Tokyo Financial Information & Technology Summit

Tokyo Financial information & Technology Summit (TFITS) is a leading event in Japan which attracts over 350 high level delegates working in trading technology, infrastructure, market data, reference data from key financial institutions

Tokyo Financial Information & Technology Summit

Welcome to Tokyo Financial Information & Technology Summit, the only event in Japan dedicated to IT, data, and operations executives from financial institutions.

Japan's financial market is undergoing rapid change, led by pressures to reduce costs and improve speed, the emergence of new technologies, and changing regulatory requirements. It is of vital importance for IT and data practitioners to stay abreast of the latest tools and technological innovation to optimize their business operations across front, middle and back offices, while stay compliant to the evolving global and local regulatory environment.

Tokyo Financial Information & Technology Summit, now in its 8th edition, will help you benchmark your current strategies with industry peers, gain new insights and learn success stories through case studies conducted by thought leaders in the data and technology space.

Key Highlights

Join us at this one-day action packed conference with practical insights on:

  • How can Japanese financial institutions effectively strategize & empower innovation
  • Gain understanding on how Japanese financial institutions retain competitive edge on technology in regional and global market
  • How much has been invested in AI and emerging tech innovation across leading Japanese financial institutions?
  • Get familiarised with AML/CTF trends in Japanese financial institutions
  • Is ML the currently best optimised solutions for unstructured data management?
  • How will Brexit impact Japanese firms’ IT infrastructure and global strategy

The audience

Should you be attending the Tokyo Financial Information and Technology Summit?

Take a look at exactly who attends and which senior professionals you may be able to meet at our 2019 event.



Colm Kennelly

Chief Information Officer


Senior business leader with over 20 years broad based management experience in the Financial Services (Investment Banking & Insurance), IT (Cloud) and Travel (GDS) industries across Asia-Pacific & EMEA. Accomplished in directing the strategic application of technology in order to advance business objectives and priorities, with a focus on driving operational productivity, service excellence and superior customer experience. Empowering organizational and team builder with a focus on developing and harnessing multi-cultural team talents leading to successful delivery of complex projects within demanding time, budgetary, and regulatory constraints. Collaborative and trusted business partner, who works easily across multiple functional disciplines and culturally diverse global arenas. Skilled strategic and operational planner experienced in managing multi-million dollar budgets, large internal teams, and external vendors & partners.

Ken Medanić



Ken Medanić was born and educated in Sydney, Australia.   He started trading whilst enrolled at Southern Cross University, where he specialized in security analysis and portfolio management. During this time, he also started a trading partnership, focusing on trading commodity futures contracts.

In 2005 Ken began development on a new trading platform which integrated qualitative behavioural models. In 2009, he began exploring the relationship between biology, neurology, psychology, and trading results through privately-funded, empirically-based research. He defined this relationship as the “psychophysiology of trading”. 3 years later, he had clear evidence: biological responses precede trading results. NeuroTrader was born.

Ken moved to Silicon Valley, California in 2012 to obtain a better understanding of biodata collection techniques, QEEG, HRV, and artificial intelligence models.  In 2015, he moved to Montreal, Canada. There, he developed relationships with equipment manufacturers, completed a four-month Olympic training program and established a North American base. Montreal provided access to the hedge fund and banking communities of New York, Chicago, Montreal, and Toronto. In May 2018, he initiated the commercialization phase of NeuroTrader and has since been met with eager anticipation and interest from banks and hedge funds in North America. He is currently establishing an online hedge fund with 86 traders.  

Ken presented the topic of Artificial Intelligence and its impact on fund management at the International China Hedge Fund Summit in 2017. In 2018, he spoke on the same topic at the International Investor Symposium in London, England.  He has been a guest lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology on the topic of machine learning and its impact on the financial markets.

Ken and his wife, Michelle, have two children, 4-year-old Marie-Christine, and 2-year-old Stjepan Anthony. Currently, Ken is pursuing a Masters in Finance and Finance Law degree at the International Program of the University of London.  

Gordon Russell

Head of Asia


Gordon has over 25 years of experience on both buy and sell side, specialising in the capital market space, working with Financial Services and Fintech institutions – most recently SunGard (FIS) and Broadridge.

Throughout his career, Gordon has helped grow APAC sales, operations, and product teams of institutions of all sizes – in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan. Gordon’s focus on client operational efficiency, expanding product offerings to new and existing customers has helped increased wallet share, while reducing the cost base that would usually erode desired margins. Gordon leads transformation in operational thinking, in multi-asset class and multi-country middle and back office implementations, while maintaining a high level of regulatory approval.

Makoto Shibata

Executive Fellow


Until Sep. 2018, Mr. Shibata was leading MUFG Bank’s R&D initiatives in emerging technology and planning of FinTech initiatives, innovation, and online / mobile financial services. He worked in the digital banking area for 20 years and he was involved in a wide range of projects in both retail and wholesale customers. His previous career in banking, starting at The Bank of Tokyo, includes Corporate Planning, Accounting, Corporate Finance, and Retail Customer Services.

From Oct. 2018, he has become Executive Fellow of JDD, innovation entity of MUFG. And he conducted research on FinTech as an Academic Visitor at University of Oxford until Mar. 2019.

Mr. Shibata is an active speaker on various topics, including Payment, Channel Management, Mobile Finance, Innovation and FinTech in many conferences, including for Bank of Japan, Tokyo Stock Exchange, BAI, EFMA, Gartner, Celent, MIT, Money 20/20, Finovate, Singapore FinTech Festival and SWIFT. He has also served as a judge panel for various innovation contests, including EFMA-Accenture Innovation Awards, Future Ideas, and FIBC.

He has been involved in FinTech community in Tokyo from the early days and became an incorporator of Finovators, pro bono mentor group, to support fintech hub, Finolab Tokyo.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics from University of Tokyo and a Master of Science in Development Economics from University of Oxford.

Eiichiro Yanagawa

Senior Analyst, Financial Services


Eiichiro Yanagawa is a senior analyst with Celent’s Banking practice and is based in Tokyo.

Eiichiro's research focuses on IT strategy issues in the Japanese and Asian banking and financial industries. His recent research has included core banking systems, ATMs, and anti-money laundering technology, and focused on the technologies driving disruption in three areas: innovation, digital, and legacy and ecosystem transformation. Eiichiro's consulting experience includes development of bank IT strategies, thin client / desktop virtualization to support business continuity, evaluation of data centers for hosting core systems, and vendor selection of AML, risk management, and other technologies.

Eiichiro is widely quoted in the press, including Nikkei, Nikkei BP, ITmedia, The Japan Times, Bloomberg, SNL/ S&P Global, Gtnews, The Trade Asia, Asia Insurance Review, Asia Risk, and Asian Banking & Finance. He is a regular speaker, chairman, and panel moderator at the leading industry events in Japan and Asia.

Prior to joining Celent, Eiichiro was the Chief Manager of the Financial Global Solutions Division and the Regional Bank Financial Solutions Division at NEC Corporation in Tokyo. He was responsible for developing NEC’s core banking system, strategic marketing planning, and consulting on financial institution systems.

Prior to that, Eiichiro was the General Manager of the Financial Services Division at NEC Corporation of America in New York. In this role, he worked on the development of IT strategy and advised clients, mainly Japanese financial institutions, on outsourcing and selection of software packages.

Eiichiro earned his Bachelor of Economics from Shizuoka University and his MBA at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Commerce and Management.

Ken Utsunomiya

Managing Director, Global Chief Operating Officer for Wholesale








Networking Sessions

Shangri-la hotel Tokyo

Marunouchi Trust Tower Main
1-8-3 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, 100-8283

T: +81 3 6739-7888

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