Tom Kelley is the best-selling author of Creative Confidence, 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, Tom 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. Tom is an Executive Fellow at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and holds a similar role at the University of Tokyo.
Makoto Takano is CEO of atomixmedia, inc., Editor-in-Chief of Forbes JAPAN. Prior to joining atomixmedia, inc., he was Managing Director and President of PIMCO Japan Ltd. Before joining PIMCO in 2001, he was head of marketing at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Mr. Takano’s prior experience also includes work at Daiwa Securities where he was head of the strategists team at Daiwa Institute of Research. He serves as Managing Director and Founder of Genuine Startups Ltd., Director of Nippon Finance Association, International School of Asia Karuizawa (ISAK), Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, Any times Inc., Editorial Board Member of Tokyo Financial Research Co., Ltd., Advisor of Japan Blue Energy Co., Ltd., as well as Board Member of Human Rights Watch.
Kengo Ito is the Managing Director and co-founder of Genuine Startups. He founded Genuine Startups Fund I in 2013 and invested more than 50 startups at seed stage. Prior to founding Genuine Startups, he served as Chief Accelerator at MOVIDA JAPAN. He established a Seed Acceleration Program and provided hands-on support with more than 300 startups. His prior experience also includes MetaCast, movie solution provider, as CEO for 3 years. He has a broad range of IT and electronics experiences covering from venture investment to business development at Mitsui Comtek Co. in the US. He also led venture investment and business developments in display and mobile at Mitsui & Co. He serves as committee members at NICT(National Institute of Information and Communications Technology) and NEDO(New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization). He holds masters and bachelors degrees in engineering from the University of Tokyo.
Mamoru Taniya has a broad range of investment experiences covering from fixed-income derivatives to private equities. His early career is illustrated by his successful years at Salomon Brothers he joined in 1987 where he became the youngest managing director in Asia. He then joined Tudor Capital (Japan) as one of the founding partners, and led an MBO to found Asuka Asset Management where he is CEO to date and has made it a leading independent hedge fund in Japan. As a venture capitalist, he initiated the launch of Lifenet Insurance Company, the first online insurance company, and invested in the development of "studio yoggy," a pioneering yoga studio, which contributed to popularize Yoga widely in Japan. He started another venture company, Campus for H Inc., a health care company that develops and markets innovative corporate wellness programs, and Money Design Inc. which is the first Robo Advisor company as a founder. He also serves as Representative founder of International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK), the first international boarding school in Japan, since its establishment. Mr. Taniya received his B.A. in law from the University of Tokyo in 1987.
Kanako Inoue started her career preparing documentation of memorandums for directors' meetings and shareholders' meetings, being responsible for 20+ clients, as Corporate Paralegal at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. She led negotiations and acted as the lead advisor in cross-border deals, liaised with overseas contacts at investment banks and professional firms on a daily basis to exchange information about potential M&A opportunities, as M&A advisor at GCA Savvian. She then advised mainly industrial goods/automotive clients on various strategy projects, such as M&A/product development/mid-term/new business development strategy, as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. Kanako holds a Bachelor in Laws from Keio University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
As a global manufacturing engineer at Daikin, Masahisa Kido re-/designed and established HVAC production lines in Japan, India, the Czech Republic and the US. His experience also includes product development and quality control. He also conducted business due diligence and business development at a VC in the US. As a management consultant at PwC PRTM and PwC Strategy &(formerly Booz & Company), he conducted business strategy development, M&A due diligence and business intelligence research. He also implemented product development management and supply chain management on clients’ sites. His focus industries are manufacturing, energy, healthcare and IT. Masahisa holds a Bachelor and Master in Engineering from Osaka Prefecture University, and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Kenichi is the Director of Business Design and Development at IDEO Tokyo. His focus is to bridge creativity with business, and using the combination to generate successful change and innovation. Currently, Kenichi’s focus is around growing and developing IDEO Tokyo’s business. Kenichi meets organizations every year to explore various ways that IDEO may collaborate with them to create greater impact. With a passion in venture design, Kenichi is also helping create new offerings to help startups and entrepreneurs in Japan. Prior to joining IDEO, Kenichi worked as a Country Manager at Toyota Motor Corporation’s headquarters in Japan where he was in charge of Toyota’s product portfolio, pricing, supply and demand, and public relations in multiple Latin American countries. Kenichi holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, US, and a BA in Policy Management from Keio University, Japan. A globe trotter, Kenichi has lived in London, New York, Boston, and Singapore.
Mike Peng is a co-managing director and co-founder of IDEO Tokyo. In his role, Mike works with colleagues to set the strategic direction of the business in Japan, mentor designers, create new offerings, and lead client relationships and projects in Asia. Prior to Tokyo, Mike helped start-up IDEO’s New York office and lead its design research discipline. Mike has taught at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID). Mike graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in cognitive science and an emphasis in neuroscience.
Davide Agnelli is managing director of IDEO, Japan. He works with clients to drive business growth, tackle systemic challenges, design new offerings and launch new ventures. With a background in computer science and interaction design, Davide also works across the Asia region to develop IDEO’s digital design capabilities. Davide holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Pavia, Italy and a Master’s degree in Interaction Design from the Interaction Design Institute, Ivrea. He is regularly engaged with both corporate and educational institutions as mentor and design educator. On weekends, you can find him cooking for friends, exploring and photographing Tokyo’s backstreets on his bicycle.
Mr. Idei was a member of top management of Sony Corporation from 1995 for more than a decade, first as president and COO and then chairman and CEO. From 2007 to 2012, he served as chairman of Sony’s advisory board. During his tenure, Mr. Idei moved the company into the digital age by creating a vision where audio, visual, computer and telecommunication technologies would be seamlessly merged and connected with software content and services, much like the Internet world we know today. As CEO of Sony, he supported the launch of Monex Inc., DeNA and M3. Since 2006, Mr. Idei is Founder and CEO of Quantum Leaps Corporation. He holds a B.S. degree in economics and politics from Waseda University.
Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Masi Oka burst onto the scene starring in NBC’s drama series “Heroes”, a role for which he received his nominations. Oka can now be seen in the role of the eccentric Coroner on the hit series “Hawaii 5-0”, a Coroner whose piano playing in the autopsy room helps him figure out how the people on his table died. No stranger to television, Oka has had recurring roles on NBC’s “Scrubs” and Fox’s “Luis” and has also guest starred on “Without a Trace,” “Joey,” “Reba,” “Still Standing,” “Will & Grace,” “Yes, Dear” and “The Gilmore Girls.” In addition to his very public roles, Oka works behind the scenes as an advisor to JETRO and a cultural envoy to the US Embassy, bringing the gaps between Japan and Hollywood in the arts and business. After graduating Brown University with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Theatre Arts minor, Oka pursued an acting career while taking his first job at George Lucas’ Oscar-winning special effects house Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) providing technology for groundbreaking effects for more than 30 films.
After working at Brother Industries 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 US-Japan alliances and technology transfers. She is a founding member of Netyear Group in US and Japan, devising comprehensive digital marketing solutions for corporate clients that resolve fundamental business issues as CEO. The company was listed on the Mothers section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2008. Ms. Ishiguro graduated the School of Economics at Nagoya University and received an MBA from Stanford University. She had been a member of Government committee for the past several years, such as Cabinet Office “The future to choose” Committee, METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) “IoT” Committee, and so on.