Mentors

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Masakazu MASUJIMA

Attorney-at-law, Partner at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto FINOVATORS Founder & President

Mr. Masujima specializes in M&A and corporate governance consulting for financial institutions. He has previously served at the Financial Services Agency of Japan as compliance legal head of insurance division and deputy director at the Bank division. He was ranked as the best lawyer in Japan by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 for insurance.

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Mio TAKAOKA

Executive Director, GM of New Business Planning Office, Monex Group, Inc.
Managing Director, Monex Ventures, Inc.
FINOVATORS Founder


Ms. Takaoka manages Monex’s Corporate Venture Capital arm and is in charge of Monex Group’s innovation initiative. Since joining Monex Group, she has been involved with the firm’s strategic acquisitions and investments. She was selected as one of the FinTech Asia 100 leaders in 2016.

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Toshio TAKI

Director of Board, Money Forward, Inc.
FINOVATORS Founder


Mr. Taki co-founded Money Forward, a leading FinTech venture with over 3 million users and currently serves as the Director of the Board and as Head of the FinTech Institute. Prior to founding Money Forward, he has worked at Nomura Holdings and Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research.

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Hisanori OGAWA

Director of Strategy Research Office, Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.
FINOVATORS Vice-President


Prior to joining Mizuho Securities in 2016, Mr. Ogawa worked at Nomura Research Advisory engaged in research and support activities for IT start-ups in charge of unlisted companies. He has written over 560 corporate reports and has been involved in dozens of IPOs.

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Tetsuya ISOZAKI

General Partner, Femto Growth / Certified Public Accountant
FINOVATORS Founder


Mr. Isozaki is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Public Tax Accountant, System Audit Technician and Certified Financial Services Auditor in Japan. He is a founder and CEO of Tetsuya Isozaki & Associates since 2001, board member at Kabu.com securities company, Corporate Auditor at Mixi, and a part-time faculty at Chuo University Law School.

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Mitsunobu OKUBO

Senior Digital Strategist, Incubation Project Team, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
Manager of Incubation Office, Business Development Department, Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
FINOVATORS Founder


Mr. Okubo is responsible for the planning, development and operation of various financial systems in compliance with regulatory requirements. Prior to joining Mizuho Bank, he was instrumental in implementing the public cloud at Sony Bank which was the first initiative of its kind by a Japanese financial institution.

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Tetsuo IIDA

Business Development Manager, Financial Services, Amazon Web Services Japan K.K.
FINOVATORS Vice-President


Prior to his current role, he has been in charge of venture investment and global business development for financial businesses especially in the payment area for ISI Dentsu. He initiated the Financial Innovation Business Conference (FIBC) in 2012 to drive innovation in the financial industry.

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Chie ITOU

Manager, Business Development Department, Information Services International-Dentsu, Ltd.
FINOVATORS Founder


Ms. Itou manages Japan’s largest annual FinTech pitch contest, Financial Innovation Business Conference (FIBC) and is responsible for FinTech related business development and partner alliance at ISI Dentsu. Before her involvement in FinTech, she was engaged with developing a foreign exchange trading system and an overseas accounting system.

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Tatsuto FUJII

Senior Analyst, Digital Innovation Division, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.
FINOVATORS Founder


Mr. Fujii is responsible for open innovation business involving FinTech implementation. He led the founding of “BTMU FinTech Challenge 2015”, “MUFG FinTech Accelerator” and “BTMU Bank API Hackathon”. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked at a consulting firm as a consultant for financial institutions.

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Makoto SHIBATA

Principal Analyst, Digital Innovation Division, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
FINOVATORS Founder


Mr. Shibata leads The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ’s R&D initiatives in emerging technology and online/mobile financial service planning. He has been in the eBusiness since 1998 for both retail and wholesale customers. He has also held positions in corporate planning, accounting, corporate finance and retail customer services.

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Takahisa OHIRA

FinTech Leader, Advisory Service Division, Deloitte-Tohmatsu Venture Support, Ltd.
FINOVATORS Member


Mr. Ohira supports business activity of startup (in FinTech, media, video, EC sectors) and provides business development consulting service towards large corporations. In the area of FinTech, he is closely linked to a vast network of Japanese domestic startups and frequently presents on this subject to heads of major financial institutions.

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Toshiaki HASUMURA

Planning Manager, Business Creation Center, Dentsu Inc.
FINOVATORS Founder


As a university student, Mr. Hasumura worked as an independent cameraman, and in 2007, garnered second place in the Yomiuri Photo Grand Prix. He then began a career at Dentsu, Inc., taking part in a wide array of projects from ad campaigns to development-related consulting. In 2013, he helped launch Japan’s first crowd-funded radio broadcast. In 2016, he helped establish FINOLAB – Japan’s premiere Fintech hub, and currently assists start-ups while working to create a Fintech ecosystem.

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