Innovation Advisory Council

2016 Innovation Advisory Council Members

Business Community Members

  • Gary Cleary, Ph.D., Founder, Cape Therapeutics
  • Scott Ellman, CEO, USAsia Venture Partners
  • Akiko Futamura, Ph.D., President & CEO, InfiniteBio
  • Masazumi Ishii, Managing Director, AZCA Inc
  • Stephen H. Leist, Managing Partner, Piedmont Partners Group Ventures
  • Dana Lewis, Independent Journalist (Japan) & Former President, Japan Society of Northern California
  • Graeme Martin, Ph.D., President & CEO, Takeda Ventures, Inc.
  • Hiroshi Menjo*, Managing Partner, NetService Ventures
  • Jon Metzler**, Founder & President, Blue Field Strategies
  • Allen Miner*, Founder and CEO, Sunbridge Corporation
  • Koji Miyajima, Executive Vice President, Strategy & M&A, NTT Data, Inc.
  • Austin Noronha, Vice President, Growth Ventures & Innovation, Sony Corporation of America
  • Koji Osawa, Ph.D.*, Managing Principal and Co-Founder, Global Catalyst Partners
  • Steve Pollock**, CEO, Turnstone Ventures
  • Eric Sibbitt, Partner, O’Melveney & Myers, LLP
  • Tsuyoshi Taira, CEO, Tazan International, Inc.
  • Yokum Taku, Partner, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
  • Tatsushi (Ted) Tatsumi, President & CEO, Presidio Ventures
  • John R. Thomas*, **, Vice-Chairman, Martingale Asset Management
  • Leigh Wasson, Senior Director, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
  • Tomoya Yamashiki, Ph.D., Azalea Technology Partners, LLC

Non-Profit Community Members

  • Larry Greenwood*, **, President, Japan Society of Northern California
  • Hitoshi Hokamura, Mentor, Open Network Lab & Chairman, Evernote, Japan KK
  • Akira Kitamura, Founder & CEO, Japan Venture Research
  • Vish Mishra, Director & Charter Member, TiE Silicon Valley; Global & Venture Director, Clearstone Venture Partners
  • Yoshiaki Tojo, Chief Executive Director, JETRO-San Francisco
  • Ken Yasunaga*, Managing Director, Value Creation Investment Group, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan

Academic Community Members

  • Richard B. Dasher*, PhD., Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University
  • Robert Eberhart*, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, Santa Clara University; Director, Santa Clara/Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship
  • Katsuya Hasegawa, SEED Project Professor, University of Tokyo
  • Robert Kneller, Ph.D., Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), University of Tokyo,
  • Professor Masato Matsuo, Ph.D., Director, Kyushu University California Office, President JUNBA (Japan University Network, Bay Area)

*Member, Innovation Steering Committee

**Member, Innovation Awards Development Team