Speaker

Mr. Frederik Tauber
Chief Commercial Officer, BLOXHUB, Copenhagen, Denmark

Frederik Tauber is the Chief Commercial Officer at BLOXHUB. In charge of renting out the 10.000m2 in the co-working space, creation and cultivation of the existing BLOXHUB network, and the BLOXHUB export initiative in partnership with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
As a Constructing Architect, he has 20+ years of experience within the building industry, mainly working as head of project development departments, at top Danish architectural design studios.

Mr. Yesser Helmy
Head of Sales, Smart+Connected Communities, APJC, Cisco

Yasser Helmy is Head of Smart Cities Sales and Business Development for Cisco in Asia Pacific & Japan. Prior to joining Cisco, Yasser held management and sales/presales roles with Hewlett-Packard, Fastlane, and SITA. He joined Cisco in 2005 for the creation of the Connected Real Estate business in the Middle East and was a founding member of the global Smart+Connected initiative at Cisco. Yasser has been involved in Smart City projects on five continents including Dubai, Sao Paolo, Barcelona, Nice, Jaipur, and Adelaide.

Dr. Hiroyuki SUZUKI
Executive Vice President, ATR/ Strategy Director & Leader of the Innovation Hub Activity, Keihanna Research Complex
Mr. Lorenzo Di Pietro
Executive Director, Barcelona Activa
Mr. Naoyoshi Shimaya
CEO, METABIRDS Co., Ltd.

Naoyoshi Shimaya was born in Osaka. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at Osaka University in 1998, he went to work at a major computer manufacturer, where he planned and developed computer software and mobile operating systems.
He established Metabirds Co., Ltd. in 2006 and was appointed president.
He conducted business for enterprises and general consumers as a specialist in virtual online society and conversational computing.
In 2018, he began focusing on developing automated conversational systems for AI smart speakers.

Ms. Nana Matsui
CFO, IYD Co., Ltd.

Nana Matsui is currently is on the Faculty of Engineering at Osaka University. Her participation in Japan Innovation Challenge 2016 (rescue robot contest using drones) kickstarted her involvement in the drone industry. She co-founded IYD Co., Ltd. in March 2018 based on technology (now patented) for safe, continuous drone flight developed by a company member at the time.

Mr. Keisuke(Kasey) Tanaka
CEO, PACIFIC WAVE CO., LTD.

Keisuke Tanaka began space-related research using connections with people involved in NASA from his time studying abroad in the US. At the same time, he is working not on selling sleep paraphernalia, but creating a high-quality sleep environment, starting with research into sleep quality, the foundation of human health.
He has also been an integral part of the water bed boom, with support from a leading Japanese bed manufacturer. He went on to develop mats and cushions made with Japan’s first 3D grid gel (Geltron) and worked to entrench this new material. It has been used by over 300,000 people in the field of nursing care.

Ms. Machi Takahashi
President and Co-CEO / Co-Founder, Stroly Inc.

Machi Takahashi is the founder and CEO of Stroly located in Kyoto, Japan. She is a Japanese native who was brought up in the US in her youth. Recently, she was selected as the 10 female entrepreneurs of Tokyo (APT-Tokyo) and was also introduced in Forbes Japan as leading female entrepreneur.

Mr. Nozomi Kubota
CEO, Creator’s NEXT.inc.
Mr. Patrick Synge
Co-founder and Partnership Director, Eliport

Patrick is the Partnerships Director and co-founder of Eliport, a company dedicated to automating all kinds of short journey delivery. Originally from the UK he has lived in Barcelona for nearly 8 years where he held positions in two different multinational companies before entering into the world of Startups and, more specifically, logistics.

Mr. Ivan Caballero Garcia
CEO, Social Coin

The 1st Empathetic AI specialized in Cities, by Iván Caballero, Social Coin and Citibeats CEO.

Mr. Kirill Blazhko
CEO, Tunnll

Kirill is a CEO of Tunnll, an urban transportation startup which helps small towns to provide smart mobility to their citizens.
He founded his first startup in 2007. He started in public transit advertising and later became interested in how urban transportation works and how it can be improved with mobile, satellite and IoT technologies.
Kirill holds 2 engineering degrees: Applied IT and Data Processing Automated Systems.

Mr. Masanori Nakagawa
Managing Director, Public Foundation of Kansai Research Institute / Strategy Director, Keihanna Research Complex
Mr. Hideaki Iio
Representative Director, UTSUWA, Inc.
Dr. Norikata Kobayashi
CEO, Quadlytics Inc.
Dr. Shinji Tokunaga
COO, Jiksak Bioengineering, Inc.
Mr. Naohiro Makita
President, Myoridge Co. Ltd.
Mr. Kazuo Miyazaki
CEO, MiCAN Technologies Inc.
Mr. Kazunori(Kaz) Oki
Co-Founder and CEO, mui Lab, Inc.
Mr. Kazuki Matsumoto
CEO, Laser Linx Corporation
Mr. Nakaba Izumimoto
Assistant Director, National Police Agency

Joined the National Police Agency in 2010. Served in the Information Technology Crime Measures Department of the National Police Agency, The Information Policy Department of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, and the Information Management Department of the National Police Agency, to the current position as of August 2017.

Mr. Kazuhiko Kuwayama
VI Expert, VSN, Inc.

After working in digital circuit design for semiconductors as an electronics engineer at an information device manufacturer, Kenichi Sato joined VSN, Inc. A former executive officer at McKinsey & Company, he has been involved in over 30 consultations.
In addition to being in charge of strategic consulting for management-level clients as the “VI expert” currently holding the highest qualifications at VSN, he also creates and conducts problem-solving training programs.
He currently posts a column on MONOist, an online information hub for manufacturing specialists.

Dr. Hajimu Masuda
General Manager, ASV Development Dept., Electronics Engineering Div., DAIHATSU MOTOR CO., LTD.

Completed a Master’s program in System Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering at the Graduate School of Kobe University in 1995. Joined Daihatsu Motor in March 1998 and since worked in development related to ADAS. Completed a Doctoral program in Systems Creation at the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University in 2008.

Prof. Dr. Osamu Sudoh
Professor, The University of Tokyo

Prof. and Dr. Osamu Sudoh is the professor of the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo, and also the director of the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education, The University of Tokyo.
He has been engaged to advise so many government policy developments, including service as the Chair of the Council for Social Principles on Human-centric AI held by the Cabinet Office of Japan, as well as the Chair of the Conference toward AI Network Society held by the Ministry of Internal affairs and Communications since 2016. He participates in AIGO (AI expert Group at the OECD) on behalf of Japan.
<Major Research Books>
・Osamu Sudoh ed., Data Analysis Impact on Social Sciences: Data Visualization and Prediction in Human Society, (Springer Nature, to appear)
・Osamu Sudoh ed., Digital Economy and Social Design, Springer Verlag, 2005

Ms. Alicia Asín
CEO, Libelium Comunicaciones Distribuidas S.L.

Alicia Asin is CEO and co-founder of Libelium, a Spanish IT company that has created “Waspmote”, a wireless, modular and open source sensor hardware platform for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Alicia is a computer engineer focused on how the IoT can change our world, starting with Smart Cities and Precision Agriculture, among other applications. She holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from the Polytechnic Center of the University of Zaragoza and is a graduate of the Cambridge Judge Business School and ESADE.
She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on issues related to Smart Cities, the Democracy of the IoT based on the big data and the importance of security and privacy in the new IoT era. In June 2018, the CEO of Libelium was recognized with the “silver medal” of the Women Innovators Award by the European Commission.

Prof. Hiroshi Matsumoto
Director, IIAS/President, RIKEN

Hiroshi Matsumoto was appointed President of RIKEN in 2015 and Director of International Institute for Advanced Studies in 2018. Prior to his appointment he served as President of Kyoto University from 2008 to 2014. He is a specialist in space radio science, space plasma physics and space solar power systems (SSPS). He has received many awards and honors including the Russian Federation of Cosmonautics Gagarin Medal, the Government of Japan’s Medal with Purple Ribbon and the URSI Gold Booker Medal, the Chevalier in French Legion of Honor and the Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Prof. Tateo Arimoto
Vice Director, IIAS/Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Tateo Arimoto is a Professor and Deputy Director, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Center at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and also Principal Fellow at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).He served as Director General of Science & Technology Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Education and Science and held the position of Executive Research Fellow at the Economic and Social Research Institute of the Cabinet office.He has played an active role in public policy making and implementation in the area of science, technology and innovation in Japan and is a major promoter of science of STI policy with multidisciplinary approach.He has been a co-chair person of the OECD study projects on scientific advice and research funding system. He is also a member of the program committee of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), and the special committee of Science Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.He has published several books and numerous papers and given many invited lectures in quality journals and international conferences such as OECD, INGSA, APEC, EU, WSF, STS Forum and AAAS.

Prof. Takamitsu Sawa
Vice Director, IIAS/Professor, Shiga University

Takamitsu Sawa got his PhD degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo in 1970. He had been Professor of Economics at Kyoto University from 1980 to 2006; Distinguished Professor of Policy Studies at Ritsumeikan University from 2006 to 2010; President of Shiga University from 2010 to 2016; Distinguished Professor at Shiga University from 2016 ; Vice Director of the International Institute for Advanced Studies from 2018. His major fields include econometrics and environmental economics. He had been a member of the Central Environmental Council and the Transportation Policy Council as well as the Chairman of the latter Council. He was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2007.

Prof. Shigeru Takami
Vice Director, IIAS/Professor, Kyoto University

Shigeru Takami is a specially appointed professor, C-PiER at Kyoto University and also vice president of Kyoto Koka Women’s University. His major is educational administration and finance, and his research topic is public policy and educational resource allocation. He has a career over 35 years of teaching at universities, and experience in the field of educational research, mainly specialized in school governance, educational policy measures, and school management.
From 2008 to 2016, He was involved in the operation of the university, managing the University’s administration, working as the Deputy Vice President, and as the Management Director of Kyoto University.

Mr. Tsuyoshi Kinoshita
Vice President, the Internet Association Japan
Mr. Hayato Shimizu
Mayor,Saitama City

Mr. Shimizu was born in 1962. He graduated from the Nihon University College of Law. In 1988 he graduated from the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management as a member of that institution’s seventh class, and in 2003 he began serving in the prefectural assembly in Saitama Prefecture. In 2009 he became the mayor of the City of Saitama, a position in which he’s currently serving his third term. He likes the expression, “The key to succeeding is to keep trying until you succeed.”

Mr. Koichi Noguchi
Partner, PwC Consulting LLC

Mr. Noguchi specializes in such aspects of corporate reform as strategic planning and group management. Currently, he’s helping support the development of platforms to facilitate corporate innovation by offering assistance to overseas startups, universities, and NPOs as they collaborate to innovate, from strategic planning to implementation. In addition to launching new businesses for the PwC Japan Group, he leads PwC New Ventures & Innovation, a new global organization through which PwC provides a digital platform business using the latest technologies, in Japan. He also pens the “Smart Times” column for the Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun, and his recent publications include Everything You Need to Know about the Sharing Economy (Nikkei Publishing).

Mr. Kazuki Ishihara
Deputy Director, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of JAPAN, National Strategy Office of Information and Communications Technology / Sharing Economy Promotion Office

Mr. Ishihara joined the Cabinet Secretariat’s National Strategy Office of Information and Communications Technology in 2017. He also manages the co-located Sharing Economy Promotion Office, which is responsible for matters related to the sharing economy. In addition to providing the government’s point of contact for businesses and local governments that are seeking advice, his organization works to support the use of the sharing economy to resolve regional issues.

Ms. Fumie Matsubara
Manager, economic news, TV Asahi corporation

Through positions in the Political Department and Economic Department at TV Asahi’s News Bureau, Ms. Matsubara served as a News Station director and as a Coverage Station director. She subsequently worked as a Coverage Station chief producer and became manager of economic news in 2015.
She received the Galaxy Award and the Japan Congress of Journalists Award for “Lessons of the Weimar Constitution,” which was broadcast by the Coverage Station in March 2016.

Mr. Toru Igarashi
Associate Section Manager, Planning and Coordination Division, Aizuwakamatsu City

Mr. Igarashi joined the government of the City of Aizuwakamatsu in April 1993. After working in areas such as internal information system administration, deployment of IT at elementary and middle schools, and joint administration of information systems with nearby cities, towns, and villages, he became responsible for renewable energy and environmental protection in April 2012 following the Great East Japan Earthquake. In April 2014 he joined the Planning and Coordination Section, where he’s responsible for smart city and regional revitalization initiatives.

Mr. Tomohito Honjo
Manager, DataBusinessProject, Business Development Division, Omron Social Solutions Co., Ltd.

April 1990
Joins Omron Corporation and goes on to work for 14 years in PLC technical support in the factory automation industry.
October 2004
Starts marketing PLCs to the Korean market at Omron Electronics Korea.
October 2009
Returns to Japan and starts working in business and product planning in Omron’s Controller Division.
April 2016
Starts working in IoT business planning in the Product Division’s Planning Department.
November 2017
Joins Omron Social Solutions Co., Ltd., where his responsibilities include new data-driven businesses.

Mr. Koji Maehara
Manager, Industry and Tourism Division, Niseko Town

Mr. Maehara was born in Sapporo in 1966. He joined the government of the Town of Niseko in 1991. He has been involved in such areas of responsibility as sewer maintenance planning, regional IT deployment, and the establishment of Radio Niseko, a community FM station. He came to his current position in 2014.

Mr. Kazuya Hazeyama
Chief, Energy Projects Section, Urban Development Promotion Office, City Development Policy Planning Bureau, City of Sapporo

Mr. Hazeyama joined the government of the City of Sapporo in 2002. He came to his current post in 2013 after working in the City Bureau’s Building Department and the Construction Bureau’s Sewer Facility Department.

Ms. Sayuri Noji
General Manager, Community Energy Division, THE KANSAI ELECTRIC POWER CO.,INC.

April 1992 Joined Kansai Electric Power Co.,Inc.
July 2015  KANDEN CS Forum Co.,Inc. President
July 2018  Kansai Electric Power Co.,Inc. General Manager Community Energy Division

Mr. Yasuo Ito
Chief Expect Social Solution Div1 Sales Group, Fuji Elctric Co.,Ltd

March 1981
Graduated from the Electrical Engineering Department at Shibaura Institute of Technology.
April 1981
Joined Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.

Since joining Fuji Electric, Mr. Ito has worked in measurement control systems engineering, SCADA application development, solar power system design, promotion of smart community technology, and other areas. Currently, his responsibilities include systems that facilitate the local production and consumption of renewable energy and energy BCP as a social solutions salesperson.

Mr. Junichi Hirota
Engineer, Recycling-based society promotion department, Environmental division, Kyoto Prefecture

2014
Completed master’s program in molecular engineering at Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Engineering.
2014
Joined Kyoto Prefecture’s Recycling-based Society Promotion Department.

Mr. Jussi Rönty
Project manager, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Jussi Rönty, M.Sc. (Tech) in Industrial Engineering and Management.
Research Scientist / Project manager at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Mr. Rönty has over 12 years of research and project management experience at VTT in the research area of energy efficient and interactive buildings in the context of Smart Cities. His expertise covers energy efficiency of buildings, energy demand management, performance verification and monitoring of buildings, indoor environment quality, IoT sensors and data analysis, BIM/BEMS, wood/bio -based building materials and construction techniques. He has been working with business and service models. Involved in national and international research projects and customer projects.

Mr. Federico Salvitti
Managing Partner, Head of Digital Sales Enablement, Digital Business Council

Currenlty in charge for GE Healthcare’s global Digital Sales Innovation, Federico Salvitti spent 11 years at Gartner as a Director in charge of the launch of 3 new services (the Education, the Invest and the Marketing Leaders advisory services) and had Sales Side responsibility in the implementation of Gartner’s first Content Marketing Platform and Sales White Space Analysis Tool. He also founded one of Europe’s largest education portals “Universita.it” and served as adjunct lecturer at the Imperial College of London for the Chartered Institute of Marketing and for the Digital Marketing Institute. Frequent presenter at Sales, Marketing and Innovation events such as Marketing Week, Federico is trusted advisors to entrepreneurs, VC principals and corporate executives.

Mr. Luca Catania
Chief Growth Officer, Digital Business Council

With more than 16 years of experience on the field, Luca is one of the pioneers of Conversion Rate Optimization in Europe. Since 2001, he has been working internationally (Italy, France, UK, Japan, USA, New Zealand and Australia) and across multiple client sizes and industries (food, insurance, SaaS, travel, mobile, health, wellness, renewable energy, etc.).

He is one of the most recommended specialists on LinkedIn and author of a unique growth methodology that already enabled companies all around the world to increase revenue and customer happiness while reducing lapse rate and cost per acquisition.

As a digital marketing leader, UX/CX expert, trainer and marketing coach, Luca supported the digital growth of companies like PwC, IKEA, nib health insurance, Fiorucci, and many more.

Dr. Sujit Dey
Professor, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California San Diego

Sujit Dey is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Director of the Center for Wireless Communications, and the Director of the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur at University of California, San Diego. He heads the Mobile Systems Design Laboratory, developing innovative technologies in mobile cloud computing, adaptive multimedia and networking, green computing and communications, and predictive and prescriptive analytics to enable future applications in connected health, immersive multimedia, and smart transportation.

Mr. Bin Lei
Vice President for Sales, Gyrfalcon Technology Inc.

2016- Current Gyrfalcon Technology Inc.
Vice President of Sales
2011-2016 Syncomm Technology Corp.
President & CEO
・Responsible for company’s overall’s operation, product direction, business and financials.
・Provided solutions to worldwide tier one customers including Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Sony, LG, JVC, Haier, Alibaba, and etc.
・Winner of Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific 2014, combining technological innovation, entrepreneurship and rapid growth of 96%
・Winner of CES Innovation Awards, Las Vegas 2015 and 2016.
2006-2011 C2 Microsystems Inc.
Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Business Development
・Responsible for company’s worldwide sales and business development.
・Provided solutions to worldwide tier one consumer customers including Roland, Denon Marantz, Toshiba, Sony, Samsung, TCL, Haier, and etc.
・Winner of CES Innovation Awards, Las Vegas 2011.
2002-2007 ArcSoft Inc.
Sr. Director, Business Development and Product Marketing, Consumer Electronic Business
・Responsible for company’s consumer electronic business unit, including its engineering, sales and FAE organizations.
・Developed partnerships and created business and licensing models with Intel, TI, Nvidia, Philips, Freescale, Mentor Graphics, and ARM.
・Established strategic relationships and provided solutions to global CE companies such as HP, Epson, Ericson, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, LG, Nokia and Motorola.

Dr. Chen-Yu Lee
Director, Taipei Smart City Project Management office

Dr. Lee is currently the consultant for Taipei Computer Association as well as the director for Taipei Smart City Project Management Office (PMO). Before PMO was established, Cloud Computing Industry Projects, UX Projects, E-learning Projects, etc. He has over 15 years of experience in the research of ICT related industry. Since the establishment PMO in 2016, Dr. Lee has vigorously led the team to assist Taipei City Government with diverse Smart City projects, including Top-down policy projects and bottom-up POC projects. With long-term observation in smart city industry, Dr. Lee is able to provide professional analysis and strategic advice service to the city government as well as the industry.

Mr. Simon Dixon
Partner, Global Transportation Leader, Deloitte LLP

Simon Dixon is the Global Transportation Sector Leader for Deloitte and a Partner in Deloitte’s Public Sector Practice. He specialises in the delivery and commercial management of large and complex business-critical transformational programs and has a track record of putting government policy into practice. Simon advises and partners with clients with the aim of doing things ‘better, simpler & cheaper’ to support a world-class transport operation. He also leads the global initiatives into the Future of Mobility and Smart Cities.

Mr. Yuji Yamaga
President, Managing Director, Dassault Systèmes K.K.

Managing Director of Dassault Systèmes K.K. since November 2017. He started his career in 1983 at IBM Japan Ltd. as a sales representative, and then worked at IBM HQ in US as an international assignee. Two years later he returned to IBM Japan and appointed as Director of Business strategy, and Director of Communications sector. In 2007, he joined Microsoft Co., Ltd. as Executive Officer and Director of Communications sector. He subsequently served as Managing Executive Officer of Enterprise Services, and Managing Executive Officer of Cloud Business. His responsibilities at Microsoft included launching Office 365 and Microsoft Azure in the enterprise market. In February 2015, he joined salesforce.com Co., Ltd., where he was appointed initially as Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales and later as Senior Vice President of Digital Innovation, and led the effort to help customers accelerate their digital transformation. He received his LL.B. in law from Keio University in 1983.

Dr. Bambang Subiyanto
Vice chairman, Indonesian Institute of Sciences(LIPI)
Dr. Susumu Maruno
Director General of RDDM Promotion Center, Public Foundation of Kansai Research Institute
Dr. Sébastien Tremblay
Professor, Université Laval/Scientific Director, UMRsu (Joint Research Unit for urban science)

Professor at Laval University, and the Director of the Joint Research Unit in Urban Sciences (JRUus) – a consortium of academic, industrial and government partners teaming up in a joint R&D initiative to create innovative and smart solutions to city emerging challenges. His research program is centered on human interactions with technologies.

Dr. Gilles Savard
General Director, IVADO (Institute of Data valorization)

General Director of the new Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO) since 2017, which brings together more than 70 industrial, institutional and government partners in statistics, AI and operational research.
He is a specialist in bi-level mathematical programming, with applications in energy and transportation.

Dr. Christophe Guy
VP, Research and Graduate Studies, Concordia University

The VP of Concordia University, Ex-chief executive officer of the Ėcole Polytechnique of Montréal. Also the co-founder of both the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec, and the Canadian Aerospace Research and Innovation Consortium.

Mr. Teppo Rantanen
Executive Director, Growth, Innovation, and Competitiveness, City of Tampere

Mr. Rantanen is currently working City of Tampere as an Executive Director of growth, innovation and competitiveness, responsible for SmartCity and other major city development programs.
Teppo has been the with Deloitte 2002-2016, last two years in London as member of Global Technology, Media and telecommunications leadership team, before that CEO of Deloitte Finland 12 years.
Before joining Deloitte Teppo was Nordic leader of Andersen Risk Consulting, located in Stockholm and prior to that in Helsinki and London.

Dr. Yukihiko Okumura
Senior Manager, NTT DOCOMO, INC

Dr. Yukihiko Okumura has been engaged in the research, standardization and development of wideband/broadband mobile radio communication technologies, terminals and systems, at NTT DOCOMO, INC since 1992. He is currently engaged in the research of 5G radio access technologies and is promoting field trials of 5G system. He is a Leader of 5G Radio Access Network Research Group, 5G Laboratories, NTT DOCOMO, INC., and a Leader of 5G Trial Promotion Group, the Fifth Generation Mobile Communications Promotion (5GMF), Japan.

Prof. Julia Cassim
Project Professor, KYOTO Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology

Julia Cassim’s career spans the worlds of art, design, museum studies and social activism. She studied fine art at Manchester College of Art and Design and Tokyo University of the Arts on a Japanese Government scholarship. She has an MPhil from the International Centre for Heritage Studies at the University of Newcastle and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Art (RCA) and of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and is an international authority on inclusive design. The 24 and 48 Hour Inclusive Design Challenges she organised at the RCA Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design have been held in 21 cities worldwide, involved over 800 designers and were the subject of an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2010.
In May 2014, she was appointed Professor at the KYOTO Design Lab, a centre for interdisciplinary design innovation at the Kyoto Institute of Technology. A recent project bringing together science and design won a Dutch Design Award in 2016. She was included in Design Week’s ‘Hot 50’ list of people who most influenced the design world in 2010.

Mr. Noriyoshi Yamazaki
General Manager, Okinawa Open Laboratory

Board Member, IIGA Ltd.
Teacher, Kogakuin University
Incorporator, General Incorporated Association Okinawa Open Laboratory

Mr. Jason Twill
Innovation Fellow, School of Architecture, Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, University of Technology Sydney

In 2016, Jason was appointed as an Innovation Fellow within the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney and leads research into regenerative urbanism, housing affordability, and green building economics. He is a co-founder of both the International Living Future Institute and Green Sports Alliance and originator of the Economics of Change project. Jason was designated a LEED Fellow by the United States Green Building Council in 2014, was named a 2015 and 2017 Next City Global Urban Vanguard and is an appointed Champion and advisor to Nightingale Housing in Australia.

Mr. Ulrich Ahle
Chief Executive Officer, FIWARE Foundation

Ulrich Ahle is a reputed executive in the IT service business, formerly Vice President at the global IT system integrator Atos in Germany. He is also founder and member of the Board of the International Data Spaces Association in Germany.

After an apprenticeship as toolmaker at Hella KG, he studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Paderborn. In his career, Ahle held several positions as development engineer, project manager, sales director and Vice President. He has been part of Nixdorf Computer AG, Siemens and Atos.

Since September 2016 Ulrich Ahle is Chief Executive Officer of the FIWARE Foundation.

Mr. Peter Wearne
General Manager – Facilities, Melbourne Cricket Club

Peter Wearne has bee the General Manager – Facilities with the Melbourne Cricket Club since 2006, and as such is responsible for one of the world’s largest sporting stadiums, the MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND (MCG). The MCG attracts over 3 million fans per year and has a capacity in excess of 100,000 fans. The Melbourne Cricket Club has 122,000 members and over 225,000 on the waiting list. The MCG is one of the busiest stadiums in the world wth over 90 event days and 1,000 non-event day functions annually.

Prof. Toshi H. Arimura
Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University

Dr. Toshi H. Arimura is a Professor of Political Science and Economics and Director of the Research Institute for Environment Economics and Management at Waseda University in Tokyo. Prior to joining Waseda, he was a Professor at Sophia University in Tokyo and. was a visiting scholar with George Mason University and Resources for the Future as an Abe Fellow. His research filed is environmental economics. He is a coauthor of An Evaluation of Japanese Environmental Regulation: A Quantitative Approach from Environmental Economics (Springer 2015). Dr. Arimura holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota, an MSc in environmental sciences from the University of Tsukuba and a BA from the University of Tokyo. He has served on a number of Japanese government committees on environmental issues. He received the Academic Award of The Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies in 2018

Prof. Shigeharu Okajima
Associate Professor, Kobe University

He is an associate Professor at Osaka University of Economics and a research member of Kobe University. He was an associate Professor at Kobe University. He got a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. His research interests are Applied Econometrics, Computational Statistics, Behavioral and Energy Economics.

Dr. David Elisha Olatunji
President/Co-founder, AFRICAN SMART CITIES INNOVATION FOUNDATION (ASCIF)

Mr David had served to date as the Founder/CEO African Smart Cities Innovation Foundation (ASCIF) with aims and objectives of providing an affordable/accessible accommodation for the communities/cities, complementing government efforts in creating ideal living and working environment for its citizens across Africa.

Mr. Hidekazu Sakurai
Senior Planning Officer, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)

Mr. Sakurai joined the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (currently the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications) in 1995. In 2014, he became a senior planning officer in the Cabinet Secretariat’s National Strategy Office of Information and Communications Technology. In 2015, he became a senior planning officer at the Cabinet Secretariat’s National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity. He came to his current position in July 2018.

Mr. Ichiro Hirose
Chief Information Officer, Takamatsu City

Mr. Hirose joined the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in 2009. After working in areas such as broadcasting regulation review, policy evaluation, fiscal policy, and regional ICT utilization, he took some time off to study in the U.S. Then in July 2017 he became the deputy director of the City of Takamatsu’s General Affairs Bureau before moving to his current position this April. Mr. Hirose is from Tokyo.

Mr. Kazutaka Seto
Director, Department of Industries and Construction, Kahoku City

Mr. Seto began working for the City of Takamatsu in Ishikawa Prefecture in 1978, starting a long period of involvement with urban planning through assignments that includes postings in the Commerce and Industry Section, the Town Planning and Infrastructure Development Department, the Planning Section, and the Regional Development Section. He became an employee of the City of Kahoku in March 2004 when that city absorbed Takamatsu. He subsequently was appointed to serve as the manager of the Industry Revitalization Section and then of the City Construction Section in 2012 before being assigned to his current position in 2016.

Ms. Kaori Arimoto
Cheif, Department of Regional collaboration and ICT promotion, NTT DOCOMO, INC.

Ms. Arimoto was involved in launching the IoT Design Girl talent development project. In 2002, she joined NTT Docomo, where she was assigned to the Gunma Branch’s corporate sales team. In 2007, she was seconded to docomo.com, where she was involved with mobile content planning and consulting. In 2014, when she belonged to Corporate Sales Department 1 at Docomo, she launched the Agricultural ICT Project Team. Currently she works to promote regional IoT.

Ms. Shino Nozaki
Corporate Communication Division, Corporate Marketing Strategy Heaquarters, ROHM

Ms. Nozaki proposed the winning E-team entry, “App for Visualizing Bus Passenger Data in Crowded Kyoto,” at the first IoT Design Girl competition.
At Rohm, she learned the ropes by managing the company’s Twitter presence and working in the Domestic Tradeshow Group before moving on to her current position in the Overseas Promotion and Planning Group, where she’s involved with tradeshows, press conferences, and other overseas events (primarily in India).
She films videos with drones in her spare time.

Mr. Isao Tada
Deputy section chief, Information Policy Division, Hall Planning Department, Kakogawa City

Mr. Tada joined the Kakogawa City Hall in 1998. He was assigned to the Information Policy Section in 2014 and then to his current position in 2015.

Mr. Masayoshi Fukushima
Manager, Local Development Support Office, IoT Business Development Division, KDDI CORPORATION

Mr. Fukushima graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering at National Institute of Technology, Hachinohe College, in 1998. He joined KDDI Corporation the same year and began working on the construction of domestic communications networks. In 2012 he was transferred to the company’s Reconstruction Support Office, and in 2013 he was seconded to the city of Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, where he helped support the reconstruction effort following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Since 2016 he has worked to demonstrate and implement IT and IoT solutions related to regional revitalization.

Mr. Ryosuke Nakamine
Director, Kyoto Smartcity Promotion Association

Mr. Nakamine joined the Osaka High Public Prosecutors Office and the Ministry of Justice, where his responsibilities include criminal investigation, as a public servant. In 2014 he joined Think & Act, Inc., a consultation and human resources company where his responsibilities as the director of the Advanced Technology Business Creation Department have included developing IoT systems for streamlining the collection of industrial waste.
In September 2018 he joined the Kyoto Smartcity Promotion Association, where he’s responsible for big data utilization platform development.

Mr. Kazuhisa Shibayama
President & CEO, AGOOP Corp. / Vice President, Big Data Strategy Division, SoftBank Corp.

In 2003 Mr. Shibayama joined SOFTBANK BB Corp and he is involved in planning and development of data analysis system utilizing “Geographical Information System (GIS)”.
In April 2009, he established Agoop Corp, as one of the SOFTBANK Group and engaged as a director.

Mr. Haruki Sawada
Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance Japan

Graduated from Kyoto University. Joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 2002, Taiwan Mitsubishi Corporation during 2004 and 2008, Mitsubishi International GmbH (Germany) during 2014 and 2017. Became Executive Director of Green Sports Alliance Japan from December, 2017.

Prof. Satoshi Nakamura
Professor, Nara Institute of Science and Technology / Team Leader, Tourism Information Analytics Team, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Director of Data Science Center and Professor of Graduate School of Science and Technology, Nara Institute of Science and Technology. Team Leader of Tourism Information Analytics Team of RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project. Honorar professor of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, ATR Fellow, ISCA Board, IEEE Fellow, and IPSJ Fellow. Received Ph.D. from Kyoto University in 1992. Worked for Sharp Corporation, served as Associate Professor of Nara Institute of Science and Technology in 1994-2000, Director of ATR Spoken Language Communication Research Laboratories in 2000-2008, Vice president of ATR in 2007-2008. Director General of Keihanna Research Laboratories and the Executive Director of Knowledge Creating Communication Research Center, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan in 2009-2010. Awarded with the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Internal Affair and Communications, and the LREC Antonio Zampoli Award 2012.

Mr. Makoto Maeda
Deputy Director General, Fukuoka Directive Council

After graduating from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at National Institute of Technology Kurume College in 1983, Mr. Maeda went to work in design and research for NEC Corporation. In 1992 he joined Kyushu Matsushita Electric Co., Ltd. (currently the Connected Solutions Company), where he worked in planning and sales. In 2004, he became a project coordinator in the Intellectual Property Office at Kyushu University (currently the Academic Research and Industrial Collaboration Management Office), where he was involved in facilitating collaboration among industry, academia, and government in areas such as large project management, and where he served as an associate professor and as deputy director. Since 2014, he has served as president and representative director of the Kyushu TLO Company.

Mr. Maeda has participated in the Fukuoka Directive Council since its founding in 2011, including by serving as the deputy chairman of the Smart City Subcommittee. In July 2018, he became the organization’s deputy director general.

Prof. Akihiro Kubota
Professor, Tama Art University

Born in 1960, he is currently the professor of Art and Media Course in the Information Design Department at Tama Art University.

Mr. Housuke Nojiri
SF author

Science-fiction author, content maker and technician from Nicotech. Born in 1961, now living in Tsu-shi in Mie, Japan. Before becoming a professional author, has been an Instrument & control engineer, a CAD programmer, and a game designer. Now a part-time author exploring self-sufficiency through hunting. Winner of the Seiun award for seven times for “Fuwa-fuwa no Izumi”, “Taiyō no Sandatsusha”, “Chinmoku no Flyby”, and “Nankyokuten no Peer-Peer dōga”. A member of the Space Authors club. License holder of the first hunting, trapping hunting and a third-grade gam radio operator.

Prof. Shigeru Kobayashi
Professor, Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences

Professor Kobayashi earned his doctoral degree in media design from the Keio University Graduate School of Media Design. He began working for an electronic instrument manufacturer in 1993 and later joined IAMAS in 2004. He explores methodologies for utilizing open-source hardware and digital fabrication technologies to empower people with diverse skills, perspectives, and experience to collaborate in innovation. His published works include Prototyping Lab 2nd Edition. He serves as the general director of the Ogaki Mini Maker Faire.

Mr. Akira Noda
Nicotech

Mr. Noda has led Nicotech, a platform for creating videos as mashups of popular animated content online that developed from his interest in R&D, since 2007 while working as an engineer. He’s also shepherded NT Kyoto, an exhibition where fans gather to view about 80 submissions from the site, since 2009.