Senior Industry Professionals
Heads Japan Post Bank's nascent private equity investment program and is responsible for all aspects of its creation and construction. Prior to joining Japan Post Bank in February 2016, spent most of his career at Nippon Life Insurance Company, where he was portfolio manager establishing and leading Nippon Life's private equity operations out of its US subsidiary and also was Head of Product Development at Nissay Asset Management Co. the asset management subsidiary of Nippon Life just prior to joining Japan Post Bank, among other various roles he held there.
He has a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Tokyo, LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School, has passed the New York Bar Exam and also is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan.
Jesper Koll has been investing in Japan since becoming a resident in 1986. In July 2015, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of WisdomTree Japan. Over the past two decades, Jesper has been consistently ranked as one of the top Japan strategists/economists, having worked as Chief Strategist and Head of Research for major U.S. investment banks J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch. His analysis and insights have earned him a position on several Japanese government and corporate advisory committees. In late-2016, Governor Koike appointed Jesper to her Tokyo Financial Center Advisory Board. He is also one of the few non-Japanese members of the Keizai Doyukai, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives. He has written three books in Japanese, Towards a New Japanese Golden Age, The End of Heisei Deflation, and the recently published Japan's Economy - The Envy of the World.
Masanori Asawaka has been a Managing Director of Denso Pension Fund since June 2015.
Prior to his current role, he had served as Global head of Finance & Accounting and Director of Internal Control at Denso Corporation. During his time as the Internal Control Officer, he introduced Sox Law to the group companies on a consolidated basis. He has spent most of his career in business planning, finance and IR as management, where he was responsible for wide range of business: developing business and capital strategy, asset management, financing, foreign exchange and cash management, tax and financial reporting matters including introducing IFRS. He also contributed to Denso's overseas business expansion through his work at Denso’s European Headquarters in Netherlands for several years.
In addition to his current role, he has been the head of Aichi Prefecture Pension Fund Association since 2017.
He holds a BA in Economics from Keio University.
Joined IFM Investors in 2017. Deepa Bharadwaj has senior level responsibility for managing IFM Investors' infrastructure operations, including fundraising, sourcing investment opportunities, transaction execution, asset management, and developing client relationships. Ms. Bharadwaj represents IFM Investors as an Alternate Director on the Board of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation. Ms. Bharadwaj has spent more than 25 years in investment banking with Standard Chartered Bank, Credit Suisse, Paribas and Bank of America. She has extensive global expertise in the infrastructure and energy sectors, having worked in the US, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Ms. Bharadwaj’s 13 years at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore included senior leadership roles, most recently as Global Head for Power, Transportation and Infrastructure. In the course of her career, Ms. Bharadwaj has successfully concluded several billion dollars in advisory and financing transactions including marquee deals in power, utilities, renewable energy, infrastructure and transportation. Ms. Bharadwaj also has extensive experience in sustainable finance, diversity and inclusion, women's leadership, and mentoring.
BA (Economics) (Hons) (St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi); Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta); Masters of Business Administration (New York University)
Takanori Fukushima has had an extensive career in derivatives and risk management at domestic and global investment banks. He now heads the PPP & Infrastructure Investment Research Department at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Research Institute offering research, consulting and advisory services for PPP & infrastructure investments. Clients include municipal governments engaging in PPP projects. He serves as a member of several government study groups and councils including: expert advisor for the Cabinet Office “PFI Promotion Office,” chairperson for MLIT “Study Group for Real Estate Risk Management,” member of METI “Asia Infrastructure Finance Committee,” MLIT “Study Group for Infrastructure REIT,” and MLIT “Working Group for Securitization of public-owned real estate.”
He has co-authored “Introduction to Infrastructure Investment” and jointly translated “Behavioral Finance and Investment Science: What makes money move?” both published by Nikkei Business Publications Inc.
He holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law at Waseda University and is an adjunct researcher at Institute of International Real Estate Studies at Waseda University. He is also a Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan (CMA).
Etienne Gelencsér is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Project Development & Finance practice based in Tokyo. His practice primarily focuses on finance transactions, including acquisition, project and structured finance and he regularly represents both financial institutions and corporate clients. His practice also involves the representation of sponsors and investors in private equity transactions, including fund formation, fund investment and related portfolio acquisitions. Etienne represents sponsors and lenders, private equity, leading financial institutions including Japanese export credit and development financial institutions, commercial financial institutions, trading houses and corporates.
Fabian Gröne joined EQT Partners in 2008 in Munich and worked in Stockholm from 2013 until 2014. Mr. Gröne relocated to Singapore in 2017 to build and lead the Infrastructure activities in Asia.
Prior to joining EQT Partners, Mr. Gröne worked at Goldman Sachs in London, firstly within the Investment Banking Division and subsequently in the Merchant Banking Division.
Mr. Gröne graduated from Oxford University with an M.A. (Oxon) degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics.
AISIN Employees’ Pension Fund is a corporate pension Fund of AISIN group, which mainly consists of automobile parts manufacturers in Japan. Its A.U.M. is currently 1.9B US$.
Hisashi Hatta was transferred to this Pension fund in June 2010 and has been acting as Managing director since Sep. 2010. Prior to joining Pension Fund, he had been working on AISIN SEIKI CO., LTD. since April 1979. It is a Core company of AISIN group. His main duties on AISIN SEIKI CO., LTD. was project management of oversee operations. He had 2 job assignments in U.S.(Indiana & Kentucky).
Laurent Jacquemin has over 20 years of experience in the Real Estate industry. He has recently been appointed Head of Asia-Pacific, in charge of all the operations (investments and capital raising) for AXA IM Real Assets in the region, based in Tokyo. Laurent is a member of the AXA IM Real Assets’ Extended Management Board.
Until the end of 2017, Mr. Jacquemin was European Head of Transactions, coordinating and executing deals for AXA IM Real Assets' clients across Europe. Prior to that Mr. Jacquemin was Global Head of Corporate Finance; his responsibilities included new product structuring, property finance and managing complex transactions. Between 2006 and 2010 he was Head of Corporate Finance UK based in London.Mr. Jacquemin joined AXA IM Real Assets in 2001 as Corporate Finance Manager in Paris. He started his career at Ernst & Young working both in Paris and Brussels.
Mr. Jacquemin graduated with a French Business School degree.
Hiroshi Jinno is Chief Investment Officer for International Finance Corporation based in Tokyo. He is responsible for developing and managing strategic relationships to mobilize Japanese companies for strategic projects and materializing new opportunities for high impact strategic investments in emerging and developing countries by engaging with the clients.
Prior to joining IFC, Mr. Jinno has extensive experience in corporate and investment banking business over three decades. He has broad exposure and expertise to structured finance, corporate finance, capital markets and M&A to advise his Japanese and global clients as well as principal investments. He held senior management positions with international financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Aozora Bank and Deutsche Bank.
Mr. Jinno earned B.A. from Keio University and M.P.P.M. from Yale School of Management.
Masashi Kataoka is a General Manager of Alternative Investment Group at Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company where he heads the PE and infrastructure investments team. Prior to his current role, he worked 4 years until 2014 at Dai-ichi Life’s NY office and led the manager selection and due diligence practice in alternative investments as well as strategic activities with US asset managers. Since joining Dai-ichi Life in 1997, he has about 20-year-experience in investment related sections including Investment Planning Department where he engaged in the asset allocation of entire Dai-ichi Life’s general account asset. He also has an experience working at an US based hedge fund as a trainee in 2007. He earned Bachelor of Economics in Keio University and is a chartered member of Securities Analyst Association of Japan (CMA).
Yoshi Kiguchi focuses innovative strategies and products with the investment horizon structures. He has more than 25 years of experience in investment and risk management.
Before that, Mr. Kiguchi was a managing director of Russell Investments in Japan, where he supervised several teams, and delivered a wide range of consulting and solutions to the institutional clients including Toyota. He joined Russell as a consultant in 1998.
Prior to joining Russell, Mr. Kiguchi was with Sumitomo Life for ten years. He was placed in charge of equity investments, researching capital markets, including private equities, and performing quantitative risk management and ALM.
B.S., Precision Machinery (Robotics), the University of Tokyo, 1988
Tomoko Kitao is a Managing Director at Hamilton Lane, based in the firm’s Tokyo office, where she is primarily responsible for management support and development of the firm’s client relationships in Japan. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in October 2012, Ms. Kitao was with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, most recently as Chief Manager in the International Credit Division. Previously, she was Senior Manager in the Structured Finance Division, where she was responsible for managing a portfolio of global private equity fund investments. She also has extensive experience in the Credit Division, having worked out of the bank’s New York and London offices. Ms. Kitao received a B.A. from International Christian University. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society Japan. Ms. Kitao currently holds a Sales Representative Qualification Class 1, 2, and an Internal Administrative Qualification with the Japan Securities Dealer Association.
Takako Koizumi is Head of Infrastructure at Tokio Marine Asset Management. She joined Tokyo Marine in 2016 where she acts as a gatekeeper for Japanese institutional investors. Prior to joining Tokio Marine, she worked for Resona Bank from where she started infrastructure fund investments for Japanese institutional investors in 2009. After graduating university, Ms. Koizumi started her career with Citibank in banking and M&A industry, after which she shifted directions to the real estate industry at CBRE, GE Capital, and Citibank where she was involved in a wide variety of business such as advisory, acquisitions, securitization, and lending services. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Aoyama Gakuin University and is a Certified Real Estate Appraiser.
Tadasu Matsuo oversees Japan Post Insurance’s alternative investment, ranging from private equity and infrastructure funds to real estate and hedge funds since September 2016.
Before joining JP Insurance, he headed Daido Life’s alternative investment. Served as Senior Managing Director, he also engaged in private equity fund investment and headed a business development of Alternative Investment Capital (AIC), a leading private equity FOF manager and gatekeeper in Japan. Before seconded from Daido Life to AIC, he managed Daido Life's private equity and other alternative investment for five years. Previously he was in charge of group's business development and investor relations at T&D Holdings, a listed holding company of Daido Life.
Prior to joining Daido Life, Mr. Matsuo held such posts as Director and Managing Director and served as an M&A advisor to various insurers' transactions at PwC Financial Advisory Services Japan from 1999 to 2002.
Earlier in his career, he worked for Nippon Life Insurance Company for 13 years, where he managed overseas sovereign credit loans and investments.
Mr. Matsuo received his MBA from Duke University and BA in Economics from The University of Tokyo. He passed the US CPA exams.
Anthony Muh is a Partner of H.R.L. Morrison & Co and Chairman of JIDA Capital Partners, specialist investment managers and operators of infrastructure assets. An investment professional with more than 25 years experience in both traditional and alternative investment assets. He is responsible for expanding Morrison & Co’s investment capabilities outside of its core markets of Australia/New Zealand and also oversees the development of JIDA Captial Partners, an infrastructure manager and asset operator focused on China.
Mr. Muh previously spent over a decade with Citigroup Global Asset Management and Salomon Brothers Asset Management as regional Chief Investment officer. He was a member of its global assset management committee and a member of Citigroup’s Hong Kong country board. Anthony also previously head up the proprietary investment activities in Asia Pacific with Alliance Trust PLC.
Mr. Muh is a Non Executive Director of London listed Utilico Emerging Markets Limited and was a former Board of Director of Infratil, a NZ listed infrastructure company. Mr. Muh is the current Chairman and a Council Member of Asian Corporate Governance Association and an Advisory Board member of Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc. He is a past Chairman and Fellow of Hong Kong Securities and Investments Institute and a past Chairman and Fellow of New Zealand Society of Investment Analyst (now known as INFINZ).
Shinichi Nao has been the CEO and CIO of Marunouchi Infrastructure since it launched Japan’s first diversified infrastructure fund in 2017. Before Marunouchi Infrastructure, Mr. Nao served in various positions within Mitsubishi Corporation’s infrastructure business for 24 years and recently played a key role in its bids for infrastructure privatization in Japan. He was seconded to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) from 2007 to 2014, where he engaged in investment and asset management in the energy and transportation sectors, with particular focus on airport investment in the UK. He was also involved in GIP’s marketing and investor relation activities for Japanese institutional investors. He began his career in Mitsubishi Corporation’s Oil, Gas, & Chemical Project Department, where he managed project finance transactions for energy infrastructure development projects in emerging markets. He received his LLB from Hitotsubashi University.
Mari Oi is an Executive Officer of NEXI (since April 2018) and the Head of the Structured and Trade Finance Insurance Department (since April 2015). In these capacities, Mari is responsible for driving the development of NEXI’s mid and long term financing solutions to support Japanese exports and overseas investment on a wide range of transactions in the power, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.
She has over 20 years’ experience in cross-border financings and has led on the arrangement of many ground-breaking export credit and project financings across numerous countries. After she joined NEXI in 2003, she helped develop and establish a new insurance premium system for short-term export credit insurance. Thereafter, as the Head of the Underwriting Group and Credit Analysis Group, she was responsible for the underwriting of short-term export credit insurances as well as long-term finance insurances. Ms. Oi was then promoted to Senior General Manager of the Asset Management Department in 2012 where, over the course of three years, she was instrumental to improving the operations of the Asset Management Department and paved the way for improving recovery on the many transactions underwritten by NEXI. Prior to joining NEXI, she worked primarily on project finance transactions at both the Headquarters and the London Branch of Fuji Bank (now known as Mizuho Bank).
Kaoru Onishi is Chief Portfolio Manager of Alternative & Fund investment Department of Nissay Asset Management Corporation, a subsidiary of the Nippon Life Insurance Company in Japan. Ms. Onishi is responsible for portfolio management and manager selection in the alternatives area, especially in infrastructure and private equity funds for third party clients. Prior to her current role at Nissay Asset, she leads Asia/Japan private equity funds investment primarily for Nippon Life. She has been with Nippon life Insurance Company since 1996, and she had been responsible for alternative field include ramping up Nippon Life’s international private equity fund investment program since 2003.
Yasuhiro Ono is a Director of Japan Post Bank in charge of private equity portfolio and developed infrastructure investment program. Prior to the current position, he has been involved with strategic investment and business development at Mitsubishi Corporation for almost fifteen years. He obtained the master’s degree majoring in public finance at Harvard University and honed expertise of infrastructure technology at Ph.D. program for engineering at the University of Tokyo.
Yoshihisa Otake has joined Canadian Solar Asset Management K.K. in September 2016. Canadian Solar Infrastructure Fund has been listed in Tokyo Stock Exchange Infrastructure Market since October 2017. Prior to Canadian Solar, he had worked for Mitsui Fudosan Co.,Ltd., a leading developer in Japan, for 33 years. He had successfully led the IPO of Nippon Accommodations Fund, as Director, Chief Investment Officer of Mitsui Fudosan Accommodations Fund Management, Co., Ltd.
Graduated from Kyoto University (Economics,1983) and Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University (MBA in Financial Strategy, 2003). USCPA (State of Illinois), CMA, ARES Certified Master.
Shiva Rajaraman is the Chief Executive of L&T Infra Debt Fund Ltd (L&T IDF) and National Head - Strategic Initiatives for the wholesale financing business of L&T Financial Services (LTFS).
Mr. Rajaraman has 22 years of experience in Infrastructure Finance, Infrastructure Advisory and Equity. During the period, he has contributed to and led the evaluation, advisory, structuring and financing for infrastructure projects through debt, equity and mezzanine finance.
Prior to employment with L&T Financial Services, he was employed with IDFC for 10 years, during which he worked in several areas including Project Finance, Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and Credit Risk.
Prior to IDFC, he was with the Equity Group of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, (now Commerzbank) which he joined on completion of his MBA.
Mr. Rajaraman has been a member of the Infrastructure Committees of CII and FICCI (industry associations) and on the Board of Indian Highway Management Company Ltd (IHMCL).
Geoffrey Tan is a Managing Director at Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and is OPIC’s Asia-Pacific regional representative based in Thailand.
Mr. Tan has worked in emerging markets financing for over 20 years. Since joining OPIC in 2003, he has worked primarily on power, infrastructure and access to finance. These projects have been across Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia.
Prior to OPIC Mr. Tan worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPMorgan Chase) in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong focusing on project and structured finance, and for Emerging Markets Partnership in Singapore on private equity infrastructure investments.
Mr. Tan is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Virginia, and also attended the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Yukie Tanaka is a member of the business development team, focusing on the Japanese private equity market.
Prior to StepStone, Ms. Tanaka was a representative in Japan / marketing director at Greenpark Capital, a secondary private equity fund. Before that she had extensive experience of business development and liaising with Japanese institutions through her work with Capital & Marketing and Bear Stearns. Previously Ms. Tanaka was a manager at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities in investment banking, a research advisor at Mitsubishi Research Institute.
Ms. Tanaka graduated with a MA from The University of York in UK.
2009 年、代表取締役社長直轄のスマートグリッド研究会（環境・クリーンテック関連）メンバーに選任され、2011 年にはスパークス・アセット・マネジメント㈱企業価値創造投資本部(現開発投資本部)で再生可能エネルギーファンドに向けた活動開始。
Kosei Terami joined IFC Asset Management Company (AMC) in 2014. Prior to joining AMC, Mr. Terami spent 9 years at International Finance Corporation (IFC), as Deputy Representative in Tokyo and Investment Officer at Private Equity and Investment Funds Department in Washington DC. Previously, Mr. Terami worked at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and the Sumitomo Bank (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation) in New York, Osaka and Tokyo. He holds a LLB from Kyoto University and an MBA from Yale School of Management.
IFC - a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. AMC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IFC, manages funds on behalf of a wide variety of institutional investors, including sovereign funds, pension funds, and development finance institutions. AMC invests in IFC transactions and leverages IFC's extensive footprint, network and track-record of investing in emerging markets. All its investments adopt IFC's ESG Performance Standards. AMC manages more than $10 billion across thirteen funds. Learn more at www.ifcamc.org
Jack Wang joined Mizuho Global Alternative Investments, Ltd. (“MGAI”) as a Fund Manager in April 2016. Mr. Wang has structured and helped established Japan’s first Infrastructure Debt fund focusing on project finance loans for Japanese institutional investors in July 2016. Mr. Wang successfully closed the first fund, Cosmic Blue PF Trust Lily, July 2017 and executed various transactions globally, including power projects in Asia, Middle East, and North America. Mr. Wang is responsible for sourcing, managing, monitoring the assets as well as day-to-day fund management.
Before joining MGAI, Mr. Wang was in the Global Project Finance Department of Mizuho Bank, mostly specializing in securitization and environmental matters. During his time at Mizuho Bank, Mr. Wang has led firm-wide initiatives on asset usage, portfolio management, and securitization schemes. In addition to initiating the infrastructure debt project, Mr. Wang structured and established Mizuho’s first Japanese Depositary Receipt with close collaboration of Mizuho Trust and Banking.
Prior to this, Mr. Wang was part of the Sustainable Development Office, the team responsible when Mizuho Bank served as Chair of the Equator Principle’s Association. As the Chair Bank, Mr. Wang was invited to attend and speak at various events and trainings programs and has led key outreach initiatives for financial institutions in Asia. In addition to the Chair role, Mr. Wang was also responsible for reviewing the environmental and social compliance of all project finance transactions at Mizuho Bank.
Mr. Wang was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Canada.
September 2016 - Director General, Social Infrastructure Finance Department, Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group
July 2015 - Deputy Director General and Division 3, Social Infrastructure Finance Department, Infrastructure and Environment Finance Group
December 2014 - Deputy Director General and Director, Division 3, Transportation and Telecommunication Finance Department,
April 2014 Deputy Director General, Corporate Planning Department, Corporate Group
April 2012 - Director, Coordination Division, Corporate Planning Department, Corporate Group
May 2008 - Director, Division 2, Credit Analysis Department
April 1991 - Joined Japan Bank for International Cooperation
(formerly the Export-Import Bank of Japan)
Eugene Zhuchenko has 17 years of infrastructure experience. Prior to his appointment to LTIIA, he managed an infrastructure portfolio at APG Asset Management, led M&A projects at Dubai Ports World and APM Terminals and provided transport and energy advisory services at Tebodin Consultants & Engineers and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Zhuchenko has been a board member in several private equity infrastructure companies in Europe and North America. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.