Senior Industry Professionals
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Toshiyuki Kumura joined Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd in 1983. After 10 years in sales division, he moved to investment division in 1993, where he covered oversea lending, corporate bonds and currency & interest swaps.
In 1997 he led newly created team to start to invest in private equity funds, hedge funds, emerging markets and other alternative products.
In 2002, he transferred PE fund investment team to Tokio Marine Asset Management Co., Ltd (“TMAM”), and as a Head of Private Equity, he has provided investment advisory services and Fund of PE Funds products to institutional investors and pension funds as the first Asset Management Company in Japan to provide such products.
In November 2019, he joined Japan Investment Corporation (“JIC”). He became CIO, a member of the board of JIC in December 2019.
From 1997 to the middle of 2000s, which are early days of private equity in Japan, he contributed to build up Ecosystem of Japanese PE market by investing into the first funds of many domestic buyout managers and investing into many VC funds as the first institutional investor; advising many GP of best practice in asset class which he gets from knowledge of world class PE funds; and together with a handful seasoned investment professionals, creating LP study group among many institutional investors to share knowledge of PE fund investment by holding study session periodically.
Toshiyuki Kumura has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo and a Master of International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management CMA.
Yuki is Senior Portfolio Manager of Private Equity Group, and responsible for managing and monitoring PFA’s private equity investment program. Before assuming current role, Yuki was Portfolio Manager of PFA’s public equity investment group and responsible for manager selection, portfolio construction and monitoring, mainly for Global and non-Japanese investments.
Before joining PFA in 2008, Yuki was Vice President of Investment Management Group, Lehman Brothers Japan, where she was responsible for marketing of alternative investment products and public equity investment products managed by Lehman Brothers’ affiliate companies. Prior to that, she was Portfolio Analyst of Russell Investments Japan. Yuki also spent a few years at Merrill Lynch Japan and Cazenove & Co. Yuki holds B.A. in history from Keio University.
Yuka Hata is a Managing Director and heads Fund Investment Team at Japan Investment Corporation (“JIC”).
Ms. Hata joined JIC in July 2020 in order to build and support Japan’ private equity / venture capital ecosystem as well as to provide the risk capital with the investment funds which bring Japan’s industry to the next stage. Prior to joining JIC, as a co-head of private equity, Ms. Hata worked for Nissay Asset Management where she was mainly responsible for European small-mid buyout, GP stake investments, secondary and Japan’s VC funds. She also worked for Nomura Asset Management (or Nomura Private Equity Capital) and managed fund of funds focused on Asia market as a member of Investment Committee.
Ms. Hata is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan., and received a B.A. in Environmental Information from Keio University and an M.B.A. from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales-HEC in Paris.
Noriko Hayashi is Managing Director, Head of Private Equity at ORIX Life Insurance Corporation.
She has been involved in framework building, implementing, portfolio construction and management of a global private markets program for institutional investors with primary focus on Private Equity; currently at ORIX Life, previously at Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) and firstly at Sony Life Insurance Co., Ltd., since 2000. She started her career at Mitsubishi Bank, Ltd. (MUFG Bank, Ltd.) where she covered Corporate Finance and Operational Improvement in commercial banking business.
She received a B.A. in Law from Kyoto University.
Timothy Huang is a Partner of Lexington Partners primarily engaged in the origination and evaluation of secondary purchases of non-U.S. private equity and alternative investments, and the origination of non-U.S. equity co-investments.
Prior to joining Lexington in 2011, Mr. Huang was an executive director in private equity at LGT Capital Partners and prior to that he was an engagement manager in the internal consulting group at Investment AB Kinnevik.
Mr. Huang graduated from Cornell University with a BS in business administration and from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with an MBA.
Nobuyuki joined Nomura in 2018 and is responsible for strategic planning for the alternative investment business and marketing. He is currently engaged in the promotion of Japan private equity and venture capital investing, and planning and implementing ESG integration in Nomura's alternative investments.
He started his alternative investment career in 1992 when he joined Japan Asia Investment Co., Ltd. (JAIC) as a venture capitalist. His responsibilities at JAIC included fund planning and setup, investment management, client reporting, and management of its Singapore and Thailand local operations. Subsequently he joined Nikko Cordial Securities (now called SMBC Nikko Securities), where he took charge of the intermediary business of alternative investment funds, before moving to Nomura.
He graduated from Waseda University (Japan), BA in Commerce.
Masashi Kataoka is the Head of Venture Investment Center of Alternative Investment Department at Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company where he heads the venture direct and fund investment team. Prior to his current role, he had led various teams since 2014; hedge fund team, PE / infrastructure / venture team. He worked 4 years until 2014 at Dai-ichi Life’s NY office and led the manager selection / due diligence practice 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.
Yasunobu Kawahara joined HarbourVest in 2021 and focuses on investor relationship in Japan. Yasunobu has 20+ years of financial experiences across banks, consulting firms and asset management companies. Yasunobu joined the Firm from Credit Suisse Asset Management, where he served as a Director of Asset Management Distribution team. His responsibilities included investor and consultant relations, originating and executing transactions across a variety of alternative strategies. Most recently he was Head of Asset Management Products Japan and led the firm’s product specialist team. His prior experience includes Director of Sales and Product Development role at Japan Alternative Investment, and as a Pension Consultant at Watson Wyatt (Willis Towers Watson). He began his career as a banker in Sumitomo Banking Corporation (SMBC). Yasunobu received Bachelor of Law from Waseda University. He is a native Japanese speaker.
Chris is global co-head of the firmwide Alternatives Capital Markets & Strategy (ACMS) Group, which oversees institutional capital markets, capital raising and client strategy for alternative investments, across both direct investing and open-architecture solutions in private equity, credit, real estate, infrastructure, growth equity, ESG and absolute-return strategies. Chris serves on the Partnership Committee, the Merchant Banking Division Corporate Investment Committee, the Americas Inclusion and Diversity Committee, the Hedge Fund and Private Equity Screening Committee and the Board of Advisors of Launch With GS, the firm's commitment to invest in companies and investment managers with diverse leadership.
Prior to the formation of the ACMS Group in 2019, Chris was global head and chief investment officer of the Alternative Investments & Manager Selection Group, leading the group since its formation in 2008. He first joined Goldman Sachs in 1995 in the Leveraged Finance Group, and was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2008.
Chris is vice chair of the board of The Juilliard School, director of The New York Philharmonic and trustee of Interlochen Center for the Arts. He serves on the investment committees of Collegiate School and The Juilliard School. Chris is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School.
Chris earned a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and is admitted to the New York Bar. He also earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba and an MPhil in Finance from the University of Cambridge.
Toru Masuda, Corporate Officer (Alternative Investment), joined the Bank in 1988. Prior to responsible for private equity investment in 2000, Mr. Masuda was responsible for managing corporate and emerging market investment portfolio for the Bank in London since 1996. Prior to London Branch, Mr. Masuda spent four years for M&A Advisory, direct investments in and business support for venture companies in Japan and business matching. Also he has spent a few years for international business and administration. Mr. Masuda graduated Osaka University.
Tadasu Matsuo joined HarbourVest in 2020 and focuses on enhancing and building relationships with institutional investors and general partners in Japan.
Tadasu joined the firm from Japan Post Insurance where he oversaw their global alternatives investment program, which included private equity, infrastructure and real-estate funds, as well as hedge funds since September 2016. Before joining JP Insurance, he headed Daido Life’s alternative investment, 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 where he was a senior managing director. Prior to joining Daido Life, he held roles 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.
Tadasu received his MBA from Duke University and BA in Economics from The University of Tokyo. Tadasu speaks fluent Japanese.
Sunil Mishra specializes in the sourcing and execution of Asian investments ex-China, specifically in India, Australia, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Korea.
Prior to joining Adams Street, Sunil worked for Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore performing financial and business analyses of local and regional companies. Previously, Sunil worked in India as an Investment and Strategy Associate in Tacogroup, the automotive technology and engineering investment arm of the Tata Group of India, where he worked on business planning, feasibility studies, and localization plans for new ventures.
Sunil manages relationships with several of Adams Street’s managers and sits on advisory boards of more than a dozen private equity firms within the Adams Street Partners portfolio.
Sunil is a member of Adams Street’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Committee.
Tadashi Nishizawa is an Executive Director of Private Equity Investment Department of Japan Post Bank (JPB). He has over 15 years of private equity investment experience. Before joining JPB in 2016, he was the Head of Private Equity Division of Daido Life Insurance Company between 2013 and 2016. Prior to that, he spent about 8 years at Alternative Investment Capital Ltd (AIC), an investment advisory firm in private equity investments, where he was most recently Senior Vice President and involved in the management of more than 100 private equity funds portfolio globally. Earlier in his career, he was with Daido Life Insurance Company where he had been in charge of private equity investments since 2002 as well as foreign government bond investments since 1997. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hokkaido University and is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan.
At Mizuho Trust & Banking, Mr. Numata is responsible for selecting and monitoring private funds, incl. Private Equity, Private Debt and Private Infrastructure as a gatekeeper to public and corporate pension funds in Japan. Prior to joining to Mizuho Trust in2014, he worked at Partners Group and was responsible for fund raising, sourcing private equity direct transactions and selecting private equity funds in Japan. Prior to that, he worked at Sony Life Insurance, where he started and expanded PE investment program.
Jun Qian is Schroder Adveq’s Head of Investments China and General Manager of Schroder Adveq China. He and his team are responsible for all investments in the region.
Before joining Schroder Adveq in 2015, Jun was a Director at Capital Dynamics China in Shanghai, China. From 2010 to 2013 he was a Partner at Diligence Capital, a private equity fund of fund in Beijing, China. Prior to that, he worked as Project Manager in the Competence Centre Investor Support at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Shanghai from 2007 to 2008. Before that, he worked in KPMG KPMG Advisory in Berlin, Frankfurt and Beijing.
Jun holds a Master of Economics & Management Science from the Humboldt-University in Berlin, Germany and a double Bachelor of Science & Technology Foreign Affairs and Environmental Engineering from the Shanghai University, China.
Isamu is a Partner and a member of the Client Service Team. He works closely with clients in the management of their portfolios, including providing assistance in the development and monitoring of their private equity programs. Additionally, he is actively involved in the portfolio construction and ongoing monitoring of the various fund of funds programs and separate accounts. Isamu is also involved in the development of consultant relationships.
Isamu spent 15 years with UBS Global Asset Management as a Managing Director and Head of Pension Funds Marketing. As a senior member of the Tokyo team, he was responsible for business development and relationship management of large institutional clients/consultants in Japan.
From 1990 to 1998, Isamu worked for LTCB, a Japanese bank for FX administration, corporate finance including company due diligence for loan lending, client relationship management and business development.
Isamu is a certificated member of the Securities Analyst Association of Japan (CMA).
Soichi Sam Takata has been with Tokio Marine Asset Management since the creation of the private equity investment team in 2002. Before that, Mr Takata was at Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance (Tokio Marine) working in their alternative investment team from 1997 to 1998, and again from 2001 onwards, managing a global portfolio of private equity, hedge funds, infrastructure funds, CDOs/CLOs and other alternative assets.
Mr. Takata spent three years at Tokio Marine Capital, Tokio Marine's private equity investment arm, working on management buyout and development capital transactions in Japan. During this period, he also spent time at private equity houses in the US and the UK. Prior to that, he spent over two years on secondment to the Export-Import Bank of Japan (now the Japan Bank for International Cooperation) working on project finance transactions around the world.
Mr Takata began his career in the international investment department of Tokio Marine overseeing an international portfolio of managed assets. He has a BA in economics from Harvard College.
Takeuchi joined Mizuho Asset Management in 2015 and led the firm’s initiative to establish a robust private asset investment business. He continued the role at Asset Management One, formed in 2016 by merging 4 investment business units within Mizuho Financial Group and Dai-Ichi Life Group. He regularly meet with managers of Private Equity, Private Debt, Real Estate and Infrastructure and investor clients of Asset Management One. He established Brightrust PE Japan in 2007 and, before this, he was a partner at Konomi, Inc. In 1990s Takeuchi co-headed global derivatives trading at General Re Financial Products, a Berkshire Hathaway company. Takeuchi is a member of PE Study Group at Institute of Strategic Solutions for Pension Management and a member of UNPRI Infrastructure Working Group.
Mr. Akihiro Tanaka is General Manager of Investment Management Office, Asset Management Business Planning Division and oversees all the investment strategies, including alternative products, outsourced to and managed by other firms.
Since he joined Resona Bank, Ltd. (then Daiwa Bank, Ltd.) in 1987, he has built his career at the Bank’s loan/foreign trade finance, overseas training program, foreign credit, general planning, oversight of foreign offices and compliance. In November 2001, he joined initiatives for creating a private-assets investment team at the Asset Management Business Planning Division and since then has lead development of investment framework, due diligence and monitoring, and GP relationship management extensively across private equity funds, infrastructure funds, real estate funds and debt funds. He graduated from Kobe University (Faculty of Business Administration) and earned his MBA from Stern School of Business at New York University.
Masashige Ueno joined MUTB in 2016. He is responsible for private fund investments, such as private equity, private debt, infrastructure and real estate, in its asset management business unit. Before joining MUTB, he spent more than 20 years at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and SMBC Nikko Securities where he was engaged in various banking and securities businesses, including principal investments in private funds and investment product development for institutional investors. Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering from Kyoto University. MBA, Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University.
Atsushi Akaike is Partner, Co-Head of Japan, joined CVC in 2015.Mr. Akaike is a member of CVC Japan team and is based in Tokyo. Prior to joining CVC, he spent over eleven years at Advantage Partners as a Senior Partner, he led Management and Leveraged Buy-Out transactions. Prior to this, he worked for McKinsey & Co., Tokyo, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Atsushi holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Colorado School of Mines, a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from The University of Tokyo.
Joined Advantage Partners in January 2002. Katsuya has been responsible for Advantage Partners’ investor relations, ESG, and middle/back office administration functions since 2018 and is a member of AP’s investment committee for Japan buyouts. As an investment partner prior to assuming the role of CAO, he was responsible for investments including Polygon Pictures Inc., Nihonkaisui Co., Ltd., and Xacti Corporation. After graduating from university, he joined Bain & Company Japan Inc. and was engaged in various strategic and operational projects for clients across broad industry sectors (financial services, software, auto, electronics, and others). He subsequently transitioned into venture investment and incubation activities for e-commerce and software-related start-ups before joining Advantage Partners. Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Asian Studies, University of Tokyo; Master of Business Administration (MBA), Harvard Business School.
Mr. Belonogoff is a principal for CarVal Investors. Based in London, Mr. Belonogoff is responsible for leading the firm’s London office, as well as managing individual Corporate Securities investments globally. Prior to joining the firm in 1998, Mr. Belonogoff was business development manager for Fritz Companies CIS, a subsidiary of UPS, based in Moscow, Russia. Fluent in English and Russian, Mr. Belonogoff received his MBA with a concentration in finance from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth and a B.A. in economics and Russian studies from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, graduating magna cum laude.
CarVal Investors is a established global alternative investment fund manager focused on distressed and credit-intensive assets and market inefficiencies. Since 1987, our experienced team has navigated through ever-changing credit market cycles, opportunistically investing $124 billion in 5,490 transactions across 82 countries. Today, CarVal Investors has approximately $9 billion in assets under management in corporate securities, loan portfolios, structured credit and hard assets.
Tim Burroughs is managing editor of Asian Venture Capital Journal, having joined the publication in May 2011. He is responsible for all editorial content put out under the AVCJ brand, including Asian Venture Capital Journal, AVCJtv, AVCJ Awards and AVCJ.com. Tim previously spent five years at China Economic Review, serving as editor-in-chief and then editorial director. Located in Greater China since 2003, during which time he has lived in Beijing, Qingdao and Hong Kong, Tim has been a China-based contributor for publications including The Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, BBC and China Daily. Prior to moving to China, he trained and worked as a journalist in the UK. He was honored at the Society of Publishers in Asia awards in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and at the State Street Institutional Press Awards - Asia in 2012.
Michael Chen is a managing director at Centurium Capital and responsible for the firm’s investment activities in consumer, business services and healthcare sectors. He is an experienced and respected private equity investor in China with a proven track record of successful investments. Prior to joining Centurium, he led Warburg Pincus’ consumer and services investments in China. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus in 2011, Mr. Chen was a vice president in Crescent Point, a Pan-Asia growth capital fund. Before Crescent, Mr. Chen was an associate in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong and a consultant with Accenture in China. He received a B.A. of economics from Fudan University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.
Kiichiro is a venture capitalist at WERU Investment, the oldest university affiliated venture capital firm in Japan. He leads investment research at the firm, covering a broad range of technology and industry domains. He serves on the board of portfolio companies, most notably LeoLabs which provides critical infrastructure for the growing commercial space industry.
Kiichiro began his career as an aerospace engineer working on spacecraft development at NASA/JPL and industry. Thereafter, he led business development at startups in the US and Japan until joining his current firm. Kiichiro holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering with Highest Honors from Georgia Tech.
Ryo Fujii joined Permira in 2015 and is Head of Japan. He has been involved in a number of transactions including Akindo Sushiro and John Masters Organics.
Prior to joining Permira, Ryo was at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for 9 years, where he took a leadership role in the private equity in Asia and was involved in a number of investments including Intelligence Holdings and Panasonic Healthcare. Previously, he was at Goldman Sachs in New York and Tokyo working on financial advisory and principal investment activities. Prior to that, he served as the government official at the Ministry of Finance, Japan.
Ryo currently is a partner at Permira and serves as Head of Japan at Permira Advisers KK and Member of the Board at Japan Private Equity Association. Ryo previously served as a director at John Masters Organics Group Inc., Sushiro Global Holdings, Panasonic Healthcare Holdings, Intelligence Holdings and KKR Capital Markets Japan.
Ryo received a Bachelor in Law from the University of Tokyo, and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Satoshi Fukushima is Director at Globis Capital Partners (GCP). He leads investments in problem-solving startups with a focus on healthcare and life-style sector as well as fund-raising of GCP 6th fund ($400M). His track record includes Medley (4480) and acting as a board member of AI Medical Services (Endoscopy AI), Kakehashi (SaaS for pharmacies), SDP (Clinic group specializing in surgery), justInCase (Mobile&AI based insurance), White Plus (Online dry cleaning) and Yoriso (Online platform for seniors). Prior to joining GCP in 2014, he worked at Deutsche Securities Inc. where he was acting as FA for SoftBank and other tech-companies’ fundraising and cross-border M&A transactions. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo in 2007.
James joined Permira Credit in June 2007 and has led the business as Chief Executive Officer since January 2009. He is a member of all Permira Credit investment committees.
James has over 30 years of European credit experience. In his early career he spent time at Continental Bank, Bankers Trust, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and Merrill Lynch, where he was a Managing Director in Leverage Finance.
He then joined Lehman Brothers in 2003 as co-head of European Leverage Finance, before moving across to the Financial Sponsor Coverage group in 2005.
Mr. Yuichi Hiromoto has been CEO of JIS Fund II since 2016, and he had also joined in JIS as a part time director overseeing the JIS Fund I since 2010. He has more than 25 years of widely-ranged investment experiences at Mitsubishi Corporation as EVP, Group COO at Industrial Finance, Logistics & Development Group, SVP, Division COO at Industrial Finance Division, as well as founder & CEO at Mitsubishi Corp.-UBS Realty, one of the largest J-REIT asset managers in Japan. During that time, he was a director of the Investment Trusts Association as well as chairperson of the Association for Real Estate Securitization's international committee. He serves as director of the Japan Private Equity Association. He earned a bachelor degree of law from the University of Tokyo, and an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Hideyuki has broad experience of corporate finance practices, mainly M&As and leads M&A deal originations and execution at KPMG. So far He has led major Japanese companies‘ overseas acquisitions, multinational companies‘ investments into Japan, business divestitures for PE funds, industry consolidation transactions as well as tailor-made solutions for important corporate matters. His broad industry experiences range from technologies, consumer products, industrials, business services, autoparts, renewable energy, real estate, financial services, etc.
Before joining KPMG in 2016,being a senior member at a boutique M&A firm based in Japan, he built and led an Asia-Japan cross border M&A team and created overseas partner networks.
From 2002 to 2013, he was an investment banker at UBS in Tokyo and New York, mainly covering major financial institution clients as well as multinational clients.
Before 2002, he was a senior sell-side research analyst at Goldman Sachs in Japan after he started a professional career at Mizuho Bank
Yuki Kashiyama's responsibilities include aki-japan, Genex, Shirayuki, Nakai Industrial, MWT Holdings, Sun Smile, Kugami Seiki, Tokai Trim and Primagest. Prior to joining J-STAR, Mr. Kashiyama exited from his business as founder of a biotechnology company in the U.S. and Chile, He has extensive experience in strategy, innovation management, business development and international operations. He began his career at Boston Consulting Group (“BCG”), where he worked on projects for business strategy, business development, marketing, business process re-engineering and post-merger integration in various industries such as technology, pharmaceutical and consumer goods. He received the “Consultant of the Year award” from BCG Japan. Mr. Kashiyama received an MBA from Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Tokyo.
Mr. Kita joined Advantage Partners in 2003 and leads all activities for the Japan Buyout team. Mr. Kita has also directly led many investments including Actus, MEI/Nippon Conlux, CommunityOne, Interac and Katitas. He currently serves as a Director on several investments including Wavedash, United Precision Technologies, MP Kitchen, Net Protections, Material Group, Yaruki Switch Group, Cosmolife and Dental Holding.
Prior to joining Advantage Partners, Mr. Kita was at Bain & Company Japan and focused on projects in the auto, finance, telecommunications, food products, trading houses, and healthcare sectors. Mr. Kita holds an undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Economics, the University of Tokyo, and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.
Megumi Kiyozuka currently serves as the President & Representative Director of CLSA Capital Partners Japan. In this capacity, he is responsible for the overall investment activities of the firm and serves on the board of numerous portfolio companies. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Kiyozuka was a Director focused on Japanese buyout opportunities in the consumer, healthcare, and industrial sectors with The Carlyle Group in Tokyo. He spent 6 years at Carlyle and was one of the founding members of Carlyle Japan. Prior to his tenure at The Carlyle Group, he was a Senior Manager at the MUFG Bank, Ltd., where he accumulated over 10 years of experience in M&A and syndicated loans across various countries in Asia. Mr. Kiyozuka received a B.A. in Economics from Shiga University and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.
Kazushige has approx. 30 years’ experience in private equity (PE) business. Kazushige is handling a couple of PE related business in parallel, including running a fund of funds program of Tokyo Metropolitan Government at MCP Asset Management and advisory roles as an independent consultant for global GPs.
Until 2020, he was Managing Director – Head of Primary Investments at Capital Dynamics (CD), a global private asset management company. He oversaw CD’s PE investments in Asia and also served as a member of Global PE Investment Committee and Executive Committee.
Prior to joining CD in 2010, he was President and CEO of Alternative Investment Capital (AIC), a private equity advisory firm in Tokyo. He joined AIC when it was established in 2002 and has grown AIC as globally recognized PE investor. Before AIC, he worked for Mitsubishi Corporation and handled various types of PE related business in Tokyo and London.
In addition, he is a board member of Social Investment Partners, the manager of Japan Venture Philanthropy Fund (JVPF), the first venture philanthropy fund in Japan.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hitotsubashi University.
Tsutomu Kunisawa joined Unison Capital in 2017. Prior to joining Unison Capital, he worked at Mitsubishi Corporation, Boston Consulting Group, the Development Bank of Japan and the Regional Economy Vitalization Corporation of Japan, where he engaged in corporate finance, asset securitization and private equity investment activities, with an emphasis on the healthcare industry. Tsutomu holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo.
Young is a Managing Director for Audax Private Equity, based in Boston. Since joining Audax in 2000, Young has invested in more than 40 Audax platform companies. Young primarily focuses on medical devices and products, business services, and specialty distribution. Prior to Joining Audax, Young was with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Additionally, Young is a member of the Trustee Advisory Board at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Board of Overseers for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Young is also actively involved with Harvard University, currently serving as a Vice Chair for the Harvard College Fund Executive Committee.
Young received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College.
Kathy is the former Vice Chair of Goldman Sachs Japan and Chief Japan Equity Strategist. Her groundbreaking ʻWomenomicsʼ research spurred the Japanese government to promote gender diversity, and she has advised corporations on governance and diversity best practices. She has an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an AB from Harvard.
Tetsu Onitsuka is a Partner and Head of Private Equity Japan. He joined EQT Partners in October 2021.
Prior to joining EQT, Tetsu was a founding member and Managing Director of Japan Post Investment Corporation, which managed approximately USD 1 billion in private equity funds. Prior to Japan Post Investment, he worked at TPG Capital for over ten years, ultimately running TPG’s Japan business. He also previously worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in Tokyo.
Tetsu received a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction from Harvard College, and a Master of Business Administration with High Distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School.
Rob Petty is Co-CEO and Co-CIO of Fiera Capital (Asia). Since founding the Clearwater Funds in 2001 along with Amit Gupta, they have invested profitably across credit market cycles, investment sectors and geographies, building an Asia-focused business that is one of the oldest and largest credit investing firms in the region. Today, Rob leads an Asia-dedicated credit investment team, with broad expertise in Asia incorporating strategies across direct lending, secondary credit and special situations through multiple pools of capital.
Rob is responsible for Fiera Capital’s Asian Credit business, along with Amit Gupta. Prior to founding Clearwater, for fifteen years, Rob worked as a capital committer for international and Asian credits at Lehman Brothers, Peregrine Fixed Income, and with Marc Lasry at Amroc Investments.
Rob lives in Hong Kong and holds a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from Brown University. Rob has served on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards over his 35-year career and currently sits on the board of two China-based portfolio companies and EngenderHealth, a non-profit organization that focuses on women’s health worldwide.
Kenneth leads the Sustainable Investing Group at Goldman Sachs, which is responsible for the firm's private equity impact investing efforts. He joined the firm as an investment banking analyst in 1992, and was named partner in 2006. In 2017, he left the firm and founded Mission Driven Capital Partners, a sustainability-focused private equity effort. He rejoined Goldman Sachs as a partner in 2020 to lead the Sustainable Investing Group. Kenneth earned a B.A. from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
He has over 25 years of experience investing in private equity, venture capital funds, and hedge funds in Japan and globally. Prior to founding Aizawa Asset Management, he launched Akebono Asset Management Ltd, which focused on private equity secondary business. He is a founding member of Monex Alternative Investments (“MAI”), and serves as its CEO and CIO. At MAI, part of Astmax Co., Ltd since 2012, Mr. Shiraki has launched and managed as CIO six funds of funds investing in private equity, hedge, venture capital, and property funds.
Prior to Astmax and MAI, Mr. Shiraki launched and managed several portfolios of hedge funds and private equity funds for Sanwa Bank, now part of the Mitsubishi UFJ Group. At Sanwa, Mr. Shiraki was also in charge of liquidating portfolios of private equity and hedge fund portfolios in the late 1990s at a time when Japanese banks had a lot of pressure on their balance sheets. Mr. Shiraki started at Sanwa Bank in 1993, trading fixed income.
Mr. Shiraki has been a board member of the Alternative Investment Management Association of Japan (AIMA Japan) since 2001 and currently serves as its chairman. He also serves as LP Relationship Director of Japan Venture Capital Association (JVCA) since May 2019. Mr. Shiraki holds a BA in Economics from Keio University. He also graduated from London Business School with a Masters in Finance. He is a Chartered Member of the Security Analyst Association of Japan. He is the author of several books and papers, including a titled “All about Investment Funds (Kinzai)”, published in 2006 and revised in 2014.
Wen Tan is the founder of Azimuth Asset Consulting, providing strategic, organisational and operational advice to guide asset owners and asset managers towards their long-term goals. Wen specialises in complex situations such as redesigning governance structures, conflicts of interests resolution (whether between investors, between managers and investors, within captive managers, or within family structures), succession planning, strategic growth opportunities, spinouts, and post-merger/acquisition integration.
Wen formerly headed Aberdeen Standard Investments’ Asia Pacific private equity platform, and has unique insights into the investment management industry, having viewed the sector from multiple perspectives: as a financial sector specialist at KPMG in London, as an M&A investment banker with Lazard focusing on financial institutions, from an LP perspective on behalf of various types of institutions (Search Investment Group – a family office; Squadron Capital and FLAG Capital – both boutique private equity firms; Aberdeen Asset Management and Aberdeen Standard Investments – both global investment management firms), from a GP perspective at the above firms, and from an operational perspective as de facto local COO dealing with post-M&A integration through multiple acquisitions and mergers.
Wen is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and is a member of the ICAEW and HKICPA.
He Joined Tokai Bank (currently known as Mitsubishi UFJ Bank in 1999.
In 2001, he joined IR Japan. He became a Board Member in 2013 as Head of IR/SR Consulting Division. He provided advisory services related to IR and shareholder meetings to major listed companies.
Since2015, he has been engaged in advisory on areas related to CFO at KPMG such as endorsement of capital efficiency indicators (ROIC, etc.), evaluation of business portfolio, formulation of optimal capital structure policy, building ESG strategy, supporting ESG rating improvement and sustainable finance, etc. Author of "ROIC Management" (Nihon Keizai Shimbun Publishing, 2017). He is a member of KPMG Japan Sustainable Value Japan. He was a working group member of the Committee of Optimizing Capital Efficiency at Japan Association of CorporateExecutives（2016～2017）
Jun Tsusaka is CEO, CIO and Chairperson of the ESG Committee of Nippon Sangyo Suishin Kiko Ltd. (NSSK), an investment firm established in 2014 and focused on Japan’ s middle market. NSSK currently manages five investment funds (including its flagship fund and regional impact funds) on behalf of Japanese and international government and private sector pension plans, institutional investors, endowments and family offices.
Prior to Founding NSSK, from 2006, Jun Tsusaka was a Global Partner, Investment Committee Member and Partner Selection Committee Member for TPG Capital and was responsible for establishing and building up the Japan investment and operating team, which make up the core of NSSK today.
Jun Tsusaka is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School and has an Advanced Management Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from MIT. He is a former Business Trustee of Japan’s Bankruptcy Court, is a member of the Keizai Doyukai and Seiwajuku and the President of the Harvard Club of Japan.
Mr. Wong is Managing Partner and CEO of Ares SSG. He serves on the Ares Executive Management Committee. He additionally serves as the chair of Ares SSG Investment Committee, is a member of the Secured Lending Funds Investment Committee and is a Director of Ares SSG Hong Kong. Mr. Wong primarily focuses on investment activities, as well as overseeing strategic matters and business operations of Ares SSG. Prior to joining Ares in 2020, Mr. Wong founded SSG Capital Management in 2009 and served as its Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, where he focused on special situations and private debt investments across Asia-Pacific. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong from 1997 to 2008, where he ran their Asia Special Situations Group and other credit businesses. Mr. Wong started his career at Coopers & Lybrand, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994, and went on to join JP Morgan Securities Asia in Hong Kong. He is a founding member of the APAC Alternative Credit Council (ACC), which helps in developing the private credit markets in the region. Mr. Wong holds a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Manchester Business School and the University of Wales.
Kazuhiro Yamada is a Managing Director and Head of the Carlyle Japan advisory team. He is based in Tokyo.
Since joining Carlyle in 2001, Mr. Yamada has played a leading role in several of Carlyle’s successful investments, including Asahi Security Co. Ltd, Kito Corp., Rhythm Corp., Gakusei Engokai Co. Ltd, Covalent Materials Corp., AvanStarte Inc., Walbro Co., Ltd., Simplex Inc., ARUHI Corporation and WingArc1st Inc.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Yamada was a Senior Vice President of Daiwa Securities SB Capital Markets Co. Ltd., where he engaged in cross-border mergers and acquisitions deals along with Lazard Freres. Prior to that, he worked in investment banking for five years, project finance for five years and commercial banking for five years at Sumitomo Bank (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation).
Mr. Yamada is a board member at Sunsho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, Money Square Holdings, Inc, SANKYO RIKAGAKU CO., LTD, and WingArc1st Inc. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Japan Private Equity Association.
Mr. Yamada received a BS from Doshisha University.
Eiji Yatagawa, based in Tokyo, joined KKR in 2006 and is a Partner on the Private Equity team. He is currently on the board of directors of Koki Holdings (formerly Hitachi Koki), SY Holdings (Seiyu), dataX (formerly From Scratch), NETSTARS, and Transphorm. Mr. Yatagawa was also previously involved with KKR’s investments in Unisteel (Singapore), Intelligence, PHC Holdings (formerly Panasonic Healthcare), AlphaTheta (formerly Pioneer DJ), Marelli Holdings (formerly Calsonic Kansei), and Kokusai Electric (formerly Hitachi Kokusai Electric). From 2010 to 2012, he worked in KKR's Hong Kong office. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Yatagawa was with Goldman Sachs & Co.'s investment banking team, based in New York and Tokyo, where he focused on the telecommunications, media, and technology sector and was involved in a number of mergers and acquisitions as well as financing projects. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. from the University of Tokyo.
Masa Yoshizawa is Representative Director and Partner of The Longreach Group, Inc. (“LGI”) which he co-founded in 2003. LGI is a Tokyo based consulting firm that provides investment consulting services in Japan with a focus on the mature industrial and technology, business services, consumer related sectors, and financial services.
Mr. Yoshizawa’s lead responsibilities include investment strategy, advisory on business development, research, and execution of opportunities in Japan. Mr. Yoshizawa has had key origination and advisory roles in conglomerate divestitures such as the acquisition and exit of OCC Corporation, SANYO Electric Logistics, Hitachi Via Mechanics, Sol-Plus Group, Primo Japan, Nippon Outsourcing Corporation, Kohikan, Fujitsu Component and Japan Systems. He is involved in management of the businesses he advises and is a member of the board.
Before founding LGI, Mr. Yoshizawa was Managing Director and Head of Technology and Healthcare Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley in Japan, where he focused on advising large Japanese conglomerates on execution of major carve-outs of non-core businesses in the semiconductor, computer industrial technology and other healthcare related areas. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he spent seven years at Robertson, Stephens & Company as Managing Director and Head of the Tokyo office where he established its start-up operations in Tokyo including investment banking, equity sales and asset management business. Mr. Yoshizawa started his banking career at The
Sumitomo Bank, Tokyo.
Mr. Yoshizawa holds a Bachelor of Laws from Hokkaido University and was Valedictorian of his class of 1984. He served as the Chairman of Japan Private Equity Association for two years from September 2015. Mr. Yoshizawa is also a member of Japan Association of Corporate Executives.
Mr. Heath Zarin is the Founder, Chair and CEO of EmergeVest, a global investment firm that seeks to build great businesses, provide innovative capital solutions and generate sustainable value for all stakeholders. Mr. Zarin is also the Founder, Chair and CEO of EV Cargo,an EmergeVest company with more than $1 billion of annual revenues and global operations.
Mr. Heath Zarin was previously Managing Director and Head of Principal Investments, Asia-Pacific, for HSBC, with responsibility for Asian proprietary private investment activities. Previously, he founded and ran Emergent Investment Group (“EIG”), a Hong Kong-based private investment firm. Prior to founding EIG, Mr. Heath Zarin held a series of senior executive roles at Credit Suisse, including forming and managing its Asian private equity business.
Mr. Heath Zarin practiced corporate law with SchuiteRoth & Zabel LLP in New York, where he formed and advised hedge funds and private equity funds. Mr. Heath Zarin’s current and previous board service includes companies across Asia, Europe and North America, in diverse manufacturing and service industries. Mr. Zarin has served as the Chair ofAllport Cargo Services, Adjuno, CM Downton, Jigsaw Solutions, NFT, Palletforce and other businesses.
Mr. Heath Zarin holds a Juris Doctor from the Fordham University School of Law and graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is CFA, CMT and CAIA charterholder and has completed Certificate programs at Harvard Business School.