International Seminar

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Speakers (In Order of Sessions)

Norihiro Takahashi

Mark Anson

Mark Anson is the Chief Investment Officer for the Commonfund with $27 billion of AUM, Previously, he was the CIO for the Bass Family Office and he was the President and Executive Director of Investment Services at Nuveen Investments, a full service asset management firm with over $220 billion in assets under management. Prior to Nuveen, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer for both Hermes Pension Management, a £65 billion asset management company, and for the British Telecom Pension Scheme, the largest pension fund in the United Kingdom with assets of £37 billion and the sole owner of Hermes. Prior to joining BTPS, he served as the Chief Investment Officer of the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the largest pension fund in the United States with over $250 billion in assets. He is the first person to serve on the Boards for the CFA Institute and the Chartered Alternative Investment Association. Currently, he sits on the Board and Investment Committee for the UAW Medical Benefits Trust, MSCI-Barra, the Toigo Foundation, and the Northwestern University School of Law.
He has published over 100 journal articles and 5 financial textbooks and has won 2 Best Paper Awards. He is the author of the Handbook of Alternative Assets, the textbook used for the CAIA certification program. He earned a B.A. in Economics and Chemistry from St. Olaf College, a J.D. from Northwestern Univ. School of Law, and a Masters and a Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia Univ. Graduate School of Business, all with honors. In addition, he has won several awards for leadership in institutional asset management. Last, he has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and Certified Internal Auditor professional designations.

Norihiro Takahashi

Norihiro Takahashi
Government Pension Investment Fund

Norihiro Takahashi is President of Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) since April 2016. Prior to his role at GPIF, he was Representative Director and President of JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd. Previously from 1980 to 2015, he was Senior Managing Director at The Norinchukin Bank, where he held various leadership positions in the areas of investment and management including General Manager of Credit & Alternative Investment Division, General Manager of Fixed Income Investment Division, Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Division and Deputy General Manager of Financial Planning & Control Division. He also served as General Manager at Nagasaki Branch of the Bank. He receives his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law from the University of Tokyo.

Robert B. Zoellick

Robert B. Zoellick
Chairman of the Board
AllianceBernstein L.P.
(Former President, World Bank)

Robert B. Zoellick was appointed Chairman of the Board of AB in May 2017. Previously, he served as the president of the World Bank (2007–2012). He was also Deputy Secretary of the US Department of State (2005–2006) and US Trade Representative (2001–2005), having also held several senior positions in the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. In the private sector, he was vice chairman, international, at Goldman Sachs Group and chairman of Goldman Sachs’s Board of International Advisors. He is also a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He holds a BA from Swarthmore College, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Yasumasa Nishi

Yasumasa Nishi
Farmers’ pension fund
(Former President & CEO
Asset Management One Co., Ltd.)

Yasumasa Nishi is appointed Chairman of the farmers’ pension fund in April 2018.
Previously, he was the President & CEO of Asset Management One Co., Ltd (AM-One), where he contributed to the launch of the largest asset management firm in Asia.
Prior to joining DIAM Co., Ltd. (current AM-One) as the President & CEO in 2014, he spent over 35 years at Mizuho group focusing on global markets business in Tokyo as well as in New York. During his tenure in Mizuho Bank, he served multiple key positions within the market-related divisions including Managing Director and a Head of Markets Unit, Ltd. and General Manager of International Treasury Division.
He also served for international and domestic organizations in the financial industries, such as Vice Chairman of the Investment Trust Association, Japan, Director of Japan Securities Clearing Corporation and Board of Directors for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Tokyo.

Ken Chan Chien-Wei

Ken Chan Chien-Wei
Country Head and Representative Director
GIC (Japan) K.K.

Since 2005, Ken Chan Chien Wei is the Country Head and Representative Director of GIC (Japan) K.K. (formerly GIC Real Estate International Japan KK), a subsidiary of GIC Pte Ltd, the investment arm of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), focusing on Real Estate. Starting from April 2017, he takes charge of business development for all GIC investment strategies in Japan, as well as taking on the role of Head of Japan Integrated Strategies Group. He started his career with Morgan Stanley Tokyo, and was also formerly an Assistant Director with ABN Amro Securities involved in equity sales and research. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Noriyuki Morimoto, CMA

Noriyuki Morimoto, CMA
Chief Executive Officer
HC Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Noriyuki Morimoto founded HC Asset Management in November 2002. As a pioneer investment consultant in Japan, he established the investment consulting business of Watson Wyatt K.K. (Tokyo Office) in 1990, where he was Director & Consultant for 13 years. His responsibilities also included Benefit consulting and Financial Services consulting. Prior to joining Watson Wyatt, he was responsible for foreign fixed income investment, asset allocation and investment strategy at Mitsui Life Insurance Co., where he managed assets for the company’s variable life products and group annuities as a fund manager. He spent 2 and half years in London managing fixed income assets. He started his investment career as Japanese equity analyst at Mitsui Life in 1983. Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), University of Tokyo (1981).
Publications: 『The Age of Mass Unemployment of Bank Workers』(Shogakukan August 2017),『Fiduciary Duty』(Business KyoikuShuppansha December 2016), 『FUKUSHIMA legal aspects』 (Energy and Electricity The Denki Shimbun September 2012),『Portfolio management of ‘human capital’, ‘compensation’ and ‘annuity’』(co-authored: Toyo Keizai Inc October 1999) etc.

Yasunori Nakagami, CMA

Yasunori Nakagami, CMA
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Misaki Capital Inc.

Yasunori Nakagami began his career as a management consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Corporate Directions, Inc. where he was a Partner, and spent nearly 20 years in the industry having built a massive network of corporate, public and academic professionals prior to moving onto the finance industry in 2005. Having high conviction that the consultant driven investment approach will be successful, he co-founded an investment advisory company in April 2005 and built the team, the process, and the investment philosophy with the previous engagement fund that became the genesis of Misaki Capital which he co-founded in 2013 with the core members of the original fund.
He received his B.A. in Economics from Keio University and MBA from University of California, Berkeley.Protagonist, Harvard Business School.

Taro Ogai, CMA

Taro Ogai, CMA
Managing Director, Towers Watson K.K.,
Managing Director, Investments, Asia Pacific

Taro Ogai is the Managing Director of Japan at Towers Watson and Managing Director of Investments, Asia Pacific. He joined the firm in 2003 as a member of investment consulting practice. He has advised pension funds regarding asset allocation, manager selection and fund governance. Recently, he is working in a variety of role supporting major Japanese companies regarding corporate governance, globalization and M&A.
His experience prior to joining Towers Watson includes management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc., global equity portfolio manager and foreign exchange trader at Industrial Bank of Japan.
He earned his MBA at Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and completed his undergraduate degree at University of Tokyo (B.A. Economics).


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