speakers

Tomohiro Nishi

Founder & CEO

Western

Tomohiro is WESTERN’s founding CEO since 2004, leading a team of professionals with years of experience in the financial services industry. He has over 8 years of professional marketing experience in the forex industry and has worked for over 6 years as the CEO of CMS Japan, KK, which offers online trading services, specializing in foreign exchange to retail and institutional traders.




/ Panel: Marketing in Japan and Beyond /

Kunio Matsuda

President

Central Tanshi FX Co.,Ltd.

After graduating from the Faculty of Law, Osaka University, Mr. Matsuda began his career at the Bank of Japan (BoJ) in 1980. He studied at the University of Saarland (Germany) in 1984-1985. Mr. Matsuda served as Chief Representative in Frankfurt, General Manager of Nagasaki Branch, Deputy General Manager of Osaka Branch and Senior Internal Auditor of BoJ. He was also Director of Japan Center for International Finance as well as of Deposit Insurance Corporation. He joined CTFX in 2012. Since 2013 he is President of CTFX and Director of Financial Futures Association of Japan




/ Panel: CEOs Discuss Their Success Stories /

Frankie Ho

General Manager

China Search (Asia) Limited

Frankie Ho is one of the Internet veterans in Hong Kong who has successfully developed various ROI driven online solutions to top-tier MNCs and premier brands in Hong Kong and the region. Frankie has over 15 years of solid experience and knowledge in the region's banking, finance, travel and retail sectors, with proven team leadership skills in driving data optimization solutions for clients whose campaigns are complex in scale and coverage. Prior to joining China Search, Frankie was the Head of Sales in Yahoo! Hong Kong, specializing in new business and partnership development for Yahoo!'s search and performance display solutions. In addition, he has previously worked with various Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, HP, DELL Computer on ebusiness projects.




/ Keynote speech: Accelerate Your Digital Success In China /

Takeshi Kawaji

CEO

Invast Securities

After graduating from Babson College (USA, MA) with a degree in Information Systems Management, Mr. Takeshi Kawaji joined a financial brokerage firm in London. In 2000 he joined KOBE Securities which is today called Invast Securities. His carrier in Invast started with Corporate Sales, followed by underwriting division where he supported several venture companies to achieve initial public offering. He became Chief of Corporate planning in 2004, mainly to IPO Invast itself, which was achieved in 2006. He then became Chief of Corporate Finance Department in 2007, Senior Vice President Chief Marketing Officer in 2008 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2010.




/ Panel: CEOs Discuss Their Success Stories /

Yasuharu Tsuru

CEO

FXTrade Financial Co.,Ltd

Yasuharu Tsuru graduated from Keio University Faculty of Business and Commerce and joined Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation (current Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation) in 1986. After working as Chief Dealer in the Forex and Financial Products Trading Division in the Head Office, he worked for branches in Los Angels, New York and Mitsubishi UFJ Trust International Limited(UK). In July 2008, he left Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation in order to launch FXTrade Financial Co.,Ltd. He became the Representative Director/CEO of the company on August 1, 2008. Currently a chairman of the Binary Option Working Group and a member of the Regulatory Committee of FFAJ. Holds British Securities Houses Association’s Sales Representative Qualification.




/ Panel: Regulatory Challenges Between East and West /

Oki Matsumoto

Chairman & CEO

Monex Group

After graduating from Tokyo University, Mr. Oki Matsumoto began his career at Salomon Brothers and joined Goldman Sachs in 1990. He was the head of its fixed income and currency trading in Asia and became General Partner in 1994 at the age of 30, the youngest ever at that time. In 1999, he founded Monex which was jointly capitalized with Sony. Currently, he is Chairman & CEO of Monex Group, Inc., which is a global online financial institution centered around three online brokerages, Monex in Japan, TradeStation and IBFX in the U.S., and Monex Boom in Hong Kong. The group has nearly 1000 employees worldwide with over half of its staffs located in the United States.




/ Panel: CEOs Discuss Their Success Stories /

Hiroshi Fujino

Founder and CEO

GoodWay Inc.

Mr. Fujino is founder & CEO of GoodWay. He has over 15 years of experiences in financial technology working for online-securities firm (SBI securities), stock exchange (Nasdaq Japan), and financial IT vendor (Simplex). He established GoodWay in June 2010 for submitting and distributing latest news, trends, and what is real values in an industry of financial services and IT solutions, as a neutral position from customer's point of view. GoodWay is always following latest trends in the stream of financial IT world, and contributing financial market grow up through media promotion service and consulting service.




/ Panel: CEOs Discuss Their Success Stories /

Miyuki Masaki

Corporate Officer

YJFX Inc.

Miyuki Masaki is the Corporate Officer of YJFX, Inc. She has joined the company in 2013 to take full responsibility over the marketing and PR divisions. Before joining YJFX, she was a product director at Yahoo! JAPAN, managing web-based financial services such as Yahoo! Finance. She has over 10 years of web marketing experience and she has specialized in financial vertical product development.




/ Panel: Marketing in Japan and Beyond /

Bratana Bratanova

Senior Project Manager

MarketsPulse

After graduating from the distinguished Keio University and Kyoto University, Ms. Bratanova joined MarketsPulse, a Binary Option Technology Provider located in Israel. As Senior Project Manager, she is responsible for organizing technical and site specification, as well as managing post-release operations. With over 10 years of experience working in cooperation with Japanese firms, Ms. Bratanova is one of the foremost professionals within this market. In her current role, she has obtained a deep understanding of the Binary Options industry. A passionate explorer by heart, Ms. Bratanova faces life challenges according to conduct learned while earning 3rd dan in Karate. She currently serves as Chief Secretary at the Japanese Karate Association of Israel in her spare time.




/ Panel: Regulatory Challenges Between East and West /

Tatsuo Shigemitsu

CEO

SBI Liquidity Market

Tatsuo Shigemitsu established SBI Liquidity Market (SBILM) in 2008, and took up the role of president of the company following his extensive experience as the CEO of a listed financial holding company, CEO of group companies and FX system integrator. He has also established SBI FXTRADE Co., Ltd., fully owned by SBILM. The company is the first FX specialized company in SBI group, and has been contributing to FX business growth in the group. After the “amendment of Foreign Exchange law in 1998”, which allows retail foreign exchange, he had developed FX business as one of Japan's FX business pioneers. In 2001, he established an FX Platform as a joint venture with Softbank Finance Group (current SBI group) by building a new FX business model As part of his devotion to developing healthy forex market infrastructure and environment, he established the Foreign Exchange Margin Trading Association (FXMTA), aimed to provide fair trading environment for retail clients.




/ Panel: CEOs Discuss Their Success Stories /

Naoko Kawabe

Managing Director, State Street Global Exchange

Currenex

Naoko Kawabe is a Managing Director of State Street Global Markets Japan. Since joining to State Street in 2008, she has been leading Currenex business in Japan to provide the solution to Institutional clients and Retail FX brokers. Prior to Sate Street, she had worked at EBS over 16years and developed the relationship with interbank market. She started her career at UBS Phillips and Drew Securities after graduating Tokyo Woman’s Christian University.  




/ Panel: Trading Technology in Japan /

Eisuke Sakakibara

Ex-Vice Minister of Finance

Economics Professor

After graduating from the Faculty of Economics, Tokyo University, Mr. Sakakibara began his career at the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in 1965. He earned a Ph.D in Economics at Michigan University. Mr. Sakakibara served as Head of Policy Research Institute of MOF in 1995, Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs in 1997. He retired from the MOF in 1999, when he became a professor at Keio University. He the became a professor at Waseda University and a professor at Aoyama Gakuin University since April 2010.




/ Keynote Speech: Mr. Eisuke Sakakibara /

Toshiaki Chiyoda

Business Development Manager

Boston Technologies Japan Inc.

As Business Development Manager, Mr. Chiyoda is the founding executive responsible for establishing and building Boston Technologies’ presence in the Japanese FX market. In his capacity, Mr. Chiyoda oversees all business development efforts and the leadership of all sales initiatives in Japan for Boston Technologies Inc., Boston Prime Ltd and BT Prime Ltd. Key functions include identification of applicable markets and applications for BT technologies, development and execution of sales strategies across all major markets, key account management, and devising winning sales solutions. With more than 15 years of sales leadership experience and a unique understanding of the complex Japanese FX environment, Mr. Chiyoda has been immersed in Japanese FX market from retail FX sales to highly involved B2B FX arrangements. Prior to Boston Technologies, Mr. Chiyoda held positions of progressive leadership at Yasuda Kasai Kaijyo Insurance Inc. and Gaitame Online.




/ Panel: Regulatory Challenges Between East and West /

Hideo Tomita

Managing Director, Japan

Thomson Reuters

Hideo Tomita is Managing Director, Japan, and he represents the Japanese entity of Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk. Hideo has 30 years of sales, marketing and general management experience in the Financial solutions industry. Previously, he served as President of RMS, the premier financial conference organizer in Japan. Prior to that, he held senior positions in leading financial information/software companies including QUICK global information, QUICK Moneyline Telerate, IQ financial systems and Kyodo News. He is a member of Japan Society of Monetary Economics. He has a bachelor degree of Law from Keio University, Tokyo.




/ Panel: Regulatory Challenges Between East and West /

Masahito Ito

CEO

YJFX Inc.

Mr. Masahito Ito began his career as a forex dealer with The Bank of Mitsubishi Ltd. (presently The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd.), where he made professional progress before moving to SoftBank Corp., where he engaged in huge amount of fundraising activity and other financial projects. He then assumed the role of Director of SBI Holdings, Inc., which is one of the biggest internet financial groups. Mr. Ito joined Yahoo Japan Corporation in 2012 and YJFX, Inc. in 2013. He served several listed companies as CEO or a director, mainly in the internet finance area.




/ Panel: CEOs Discuss Their Success Stories /

Yoshiyuki Hongoh

Official representative of Tradency in Japan

Tradency

Yoshiyuki Hongoh is an experienced financial services professional having worked in venture capital, private equity and hedge fund for over 14 years. Having started his career in venture capital he later established his company for fund management. He began cooperating with Tradency five years ago and has been working as the firm's Japanese representative. He is very passionate about algorithm trading and big data analysis.  




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/ Panel: Trading Technology in Japan /

Yamanaka Yasuji

CEO

Ascendant Inc.

After graduating from Faculty of Law of the Keio University in 1982, Yasuji Yamanaka began his FX career at Bank of America Tokyo Branch and he was responsible for proprietary trading as a VP & manager. In 1997 he joined Nikko Securities and was responsible for trading and sales of FX as a deputy general manager. In 2002 he established Ascendant Inc. and now providing information and consulting services to FX firms.  




/ Panel: Marketing in Japan and Beyond /
/ Panel: Trading Technology in Japan /

Kozo Sukema

Senior Managing Director

Simplex Inc.

Kozo Sukema is a Senior Managing Director of Simplex Inc. After undertaking strategic consulting at a global consulting firm, he held various positions as head of management and planning at multiple internet related companies. After joining Simplex, he has been responsible for a number of major clients in the retail area, particularly FX, leading initiatives that have resolved client issues and strengthened operational profitability. He contributes to improvement of client profits through the provision of various FX dealing solutions.




/ Panel: Trading Technology in Japan /

Toshihiko Katsuya

President

Monex FX, Inc.

Toshihiko Katsuya is Chief Project Officer (CPO) of Monex Group, Inc., Managing Director of Monex, Inc. as well as President of Monex FX,Inc. As CPO, he is responsible for driving Monex's Global Vision, an initiative to create a global online financial institution. He is also a member of the Global FX Committee which is responsible for developing the group’s FX business including TradeStation and IBFX. Prior to joining Monex in 2006, he worked at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi for seventeen years, where he held various positions such as senior manager of Corporate Planning Division and VP of Investment Banking Division for the Americas. He holds an MBA from University of California at Berkeley and a BA in Law from the University of Tokyo.




/ Panel: Marketing in Japan and Beyond /

Masato Kikuchi

Managing Director, Asia Pacific

Integral Development Corp

Mr. Masato’s professional experience covers over 25 years in the finance and technology industry. He started his career with Mitsubishi Bank as one of the original members of the Mitsubishi Derivatives Trading Team, the first one in Asia.  At Mitsubishi Bank, he also spearheaded its Global Computer Trading and Risk Management efforts and was one of the original users of CATS and Renaissance. Later on, he moved to the investor side of the business. He was an investor in technology in all layers, from data centers and switch fabric, to electronic exchanges and financial software (including Integral).  Later, he ran the technology group at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities and then was a Private Equity investor at Marunouchi Capital before re-joining Integral in his current capacity in 2011.  He has an MBA from Stanford University.




/ Panel: Trading Technology in Japan /

Yoshikatsu Miyairi

Financial Products Manager

Nissan Century Securities

Yoshikatsu Miyairi is Financial Products Manager, Financial Product Development and Alliance Strategy, M&A Strategy at Nissan Century Securities, and president of group subsidiary company, Seven Investors Corporation. He was able to gain high level skills and experience with OTC derivatives in a short period of time by working at leading FX companies such as GMO Click Securities and Gaitame Japan, and is currently utilizing his skills and insight to develop unique and innovative business lines and projects and successfully carry out M&A deals.




/ Panel: Marketing in Japan and Beyond /

Shigeru Momose

President, Japan

Forex.com Japan Co., Ltd.

Shigeru Momose has over 28 year-experience in the financial industry, having long worked at major Japanese and American companies. He started his career at Daiwa Securities in 1985 before moving to Morgan Stanley Japan in 1997 as vice president and product marketing manager to Japanese blue chips. In 1999, he joined Daiwa Securities SMBC where he was Managing Director and head of Structured Product Marketing Department. In 2004, he joined Bear Stearns as Senior Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Sales & Product Development. He joined RG Asset Management, a boutique Japanese investment company, as Chairman & CEO in 2010. In 2012, he joined Forex.com Japan, a Japanese retail arm of Gain Capital Holdings, Inc., as President and head of Tokyo office. Momose is co-author of several books and was a lecturer at Kyoto University. He holds a B.A. in Law from Waseda University and an M.A. in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University.




/ Panel: Trading Technology in Japan /

Masayuki Nakajima

Senior Executive Officer and Head of FXCMPro

FXCM Japan Securities Co., Ltd.

Mr. Nakajima joined FXCM Japan Securities in 2012 as the COO and CRO to oversee Compliance, Risk Management, Finance & Accounting and H&R. In March 2014, he was assigned his new role as the Head of FXCMPro, where he is responsible for marketing of ECN to institutional clients. Before joining FXCM, he entered the central bank of Japan in 1979 where he acted as Bank Examiner at NY Fed and Senior Economist at IIF in Washington D.C. He was engaged in market risk control, off-site monitoring and on-site examination as a Director of Financial Systems and Bank Examination Dept. at the Bank of Japan from 1998 to 2006. In 2006, he moved to Tokyo Financial Exchange and became an executive officer responsible for marketing of all products including Euro Yen 3 month interest rate futures and options and margin FX.




/ Panel: Marketing in Japan and Beyond /

Harry Saito

CEO

Tokyo International Consulting K.K.

As the former Head of Regulatory Advisory practice of KPMG in Japan, Harry Saito has led more than 400 regulatory projects over the past 11 years and is currently serving as a regulatory advisor to more than 70 clients who hold retainer contracts. Prior to joining KFi K.K., he has worked at the Bank of Japan on banking policy matters and has served as Japan’s official member in various working groups at Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), IOSCO, etc. He has served as an official member of Industrial Policy Advisory Panel at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He earned a BA in Laws from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from Harvard University.




/ Panel: Regulatory Challenges Between East and West /

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