Keynote Speakers

Atsushi Seike

Keio University

Professor Atsushi Seike, President of Keio University, is a leading expert in labor economics. He has written extensively on the economics of ageing populations, particularly on increasing retirement age and enhancing productivity of older persons. He has also authored a number of books on these topics in Japanese, including his most recent publication, Revitalizing the Employment System (2013). His publications in English include a chapter on “Organizational Adaptation and Human Resource Needs for an Ageing Population” in the 2011 World Economic Forum (WEF)/WHO “Global Population Ageing: Peril or Promise?” report. He is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Ageing Society. President Seike served as Dean of the Faculty and Graduate School of Business and Commerce, Keio University, from 2007-2009. President Seike served as Chairman, National Council on Social Security System Reform in Japan (2012-13), and is currently the Honorary President of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Cabinet Office. He is President of the Japan Association of Private Universities and Colleges and a member of the WEF Global University Leaders Forum.

Yasuhiko Taniwaki

Director-General, Global ICT Strategy Bureau
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)

Mr.Yasuhiko Taniwaki joined the Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications in 1984. After serving as Deputy Director-General of the Information and Communications Bureau, Mr Taniwaki was appointed as Deputy Director-General for the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) & Councilor for the Cabinet Secretariat from June 2013, during which period he played a leading role in enacting the Basic Act on Cybersecurity and promoted cybersecurity policies in line with the government’s cybersecurity strategy. He has been in his current appointment since June 2016.

Junko Chano

Executive Director
Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF)

Junko Chano is the Executive Director at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) and the President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. Prior to joining SPF, Chano worked at several foundations including the Japan Foundation, Philadelphia Foundation and the Ford Foundation’s New York Office. At the Ford Foundation, Chano helped strengthen the capacity of emerging global community foundations. She later joined the Office of the Organizational Services of the Ford Foundation and developed a series of Grant Craft videos that would enhance critical thinking of grant makers for their program development activities. Chano graduated from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo with a degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania

Keith Wong

Director (International Secretariat)

Mr Keith Wong from Hong Kong is the Director of International Secretariat at APRU. He comes from the Harvard Business School Asia Pacific Research Centre where he was a Senior Researcher. Since 2007, he wrote case studies for the HBS and coordinated research programs across the Asia-Pacific region. He has over 15 years of experience in managing academic research projects and business operations in the technology and hospitality sectors. He was a lecturer in the business school at Hong Kong Polytechnic University for 5 years. Before that he was in China running a Hong Kong hotel management company and then in an IT start-up. He has run the strategic, finance and HR sides of growing companies and is very able in setting up corporate systems. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, an MBA from McGill University, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from HKUST.

Jiro Kokuryo

Vice President of International Collaboration
Keio University

Jiro Kokuryo is currently serving as Vice President for International Affairs. He is responsible for leading Keio University’s global outreach efforts. Professor Kokuryo’s research interests center on how to maximize the benefits of information technologies with society and economy. As a member of the Cabinet IT Strategy Headquarters, he has played a central in the development of Japan’s Internet policy and strategy. Professor Kokuryo graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1982, and obtained an MBA in 1988 and a doctorate of business administration in 1992 from Harvard Business School.

Jim Foster

Executive Director

Jim Foster is interested in the intersection of technology and policy with a particular focus on how regulatory frameworks impact on innovation and growth. He is also active on global Internet governance issues, especially as they related to privacy, security and competition policy concerns. He is a former Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and a founder of the ACCJ Internet Economy Task Force, which supports the US-Japan Internet Economy Dialogue. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1971 and received his Ph.D. in Government from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1980. He is a former US diplomat and worked as Director of Corporate Affairs for Microsoft Corporation in Tokyo.