back to top]
President, Strategic New Business Development, Fidelity Investments

Roger Servison is president of the Strategic New Business Development Group for Fidelity Investments. In this role, he is responsible for coordination of cross company initiatives, new product and market development, and overall corporate strategies. Mr. Servison joined Fidelity in 1976 as vice president of marketing. Over the next few years, he established Fidelity’s direct marketing strategy and operations, through which Fidelity became the largest direct marketer of mutual funds in the United States.

In 1980, Mr. Servison was named SVP of Fidelity Brokerage Services, subsequently directing all of Fidelity’s retail and institutional marketing activity. In 1987, Mr. Servison took over as senior vice president of Fidelity’s New Business Development Group, which became Fidelity Capital in 1989. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing Fidelity’s diversification into the life insurance, consumer banking and asset allocation businesses. In 1991, he returned to Fidelity as president of Fidelity Investments Retail Marketing Company and Fidelity Brokerage Services, Inc. and was appointed to the Fidelity Investments Operating Committee. In 1995 he assumed responsibility as President, Strategic New Business Development and was responsible for internal consulting, new product and market development and coordination of overall corporate strategies and policies. He assumed responsibility for Strategic Advisers, Inc. in May 2005 and for Corporate Business Development in April 2007. He was named to his current position in 2008.

Mr. Servison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1967 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1969. Mr. Servison is a director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Historic New England; Japan Society of Boston; Museum of Fine Arts; and Tenacity.

Clifford Shaw [Back to top]
Chairman, Chamberlain Holdings, Ltd.

Cliff Shaw was educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he read Natural Sciences and Oriental Studies. After working for the Barclays Bank group for 16 years in a variety of roles in a number of countries, he moved in 1990 to head Mercury Asset Management’s attempts to break into the Japanese pensions market. Following the acquisition of the UK parent company by Merrill Lynch in 1997, Shaw became President and, subsequently, Chairman, of the combined investment management operations in Tokyo, the largest of any foreign financial institution in Japan at that time, before eventually leaving to take up a new role as a Managing Director in New York in early 2001. During his time in Japan, Shaw served as the first non-Japanese Director of the Japan Securities Investment Advisors Association and successively as Chairman of the Asset Management Committees of both the European Business Commission, representing EU companies in Japan, and the American Chamber of Commerce. He was also a regular speaker on investment topics at conferences and seminars organized by, among others, AIMR (now the CFA Institute), the Investment Companies Institute and McKinsey.

After his retirement from the Merrill Lynch group, he has continued to travel frequently to London, New York and Tokyo from his home in the Cayman Islands. He has acted as a non-executive director of a number of investment funds and a small private bank. None of these roles is particularly strenuous and certainly provides no excuse for a marked failure to improve at either tennis or bridge.

Tomomi Shima [Back to top]
Senior Manager, ABeam Consulting

In 1999, Ms. Shima started working at Mizuho Information and Research Institute formally known as Fuji Research Institute. She was responsible for domestic and overseas trading system implementation, such as dealing front system, middle risk control system in the Mizuho Corporate Bank and main productions like FX, derivatives and relating bonds. In 2004, Ms. Shima moved to ABeam Consulting. At ABeam Consulting, she is responsible for IT planning consulting, business process design/development and project management services for financial institutions. The main customers are banks, government institutions and insurance companies. The following projects are some of representative projects she has led as project manager: Selection and implementation of asset management system for Ministry of Finance; Planning and implementation trading system for former government bank; Development of wholesale business roadmap and support for system implementation as PMO at trust bank; Implementation of loan system at major trust bank; Integration of major overseas bank branches with its headquarters; Improvement of financial and accounting practices at a former government bank.

Reiko Shimojo [Back to top]
Director, Member of the Board, Bayview Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Rieko Shimojo is on the Board of Directors at Bayview Asset Management Co., Ltd. (BVAM), having led a number of divisions within the company, including Investment Management Planning Division, which is responsible for planning and managing investment products ranging from Japan and U.S. equities to currency both in traditional and alternative arena. Her expertise lies in liaison work with U.S. boutique asset managers to collaborate in developing and promoting investment products and services in Japan. Previously, as a member of Executive Officers’ Committee, she had also been overseeing the compliance, legal, administrations, and operations divisions within BVAM. Her current interest is to pursue and build out the organizational platform based on the concept of fully-licensed independent “boutique” asset management, which is still a rare breed in Japan. She believes that BVAM is a pioneer on this front in the industry, where department-type asset managers or those who are affiliated with bank, security broker, or foreign-capitalized entities are predominant players.

She joined BVAM as Manager of Investment Management Services Division in April 2002, and was promoted to General Manager of the division in April 2004. She, then, launched International Business Development Division in April 2006, and was appointed as Executive Officer in April 2009. She has been appointed to be on the Board of Directors at BVAM effective October 1st, 2014. Prior to joining BVAM, Rieko had worked in the Investment Trust & Financial Product Marketing Department at Schroders Investment Banking in Tokyo. She started her career in the investor relations’ services for Japanese companies listed abroad. Rieko received her master’s degree from the Graduate School of Economics in the University of Tokyo (in Studies of Contemporary Economy) and her bachelor’s degree from Kyoto University (in Law). Rieko completed the Executive Management Program at the University of Tokyo.

Tsuneichiro Shimotsuya [Back to top]
Japanese Service Group Americas Deputy Leader, Deloitte LLP

Tsuneichiro Shimotsuya has been with Deloitte Japan for more than 20 years. He is currently the Americas Deputy Leader of our Japanese Services Group at Deloitte in the US East region. He started to work in New York office from September 2015. Prior to the transfer, he was an audit partner for Deloitte Japan, performing integrated audits under PCAOB Standards, serving Japanese financial institutions, including multinational financial groups in Deloitte Japan’s Tokyo office. From 2004 through 2008, he had worked as an audit professional in our Japanese Services Group in the New York office of Deloitte. He had served several Japanese clients located in New York. Tsuneichiro advised his clients on accounting matters relating to both U.S. GAAP and Japanese GAAP. Other relevant experiences are serving as an engagement partner for IFRS first-time adoption audits of Japanese financial institutions in Tokyo.

Kuniyuki Shudo [Back to top]
Executive Officer, Regional Officer for the Americas, General Manager of the New York Branch, Sumimoto Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd.

Mr. Kuniyuki Shudo graduated from Hitotsubashi University in Japan with a Law degree in March 1984, and he joined The Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. in April 1984. He received a scholarship from the Bank to attend the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he received a Master’s degree in Law in May 1990.

In November 1993, he was transferred to London Branch as Senior Manager and in February 2000 he went back to Japan and assigned as Senior Manager in Securities Business Planning Department. From September 2004 to March 2007 Mr. Shudo was the Executive Vice President of the Bank’s Subsidiary in Hoboken, NJ. He was promoted in April 2007 to President and CEO of the Bank’s Subsidiary. Mr. Shudo was the General Manager of International Business Planning Department in Tokyo, Japan from May 2010 to March 2011. After a Bank merger, Mr. Shudo took on more responsibility as the General Manager of International Business Planning Department and General Manager of the Asian Business Promotion Department from April 2011 to March 2012 in Tokyo. In April 2012, Mr. Shudo was designated the General Manager of Global Business Planning and Coordination Department as well as the General Manager of Asian Business Promotion Department in Tokyo. He was responsible for formulating and implementing plans for the Bank’s overall global business and building alliances with financial institutions.

Mr. Shudo was appointed the General Manager of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited New York Branch and the Regional Executive for the Americas, and promoted to the Executive Officer in April 2014. In his current role, Mr. Shudo oversees all Bank business in the Americas. He develops the overall vision of the New York Branch and manages all business operations of the New York Branch and its 181 employees. Mr. Shudo also serves on the Board and Treasury Committee of the Bank’s Subsidiary.

Mark Siegel [Back to top]
Portfolio Manager, Elliott Management Corporation

Mark Siegel, portfolio manager, is based in New York with responsibility for the firm’s investment strategies in rates and currencies. Prior to moving to the New York office he served as the head of Elliott’s Tokyo office from 2006-2008. Mr Siegel has been a fixed income portfolio manager since 1993, and before that worked for Salomon Brothers merger and acquisitions group in London and New York. Prior experience includes strategy consulting with the Boston Consulting Group, and commercial banking. He holds an A.B. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Stanford.

John F. Simonson [Back to top]
Principal, Financial Services Regulatory Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

John is a principal in PwC’s Financial Services Regulatory Practice. He advises clients in recovery and resolution planning, and in overall risk and regulatory strategy, and has over 25 years of experience in finance, capital markets, business operations and planning.  He joined PwC from the FDIC, where he was Deputy Director for Systemic Resolution Planning and Implementation in the Office of Complex Financial Institutions. In that role, John was responsible for the implementation of the FDIC’s resolution obligations under Title I and Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act. This included overseeing the review or development of resolution plans for the rapid and orderly resolution of a complex financial institution designated as systemically important, and operationalizing the FDIC’s preparedness for the resolution of such firms. He also led the FDIC’s coordination efforts with the Federal Reserve and other government agencies on these efforts, and was Chairman of the office’s Resolution Plan Review Committee.  Prior to his position at the FDIC, John was the SVP and Chief Financial Officer for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, where he was the principal advisor on all matters pertaining to the Bank’s funds and financial policies, and led the Bank’s financial operations and management of its $85 billion credit portfolio.  John has also held senior positions at Chase, Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns, responsible for structuring, underwriting, restructuring, and risk management of a variety of loan and other credit products in national and international markets. He also held positions in strategic and operational planning and analysis.  John received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Rice University, majoring in mathematics and economics. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago, specializing in finance and international business, and has also studied at the London School of Economics.

Richard Sleigh [Back to top]
Partner, Financial Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Richard is a Banking and Capital Markets partner based in New York where he provides assurance and advisory services to global financial institutions. Prior to July 2015, Richard was on a long term secondment in Tokyo where he worked for PwC Japan providing assurance and advisory services to international and Japanese investment banks. Richard’s areas of expertise include financial reporting, product control, risk management and the impact of global regulatory reform on bank strategy and operations.

Allan Smith [Back to top]
Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Legislative and Regulatory Relations, RGA Reinsurance Company, Japan Branch

Allan Smith is in charge of government relations for RGA outside of North America and concentrates on Asia, where RGA is rapidly expanding its business. Previously, he was Representative and CEO of the RGA Reinsurance Company’s Japan Branch. RGA is the largest U.S.-based life reinsurer and was ranked #274 on the 2014 Fortune 500. RGA is based in St. Louis, Missouri and celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2013. An active member of the U.S. business community in Japan, Allan is President Emeritus and serves on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ). He has served as the ACCJ’s Chairman, President, Vice President, Chair of the External Affairs Advisory Council, Chair of the Privatization Task Force, Chair of the Financial Services Forum, Chair of the Leadership Forum and Chair of the Insurance Committee. Allan received a B.A in political science and a J.D. from the University of Utah, and an M.A. in political science from Sophia University in Tokyo. He also was a teaching assistant at Columbia University School of Law and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate Faculty of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Georgia.

Fumihide Sugimoto [Back to top]
Managing Partner, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Fumihide Sugimoto is one of the Managing Partners of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu and has been a member of the firm’s management committee since 2000. Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is widely known as a leading law firm and one of the foremost providers of international and commercial legal services in Japan, with approximately 350 lawyers and offices in Tokyo, New York, Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Shanghai. Mr. Sugimoto’s practice focuses on the representation of banks, major financial institutions and publicly listed companies on transactional, financing, corporate governance, regulatory and risk management matters. Mr. Sugimoto regularly advises domestic and international clients on complex capital market matters, such as offerings of debt, equity and other securities, including preferred, subordinated and hybrid securities. In addition to his capital markets expertise, he is also active in other practice areas, including banking and securitization transactions, financial regulation, corporate governance corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and take-over defense. He received an LL.B from Waseda University in 1985 and an LL.M from Columbia Law School in 1993. He was admitted to practice law in Japan in 1989 and in New York in 1994. He was a visiting attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York from 1993 to 1994 and SBC Warburg Securities (currently UBS) in Tokyo in 1995.

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Naoki Tabata [Back to top]
Visiting Scholar, International Monetary Fund; Senior Advisor, Japan Economic Research Institute

Naoki Tabata is Senior Adviser of Japan Economic Research Institute Inc., and a Visiting Scholar at International Monetary Fund. At the Institute, he mainly engage in providing advises on macro and micro economic research works as well as M&A businesses. As a Visiting Scholar at IMF this summer, he wrote the paper “Normalization of Monetary Policy from QE or QQE, Comparison among FRB, BOJ and ECB.” Mr. Tabata is originally a central banker. He worked at the Bank of Japan for more than 30 years. From 1990 to 1994, he was a member of IMF Board representing Japanese Government. He largely contributed for multilateral surveillance process on G7 Macro Policy Coordination, arranging emergency rescue package for India and discussion on WEO. In 1996, he was appointed as the Head of New York Office of the Bank of Japan. He actually ceased the systemic risk in New York market caused by Yamaichi Securities’ bankruptcy, cooperating with Mr. McDonough, President of New York FED. Upon returning head office, he assumed Director General of Financial Organization Stabilizing Department and a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision representing Japanese Government. He contributed largely for coping with Japanese financial crisis as well as formulating Basel Accord. After retiring the Bank of Japan, he has assumed various important positions in the private sector, Deputy Chairman of Moor Capital Japan, Executive Senior Adviser of RHJ International Japan, and so forth. He was a trustee of Japan Association of Corporate Executives for 10 years. He wrote various analytical papers on monetary policy, risk management, international policy coordination.

Hideyuki Takahashi [Back to top]
Director and Chairman, State Street Trust and Banking Co., Ltd.

Hideyuki Takahashi joined State Street Bank & Trust Co Ltd. as director and chairman in July 2014. Mr. Takahashi has over 35 years of experience within the Nomura Group, having held a variety of managerial roles including senior positions in Nomura’s offices in Luxembourg, Germany, the United Kingdom, and as President and CEO of Nomura Holdings America Inc. Most recently he served as executive managing advisor and global press & marketing advisor of Nomura Holdings, Inc. Prior to this he spent five years as the senior corporate managing director and global head of research for the firm, after completing an assignment as executive managing director and global head of internal audit. Mr. Takahashi holds a BA in economics from Waseda University and a graduate diploma in economics from the Australian National University.

Yoichi Takita [Back to top]
Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei

Mr. Takita is a senior staff writer at Nikkei Inc.; covering mainly macro-economy and financial news. He writes columns for Nikkei newspaper and Nikkei Asian Review. His column covers economic topics as well as political or social affairs. He joined Nikkei in 1981 after receiving his MA from Keio University. Worked in Zurich office (1987~90) and NY office (2008~09). In 2008 Mr. Takita received the Vaughan-Ueda International Journalist award for his reports and analysis of the financial crisis, including the Lehman shock. Main works: “An Introduction of Currency Markets,” “An Introduction of Interest Rates,” and “Japan-US Currency Negotiation” (published by Nikkei).

Junichi Tanaka [Back to top]
Chief Representative in New York, Sumimoto Life Insurance

Junichi Tanaka is the chief representative of Sumimoto Life Insurance in New York. He is responsible for strengthening relationships with U.S. entities, and researching the American Life Insurance Industry and Financial Markets. This year, Sumimoto Life has announced the acquisition of Symetra Financial Corp., and is going to expand its underwriting business in the U.S. Before moving to New York, Mr. Tanaka was a general manager of the International Business Department, and was responsible for developing international life insurance business, especially in Asian countries, including Vietnam and Indonesia. Prior to this role, he was general manger of the Legal Department, and covered all of Sumimoto Life’s activities. At that period, he also served as the chairman of Life Insurance Association of Japan’s Legal Committee. Before that, Junichi had a breadth of experiences. He served as manager in the corporate planning section, risk management section, and CSR section. He has worked for Sumimoto Life for 29 years. Junichi holds a LL.M. from Duke University, School of Law (1990), and a LL.B., from faculty of Law, University of Tokyo (1986). He is also an Attorney at Law admitted in NY State.

Tetsuya Taniguchi [Back to top]
General Manager, Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company Ltd.

Tetsuya Taniguchi was appointed General Manager of Group Management Headquarters and Government Relations Department at the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited in November 2013. At the Company, one of the largest life insurance companies in Japan actively expanding its overseas operations in recent years, he is mainly responsible for international insurance regulatory affairs. He leads various initiatives including contribution of the company and Japanese life insurance industry to international insurance regulatory development. The Dai-ichi was a chairing company of the Life Insurance Association of Japan until this July. He joined the Company in 1990, and held various positions on domestic regulatory affairs and international business management before being assigned roles in the Government Relations Department in 2013. He received a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Tokyo in 1990.

Keiko Tashiro [Back to top]
Chairwoman and CEO, Daiwa Capital Markets America Holdings

Keiko began her career with the Daiwa Securities Group in April 1986, following her graduation from Waseda University with a BA in Political Science. She received an MBA at Stanford University in 1991 and went to the AMP (Class 181) at the Harvard Business School in 2011 through a scholarship from Daiwa. She has held various positions at Daiwa locations, including Japan, Singapore, London and New York. In Japan, in addition to her role as Head of Investor Relations between 1999 and 2005, she spent six years (2005 – 2011) at the retail division of the Group, expanding the non-branch channel (online and call center) and defining a business model for the Group’s retail operations. In April 2009, she became one of the first women to be appointed Senior Managing Director of the Group. She held the position of Senior Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities from April 2011 to April 2013, at which time she was promoted to Executive Managing Director and Chairwoman of Daiwa Capital Markets America and a Board member of Daiwa Securities Group Inc. since June 2014.Keiko is currently a Board member of SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association), a member of the Executive Committee at the Japan Society and a Director and Treasurer of the Nippon Club in NY.

Haruyuki Toyama [Back to top]
Attorney at Law and Corporate Advisor, Sumimoto Mitsui Trust Bank, Ltd.

Haruyuki Toyama is Attorney at Law and Corporate Advisor, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Ltd (SuMi Trust). His primary responsibility at the leading trust bank in Japan is to help its managing team formulate, develop, and implement a sensible business plan on overseas activities in light of the changing regulatory environment. Before joining SuMi Trust in September 2014, Mr. Toyama spent more than thirty two years at the Bank of Japan where he engaged in a variety of central banking business, such as helping launch of the Financial Law Board in 1998 and injecting the record amount of liquidity into the money market on the next business day of the Great Earthquake of 2011. He also has experiences of working for the Legal Division, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Directorate-General XV, European Commission, and the Executive Board, International Monetary Fund, as well as teaching at the Graduate School of Law, Hokkaido University, the School of International and Public Policy, Hitotsubashi University, and the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo. Mr. Toyama now also serves as Executive Researcher, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Research Institute Co., Ltd and Director, Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. As an attorney at law, he is a member of the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association.

Yoshimi Tsushima [Back to top]
Deputy General Manager of Americas Division, Mizuho Bank Ltd.

Yoshimi Tsushima is Deputy General Manager of Americas Division, Mizuho Bank, Ltd. New York Branch. He is responsible for corporate function in the Bank’s Americas operation which includes regional strategy setting, budget control, business coordination, and financial/managerial accounting. He joined Mizuho in 1994, and has since worked in a variety of positions and divisions. After starting as an officer in Sapporo Branch, his assignment included responsibilities in loan syndication, non-Japanese corporate business promotion in the U.S., and strategic corporate planning. In total he has studied and worked in the U.S. more than 10 years. Mr. Tsushima graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Economics with a B.A., and also graduated from MIT Sloan School of Management with a MBA.

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Sigurd Ulland [Back to top]
Manager, International Financial Institutions, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Sigurd Ulland is a Manager in the Integrated Policy Analysis Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The Integrated Policy Analysis (IPA) Group is responsible for developing policy-relevant integrated analysis of U.S. and foreign economies, financial markets, institutions, and infrastructures to help achieve the Federal Reserve’s macroeconomic, microprudential and macroprudential objectives. Mr. Ulland manages a team of analysts in the International Financial Institutions Department covering financial sector risks in the Americas, Japan, and the Middle East. Mr. Ulland previously worked in the Emerging Markets & International Affairs Group where he monitored banking system developments in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Prior to joining the FRBNY in 2012, Mr. Ulland worked in the investment banking divisions of HSBC and Nomura in New York, London, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Mr. Ulland holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as well as an M.A. and B.A. from Stanford University.

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John Vail [Back to top]
Chief Global Strategist, Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd.

John began his career in 1985 at Fidelity Investments, Hong Kong as Head of Taiwan and Korea, and soon became Research Manager in Taipei for the US-listed Taiwan Fund. He returned to Hong Kong in 1987 to become a regional portfolio manager and also led Fidelity’s effort in Thai equities. He was promoted to Tokyo to cover Japanese and Korean equities and proceeded to cover pan-Asia equities at Fidelity. From 1993 through 1998, he started his own firm, Asia House Investments, which ran two US mutual funds, including the country’s first ASEAN fund. He then became Chief Strategist at the Mizuho Financial Group, covering global central banks, as well as global equity, fixed income, currency and commodity markets. In 2004, he returned to Japan as Chief Japanese Equity Strategist for JPMorgan Securities and participated in the global equity strategy team. He joined Nikko AM’s headquarters in early 2006 as Chief Global Strategist, the head of Asset Allocation and helped several billion dollars of equity assets as head of the Emerging Markets Equity Advisory Group. He transferred to the New York office in October 2014 and continues to chair the Global Investment Committee that determines the firm’s house view on global markets and macro-economics. He leads the firm’s thought leadership effort, including the relevant website offerings for internal and external use, as well as the monthly Evolving Markets periodical. He communicates the house view and thought leadership themes to the media and clients worldwide.

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Jim Walsh [Back to top]
Managing Director, Walsh Advisors, LLC

Jim Walsh founded Walsh Advisors, LLC in 2002 to operate at the intersection of financial markets, institutional asset management and innovation technology. As the result of 15 years of significant asset aggregation, the principal role of global financial markets has been transformed from accessing capital on the basis of price to allocating capital on the basis of risk. Walsh Advisors seeks to reflect the comprehensive implications of this shift in its advisory assignments as it provides independent advice to institutions and alternative asset managers, consults on cross-border acquisition and strategic alliance opportunities and advises innovative technology companies on capital structure and market strategy. Jim has served as Senior Advisor to several firms in the US and Japan and held senior positions in capital markets and asset management at First Boston/CSFB, now Credit Suisse (NY, London, Tokyo), Prudential Securities (Tokyo), Société Générale (NY) and Zurich Financial Services (NY, Zurich).

During eleven years based in Tokyo he built businesses in Japan, managed offices across the Asia Pacific region, expanded commodities trading in China, and acquired a full service securities firm in Australia. He was a frequent industry spokesperson addressing critical issues of Japan market liberalization and worked closely with regulators on policies to support market development. He sits on the Advisory Committee of Morgan Stanley Capital Partners V LP, a diversified domestic private equity fund, and is a former director of several funds including a listed (NYSE) BDC. He has been an Associated Member of the NYSE and a past member of the boards of the ACCJ in Tokyo and the Foreign Policy Association (NY). He has an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and BS and MS degrees in physics from Stevens Institute of Technology where he was a member of the Board of Trustees 1997 – 2013.

Akihiro Wani [Back to top]
Senior Counselor, Morrison & Foerster, LLP

Akihiro Wani is a senior counselor of Ito & Mitomi (Registered Associated Offices of Morrison & Foerster LLP) in Tokyo. Mr. Wani has nearly 30 years of experience as a capital markets lawyer, acting for major international and domestic financial institutions on financial regulations and cutting-edge derivatives transactions. His experience includes advising on derivatives and structured finance transactions, such as the first public offering of credit-linked securities in Japan and the structuring of a new type of alternative investment fund linked to longevity swaps. He has also advised on the regulatory aspects of financial transactions, such as the establishment of head/branch offices of financial instrument business operators, investment management companies, insurance companies, and other financial institutions, as well as acting on a wide variety of matters involving cross-border financial transactions, and general corporate transactions. He further advises financial institutions on inspections by regulators and in dispute resolution related matters.

Mr. Wani is a counsel for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) in Japan, a founding member of the Financial Law Board sponsored by the Bank of Japan, and a Finance Expert of P.R.I.M.E Finance in The Hague. He also served as a member of the Japanese Financial Services Agency’s Financial Systems Council. He has been a Professor of Law at Sophia University Law School in Tokyo since 2004. Prior to joining Ito & Mitomi / Morrison & Foerster LLP in May 2014, he was a founding bengoshi partner at Linklaters in Tokyo, where he served as joint managing partner from 2005 to 2012. Mr. Wani graduated from The University of Tokyo, with an LL.B in 1975 and an LL.M in 1977. He also holds an LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law (1982). He is admitted to practice law in New York and Japan.

Hiroshi Watanabe [Back to top]
Governor, CEO, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Hiroshi Watanabe is Governor, CEO of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Japan’s policy-based financing institution for international financing. As the Governor, CEO of the JBIC, Mr. Watanabe is steering its operations to fulfill JBIC’s mission of contributing to the sound development of the Japanese and international economies. In the past, he served as Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs in the Ministry of Finance (MOF). In that capacity, he was responsible for conducting all international affairs of MOF, including foreign exchange stabilization, foreign development assistance and the international monetary system, and attended a number of international conferences across the world, ranging from G7 summits to the meetings of the World Bank, IMF, APEC and other official international organizations.

After joining MOF in 1972, his professional career centered around taxation and international affairs. He also served as executive secretary to Minister of Finance Kiichi Miyazawa in the late 1990s. After leaving MOF, he took to teaching as professor of the Graduate School of Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University. Mr. Watanabe received LLB at the University of Tokyo and MA in Economics at Brown University.

Tsutomu Watanabe [Back to top]
Professor, University of Tokyo

Tsutomu Watanabe has been a Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo, since October 2011. He was a professor at Hitotsubashi University (1999–2011) and a senior economist at the Bank of Japan (1982–1999). He has held visiting positions at various universities, including Kyoto University, Bocconi University, and Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1992 and did his undergraduate work at The University of Tokyo. Watanabe’s main research area is monetary policy and inflation dynamics.

Mr. Watanabe is known for his series of papers on monetary policy when nominal interest rates are bounded at zero; in particular, his paper on the optimal monetary policy at the zero lower bound has been widely recognized as the first paper to provide a simple description of the liquidity trap and characterize the optimal policy response to it in a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model. He is an author of many books and more than 40 academic journal articles on monetary policy, inflation dynamics, and international finance. He is Project Leader of JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research projects on “Understand Inflation Dynamics of the Japanese Economy: An Approach Integrating Microeconomic Behaviors and Aggregate Fluctuations” (2006-2011) and “Understanding Persistent Deflation in Japan” (2012-2017). He has developed Nikkei-UTokyo Daily Price Index® with Kota Watanabe.

Bill Wilder [Back to top]
CIO and Senior Consultant, MATT.ER

Bill Wilder is Chief Investment Officer and Senior Consultant at MATT.ER in Tokyo. He formerly was President and Chief Investment Officer of Nikko Asset Management from June 2004 through March 2013. Bill also served on the boards of Nikko Asset Management (Japan), Tyndall Asset Management (Australia), Tyndall Asset Management (New Zealand), and Ambit Investment Advisors (India). Prior to joining NAM, he worked at Fidelity Investments, Japan, first as Director of Japanese equity research (1992-1995) then as President and Representative Director (1995-2004). Before joining Fidelity he served as Director of Japanese Equity Research at Schroder Securities (1986-1992).

Prior to that he worked at Hewlett-Packard, Japan; Fujitsu Ltd.; Western Electric (now Alcatel-Lucent); and served in the United States Army, serving a tour of combat duty in Vietnam in 1968-1969. He has served as a member of the Market Structure Committee of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, as a trustee of the Investment Trust Association of Japan, as a trustee of the Japan Securities Investment Advisory Association, as vice-chairman of the Financial Services sub-committee for investment management at the American Chamber of Commerce Japan, and as a trustee for both the American School in Japan and the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He has also been a guest lecturer at Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy. He has lived in Japan for 39 years and is fluent in Japanese.

Christopher D. Winship [Back to top]
Financial Attaché, U.S. Embassy Tokyo, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Christopher Winship is the U.S. Financial Attaché and the representative of the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Japan. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Director of the Office of East Asia at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2008-2012. Since joining Treasury in 2000, Mr. Winship has served as an International Economist in the Offices of International Investment and International Banking, as well as on Treasury’s Task Force on Terrorist Financing. From 2003-05, he was a Mansfield Fellow, and worked in the Bank of Japan, the Japanese Financial Services Agency, and the office of Diet member Yoshimasa Hayashi. In 2006, Mr. Winship served as Acting Treasury Attaché in Tokyo before joining the East Asia Office in 2007 as Deputy Director. Mr. Winship holds a BA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is married with two sons.

Mark Wu [Back to top]
Assistant Professor, Harvard Law School

Mark Wu is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School. His research and teaching interests include international trade and international economic law. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard, he served as the Director for Intellectual Property in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he led the negotiations of the IP chapters of several free trade agreements. He also previously worked as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company and as an Economist and Operations Officer at the World Bank. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard and several expert groups of the E15 Initiative organized by the World Economic Forum and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. Professor Wu received a J.D. from Yale Law School, a M.Sc. in Economics for Development from Oxford University where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship, and an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College. While at Harvard, he was awarded a Monbusho Scholarship for study at Kyoto University.

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Osamu Yamamoto [Back to top]
Partner, Unison Capital

Osamu Yamamoto joined Unison Capital in January 2001. He has been focusing his time and efforts to develop Japanese private equity investment practice. He started his career at The Sanwa Bank followed by his career at McKinsey. Mr. Yamamoto holds a B.A. in Economics from Keio University, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Takahiro Yazawa [Back to top]
Executive Officer, Head of International Business, SMBC Nikko Securities, Inc.

Takahiro Yazawa joined The Sumitomo Bank, Limited (a predecessor bank to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) in 1988. After graduating Boston University Graduate School of Management in 1994, Mr. Yazawa became Assistant General Manager of the bank’s Corporate Planning Department, where he specialized in corporate wide budgeting. He also appointed as Liaison Officer to Bank of Japan in 1996. In April 2000, he became Senior Vice President of the Corporate Planning Department, where he focused on strategic management in the bank’s regulatory capital. In April 2004, he became General Manager of Investors Relation Department of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, a parent company of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation formed in 2002, overseeing both strategic management in the bank’s capital and investors relationship. He has been a project leader in various global capital raising transactions such as approx. USD7 billion common stock global offering in 2006, the largest ever stock offering by a global financial institution at that time.

In October 2007, he became General Manager of the bank’s Investment Development Department, where he managed the bank’s proprietary investment portfolio (mainly global private equity funds.) In April 2009, he became General Manager of the bank’s Strategic Products Department, where he focused on the development of new businesses and products in the bank’s strategic business areas. He led strategic alliances and capital investments in overseas financial institutions including Kotak Mahindra Bank of India, China Post and Capital Fund Management of China, BTG Pactual of Brazil (strategic alliance only.) In April 2013, Mr. Yazawa was appointed as Executive Officer, Deputy Head of International Business, SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. He has promoted as Head of International Business in April 2014.

Born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1964, Mr. Yazawa holds a degree in Master of Mechanical Engineering from Waseda University and Master of Business Administration from Boston University. He is married, with a daughter. He enjoys playing golf, going to the classical and jazz concerts, and reading books, particularly Japanese history. He is a big fan of baseball, particularly Boston Red Sox.