Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Legal Affairs & Public Policy
Mana Ishijima studied law at Keio University and started her career at Toyota Tsusyo Corporation (former Tomen Corporation). Her interest in the unlimited possibilities of the Internet finally led her to join Yahoo! JAPAN in 2002. She has been engaged in various unique services of Yahoo! JAPAN and many of its significant commercial deals. After serving as a senior manager of the M&A team in the legal department, she was assigned as the Deputy General Counsel in 2015, responsible for corporate legal affairs & public policy.
Mr. Obata began his career with KDD (now KDDI) in 1986, and later as an acceptance testing and global interconnection engineer, subsequently working for their R&D teams, where he designed and developed a second-generation global fax mail system. In 1994, he was assigned as the project manager to start global Internet transit business between the United States and Japan. After involved in foundation of JPIX, the first commercial Internet Exchange company in Japan, he quit KDD in 1999 to start up eAccess as a director and CTO, an ADSL wholesale company. eAccess acquired a 3G license in 2005 and successfully introduced LTE in 2012 (under the EMOBILE brand). In 2013, after the acquisition of eAccess by Softbank, he moved to Equinix Japan and now serves as the CEO of BizMobile.
Chair, Internet Economy Task Force
Yoshitaka Sugihara serves as a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and Chair of the Internet Economy Task Force. He studied Political Science at Doshisha University before attending the University of Pennsylvania. In 1994 he served as a researcher at the London School of Economics. He specializes in Information Communications, International Relations, and International Economics.
Toshinori Kajiura is Senior Researcher at Hitachi – Information & Communications Systems. He is also Chair of the Japan Committee on the Internet Economy Industry Forum at the Japanese Business Federation (Keidanren). Mr. Kajiura is a visiting professor at Tsukuba University and serves as an expert on various working groups within METI, MIC, and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, & Transportation.
Akinori Maemura is currently the General Manager of the Internet Development Department JPNIC. He began his career in the Internet industry in 1994, designing a nation-wide IP network operated by the NEC Corporation. Since then he has been involved in the Japanese Internet Community as a founding member of the steering committee of JANOG (Japan Network Operators Group) and JPNIC activities as a committee member and the Trustee-in-charge. Akinori has been a member of the APNIC Executive Council since 2000.
Vice President, Senior Manager of Security Risk Management Project
NTT Secure platform Laboratories
He is currently managing projects related to emergency management in general, such as natural disasters response, CBERN terror and cyber security including NTT-CERT. He received the Ph.D. degree in systems information science from Future University Hakodate.
Internet Association Japan
Mr. Kinoshita's key responsibilities include the international liaison, the Internet Governance and IoT Business Development at the IA Japan. He has served in various study group of the Japanese government technology policy development regarding the Internet policy, IoT, Green, Cyber security agenda. He also has 25+ years in ICT industry and was most recently CTO of Cisco Japan and the IoE Innovation Center Tokyo lead of Cisco Inc.
Hirofumi Hotta is the Director of JPRSDirector of JPRS (Japan Registry Services Co., Ltd.) Among his career in NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone corporation) he was responsible for developing value-added services in NTT's ISP services. While he was with NTT, he was Chairman of Asia & Pacific Internet Association in 2000-2001. After he left NTT, he joined JPRS as one of its start-up members, which has been a .JP ccTLD registry from 2001. He is responsible for corporate planning and business development. His current technical specialty is in IDN and ENUM. From 1999, he was a member of Names Council of ICANN DNSO appointed by ISP Constituency for 2 years. He was a member of ICANN IDN Registry Implementation Committee. Currently he is on ICANN President's Advisory Committee for IDNs and ccNSO Council. In Japan, he is one of the Vice-Chairpersons of ENUM Trial Japan (ETJP).
Senior Vice President
Yasuo Tanabe is Senior Vice President in charge of Government and External Relations for the Hitachi group. Before joining Hitachi, Ltd. in June 2010, he has served for the Japanese government for thirty-two years. Starting with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, which reorganized as the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry, he has covered wide range of policies such as trade, energy and environment. He has represented the Japanese government for many international organizations such as the International Energy Agency, International Energy Forum, etc. He was Vice President of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, a METI-affiliated think-tank. During his tenure as Deputy Director-General for Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he had been Chief Negotiator/Deputy Chief Negotiator for many Economic Partnership Agreements with ASEAN countries, Switzerland and Peru. He has written a book "Asia Energy Partnership" and many articles on energy issues. He has B.A.in Law from the University of Tokyo (1978) and M.A. in International Relations from Stanford University (1985)
Representative Director and CEO
As a public affairs professional with strong focus on the tech sector, Ko’s expertise ranges from strategic global communications to local community engagement. Prior to his current position, Ko was Head of Public Policy and Government Relations for Google in Japan, and before that, a public affairs consultant at FleishmanHillard Japan. Ko originally started his career at the Japanese government’s Science and Technology Agency, Agency for Cultural Affairs, and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), where he was mainly responsible for international policy. Ko studied Law at the University of Tokyo, and holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, majoring in Marketing and Public/Nonprofit Management. Ko is a Consulting Fellow at the PHP Institute, Advisor to Volunteer Platform, a student volunteer NGO, and a Certified Public Relations Planner of the Public Relations Society of Japan.
Izumi Okutani performs Policy Liaison at JPNIC, a National Internet Registry(NIR) managing IP address space in Japan. She has experiences in outreach and training activities for Policy Development in Japan, and has been involved with coordination between the Japanese and wider Asia Pacific communities since 2000. In addition, she is currently in charge of adoption of IP address policies in JPNIC, including IPv4 Transfer Policy as well as other IPv4 and IPv6 related policies. Izumi has served as NIR SIG Chair in the APNIC forum since 2005.
Global Civil Society Engagement
Adam is responsible for ICANN's relations with civil society organizations, including academia, supporting non-commercial participation in ICANN's multi-stakeholder model. Before joining ICANN in December 2014, Adam spent more than two decades as a senior researcher at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan, where he worked on projects related to telecommunications and Internet policy. Adam has been active in policy-making activities for the deployment and development of the Internet since the early-1990s. He was one of the lead civil society representatives during WSIS, IGF and NETmundial.
Institute for International Economic Studies
Ambassador Shotaro Oshima is the Chairman of the Institute for International Economic Studies and a Visiting Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. He served in Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1968 to 2008. His postings included Director-General of Economic Affairs, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabai, Deputy Foreign Minister, Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Geneva (including the WTO) and Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.
American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ)
Christopher J. LaFleur founded LM Associates in 2011. He served previously as US Ambassador to Malaysia (2004-2007) and as Vice Chairman and Head of Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility at J.P. Morgan Japan (2008-2011). Amb. LaFleur is currently Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and also Chair of its Financial Services Forum. Amb. LaFleur serves concurrently as Special Advisor for Asia to The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, which provides clearing, settlement and information services for a broad range of global financial transactions, and as Representative Director for the DTCC Data Repository Japan. McLarty Associates, the leading international strategic advisory in Washington DC, has also appointed Ambassador LaFleur as a Senior Advisor. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the International Student Conference and of the Advisory Committee of the US-Japan Research Institute. He is Senior Advisor to the Japan office of Ashoka, the pioneering US organization fostering global social entrepreneurship. Prior to his service in Malaysia, Amb. LaFleur held a wide variety of senior U.S. Foreign Service positions managing diplomacy with Asia, including as Director of the State Department’s Office of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (1991-93), Deputy Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (1993-1997), Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo (1997-2001) and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2001-2003). In 2003-2004, he headed the State Department team in talks charting the future of the US alliances with Japan and the Republic of Korea and served as the Cyrus Vance Fellow in Diplomatic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Executive Director, International External & Regulatory Affairs
Jake Jennings is Executive Director of International External & Regulatory Affairs in Washington DC, where he advances AT&T’s International market entry regulatory strategy and public polices, with an emphasis on Trade promotion, the Asia Pacific region, and Internet Policy. Jake works closely with AT&T’s diverse business units, and the team of international external and regulatory affairs advocates around the world. AT&T provides wholesale services to over 220 countries and territories, and provides enterprise services to over 130 countries. In addition to obtaining government approvals to allow AT&T to operate in a jurisdiction, other responsibilities include efforts towards market liberalization, pro-competitive licensing procedures, reasonable compliance requirements, and polices to promote a secure and stable Internet.
Director, Global Cloud Policy & Government
Jennifer Mulveny serves as Intel’s Director of Cloud Policy and Government Affairs in Sydney, Australia. She is responsible for Intel’s global cloud policy and other issues such as international trade, privacy, security and Internet governance in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to her Sydney posting, Jennifer was Intel’s Republican liaison with the United States Senate in Washington, DC. Before she joined Intel, Jennifer served as Director of Global Trade Policy at Hewlett Packard Company in Washington. She worked with HP country directors around the world to shape the company’s global trade and investment policy. She also was responsible for managing HP’s global policy for the company’s PC and printer business units.
Head of Public Policy, Asia Pacific
Elizabeth Hernandez joined Facebook in October 2015 as head of public policy, Asia Pacific. She is based in Singapore at Facebook's regional headquarters. Prior to Facebook, Elizabeth was vice president, corporate affairs, Asia Pacific for five years at Hewlett-Packard (HP), where she was responsible for shaping HP's public policy initiatives and building public-private partnerships with governments around the region. Before joining HP, Elizabeth was regional director of government and public affairs at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Before joining GSK, Elizabeth was regional director for the US-ASEAN Business Council, a trade association promoting US trade and investment in Southeast Asia. This was her second stint with the Council, where she began her career in 1990 in their offices in Washington, DC. In 1994, Elizabeth moved to Hong Kong and co-founded I-Quest Corporation, an in-room broadband service provider for the hospitality industry, where she served as vice president, sales & marketing through 2001. A Filipino national, Elizabeth received a B.A. In History from the University of the Philippines, and studied International Affairs at the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC. She currently lives in Singapore with her husband and two younger children. Her eldest daughter is working in Washington, DC.
Head of Trade and Economic Affairs for APAC
Andrew Ure is Head of Trade and Economic Affairs for APAC at Google, based in Hong Kong. Prior to this he was Managing Director of OgilvyEarth, a sustainability consultancy. He also spent eight years as a diplomat with the Australian Government, working on Middle East policy and UN climate change negotiations. He has a degree in Geography from Oxford University and International Law from the Australian National University.
Director, Citizenship and Community Affairs,
Since 2008 Jeffrey M. Avina has been director of the Middle East and Africa Division of Microsoft International’s Citizenship and Community Affairs Department. Based in Istanbul, he has responsibility for setting Microsoft’s corporate social responsibility strategy in 79 countries in the Middle East and Africa, linking activities to government and donor expenditures in health, education, governance, and disaster management. Earlier in his career, Mr. Avina’s held several positions with the U.N. He was director of operations of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna from 2006 to 2008. For two years previously he was deputy director for Africa and deputy assistant secretary general of the United Nations Development Program. In other assignments with the U.N., he was resident coordinator for four years in Honduras, deputy resident representative for five in Laos and assistant resident representative for five in Bhutan.
Director, Government Relations, Legal Counsel
Currently, the Director of Government Relations and Legal Counsel at PayPal Pte. Ltd. Tokyo Branch. Have been working in the areas of e-commerce, payment service, banking, securities, and asset management at Clifford Chance Law Firm, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Citibank in Japan. Attorney at Law admitted in the State of New York.
Policy Director, Government Affairs, Japan
Shuichi Izumo is a public affairs expert specializing in the areas of ICT policy and security issues, currently working as the policy director based in Tokyo, representing Cisco Systems on its public policy discussions in Japan. Before joining Cisco Systems, he worked for Twitter, as partnership team manger working on projects with government and news organizations in use of real-time analyses on Tweet data, which contribute to prediction and detection of multi hazards including natural disasters so as to notify the local governments and their citizens in order to minimize impact on people's lives. He also worked for NHK for more than twenty years from 1989 to 2011, having started his major career as its political affairs correspondent covering security affairs including terrorism and nuclear disarmament as well as ICT policy issues. He spent five years from 1995 in Washington DC to cover US State Department and Defense Department as well as US Congress and also spent three years based in London from 2003, to cover post Iraqi war in Baghdad, and war on terrorism, EU enlargement and London terrorist bombings. He was the first Japanese Lobby Press correspondent to cover then British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
President and CEO
Semiconductor Industry Association
John Neuffer serves as President and CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). John joined the association in January 2015 and is responsible for setting and leading the public policy agenda and serving as the primary advocate for maintaining U.S. leadership in semiconductor design and manufacturing. John works closely with SIA member companies and the Board of Directors to align industry priorities and policy goals. Prior to joining SIA, John served as Senior Vice President for Global Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), where he led ITI’s global team to expand market access opportunities for ITI member companies around the world. He directed all of ITI’s global government relations in the arenas of trade, cybersecurity, standards, regulatory, Internet governance, and privacy. John also built strong relationships with foreign governments and industry associations in key global capitals, and advanced the high-tech industry’s trade agenda in Washington.
Vice President for Global Policy
Semiconductor Industry Association
Jimmy Goodrich is vice president for global policy at SIA. In this role, Jimmy works closely with SIA member companies, the Administration, Congress, domestic and international stakeholders, and foreign government officials to advance all aspects of SIA’s international policy agenda. Jimmy is also an Executive Committee member of the United States Information Technology Office (USITO), representing SIA in his capacity. Jimmy has nearly a decade of experience working with Chinese and global stakeholders on technology policy issues. He most recently served as Director of Global Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), where he worked on a wide range of China and Asia-Pacific technology policy issues relating to cyber security, trade, standards, and Internet governance. Before joining ITI, Jimmy was the Director for Greater China Government Affairs at Cisco Systems in Beijing. He also has held positions at APCO Worldwide’s Beijing office, a public affairs consultancy, and USITO, which represents U.S. information technology firms in China. Jimmy has a bachelor’s degree in comparative politics and East Asian studies from Ohio University. He lived in China for more than 7 years and is fluent in Mandarin.
Peter Lovelock is Director of the Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC), an IT and telecommunication-based think-tank with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and China. He brings more than 25 years experience in telecoms, technology and media to these undertakings, including regulatory assessments, implementation and execution projects, and due diligence and market entry strategic guidance projects throughout Asia. In recent years, Peter has provided advice to Microsoft on cloud computing, eBay on eCommerce and payments, and the Singapore Government on ASEAN’s ICT Masterplan, worked with companies such as BTPN Bank in Indonesia and Yellow Pages to establish new digital businesses; provided regulatory and broadband advice to the governments of India, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan; worked on regional restructuring projects, as well as authoring reports on global data networks and bandwidth developments, broadband wireless access technologies and market growth, social media and multimedia strategies, mobile payments and authentication, and convergence policies in Japan, Singapore, China and Australia, among others.
irector, Data Governance Working Group
Asia Cloud Computing Association
Mr. Baird is Chairman of the Data Governance Working Group for the Asia Cloud Computing Association, an industry group advancing the growth of cloud computing in Asia Pacific. He also serves as Executive Director of the US-China Clean Energy Forum Intellectual Property Program, focused on accelerating deployment of clean energy technologies through innovative IP mechanisms. He advises businesses and governments on IT, privacy and IP public policy issues. Mr. Baird served as Senior Policy Advisor to a prominent U.S. Senator and previously a senior Member of Congress on IP, IT and privacy, having worked on landmark legislation including the USA PATRIOT Act, patent reform, export controls, and the federal electronic signatures law. Baird resides in Hong Kong and has held appointments at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and the University of Southern California College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.