2018 Innovation Advisory Council Members

  • Christina Ahmadjian, Professor, Hitotsubashi University
  • Nic Braithwaite, Founding Partner, Riverwood Capital
  • Gary W. Cleary, Co-Founder, Cape Therapeutics
  • Richard Dasher, Ph.D*, Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University
  • Robert Eberhart, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Management, Santa Clara University
  • Akiko Futamura*, President & CEO, InfiniteBio
  • C. Lawrence Greenwood, Jr.*, President, Japan Society of Northern California
  • Katsuya Hasegawa, SEED Project Professor, Tokyo University
  • Ray Hatoyama, Venture Partner, Sozo Ventures
  • Hitoshi Hokamura, Mentor, Open Network Lab & Chairman, Evernote, Japan KK
  • Takeshi Homma, Founder & CEO, HOMMA, Inc.
  • Gen Isayama, Co-Founder & CEO, World Innovation Lab (WiL)
  • Fujiyo Ishiguro, President & CEO, Netyear Group Corp.
  • Michi Kaifu*, CEO, Enotech Consulting
  • Phillip Keys, Marketing Content Manager, Intertrust Technologies Corporation
  • Akira Kitamura, Founder, Former CEO & Adviser, Japan Venture Research
  • Mitch Kitamura, Managing Director, Draper Nexus
  • Robert Kneller, Professor, Tokyo University
  • Kevin Kuhn, General Manager, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
  • Stephen H. Leist, Managing Partner, Piedmont Partners Group Ventures, LLC
  • Graeme Martin, Principal, HatchBox Bioconsulting LLC
  • Masato Matsuo, Director, Kyushu University California Office
  • Hiroshi Menjo, Managing Partner, NetService Ventures
  • Jon Metzler*,**, President, Blue Field Strategies
  • Allen Miner*, Founder & Chairman, Sunbridge Corporation
  • Vish Mishra, Director & Charter Member, TIE Silicon Valley
  • Hitoshi Mitsuhashi, Professor of Operation Science, Keio University
  • Koji Miyajima, Executive Vice President, NTT Data, Inc.
  • Zak Murase, Managing Director, Pacific Sky Partners
  • Norio Nakazawa, Chief Executive Director, JETRO SF
  • Austin Noronha, Vice President, Sony Corporation of America
  • Koji Osawa, Ph.D., Managing Principal and Co-Founder, Global Catalyst Partners
  • Toshi Otani, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Translink Capital
  • Steve Pollock*,**, Founder & CEO, Turnstone Ventures
  • Tim Romero, Host & Founder, Disrupting Japan Podcast
  • Hiro Saijo, CEO & Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory
  • 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, Inc.
  • John Thomas*, **, Vice-Chairman, Martingale Asset Management
  • Yoshiaki Tojo, Entrepreneur, Advisor & Angel Investor
  • N. Leigh Wasson, Senior Director, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
  • Tomoya Yamashiki, Azalea Technology Partners, LLC
  • Ken Yasunaga*, Managing Director, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan

 

*Member, Innovation Steering Committee

**Member, Innovation Awards Development Team