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Keita Nishiyama
Former Deputy Director-General for Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Visiting Professor, Chuo Graduate School of Public Policy
Keita Nishiyama
Former Deputy Director-General for Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Visiting Professor, Chuo Graduate School of Public Policy
Gen Isayama
Co-Founder/CEO at WiL
Gen Isayama
Co-Founder/CEO at WiL
Mr Isayama was Partner of DCM and is a co-founder of WiL.

Mr Isayama focused on investments in consumer internet, digital media, social network, mobile applications, and non-technology sectors in Japan. He was directly involved with the portfolio companies and leads Asian practice, primarily in Japan, helping business development and investment capabilities in Asia. He has years of start-up and banking experience to identify new investment opportunities in the United States and Asia. He was a Senior Associate of DCM and was responsible for executing financings for new and existing portfolio companies and analysing market opportunities. He worked at Mizuho Financial Group, formerly the Industrial Bank of Japan, and has extensive experience in a wide variety of areas including corporate finance, structured finance, derivative trading, and market risk management using intensive quantitative methods. He worked at IBJ for seven years.

An entrepreneur by nature, he co-founded Arch Pacific, when he was a student at Tokyo University. In addition, he served as an Advisor of Amikai, Inc. He serves as a Director of ORIGAMI, Inc. He has been a Director of Star Flyer Inc. since June 2006. He serves as a Director of Ustream.tv, Inc., Pokelabo, Inc., JasperSoft Corporation and Ahalife Holdings Inc. He served as a Director of Catalyst Mobile K.K. and Avex Group Holdings Inc. He is a lecturer at Kyushu University and is active in the entrepreneurial community and serves as a judge for the Stanford Business Plan competition. He contributes a monthly article in Nikkei Industrial Newspaper.

He earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. in Law from Tokyo University.
Hideshi Hamaguchi
Director of Strategy, Ziba
Hideshi Hamaguchi
Director of Strategy, Ziba
Mr Hamaguchi is considered a leading mind in creative concept development, strategy building and decision management.

At Ziba, he develops frameworks that balance design intuition and strategic thinking to create innovative products and services for clients in a wide range of industries. He started his business career with Panasonic in Japan and was later the Director of the New Business Planning Group at Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. and Executive Vice President of Panasonic Electric Works Laboratory of America, Inc.

Mr Hamaguchi has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan.
Prof. Philip Kotler
S. C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing
Prof. Philip Kotler
S. C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing
Prof Kotler is the S.C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Kellogg was voted “Best Business School” for six years in Business Week’s survey of U.S. business schools. It is also rated as the “Best Business School for the Teaching of Marketing”. Prof Kotler has significantly contributed to Kellogg’s success through his many years of research and teaching there.

Prof Kotler is the author of Marketing Management: Analysis, Planning, Implementation and Control, the most widely used marketing book in graduate business schools worldwide; Principles of Marketing and several others. He has published over one hundred and fifty articles in leading journals, several of which have received best-article awards.

Among numerous accolades for his work, Prof Kotler was the first recipient of the American Marketing Association’s (AMA) “Distinguished Marketing Educator Award” (1985). In 1995, the Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) named him “Marketer of the Year”. In 2002, he won the “Marketing Educator of the Year” award from the Academy of Marketing Science.

Prof Kotler has consulted for such companies as IBM, General Electric, AT&T, Honeywell, Bank of America, Merck and others in the areas of marketing strategy and planning, marketing organization and international marketing.

He received his Master’s Degree at the University of Chicago and his PhD Degree at MIT, both in economics. He did post-doctoral work in mathematics at Harvard University and in behavioural science at the University of Chicago.
Dr.Robert Eberhart
Assistant Professor of Management at Santa Clara University Research fellow at Stanford University
Dr.Robert Eberhart
Assistant Professor of Management at Santa Clara University Research fellow at Stanford University
Dr Eberhart is an Assistant Professor of Management at Santa Clara University and is research fellow at Stanford University as the director at Stanford’s Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship.

His research focuses on the role of Japanese institutions in fostering entrepreneurship. He also studies comparative corporate governance of growth companies. Dr Eberhart’s academic publications include topics such as entrepreneurship’s intersection with public policy, corporate governance and firm value, and institutional effects on innovation. His work has been quoted in the New York Times, Forbes magazine, the Nikkei Weekly, and the Nikkei Keizai Shimbun.

He serves as the Vice Chair of the U.S. Dept. of State and METI’s Japan-US Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council, where he leads the policy writing effort. He is also an academic advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force on New Growth Strategies. He lectures in classes on Japanese business and entrepreneurship at Stanford University, New York University, University of Tokyo, and Kobe University.

Dr Eberhart earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He also has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan. From 1999-2007 he founded and was the CEO of a successful start-up in Japan.
Dr.Leif Edvinsson
Board Director of the Swedish Brain Research Foundation and the Centre for Molecular Medicine at Karolinska Institute
Dr.Leif Edvinsson
Board Director of the Swedish Brain Research Foundation and the Centre for Molecular Medicine at Karolinska Institute
Dr Edvinsson was the world’s first director of IC (Intellectual Capital) in 1991. He initiated the creation of the world’s first public corporate Intellectual Capital Annual Report in 1994, and inspired the development ever since on IC metrics. In parallel, he was prototyping the Skandia Future Centre as a Lab for Service Organisational design, one of the very first in the World.

In 1996 he was recognized with awards from the American Productivity and Quality Centre, USA and Business Intelligence, UK. In 1998, Dr Leif received the prestigious Brain Trust “Brain of the Year” award for his pioneering work on IC. In 2006 he was also listed in by London Business Press as one of The 50 Most influential Thinkers in the World. He is an associate member of The Club of Rome. He is also Cofounder and Chairman of The New Club of Paris, focused on the Knowledge Economy Agenda setting initiatives. In May 2013, he received the Luminary Innovation Award for Thought Leadership by the Peter Drucker Foundation, the EU and Intel.

Since 2000 he has been the Honorary Chairman of the UK based Henley College, KM Forum and Professor Emeritus at Lund University on Intellectual Capital. In 2007, he was also appointed professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and in 2009 became Guest Professor at Jiaotong University, Xian, China.

Dr Edvinsson was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lund University. He is the author of numerous articles on the Service management and on Intellectual Capital.
Prof.Lynda Gratton
Professor of Management Practice at London Business School
Prof.Lynda Gratton
Professor of Management Practice at London Business School
Prof Gratton is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she directs the program ‘Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies’ – considered the world’s leading program on human resources. Prof Gratton is the founder of The Hot Spots Movement and for over five years has led the Future of Work Research Consortium which has brought executives from more than 80 companies together both virtually and on a bespoke collaborative platform.

Prof Gratton has written extensively about the interface between people and organizations. Her eight books have been translated into more than 15 languages. Her case on BP won the EECH best case of the year, her article on ‘signature processes’ the MIT Sloan award, and in 2012 The Shift received the best business book of the year award in Japan.

Prof Gratton's work has been acknowledged globally – she has won the Tata prize in India; in the US she has been named as the annual Fellow of NAHR and won the CCL prize; whilst in Australia she has won the HR prize. She is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and has chaired the WEF Council on Leadership. She serves as a judge on the FT Business Book of the Year panel, chairs the Drucker prize panel and is on the governing body of London Business School. In 2013 she was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award by HR Magazine and equally in 2013 she was amongst the 15 top thought leaders in the Thinkers50 ranking.
Dr.James A. Ogilvy
Co-founder of Global Business Network:GBN
Dr.James A. Ogilvy
Co-founder of Global Business Network:GBN
Dr Ogilvy is a co-founder of Global Business Network GBN, the scenario-planning unit of strategy consulting firm the Monitor Group. His research has focused primarily on the role that human values and changing motivations play in business decision making and strategy. He has pursued these interests in collaboration with Peter Schwartz since 1979, when he joined SRI International, and from 1987-2009 with GBN/Monitor.

Many of the scenario projects he led at GBN for both public and private sector clients addressed “public goods” such as telecommunications, health care, and education. While at SRI, James split his time between developing future scenarios for strategic planning and serving as director of research for the Values and Lifestyles (VALS) Program, a consumer segmentation system used in market research. He also authored monographs on social, political, and demographic trends affecting the values of American consumers.
Dr Ogilvy’s work builds on his background as a philosopher.

He taught at the University of Texas, Williams College, and for seven years at Yale, where he received his PhD in 1968. He is the author of Creating Better Futures: Scenario Planning as a Tool for a Better Tomorrow (2002), Living Without a Goal (1995), Many Dimensional Man (1977); co-author of China’s Futures (2001) and Seven Tomorrows (1980); and editor of Self and World (1971, 1980) and Revisioning Philosophy (1991). He is currently at work on a book on emergent systems, e.g. consciousness, leadership, and wealth.
Dr. Martha G. Russell
Executive Director, mediaX at Stanford University Senior Research Scholar, Human Sciences and Technology Advanced Research (H*STAR) Institute at Stanford Universit
Dr. Martha G. Russell
Executive Director, mediaX at Stanford University Senior Research Scholar, Human Sciences and Technology Advanced Research (H*STAR) Institute at Stanford Universit
Dr Russell studies relationship systems – people to people, to their brands, to their organizations and for innovation.

With people and technology as the intersecting crosshairs, Dr Russell has established collaborative research initiatives in ICT and technology leadership and for national agencies and technology companies. She pioneered one of the first US public-private partnerships in microelectronic and information sciences and in manufacturing technologies. She has led interdisciplinary research programs at the University of Minnesota, The University of Texas at Austin and Stanford University. With a focus on the power of shared vision, Dr Russell has developed planning/evaluation systems and consulted regionally and internationally on technology innovation for regional development.

Dr Russell has a doctoral degree in Policy Analysis focused on Technology Transfer from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She serves on the advisory board of the Journal of Technology Forecasting and Social Change and several start-up companies.
Dr. Robert Wolcott
Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN)
Dr. Robert Wolcott
Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN)
Dr Wolcott is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) and a Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

He teaches corporate innovation and entrepreneurship for Kellogg in Evanston, Miami and Hong Kong (with HKUST). Formerly a Visiting Professor at the Keio Business School (Tokyo, Japan) a member of the advisory boards for the Nordic Innovation Center, Nordic Council, Oslo, Norway, the Global Technology Council of Kraft Foods, Inc. and the Innovation Accelerator for GE Corporate.

His book with Dr. Michael Lippitz, Grow From Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation shares over a decade of research into how established companies create innovation for business value and has since been published in Chinese and Japanese. Wolcott’s work has appeared in MIT Sloan Management Review, The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, BusinessWeek, The Financial Times (European Edition), The New York Times, The Peking University Business Review and a variety of publications worldwide. He is a frequent speaker at events worldwide. Dr Wolcott also co-founded and serves as Partner with Clareo Partners LLC, a growth strategy and innovation management consultancy.

Wolcott received a BA, European and Chinese History; and an MS and Ph.D., Industrial Engineering & Management Science, North-western University, Evanston, Illinois.
Prof. Yves Pigneur
Professor at the University of Lausanne
Prof. Yves Pigneur
Professor at the University of Lausanne
Dr Pigneur has been professor at the University of Lausanne since 1984, and has held visiting professorships at Georgia State University, University of British Columbia, National University of Singapore, and HEC Montreal. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of Namur, Belgium.

He was the former editor-in-chief of the academic journal Systèmes d’Information & Management. Together with Alexander Osterwalder, they invented the Business Model Canvas and in 2010 authored the international bestseller “Business Model Generation” (million+ copies in 35 languages); and more recently “Value Proposition Design”. In November 2015, they have been ranked #15 in the Most Influential Business Thinkers by Thinkers50 and received the “Strategy Award” at the Thinkers50 event in London.