Yasushi Omori graduated from the University of Tokyo with a BA in Economics in 1989 and joined Japan Airlines in 1992 after working for a governmental financial institution. Since then, he has worked in international route planning, corporate planning, human resources, and was a director at London. In his current position, he is working on collaborations with startups including the establishment of a Silicon Valley representative office (2016), capital and business partnerships with companies developing space and supersonic aircraft (2017), and the establishment of a corporate venture capital (CVC) (January 2019). He has also taken a leading role in collaborations and joint ventures with other companies. He is in charge of planning, drafting, and creating a new businesses strategy for Japan Airlines.
Yuka Tanimoto earned an MBA in the U.S. in 2004 after gaining experience at a brokerage firm and serving as a financial and economic anchor for Bloomberg TV. She next worked as a newscaster for Nikkei CNBC and became the company's first-ever female commentator. Through her career, Ms. Tanimoto has interviewed over 3000 VIPs from every corner of the globe including former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, and founder of Starbucks, Howard Schultz. In 2016, she joined Forbes JAPAN as a Deputy Editor in Chief and Web Editor. In June 2020, she became a Managing Editor for Forbes JAPAN Web Editorial Team.
Hiroki Maeda's mission is to create method-neutral systems in the marketing, promotion, digital, and content areas to bring innovation to his clients. As the head of many cross-functional projects, he is responsible for driving the cross-border integration of business and technology. He is a frequent lecturer and examiner on a number of national and international patents. He is a senior staff member of Keio University and is on the advisory board of the WAGRI Council, which is Agricultural Data Collaboration Platform.
Nobu has an extensive experience in business development and product management in US, Japan and Asia, and is now supporting Silicon Valley that is designed to fast-track startup companies selected from inside and outside NEC corporation. Nobu is currently working at NEC X, which is a startup accelerator based in Silicon Valley that is designed to fast-track startup companies selected from inside and outside NEC Corporation.