Early Confirmed Speakers

The EU-Japan EPA Forum’s speakers are selected for their expertise and ability to make valuable contributions to the programme. These individuals represent some of the key figures engaged in business with Europe and Japan, including senior policy-makers and business executives of world-class companies. Much more will be announced between now and May. Please contact the organisers to discuss speaking opportunities.


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CECILIA MALMSTRÖM

EU COMMISSIONER for TRADE

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Cecilia Malmström has served as European Commissioner for Trade since 2014, having previously served as European Commissioner for Home Affairs from 2010 to 2014. In her current position, she represents the EU in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other international trade fora.

Cecilia Malmström is responsible for negotiating bilateral trade agreements with key countries, including the recently concluded agreements with Japan, Canada and Singapore, and for ongoing negotiations with for example, Chile and the Mercosur countries.

Prior to her appointment as a Commissioner, she served as a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2006, and as Swedish Minister for European Union Affairs 2006–2010. She is a member of the Liberal People’s Party, which is represented by the A.L.D.E. in the European Parliament.

Cecilia Malmström holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, Department of Political Science from Göteborg University.


 
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Masaki Sakuyama

CHAIRMAN

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION


 
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H.E. MR. KAZUO KODAMA

AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY AND

PLENIPOTENTIARY OF JAPAN TO

THE EUROPEAN UNION

H.E. Mr. Kazuo Kodama has been Ambassador of the Mission of Japan to the European Union in Brussels since September 2016. Before that, he was based in Paris for three years serving as the Japanese Ambassador to the OECD. 

H.E. Mr Kodama first joined the Japanese Foreign Service over 40 years ago in 1976 and since then has spent over half his career abroad, serving in various high-level governmental positions, including as Consul-General in Los Angeles, Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.N. in New York, and most recently in Paris and Brussels. He has also held a number of high-level positions in Tokyo, including Deputy Director-General of the Economic Cooperation Bureau, and Press Secretary / Director-General for Press and Public Relations in the Minister’s Secretariat. 


 
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Kathy Matsui

Vice Chair 

Goldman Sachs Japan

 

Kathy is Vice Chair of Goldman Sachs Japan, Co-head of  Macro Research in Asia and Chief Japan equity strategist. She is a member of the Asia Pacific Management Committee and Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd. Executive Committee. Kathy joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 and was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2000. Kathy has been ranked No. 1 in Japan Equity Strategy by Institutional Investor multiple times. She was chosen by The Wall Street Journal as one of the "10 Women to Watch in Asia" for her work on the "Womenomics" theme and was also named to Bloomberg Markets magazine’s “50 Most Influential” list in 2014. 

Prior to joining the firm, Kathy was chief Japan strategist for Barclays de ZoeteWedd Securities for four years and worked at the Export-Import Bank of Japan’s Washington, DC office for two years. She is a policy commentator for Japan’s Cabinet Office and has served on numerous Japanese government committees aimed at promoting gender diversity. Kathy is a board member of the Asian University for Women (AUW) Support Foundation, Chair of the Board of Councilors (Japan) of the US-Japan Council, director of the Fast Retailing Foundation, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, member of Keizai Doyukaiand a trustee of The Nature Conservancy Asia Pacific Council. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Japan Society Fund Against Breast Cancer.

Kathy earned an BA, magna cum laude, in Social Studies from Harvard University and an MA from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. She has conducted research on Japanese foreign policy at Kobe University Graduate School on a Rotary Scholarship. 


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DR. GEORGE OLCOTT

BOARD MEMBER

DAI-ICHI LIFE HOLDINGS,

DENSO CORPORATION, 

HITACHI CHEMICAL,

JP MORGAN JAPANESE INVESTMENT TRUST 

Dr. Olcott is Guest Professor at the Faculty of Commerce, Keio University. He completed his Ph.D. dissertation on the impact of foreign ownership and control on Japanese organizations at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2005. He was Senior Fellow at the Judge Business School until 2013 and Project Professor at the Research Centerfor Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo between 2010 and 2013.  

After graduating from the University of Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, he spent five years in Hong Kong and Japan working for Cathay Pacific Airways. After completing an MBA at INSEAD in France, he joined the UK merchant bank SG Warburg (now UBS Investment Bank). He spent fifteen years at Warburg, ten of which were in Tokyo. He also spent three years as CEO of UBS’s institutional asset management division in Japan. He left the bank in 2001 to commence his studies at Cambridge.

He joined the board of Nippon Sheet Glass in 2008 and the board of NKSJ Holdings in 2010. He retired from both boards in 2014 and is currently a board member of Denso Corporation, Hitachi Chemical and the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company. He has also served as an advisor to a number of leading Japanese companies. In the UK, he is a member of the boards of JP Morgan Japanese Investment Trust plc and BlueOptimaLimited. 


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YUMIKO MURAKAMI

HEAD OF TOKYO CENTRE

THE ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (OECD)

Since Yumiko joined OECD in 2013 as the head of OECD Tokyo Centre, she has been at the forefront of policy discussions between OECD and governments, businesses and academia in Japan and Asia, covering a wide range of economic policy issues. She has been leading discussions with various stake holders in Japan and Asia, particularly in the areas of Corporate Governance, tax guidelines, gender diversity, education, international trade and innovation.

Prior to joining the OECD, Yumiko held a number of leadership positions as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. Yumiko has diverse professional experiences, ranging from banking in New York and London to UN Peacekeeping Operations in Cambodia. Yumiko has an MBA from Harvard University, MA from Stanford University and BA from Sophia University. She sits on the Japan Advisory Board of Harvard Business School as well as several advisory committees of the Japanese Government. She is the author of a bestseller book, “Turning Demographic Challenges into Economic Opportunities”. (Japanese only) Ranked #1 at Amazon Japan, economics category.


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