2022 Schedule

Registration Opens

12:00 – 1:30 PM

Networking with boxed lunches for attendees

Opening Remarks

1:30 – 1:45 PM

Richard Dasher | Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center

Special Guest Remarks: Hajime Kishimori | Deputy Consul General of Japan in San Francisco

Keynote Speech

1:45 – 2:15 PM

Cal Henderson is the co-founder and CTO of Slack. He oversees Slack’s world-class engineering team and sets the technical vision for the company.
In 2019, he was named a Fortune 40 Under 40 honoree and recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

Previously, Cal built and led the engineering teams at Flickr, through its acquisition by Yahoo. An experienced technology leader and a popular speaker on engineering scalability, he authored the best-selling O’Reilly Media book Building Scalable Websites. Cal was also a pioneer in the use of web APIs, and created the basis for OAuth and oEmbed, now used by YouTube, Twitter and many others.

Cal was involved in London’s early online network through his work with digital creative communities and the blogosphere. He has a BS in Computer Science and has received an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University. He now resides in San Francisco.

Hosted by Jon Metzler | Board Member, Japan Society of Northern California & Lecturer, UC-Berkeley

SunBridge Emerging Leader Awards Presentation

2:15 – 2:35 PM

Introduction by:

Allen Miner Photo

Allen is the Founder and Chairman of SunBridge Corporation. Allen is one of Japan’s leading venture capitalists and angel investors with significant experience in internet, enterprise software, entrepreneurship and international business development. He and his firm were early backers of many innovative Japanese startups including Macromil, ITMedia and G-Mode and have been instrumental in the Japan market success of, Concur, Marketo and others.

Through the Miner Foundation, he provides funding, guidance, and support to a variety of organizations furthering social innovation and entrepreneurship in Japan. Upon his graduation from Brigham Young University, Allen joined Oracle Corporation in 1986, where he subsequently founded and helped lead Oracle Japan. He has been recognized by Forbes and Always On as one of the world’s 100 top technology investors.


Databricks (US)

Matei Zaharia is the co-founder and Chief Technologist at Databricks. He started the Apache Spark project during his PhD at UC Berkeley in 2009, and has worked broadly in datacenter systems, co-starting the Apache Mesos project and contributing as a committer on Apache Hadoop. Today, Matei tech-leads the MLflow development effort at Databricks in addition to other aspects of the platform. Matei’s research work was recognized through the 2014 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for the best PhD dissertation in computer science, an NSF CAREER Award, and the US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

TIER IV (Japan)

A strategy and operations lead at TIER IV and the Autoware Foundation, responsible for strategy building, marketing & sales, project management and external communications. Daisuke was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company Tokyo Office from 2012 to 2018, where he served global clients in the Energy and Manufacturing industry for their company-wide transformation. He was also a Business Solution Adviser at IBM Japan from 2003 to 2010, where he led a number of global projects on supply chain management for top-tier automotive companies. He received an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, and a LLB from the University of Tokyo.

SunBridge Emerging Leader Awards Panel Discussion

2:35 – 3:05 PM

Moderated by: Richard Dasher


  • Matei Zaharia | Co-Founder & Chief Technologist, Databricks
  • Daisuke Tanaka | COO, TIER IV

3:05 – 3:25 PM

Break | Exhibitor Presentations

Women in Tech Fireside Chat

3:25-3:55 PM

Special Guest Speaker: 

As the global Chief Product Officer at Hitachi Vantara, Radhika is responsible for the vision, strategy, delivery, and business performance for all products and solutions across data storage, data operations and analytics, as well as Hitachi’s industry leading Lumada Internet of Things and industrial software. Radhika has a unique combination of deep technical expertise and experience in end-to-end business management. She has incubated, transformed, and scaled several businesses focused on software and cloud infrastructure. Before joining Hitachi Vantara in September 2020, Radhika was executive vice president and general manager of software at 3D Systems and has previously held leadership roles at HP, Cisco, NetApp, Lenovo, and Nimble Storage.

A passionate advocate for diversity in tech, Radhika was recognized in The WomenTech Network as one of the Top 100 Women in Tech Leaders to Watch in 2022. She has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and a master’s in business administration degree from San Jose State University.

Hosted by: 

Michi has over thirty years of international business development and consulting experience in the information technology (IT) industries. Having lived, been educated and worked in IT in both the U.S. and Japan, she is a unique and effective bridge between the two countries.

Michi founded ENOTECH Consulting in 1999, and since then, have advised Japanese and US clients in their global IT strategy, product entry planning, partnership and investment opportunity search, technology sourcing, and market analysis. The areas of expertise include big data, robotics and AI, IoT, mobile and cloud, and other emerging technology areas.

Michi holds the MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and BA from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan.

Innovation Showcase Presentation

3:55 – 4:50 PM

Dr. Kohta Satake is a co-founder and CEO of CureApp, Inc. He is specialized in respiratory medicine and smoking cessation, and has been practicing in Japanese Red Cross Medical Center.

He completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), and a Masters of Public Health from the John Hopkins University School of Public Health (MPH) in the United States. At Johns Hopkins, he was engaged in medical informatics research, especially in digital therapeutics and its cost-effectiveness analysis. After returning back to Japan, he founded CureApp Inc. in 2014.

Former Founder & CEO of SCHAFT. After retiring as a research associate at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Technology (JSK Lab), he founded the bipedal robot startup, SCHAFT. He later sold the company to Google in 2013.

Prof. Takeda co-founded KF in 2019 after finishing his Ph.D. in fusion engineering  at Kyoto University. An international award-winning young scientist, he is currently one of the youngest Associate Professors at Kyushu University. His previous career includes a United Nations officer at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Vienna headquarters for private fusion partnership. He is currently the Chair of the International Programme Advisory Committee for IAEA Fusion Enterprises Workshop.

After graduating from Keio University, Aya joined Sony where she gained multi-disciplinary HR experience including corporate HR, international HR, and HR business partner. In 2008, she was transferred to Sony Ericsson (company name at that time), where she worked in the HR team at their HQ in Sweden. She moved to the US in 2011 where she held HR roles at SoftBank group companies including the Head of HR for SoftBank Robotics America. She also worked as the head of HR at multiple tech startups in the Bay Area. In 2020, Aya joined Tokyo-based Telexistence as Chief People Officer, helping the organization grow while remaining based in the Bay Area.

Hirokazu Mori is CSO of WARPSPACE. He entered the University of Edinburgh directly from his 2nd year, read Theoretical astrophysics, and graduated from the top. He received a grant from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and has experience in theoretical cosmology research. He has experience as a backpacker and has visited about 80 countries so far. After returning to Japan, he works as a business consultant at a major consulting firm in Japan, consulting on the theme of the new business strategy of the space sector, and global DX strategy. He hopes to go to the moon as an astronaut.

Closing Remarks

4:50 – 5:00 PM

Takahide Akiyama, President of the Japan Society of Northern California

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