Mr Konno also serves as President of KIRO, Inc. (Knowledge Innovation Research Organization), as well as holding the positions of professor at Tama Graduate School, Kyoto Institute of Technology and at Keio University. He also serves as advisor to Nikken Sekkei, one of the world’s leading and most innovative architectural bureaus.
A pioneer knowledge ecologist, he has been involved in numerous consulting projects, ranging from knowledge management and design strategy projects, change management for design organizations to workplace development. He also serves on the jury of the Good Design Award (Japan’s most prominent design award).
Prior to co-founded Japan Innovation Network, Mr. Nishiguchi was an Executive Managing Director of Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), Japan’s largest public-private investment fund with $20 billion investment capacity, after his post as a Worldwide Partner at Mercer. He also worked as a professional staff at the World Bank Group in Washington DC. Mr. Nishiguchi is concurrently serving as Independent Director of PERSOL HOLDINGS, President of the Japan Bosai Platform, Executive Senior Innovation Advisor of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as Professor at Sophia University, Tokyo. He holds MBA from Kellogg Management School at Northwestern University and BA from Sophia University.
Mr. Nishiguchi focuses on Innovation Management building activities within large corporations. He manages an open innovation platform co-founded with UNDP, SDGs Holistic Innovation Platform (SHIP) that aims the achievement of the SDGs with private sector resources and technologies. With the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, he runs Innovation 100 Committee which is a community of CEOs who are committed to innovation activities within their organizations. He is also a chairperson of the Japan Mirror Committee of TC279 which has published ISO56002 in 2019, as well as Innovation Management Professional certified by RISE (Research Institute of Sweden AB) .
Prior to joining JIN as a full-time Executive Director in March 2019, Mr. Matsumoto was the Vice President of NineSigma Japan, and the Senior Manager of the Open Innovation Department of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. He also holds posts of Professor in the Business Engineering Graduate School of Osaka University as well as in the Engineering Graduate School of the Osaka Institute of Technology.
In Osaka Gas, Mr Matsumoto has been involved in numerous projects on new business creation. He was part of the team developing a freeze-crushing machine, as well as being involved in the research and development of a thin film type gas sensor. As leader of research planning in its Institute of Technology, he was engaged in starting up of several projects such as on fuel cells or on the production and storage of hydrogen energy.
Mr Matsumoto also led the establishment of a ‘Management of Technology’ (MOT) school at Osaka Gas to promote technology education and innovation.
Mr Horii is a Professor at the Graduate School of Civil Engineering at Tokyo University. He also serves at the Chair of the Centre for Knowledge Structuring at Tokyo University.
Mr Horii led the establishment of i.school within Tokyo University and served as its executive director. i. school focuses on fostering innovative thinking and creative disruption by human-centred innovation and leadership cultivation. Mr Horii has also been invited to speak on Ted talk about his approach to innovation thinking.
Mr Ando is a Sony Corporation veteran, joining in 1969 and being put in charge of its management during its heyday as a worldwide innovation leader. He eventually was appointed as the President and COO of Sony Corporation in 2000. In 2005, he became Chairman of Sony Financial Holdings Inc. as well as of Sony Life Insurance. He was the Honorary Chairman of Sony Life Insurance from 2011 to 2018.
Mr Ando was instrumental in successfully diversifying Sony’s business, establishing the Sony Prudential Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (now known as Sony Life Insurance Co., Ltd.), and becoming its Deputy President. From 1996 onwards he was furthermore instrumental in developing the “VAIO” business. Mr Ando also has extensive overseas experience, having served as President of Sony Engineering and Manufacturing of America in the 1990s.
Mr Nonaka is a Professor Emeritus of the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University as well as Xerox Distinguished Faculty Scholar of the University of California, Berkeley, from which he also received his Ph.D.
Prof Nonaka’s main research interest is organizational knowledge creation, researching knowledge creating processes in companies around the world. He has also been conducting research on the characteristics of strategic and of innovative activities in Japanese companies.
Selected publications include The Essence of Innovation; The Knowledge-Creating Company; and The Wise Leader in the Harvard Business Review. Among many accolades, Prof Nonaka was awarded the Purple Ribbon Medal by the Japanese government as well as being chosen as one of the most influential business thinkers by the Wall Street Journal.
Mr Funahashi began his career at a large Japanese trading house developing products for overseas sales before joining Recruit Corporation in 1987, where he worked on human resource issues before being put in charge of the new business development office.
In 1996, Mr Funahashi successfully led the creation of a business incubation division in Recruit. He also launched the magazine Entre and started to provide venture companies with comprehensive support services. In 2000, he was put in charge of Recruit’s business support services project and established Actcell Corporation. In 2001, Actcell went into partnership with ICAB, a Swedish intellectual capital rating company, and obtained the license for the highly innovative IC Rating® approach for evaluating substantive corporate value that is not clearly listed on balance sheets, and successfully developed a Japanese version of this rating method.
Mr Funahashi also serves as a member of the subcommittee on Management and Intellectual Assets at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
After working at Brother Industries, Ltd. and Swarovski Japan, Ms Ishiguro founded a high-tech specialty consulting firm in Silicon Valley and advised clients such as Yahoo!, Netscape, Panasonic, and Sony on U.S.-Japan alliances and technology transfers. She devises comprehensive digital marketing solutions for corporate clients that resolve fundamental business issues. The company was listed on the Mothers section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2008.
As one of only few highly successful women in Silicon Valley’s tech entrepreneurship scene, Ms Ishiguro is a frequent commentator in the media, extensively lecturing and writing about business and marketing strategies. Her regular columns include Smart Times on Nikkei Business Daily and Capture Business Innovation Tips on ITmedia Executive. She also serves as an advisory board member at ad:tech Tokyo.
She has been a member of METI’s New Industrial Structure Committee. Ms Ishiguro is also the winner of the “Entrepreneur of the Year Japan, 2008” (growth category). For “Woman of the Year, 2009” she was 1st in the Leader category and 1st runner-up for the Grand Prize.
Mr Okubo joined Recruit Co., Ltd. (current Recruit Holdings Co.,Ltd.) in 1983, assuming the post of Corporate Professional Officer of Recruit in 2011. In 2012, he was appointed as a member of the Japan Association of Human Resource Services Industry. He specializes in HRM, labour policy and career theory.
Mr Okubo has been closely involved in diversifying Recruit’s business, launching the Recruit Works Institute in 1999, assuming the post of General Manager. In 2010, he was appointed as Advisor to the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan.
Mr Kelley is a Partner at IDEO. He also holds the position of an Executive Fellow at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and holds a similar role at the University of Tokyo.
Tom Kelley is the best-selling author of The Art of Innovation and The Ten Faces of Innovation as well as a partner at the renowned design and innovation consultancy IDEO. As a leading innovation speaker, he addresses scores of business audiences on how to foster a culture of innovation and tap into the creative potential of their organizations. Over the years, he has spoken in more than thirty countries and helped IDEO grow from 15 designers to a staff of more than 600, while leading diverse areas such as business development, marketing, human resources, and operations.
Mr Noda is Professor at Meiji University’s Graduate School of Global Business and special-appointment Research Advisor at Recruit Holdings’ Works Institute, where he in charge of New Business. Prior to his appointment, Mr Noda served as Executive Manager of Nomura Research Institute’s consulting department.
Mr Noda is the founder of J. Feel, Inc., a consulting company focusing on organizational management. He also served as its President until 2010. Mr Noda specializes in organizational and strategic management. His focus is on individual behaviours and decision-making in a wide range of organisations, from small groups to large corporations.
Having authored numerous books on people motivation and organisational design for talent management, he regularly appears on major TV programs, including as a commentator on Broadcaster (TBS), as news commentator on Zoom In Super (Nippon Television), and as anchor on Keizai Wide Vision e (NHK General) and 7PM (BS Japan).
Mr Maeno is the Dean of the Graduate School of System Design and Management at Keio University. Prior to his appointment at Keio University, he has worked for Canon, Inc., in Tokyo.
Mr Maeno’s research is at the forefront of highly innovative and new knowledge-creating areas of systems design education, human-machine interfaces, as well as human cognition.
CEO & Founder of Silicon Valley based Women's Startup Lab. Women's Startup Lab is dedicated to creating the world where women thrive and succeed through innovation and collaboration. Internationally recognized for her passion, results and public speaking prowess, Ari is working tirelessly to change the landscape of Silicon Valley by creating opportunities for female start up founders to accelerate their path to success and funding. Ari has been featured in various publications and given the honor as a Keynote Speaker and Panelist for Women Startups and Technology conferences.
President of HANDY Inc. The former President and CEO of Kyocera Corporation, one of Japan’s leading companies in system electronic devices, telecom equipment and applied ceramic products.
Mr. Nishiguchi obtained his M.S. degree from Osaka Kyoiku University and Ph.D. in management science and innovation policy studies at Doshisha University Graduate School of Policy Studies.
Mr. Nishiyama Keita was appointed as Director-General of the Commerce and Information Policy Bureau at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in July 2018. As head of the Bureau, he oversees METI policy related to the information industry, including information technology and cyber security, and the content industry.
Previously, he served in concurrent roles as General Manager of the Management Reform Support Office, Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation, and Director of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Holdings. In his first role, he took charge of damage compensation and decommissioning policies resulting from the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station following the Great East Japan Earth
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.
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 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.
Mr. Yossi Katribas has been the Senior Deputy Director General of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office since 2012 till August 2017. Since his retirement from the government, he is the owner and CEO of a consulting company.
Mr. Katribas was born in Tel-Aviv in 1965. He enlisted in the Israeli Defense Forces in 1984 and begun a successful army career, where he held various positions in the Intelligence Corps. He retired from the IDF at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Prior to joining the Prime Minister’s Office, Yossi worked for several years in the private and finance sectors, as well as in senior technology positions, as part of the biggest Israeli private defense corporate headquarters.
Over the past several years, Mr. Katribas has led a series of large scale national projects, including the establishment of the Israeli government's"Digital Israel" national initiative which is in charge of the strategic planning and implementation of a national cross-ministry program to upgrade all digital services and infra-structures in the Israeli public sphere.
Yossi was also responsible for enhancing relations with foreign markets, in particular with Japan, India, China and Latin America.
Mr. Katribas is thoroughly familiar with the digital arena and has an extensive experience and strong network and relationship with top executives in the business and governmental spheres in Israel, Japan and many other countries around the world.
Yossi holds a B.A in Middle East Studies from Tel-Aviv University and Master’s Degree in Political Science and National Security Studies from Haifa University. He also graduated from the National Defense College and attended Harvard University’s Senior Executives in state and Local Government program.
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, 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 PhD 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 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 Edvinsson 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 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 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, Living Without a Goal, Many Dimensional Man; co-author of China’s Futures and Seven Tomorrows; and editor of Self and World and Revisioning Philosophy. He is currently at work on a book on emergent systems, e.g. consciousness, leadership, and wealth.
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.
Prof 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.
Prof Wolcott received a BA, European and Chinese History; and an MS and Ph.D., Industrial Engineering & Management Science, North-western University, Evanston, Illinois.
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.
Chairman and national expert, TK 532 Innovation management, SIS Swedish Institute for Standards
Senior innovation management specialist, Amplify AB
Research fellow, IMIT Institute for Management of Innovation and Technology
Chairman of the Board of Innovationsledarna, The Association for Innovation Management Professionals in Sweden
Adjunct professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2011-17
Director, Innovation management, Group Function Strategy, Ericsson, 2007-17
Assistant Attaché, Science & Technology, Embassy of Sweden, Tokyo 1995-96
PhD, Technology and social change, LiU Linköping University, 1998
Master of Science, MSc Applied Physics 1988