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.
EU COMMISSIONER for TRADE
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.
MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
Mr. Sakuyamawas born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1952. Joining Mitsubishi Electric Corporation in 1977, he first served as an engineer in the company’s Kobe Works. He became Mitsubishi Electric’s Executive Officer and Group President of Energy & Industrial Systems Group in 2008, and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Corporate Strategic Planning Division in 2010. In 2012, Sakuyamawas promoted to Executive Vice President and Group President of Semiconductor & Device Group.
KNIGHT OF THE ORDER OF THE STAR OF ITALY
SECRETARY OF STATE AT THE ITALIAN MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Michele Geraci is Secretary of State at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, where he is responsible since last June for international trade and foreign investment. He is a former Investment Banker and Electronic Engineer, as well as an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Chinese campuses of Nottingham University Business School in Ningbo and New York University in Shanghai. He also taught Finance at Zhejiang University and was Head of China at the Global Policy Institute. Topics of interest included monetary policy, inequality, migration, urbanisation, international trade and M&A.
Secretary Geraci holds an MBA from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management (where he studied under the guidance and friendship of Prof Modigliani and Rudy Dornbusch) and an undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Palermo, Italy, with one year spent at UCL as exchange student. He speaks Italian, English, Chinese as well as Spanish and some French.
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.
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.
GLOBAL CO-HEAD MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS,
Hernan Cristerna is the Global Co-Head of J.P. Morgan’s M&A business. He is a member of the Global Investment Banking Management Committee and the Global Strategic Advisory Council. He has been at the Firm for over 20 years running different sector and regional businesses.
Hernan advises corporations in different sectors and regions on strategic matters, including mergers, acquisitions, activism, defence and related financings. Hernan received a B.A. with honours from Claremont McKenna College and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
JAPAN EXTERNAL TRADE ORGANISATION (JETRO)
Mr. Yasukazu Irino has been Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) since October 2017. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Mr. Irino graduated with a Law degree from Tokyo University and upon graduation he joined METI in 1987. After then, he has held various positions including experience working overseas as visiting fellow at Stanford University in the US and Commercial Counsellor at Embassy of Japan in UK, Head of Singapore Office, Chief Representative for Asia and Oceania at NEXI Singapore, assigned by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). In Japan, he worked as Senior Fellow at Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, Director of Small and Medium-sizes Enterprise Agency, and Natural Resources and Energy Agency in METI. He also worked as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State of METI and Chief Representative for Parliament affairs at Minister's Secretariat of METI, Director General of Planning Department at JETRO to assist Japanese local governments and small and medium enterprises to expand their exports of agricultural, industrial and other products to overseas' market.
DR. GEORGE OLCOTT
DAI-ICHI LIFE HOLDINGS,
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.
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.
EMEIA TRANSACTION ADVISORY SERVICES LEADER
Andrea Guerzoni has led TAS in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) since 2014, guiding thousands of transaction professionals in three continents and 99 countries. Andrea joined EY as an auditor in Milan in 1995. In 2004 he became Global Leader for the Transaction Support function as part of TAS, and in 2012 was appointed Head of TAS for the Mediterranean Region. Andrea graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Modena, and has been a Registered Auditor since 1999 and an EY Partner since 2005. As a business advisor and transaction practitioner himself, Andrea has advised corporate boards and private equity firms across the globe on a large range of transactional and transformational situations including M&A, post-deal integrations, strategic portfolio reviews, Initial Public Offerings, reorganizations and restructuring processes.