Frank started his career at BMW’s Munich Headquarters after his University study of Economics and Political Science in the same city.
He joined the most famous global Advertising Groups in the years after and worked as a Brand and Marketing Consultant for global Blue Chip Companies like Hewlett Packard, BMW, Wrigley/Mars, Allianz, General Motors, Nespresso, Abbott, Unilever.
His current role is Global Business Director at J Walter Thompson Company Worldwide and he is based in Asia (Singapore and Tokyo) and holds an APAC ExCo Management Position for JWT’s APAC Region with over 40 offices and 3400+ People working enthusiastically on innovative Marketing Solutions for an A-list of Top Brands and Companies.
John C. Beck is President of the North Star Leadership Group, Senior Research Fellow at University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, Senior Advisor and Chief Innovation Officer at Arizona State University, and is also Senior Advisor to Cambodia's Minister of Public Works and Transportation. He also served as the Dean of Globis University – the first non-Japanese to lead a bilingual university in Japan – and as a Professor and Senior Advisor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. He was formerly Director of International Research at Accenture and a Senior Advisor at Monitor Group for a couple of decades.
John earned his BA in East Asian Studies and Sociology summa cum laude from Harvard University, and was the first graduate of Harvard’s integrative PhD program in Organizational Behavior. He has taught at Harvard, UCLA, USC, Thunderbird, Ivey, IMD (Switzerland), IPADE (Mexico) and ESMT (Germany). He was the originator of The Economist’s Business Professor of the Year award. Dr Beck has advised several presidents and prime ministers during his career.
John has hundreds of articles and ten books including the award-winning and business best-sellers: Good vs Good, The Attention Economy and The Kids are Alright. His books have been translated into eleven languages. He has appeared on CNN, CBS Evening News, BBC, Fox News and National Public Radio. He is quoted and cited in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Atlantic and other leading papers and magazines. Currently he is working on building video games to replace entire MBA programs (www.thelearning.studio).
Takako Ebata has been Head of Government Affairs & Policy in Japan since joining Johnson & Johnson in April of 2016. From 2007 to 2015, she was engaged in political activities and during that period served as a member of the House of Representatives in Japan, where she focused on Budget; Health, Labour & Welfare; Social Security & Tax Reform; and the Promotion of Science, Technology & Innovation. Before entering into politics, she was Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo for managing cross-department projects and communications. She has also served as a management executive, board member for Amgen K.K., Astellas Pharma and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. She holds a Master of Science in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the MIT and earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the Yokohama National University.
Frank Foley is Managing Director for HarperCollins Japan.
Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.
Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).
Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.
He is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade, a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance.
From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.
A black belt in judo, he is married with two children, and lives in Japan.
His Excellency Professor Toshiya Hoshino is presently Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in New York.
Previous to his role at the UN, Professor Hoshino was on the faculty at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (Osaka University), serving as Dean from 2011 to 2014, before being appointed Vice-President (International) of the University from 2014 to 2016.
From August 2006 to August 2008, he served as a Minister-Counselor in charge of political affairs at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations (UN). At the UN, he was a principal advisor to the Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) when Japan assumed its chairmanship. He graduated from Sophia University, Japan, completed a Master’s at the University of Tokyo, and received his Doctorate (PhD) from Osaka University.
His previous positions have included: Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs; Guest Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Fellow at Stanford Japan Center, Stanford University; Visiting Fellow, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; and Special Assistant (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of Japan to the United States.
He is a specialist in UN peace and security policies (conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding), human security and humanitarian issues, security in the Asia-Pacific region and Japan-US relations.
Over the last 30 years, Hiroko Koide has held various executive roles in marketing, brand development, and general management in international companies such as J. Walter Thompson, Unilever, Mars, Dior, and Newell Brands.
Koide joined Unilever Japan in 1993 and was promoted to the Board of Directors in 2001 as Brand Development Director, in charge of marketing, media, consumer research, R&D, and packaging. In 2003, Nikkei Woman Magazine named her “Woman of the Year”. She was appointed the Asia Regional Brand Director for Dove brand, in 2005. Koide then served as COO of Mars Japan before being named President and Representative Director of Parfums Christian Dior Japon in 2010. In 2011, she was featured as one of the 10 top executives in global companies in Japan in a book titled English-Power of Global Company Top Executives, by Diamond Corp. In 2013, Koide was named the External Board Director of Kirin Company Ltd.
In 2014, she joined Newell Rubbermaid (currently Newell Brands), US, as Senior Vice President, Global Brand Development, in charge of fine writing, baby, and technical apparel businesses, as well as brand positioning development across brands. Koide was appointed the External Board Director of Mitsubishi Electric Company, in 2016. In 2018, she joined Vicela Japan Co., Ltd as Board Director for Business Strategy and Marketing.
Koide earned her BA in English/American Literature from the University of Tokyo (Japan), in 1980, and her MS in Advertising/Marketing from Boston University Graduate School of Communication (USA), in 1986.
加えて2013年4月、アメリカNewell Rubbermaid社（現Newell Brands社）グローバル・マーケティング シニア・ヴァイス・プレジデントに就任。 高級筆記用具事業部門、次いでベビー＆ペアレンティング事業部門を担当。さらに、部門を越えて全ブランドのポジショニング策定に携わる。
Oki Matsumoto was born in 1963. He graduated with a BA in Law from the University of Tokyo (1987), 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 the time. In 1999, he founded Monex which was jointly capitalised with Sony. In 2004 Monex integrated its business with Nikko Beans and established Monex Beans Holdings, Inc. (now Monex Group, Inc.) where he is presently Chairman & 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, and Monex Boom Securities Limited in Hong Kong. The group has about 900 employees worldwide with over half of its staff located in the United States. Oki Matsumoto served as Financial Counsel to the Prime Minister and also as an outside director for several companies including Tokyo Stock Exchange from June 2008 to 2013. At present he is an outside director of MasterCard, Incorporated and UZABASE Inc. He is also a councilor of International House of Japan and a Vice Chair of Human Rights Watch.
Ross Rowbury is President of Edelman Japan. He was formerly the Senior Managing Director and COO at PRAP, Japan’s largest independent public relations firm. Fluent in written and spoken Japanese, Ross has worked in the Japan market for 30 years and has a wealth of experience in management training, strategic consulting and comprehensive communications disciplines. Prior to PRAP, Ross was Managing Director at the Tokyo Office of Gavin Anderson & Company (now Kreab Gavin Anderson) as well as Director at BZW Securities, Tokyo.
Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering Science in charge of CAREN (Osaka University Centre for the Advancement of Research and Education Exchange Networks in Asia) and also lecturer at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she ran the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities. She is also the President of the The Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA).
In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (Eds), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 181–198 (July 2012); “Post-3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (Eds), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (Eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Professor Haruko Satoh is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. She is Chair of the Politics, Law & International Relations section of the International Academic Advisory Board.
Dr Semmoto joined RENOVA as an External Board Member in 2014, becoming Chairman in 2015. Prior to RENOVA, he founded four leading telecom companies including KDDI and eAccess. He has served on a number of boards internationally, including NetApp, Inc. (USA), and Reuters (UK), the world's leading international news agency.
Dr Semmoto has also been a full professor at Keio University, and a visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a BS in Engineering from Kyoto University and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Florida. Dr Semmoto is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Science.
Dr Sugai is a Professor of Marketing within Doshisha University's Graduate School of Business and a Senior Fellow at the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Center at Osaka University. Dr Sugai also served as a Visiting Professor for Stanford University from 2015–2017, where he taught Innovation in Japan at the Stanford Overseas campus in Kyoto. Prior to joining the Doshisha University faculty, Dr Sugai taught at the International University of Japan in Niigata where he also served as Dean and Associate Dean of the IUJ Business School for six years.
Dr Sugai is the author of two books, The Value Plan and The Six Immutable Laws of Mobile Business (John Wiley & Sons) and has published case studies with Ivey Business School Publishing on KITKAT Japan, AGL, Hatsune Miku and Walt Disney Internet Group.
He received his Doctorate degree from Waseda University and his MBA in Marketing and Operations Management from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has worked as a marketing executive at American Express, Muze, Inc., and Lightningcast, Inc., and currently serves as a marketing advisor and marketing strategy consultant to companies both in Japan and globally.
Megumi Takayama works at the Prime Minister's Office of Japan and has responsibility for the planning and implementation of global communication projects, and conduct other related research, analysis, and reports in the main areas of FDI and Innovation. In the past, she has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Bank of America, ABN AMRO, and Merrill Lynch.
Professor Douglas Woodruff first came to Japan in 1966 with his family and traveled throughout the country. He returned to Japan in 1972 to spend his junior year in college at Doshisha University, and after completing his BA at Oberlin, he moved to Kyoto, where he has lived ever since. Douglas apprenticed as a carpenter at Hasegawa Kobo from 1976-78, established an independent workshop in northern Kyoto Prefecture in 1979, and at the same time began a partnership with the architectural firm Atelier Ryo that continues to this day. From that same year, he has undertaken woodworking commissions from private patrons in prefectures across Japan and in France, Hawaii, and Canada to disassemble, relocate, reassemble, and renovate country farmhouses (minka).
Since 2000, Professor Woodruff has also been involved in a number of Kyo-machiya, kura, and teahouse reconstruction and renovation projects, both in Japan and abroad. He regularly exhibits samples of his carpentry and woodworking pieces in Kyoto, and his work has been featured in numerous magazines (including Bungei Shunju, Kateigaho, Jutaku Kenchiku, Bessatsu Taiyo, Tezukuri Mokko Jiten) and books (including Japan Country Living and The Japanese House, both published by Tuttle Press).
Kiyo is a third-generation Japanese-American who has called Japan home for nearly 40 years. After early retirement from a full-time teaching position at a Kyoto university, she began to coordinate and lead tours of Japan for individuals and groups from the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, Asia and Australia. She was a tour coordinator and guide of the now retired Journeys East for 18 years and continues her role as senior Japan guide for Esprit Travel & Tours, Inside Japan, Indagare, Into Japan, and many other high-end travel agencies. Most of her private work comes from word-of-mouth, and Kiyo has been privileged to share the best that Japan has to offer with world-renowned artists, architects, curators, designers, photographers, statesmen, scholars, chefs, actors, musicians, and IT entrepreneurs from all over the world.
As a cultural bridge and inveterate foodie, Kiyo has found herself doing a wide assortment of work. For 8 years she was the wine buyer and newsletter writer for Friends of the Vine, one of the first importers of California wine to Japan. She also recently produced a tour of Northern California for the Buddhist vegetarian “shojin” chef, Toshio Tanahashi, in conjunction with the San Francisco Zen Center, Greens Restaurant, the Culinary Institute, and Napa wineries. Other projects include managing and producing shows in Chicago and New York for the “You” line of kimono designer Yuko Okumura.
Throughout their years in Japan, Kiyo, and particularly her husband, Douglas, have been deeply involved in the restoration and renovation of traditional Japanese buildings and their many wonderful connections to artists and artisans continue to provide enriching cultural encounters for all the people who find the way to their door.