Speakers

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Marcelo Hiratsuka

Head of Market Development

Refinitiv Japan

Marcelo Hiratsuka stands at the forefront of the market strategy at Refinitiv Japan.

Leveraging his extensive experience with global banking & markets, Marcelo champions effective solutions to constantly improve customers’ business performance.

Marcelo has worked in Asian financial markets for over 20 years in leadership roles encompassing technology and banking operations across several countries in Asia. Prior to joining Refinitiv, Marcelo held senior positions with Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and HSBC.

Marcelo authored relevant articles and is a valued speaker in risk management and compliance programs, presenting at regulatory summits and other leadership events.

Marcelo has Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences from Sao Paulo University.

Motokiyo Hirayama

Senior Researcher

Japan Digital Design

Motokiyo Hirayama, Senior Researcher, Japan Digital Design, Inc.

Motokiyo Hirayama progresses the digitalization in MUFG with Machine Learning and Big Data as the Senior Researcher at M-AIS, which is the R&D center of applying machine learning to financial service area. He is involved in MUFG Bank 5 years and also joins M-AIS since 2018. Before joining MUFG, He analyzed weather and retail sales data at a weather information company, and transactions data generated by financial institutions for credit risk and marketing area at a financial technology company. He holds a Master’s Degree in Science from Ritsumeikan Univ.

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Kazunari Ohashi

Representative Director and Head of Legal and Risk

CLSA Securities Japan Co. Ltd.

Mr. Ohashi is a graduate of Tokyo University, later studied at Harvard Law School, and is an attorney at law from the New York State Bar. He started his career with the Bank of Japan where he was based in the Financial System Department. Following that he did a secondment as a Senior Economist at the IMF, before returning to the Bank of Japan as a Director of the Bank Supervision Department. He has subsequently held senior level positions within 3 other financial institutions before joining CLSA, Japan in 2018 as the Head of Compliance.

His publications include "Japan’s Distressed-Debt Market” (May 2004, IMF Working Paper), "A Case for Reforming the JGB Market” (July 1998, Bank of Japan Working Paper), "Experiences of Three Eastern European Countries During the Russian Crisis – An Analysis of “Contagion’” ( March 1999, Bank of Japan Working Paper)”.

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Yutaka Sakurai

Director-general

AI Finance Application Research Institute

Yutaka Sakurai is data science and AI expert with a strong background in Financial theory and practice. After more than twenty years' experience of fund manager, trader and quant in Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Sony Bank, he became a managing director of Research and Pricing Technology Inc.  in 2010. He started AI Finance Application Research Institute in 2017. He published a number of books on Finance and AI.

Makoto Shibata

Head of FINOLAB, Chief Community Officer

FINOLAB

Mr. Shibata started his current position in Jul 2019, in charge of FINOLAB community, which consists of 50+ startup members and 20+ corporate members at the heart of Tokyo financial district. He has been involved in the community from the early days and became a co-founder of Finovators, pro bono mentor group, to support FINOLAB in 2016.
Until Sep. 2018, he was leading The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ`s R&D 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. 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 became Executive Fellow of Japan Digital Design, innovation entity of MUFG. And he conducted research on FinTech as an Academic Visitor at University of Oxford until Mar. 2019.
He holds a Bachelor of Economics from University of Tokyo and a Master of Science in Development Economics from University of Oxford.

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Daiki Tanaka

Head of Communication and Trade Surveillance

Deutsche Securities, Inc

Daiki Tanaka is Deutsche Securities’ head of Communication and Trade Surveillance with over 10 years experience in compliance monitoring across leading global investment banks including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. The team he leads boasts a wide range of staff from data scientists to domain experts where quants make full use of state-of-art technology to deliver innovation and collaborate with global teams.

He started his career with an actuarial consulting company and subsequently worked as an actuary to develop liability insurances for a casualty insurance company. He served the General Insurance Association of Japan as a lecturer of actuarial science. Daiki Tanaka holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance Emphasis, from Simon Fraser University.

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Eiichiro Yanagawa

Senior analyst, financial services

CELENT

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 AsiaAsia 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.

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Shun Yanagisawa

Head of Futures, Clearing and Collateral

CITIGROUP GLOBAL MARKETS JAPAN INC.

Shun Yanagisawa is the Japan Head of Futures, Clearing and Collateral business. With 17 years’ industry experience, Mr. Yanagisawa regularly participates in public round-tables including ISDA annual conference and serves for multiple industry groups including interest rate swap steering committee and listed derivatives reform working group at JSCC etc. and help advocate stability for the Derivatives Clearing ecosystem.

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Eiichi Kashiwagi

Executive Officer, Member of the Board

Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management

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Daisuke Nakao

Chief advisor, global financial crime division

MUFG

Nakao is the Chief Advisor for the Global Financial Crimes Division Financial Crimes Office for Japan, at MUFG Bank.  He joined the Bank of Tokyo in 1987 after graduating from the International Christian University. He has been in the AML field since 2009.

He has contributed articles to professional journals and has co-written two books on AML/CFT and Economic Sanctions.  He is a frequent speaker at the ACAMS Tokyo Conference and was awarded the ACAMS Al Gillum Volunteer of the Year in 2017.

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Takehiro Nakayama

Executive officer, CDO

MetLife Insurance

Takehiro Nakayama, Executive Officer & Chief Data Officer, has been with MetLife Japan since 2018. He is responsible for driving the data roadmap and prioritization of applying analytics, enforcing data governance, and adoption of strategic data implementation.

Before joining MetLife, he was a Chief Data Officer & Head of Smart Data at AXA Life Insurance. He set up a cross-functional data team that engaged in data platform development, data management, and data analytics. Prior to that, he was a director of Big Data Group at NTT DOCOMO, where he was responsible for the development and operation of its data analytics platform. He was also responsible for deriving business value from one of the largest data repositories in the world. He started his career as a researcher at Fuji Xerox and FX Palo Alto Laboratory, where he developed techniques for web data mining. He also worked on several research projects related to information retrieval, natural language processing, data analytics, and mobile terminal architecture.

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Masahiro Ono

Assistant general manager

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company

Masahiro is an Assistant General Manager of International Department, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance (MSI), where he joined in 2000, after more than ten years carrier in Japanese banking sector.  Masahiro has been engaged mainly in legal and documentation (including ISDA) for international business (mainly cross border M&As) and financial solutions business, including Alternative Risk Transfer (eg. Weather Derivatives)

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Yutaka Sakurai

Director-general

AI Finance Application Research Institute

Yutaka Sakurai is data science and AI expert with a strong background in Financial theory and practice. After more than twenty years' experience of fund manager, trader and quant in Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Sony Bank, he became a managing director of Research and Pricing Technology Inc.  in 2010. He started AI Finance Application Research Institute in 2017. He published a number of books on Finance and AI.

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Eiichiro Yanagawa

Senior analyst, financial services

CELENT

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 AsiaAsia 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.