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Sputniko! Ozaki

Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan

Japanese/British artist based in Tokyo. Known for film and multi-media installation works which explore the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies. Has recently presented works in exhibitions such as the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (2019, NY), Milan International Design Triennial (2019, Milan) and Setouchi Art Trienniale (creating a permanent art pavilion at the Benesse Art Site on Teshima). Currently an Associate Professor at the Tokyo University of Arts. From 2013 to 2017, Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab, founding and directing the Design Fiction group. To date, has had pieces included in the permanent collections of museums such as the V&A and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

Yohei Shibasaki

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fourth Valley Concierge Corporation, Japan

Graduate, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. Formerly, 10 years with Sony Corporation, working with global leading companies such as Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Lenovo, and Panasonic in more than 10 countries. 2007, Founder, Fourth Valley Concierge Corporation.Committee member of the Foreign Workers’ Employment Policy Survey Project, administered by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan.

Kunihiko Shimada

Chief Executive Officer, KS International Strategies, Inc., Japan

BA (Hons) in Political Science, Amherst College; LLB (Hons), Doshisha Univ.; MA in International Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS. Negotiation strategist and negotiator on international issues, ranging from peace and security, energy, trade, to global environmental issues. Former UN mediator on peace and security issues and Former Special Advisor to the Minister of the Environment Japan (until March 2016). Currently, Founder and CEO, KS International Strategies; Partner, Sun Investment; lead negotiator and co-chair of many items within climate negotiations. Provides advice on energy and environmental policies and strategies; organizing events including concerts and fashion events; global affairs ranging from peace and security to environmental issues and energy policies. Expertise: negotiation strategies; peace and security issues; global climate change as well as other global environment issues; energy policies and strategies (multiple energy areas); coordination of events, including concerts, workshops; network building; leadership management; public speaking.

Taejun Shin

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gojo & Company, Japan

Taejun is the Founder and CEO of Gojo & Company, a start-up providing tech-enabled microfinance services through its operating companies in developing nations. Founded in 2014, Gojo operates in 5 countries, serving 1.5 million customers with 9,000 group employees as of 2022. Having completed its Series E financing round of $100 million recently, it is the fastest-growing microfinance group in the sector's history, projecting to do an IPO in a few years.

Having graduated from Korea University and Waseda Graduate School of Finance, Taejun worked at Morgan Stanley and Unison Capital and engaged in private equity investments for eight years. While working in the industry, he founded an NGO named Living in Peace in 2007. Living in Peace made the first microfinance investment fund in Japan's investment history in 2009 and has supported children in Japan living under the alternative care system. In 2021, Taejun co-founded Japan Office for Standards on Children's Services, whose job is to publish inspection reports on local authority children's Services ("Jido-sodanjo").

Taejun has authored nine books about finance, child welfare, and innovation. He is the finisher of a 1648 km ultra-marathon and holds a Karate black belt and 6 Dan of Go (game). He loves playing drums and taking street photos of people in the world.

Shokei Suda

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enigmo Inc., Japan

Shokei Suda is Co-Founder and CEO of Enigmo, which operates BUYMA.com, Japan's largest social fashion website. BUYMA offers a reliable shopping experience through its unique escrow payment system, optimized social shopping interface and in-house customer service division. Enigmo is listed with 1st section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. We also operates BUYMA.us for English speaking countries and launched traveling service named BUYMA TRAVEL.
He earned a Master's degree in Computer Science.
He completed the Sahara Desert Marathon, the Antarctic Triathlon and Amazon Jungle Marathon.

Shoko Takahashi

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Genequest Inc., Japan

Starting the bio venture in 2013 while a doctoral student in molecular bioscience at the University of Tokyo, Takahashi's company anlyzes saliva to see what a people's genetics can tell about their current and future health. Individuals send the same directly to the firm, and it returns the results in four to six weeks, all for around $400. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Sciences and Technology recognized her as one of the researchers who are contributing to major innovation in science and technology in Japan in 2016.

Kohey Takashima

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Oisix ra daichi Inc., Japan

Kohey Takashima is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Oisix, an online grocery store that has built its business delivering organic foods to individuals throughout Japan. The company went public in the FIrst section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2020.
October 2017, Oisix integrated their operations with "DAICHI WO MAMORU KAI CO., Ltd.", which is the pioneer of the organic chemical-free vegetables sales. In October 2018, we realized business integration with Radishbo-ya Co., Ltd., and he take assumed office as President of the new company "Oisix ra daichi".
He was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007 and he also received the Porter Prize in 2008. He is one of founders of Table for Two, a non-profit organization which addresses the problems all over the world.
July 2018 he took office as Chairman of the Japan Wheelchair Rugby Federation that aims to take the gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020.

Katsuya Uenoyama

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PKSHA Technology Inc., Japan

Dr. Katsuya Uenoyama is a entrepreneur in the machine learning and artificial intelligence area.

He founded PKSHA Technology in 2012 and the company became a listed company in 2018 as the biggest AI company in Japan.

He is exploring how to shape AI-driven software to empower and diverse human and society.

Prior to founding PKSHA, he received got his PhD in Machine Learning from Tokyo University. And ex-BCG.

Yuito Yamada

Partner, McKinsey & Company, Japan

Yuito Yamada is a Partner at McKinsey & Company, serving as Asia’s co-leader and Japan’s leader for McKinsey Sustainability, the firm’s global client service platform to help all industry sectors achieve net zero emissions by 2050. In this role, his influence and activities span topics as broad as sustainability transformation, portfolio decarbonization, and green business globalization, particularly in support of the Global Energy & Materials practice (covering players in the power, chemicals, materials, and agriculture sectors), the Financial & Banking practice (serving the world’s largest financial institutions on sustainability topics) and the Public Sector practice. After an adolescence that spanned Singapore, New York, and London, Yuito returned to Japan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in economics from Keio University. He has also a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge in Sustainability Leadership from CISL (Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership).

Yoshiki Yasui

President and Chief Executive Officer, Yasui & Company, Japan

Yoshiki Yasui is President & CEO of Yasui & Company, an independent financial service firm focused on financial advisory, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, financial restructuring as well as merchant banking focusing on early stage companies with multiple portfolio companies in the U.S. and Japan. Currently also serving as the mentor and innovation fellow for Harvard Innovation Labs.

Born in Toronto in 1985, Yoshiki spent his childhood in Toronto and New York until moving to Japan at the age of 10. Yoshiki studied at the University of Sydney and Waseda University. Upon graduation, Yoshiki began his work in the Investment Banking Division for Lehman Brothers. Later he worked at a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm, DCM where he was responsible for investments in the US, Japan and China. Yoshiki founded a mobile payment company Origami in 2012, which was later acquired by a Japanese listed company Mercari. Yoshiki has been a board member of the Payments Japan Association, as well as the New Industrial Structure Council of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. He was also selected as Young Global Leaders Class of 2020 by the World Economic Forum. Awarded a certificate of completion for the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education.