Mr. Wataru Ito
Tokyo Financial Exchange Inc.
Since joining TFX in 2006, Wataru Ito has been responsible for designing exchange rules and operating schemes and formulating and implementing the exchange’s corporate strategies. Notably Mr. Ito masterminded the establishment of the Margin Contract Market Division and contributed to expanding the exchange’s revenue base. He has been appointed Managing Director and Member of the Board since 2011 before assuming Executive Officer in 2009.
Mr. Ito earned bachelor degree from faculty of law at Kyoto University.
Mr. Takamichi Hamada
Executive Vice President &COO
Tokyo Commodity Exchange, Inc.
Mr. Hamada joined TOCOM in 2002, after serving several positions at METI including Director-general for Minister's Secretariat. During his tenure, he played an active role in introducing market rules in line with global standard, creating clearinghouse (JCCH), and contributed in making TOCOM's market accessible for international market participants. He left TOCOM in 2006, and rejoined in 2014 as Executive Vice President & COO, playing once again a key role in promoting TOCOM as the exchange of choice for trading commodities in Asia.
Mr. Kotaro Yamazawa
Executive Vice President
Japan Exchange Group, Inc.
Kotaro YAMAZAWA has served as Executive Vice President of Japan Exchange Group, Inc. since June 2014 and as a Member of the Board of Directors of Osaka Exchange, Inc. since 2009. He worked for the Bank of Japan prior to joining OSE on assignment in 2006, holding various positions such as General Manager of the Hakodate Branch of the BoJ. He joined the BoJ in 1980, after graduating from the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo. He holds a MBA from the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Sadakazu Osaki
Head of Research, Center for Strategic Management & Innovation
Nomura Research Institute.
Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo
(Graduate School for Law and Politics)
Mr. Osaki specializes in the regulation of capital markets. He has published several books and articles on Japanese regulation and its reforms mainly in Japanese. In addition to his job in Nomura and in the University of Tokyo, he holds a post of Visiting Professor at Waseda Business School. He also holds official positions as a member the Regulatory Reform Council and the FSA Financial System Council. His English publications includes “Insider Trading: Global Developments and Analysis” (CRC Press, 2009, co-author), “Selected Legal Issues of E-Commerce” (Kluwer Law International, 2002, co-author). He received LL.M. from University of London and University of Edinburgh (with Distinction), and LL.B. from University of Tokyo.
Mr. Nobuhiro Maeda
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Mr. Maeda entered Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 1978. He had worked for Bureau of Waterworks, Social Welfare, Finance and General Affairs. He was appointed Deputy Director General of Headquarters of the Governor of Tokyo in 2007. Thereafter, he became Deputy Director General and Director General of Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs, and became Director General of Headquarters of the Governor of Tokyo. He was nominated as Vice Governor of Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 2013.
Mr. Takao Ochi
Parliamentary Vice Minster
Financial Services Agency, Government of Japan
Takao Ochi was appointed Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Cabinet Office in September 2014. He is in charge of financial services, administrative and regulatory reform, women’s empowerment, and measures for the declining birthrate. He served as secretary to a member of the House of Representatives and Executive Secretary to the Minister of State before he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in September 2005. He is currently serving his third term as a member of the House of Representatives. During his past terms at the House of Representatives, he served as Director of the Committee on Financial Affairs and also as a member of the Committee on Budget and the Committee on Economy, Trade and Industry. He started his career as a banker in April 1986, joining Sumitomo Bank (now Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation). During his 13 years at the bank, he engaged in developing new business in cross-border financial services and securities business amidst financial liberalization in Japan. He obtained a BA in economics from Keio University in March 1986, and a diploma from ESSEC Business School, France, in June 1991. He completed the Master Program at the University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics in March 2005.
Mr. Hisashi Ono
Financial Services Agency, Government of Japan
Hisashi Ono is Deputy Director-General of the Planning and Coordination Bureau of Financial Services Agency (FSA), where he is responsible for overall planning and policy making of financial system, planning and policy making concerning securities markets and other financial markets, monitoring and analyzing these markets and supervision of exchanges. Mr. Ono is also Director-General of the Office for Regional Economy Vitalization Cooperation Japan (REVIC), where he is responsible for planning and policy making regarding the REVIC as well as supervising the REVIC.
From August 2012 to July 2014, Mr. Ono was Deputy Director-General of the Supervisory Bureau, where he was responsible for supervising regional financial institutions, insurance companies, and Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan. From July 2011 to July 2012, Mr. Ono was Deputy Director-General of the Planning and Coordination Bureau, where he was responsible for planning and policy making of credit and insurance system.Prior to the FSA, he worked for the Asian Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Mr. Ono graduated from the College of Arts and Science, University of Tokyo in 1983.
Mr. Brett Fairclough
Managing Director APAC
Brett Fairclough is the Managing Director of Virtu Financial’s Asia-Pacific operations. Mr. Fairclough began his career in the securities industry in 2007 when we joined Virtu. During his time at Virtu, Mr. Fairclough has worked closely with exchanges and other industry participants to foster the growth and development of securities markets globally. Mr. Fairclough graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Mr. Yasumasa Nishi
President & CEO
DIAM Co., Ltd.
Yasumasa Nishi serves as the President & CEO of DIAM Co., Ltd. He was appointed to this role in June 2014. Previously, Mr. Nishi served as Managing Director and a Head of Markets Unit for Mizuho Bank, Ltd. Mr. Nishi was overseeing the Unit from 2005 to 2014, and during his tenure, he also had similar responsibility for Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. While serving as a MD, Mr Nishi also served as a member of Board of Directors from 2013 to 2014.
Mr. Christopher P. Wells
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Named one of the most influential people in Asian hedge funds by AsianInvestor magazine, Chris Wells has one of the leading international investment funds and financial regulatory practices in Japan. He focuses on establishing, operating, registering, and licensing investment funds and fund-related investment intermediaries in Japan, including banks, securities companies, asset managers, investment trust management companies, and moneylenders.
Additionally, Chris advises multinational financial groups on issues related to regulatory compliance and license qualification matters in Japan. He also represents companies in connection with forming and operating numerous multijurisdictional joint ventures and other investments in Japan.
Chris is ranked as a Band 1 leading individual for foreign investment funds and banking and finance regulatory work by Chambers Asia. He is currently a co-vice chair of the Executive Committee of the Japan Chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA-Japan). He served as the AIMA-Japan Chair from 2010 to 2013. Chris also led the Financial Services Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan from 1998 to 2007, where he coordinated various subcommittees covering the securities, banking and finance, investment management, insurance, private equity, real estate finance, pension and securitization, and ratings industries in Japan. Additionally, Chris was supervising editor of Japan Financial Translations, Inc., and he frequently speaks on investment topics in Japan.
Mr. Raymond Kahn
Tax Partner, Financial Services
Ray is a tax partner in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Tokyo office, having joined the firm’s tax practice in 1996 and the firm’s financial services practice in 2000.
Ray is an active advisor of investors and investment advisors, advising them in fund structuring, office set-up, due diligence and acquisition planning. He has extensive cross-border investment structuring experience.
His major clients include financial institutions, investment advisors, private equity and real estate investment funds, institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds.
Ray is the Alternative Investment Management Association ("AIMA") Japan tax committee chair.
Ray is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A.), Indiana University (J.D.) and New York University (LL.M. in taxation). Prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ray was an attorney with the United States Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel, in New York City.
Mr. Takehiro Sato
Member of the Policy Board
Bank of Japan
Takehiro Sato began working for Sumitomo Bank Ltd in 1985. Following a 14-year period working for Sumitomo he joined Morgan Stanley Japan Ltd in 1999 where he held a number of positions such as Chief Economist for Japan (2006 – 2010), Managing Director and Head of Japan Interest Rate Strategy (2010-2012), and Head of Japan Fixed Income Research (2012). He has held his current position as Member of the Bank of Japan’s Policy Board since July 2012.
Mr. Jesper Koll
JP Morgan Securities Japan Co., Ltd.
Koll has been researching and investing in Japan since becoming a resident in 1986. Before joining JPMorgan in December 2009, he was the president and CEO of Tantallon Research Japan KK, a Tokyo-based investment advisory firm he set up in June 2007. Previously, he served as the chief economist of Merrill Lynch Japan for eight years. Before that, he was a Managing Director at the Tiger Fund and before that he was the Chief Economist for JPMorgan in Tokyo. For the first three years of his Japan experience, he worked as an aide to a Member of Parliament.
Over the past two decades, Koll has been consistently ranked as one of the top Japan strategists/economists. His analysis and insights have earned him a spot on several Japanese government advisory committees. He has written two books in Japanese, Towards a New Japanese Golden Age and The End of Heisei Deflation. He is also one of the few non-Japanese members of the Keizai Doyukai, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives.
Jesper has a masters degree from the School of Advanced and International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and was a research fellow at both Tokyo University and Kyoto University. He is a graduate of the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific.
Mr. Tatsuya Terazawa
Director-General for Commerce Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy,
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Tatsuya Terazawa has served as Director-General responsible for oversight over commodities derivatives among other duties since June 2013. Prior to this assignment, from December 2012 to June 2013 he was Deputy Director-General, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau and participated in the drafting of the New Growth Strategy of June 2013, the so-called third arrow of the “Abenomics”. From September 2011 to December 2012, he was Executive Assistant to Prime Minister Yoshio Noda after engaging in making various economic policies. He joined METI in 1984. He received a B. A. in Law from the University of Tokyo in 1984 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1990.
Mr. Walter L. Lukken
FIA Global President & CEO and Former Acting CFTC Chair
Walt Lukken is the President and CEO of the FIA, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association that represents participants in the regulated, listed and cleared derivatives markets. He is also CEO of FIA Global, overseeing the affiliation of FIA, FIA Europe and FIA Asia. FIA’s membership includes the world’s largest derivatives clearing firms as well as leading derivatives exchanges and clearinghouses from more than 20 countries. The FIA serves to uphold fair and competitive markets, protect the public interest through adherence to high standards of professional conduct and financial integrity, and promote public trust and confidence in the regulated markets for listed and cleared derivatives.
Walt previously was CEO of New York Portfolio Clearing, the derivatives clearinghouse jointly owned by NYSE Euronext and the Depository Trust and Clearing Corp. Before joining the private sector in 2009, Walt served as Acting Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for 18 months, a period that included the financial crisis of 2008 and as CFTC Commissioner since 2002.
Prior to joining the CFTC, Walt served for five years as counsel on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee under Chairman Richard Lugar. He received his B.S. degree with honors from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and his Juris Doctor degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Akihiro Wani
Ito & Mitomi (Registered Associated Offices of Morrison & Foerster LLP)
Akihiro Wani is Senior Counselor of Ito & Mitomi (Registered Associated Offices of Morrison & Foerster LLP) with more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets arena. He has been a Professor of Law at Sophia University Law School in Tokyo since 2004 and has written and lectured on various legal issues relating to the international capital markets. He acts as counsel for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) in Japan and as a Finance Expert of P.R.I.M.E. Finance. He also serves as a member of the Financial Law Board sponsored by the Bank of Japan. From time to time he served as a member of the Financial Services Agency’s Financial System Council or another one of its Working Groups. He is a specialist in derivatives and structured finance transactions, and his practice covers various international finance and business transactions including the provision of regulatory advice.
Prior to joining Ito & Mitomi / Morrison & Foerster LLP in May 2014, he was a founding bengoshi partner at Linklaters in Tokyo, where he served as joint managing partner from 2005 to 2012.
Mr. Wani graduated from the University of Tokyo, with an LL.B. in 1975 and an LL.M. in 1977. He also holds an LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law (1982). He has been admitted to the Japanese and New York Bars.
Mr. William Knottenbelt
Senior Managing Director, International
William Knottenbelt serves as Senior Managing Director, International of CME Group. He is responsible for overseeing the company's core business growth, customer relationships and new business opportunities throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia and Latin America. Previously, Knottenbelt served as Senior Managing Director, EMEA.
Prior to joining CME Group in 2011, Knottenbelt served as Global Head of Futures for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) where he built out the global reach and product offering of RBS futures. He also served as Global Head of Central Counterparty Clearing where he worked on developing the bank's over-the-counter clearing solutions. Knottenbelt held a number of leadership roles at RBS and its affiliates during the past 25 years, including Global head of Futures, FX and Interest rate derivatives prime brokerage. He began his career trading commodities at C Czarnikow commodity trading house.
He also served as an Executive board member at both the Futures Industry Association and the Futures Options Association.
Mr. David Martin
Head of ACCE –Asia
J.P. Morgan Securities Singapore
David Martin joined J.P. Morgan in 1997. He relocated to Asia in 2014 when he assumed responsibility for the F&O & OTC Clearing business as well as overseeing the Collateral Management Business in the region.
His early career at JPMorgan was as an equity derivatives sales trader before moving on to manage firstly the F&O Sales Team and subsequently the F&O business in EMEA then the F&O business globally.
David was Chairman of the FOA Executive Committee in Europe and was a member of the EUREX Supervisory Council. He has recently joined the Board and Executive Committee of FIA Asia.
David has a MBA from the Judge Business School, Cambridge University and formerly served as a British Army Officer.
Mr. Kazuhiko Shiotani
Tradeweb Europe, Limited.
Kaz Shiotani is Managing Director of Tradeweb, responsible for developing the Japanese market and promoting Yen products globally.
Prior to joining Tradeweb, Shiotani ran the Japan operations for Financial Security Assurance Inc. Previously, Shiotani was at Salomon Brothers/Citigroup for 18 years in a variety of fixed income positions, most recently as Yen Product Manager promoting JGBs globally.
Shiotani received both B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Waseda University and is a CFA charterholder.
Mr. Shinichi Yamashita
Director, Margin Contracts Market Development Department
Tokyo Financial Exchange Inc.
Since joining TFX in 2007, Shinichi Yamashita’s responsibility has been to develop products, devise business strategies and set and revamp exchange rules, negotiating and aligning with the regulators while searching for the exchange’s growth opportunities. Mr. Yamashita’s advantage is broad and in-depth knowledge and experience in the financial market at home and abroad that he honed with a major Japanese bank for over two decades mostly engaged in trading and broking FX and fixed income products. Mr. Yamashita received his Bachelor of Economics from Kyoto University.
Mr. Minori Asai
Vice President, Derivative Products Division
Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
Since joining Mizuho Bank in 2007, Minori Asai has been in charge of JPY interest rate swaps trading. Recently, he is also constructing framework in response to FIEA's ETP regulation, which is going to effect at September 1st this year.
Mr. Hiroshi Matsubara
Co-Chair, Japan Regional Committee, FIX Trading Community
Marketing Director - Japan, Marketing Group, Fidessa kk
Joined Fidessa in September 2005. In charge of the overall marketing functions of Fidessa and Fidessa Buy-side product suites (solutions for multi-asset trading, portfolio analysis, decision support, investment compliance, market data and global connectivity) and the marketing communications activities including media relations for the Japanese market.
More than 20 years industry experience with financial information and electronic transactional products. Engaged in the electronic securities trading business for more than the last 10 years and proactively participated in the Japan FIX committee activities as a governance board member in 2006. Elected as Co-Chair of the FPL Japan regional committee in 2007.
Before joining Fidessa, held the position of VP, Head of Sales and Marketing for Japan with TradingScreen, and worked for Reuters for 17 years holding various product marketing positions both in Tokyo and overseas (UK and US). Joined Reuters London as a graduate management trainee from Reuters Asia in 1987.
Mr. Pieter Franken
Senior Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer
Pieter Franken’s career spans over 25 years specializing in IT management and software engineering. He has worked as IT Head of retail bank at Citibank Japan and was responsible for the IT transformation at Shinsei Bank in Japan. He co-authored a book about the engineering and management techniques used to dramatically transform Shinsei Bank into a retail banking power house. Currently Pieter is spearheading technology deployment at Monex Securities as their Chief Technology Officer. Monex is one of the leading retail brokerages in Japan with focus to build a global platform to fulfill Monex Global Vision to be a global retail brokerage.
Mr. Yoshinori Suzuki
Executive Vice President & CIO
Japan Exchange Group, Inc
Yoshinori SUZUKI is Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Japan Exchange Group, Inc. He began his career at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (currently NTT) where he was Senior Manager of Financial Systems Division and Senior Executive Manager of the Second Financial Systems Division before serving on the NTT Board of Directors beginning in June 2001. He was appointed CEO of NTT Data Force in June 2005 before being invited by Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. to serve as CIO in February 2006. That year he began work on the “arrowhead” cash trading engine introduced in 2010, thus introducing low-latency, highly reliable trading to Japan. He was subsequently appointed to the Board of Directors in June of that year, and became a director on the board of Japan Exchange Group, Inc. where he has served since January 2013.
Mr. Krishnan P. Sankaran
Managing Director, Technology
Goldman Sachs Japan Holdings, Ltd.
Krishnan Sankaran is the Asia Pacific Head of Federation Technology. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 in Hong Kong before moving to Tokyo in 2003. He was named managing director in 2008. Prior to taking on his current role in 2013, he was the Head of FICC, Equities One Delta and Derivatives Technology.
Mr. Yoshitaka Yamada
Deputy General Manager, Operation & Systems Dept.
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company, Limited
Having spent 15 years in a sellside, moved to buyside as a chief trader.
His over 10 years as a buyside includes tradings at Sumitomo Life Investment and Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management(SMAM).
In 2011, he moved to the system area and currently oversees the system strategy of SMAM as the Deputy General Manager of Operation & System Dept.
Representative Director and Director Sales and Relationship Management, Japan
・ Born: April 1961, Kyoto Japan, born and raised in Japan
・ Attended Public Japanese Schools through 8th grade. Graduated High School from Catholic International School in Kobe Japan. BSFS Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
・ Local Area Network/Wide Area Network Specialist, Protocol Specialist, Internet Security Specialist 1984-2000
・ 1999 Joined financial IT firm in Japan and in 2000 became sales and 2002 became head of sales for what eventually became GL Trade/SunGard Japan.
・ Joined Omgeo Nov 2012 with current title
・ Speak/Write Natively in English/Japanese
・ Board Member Futures Industry Association Japan Chapter
・ Board Member Market Forum – a Japanese prop desk organization (non-profit)
Dr. Izumi Kazuhara
Executive Director, Head of Japan Representative Office, CME Group
Dr. Izumi Kazuhara serves as Executive Director, Head of Japan of CME Group. Based in Tokyo, Dr. Kazuhara is responsible for developing growth opportunities and customer relationships for CME Group throughout Japan.
Prior to joining the company in June 2012, Dr. Kazuhara gained extensive experience in the derivatives exchange industry, having previously worked as Chief Representative for Japan at NYSE Euronext and as Head of Japan Strategy at Eurex. Before his entry into the derivatives exchange business in 2000, he was involved in academic research as a post graduate student focusing on subjects in international economic and European competition law.
In addition to a PhD in Law from Frankfurt University, Dr. Kazuhara also has a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from Sophia University, Tokyo.
Mr. Roland Schwinn
Executive Director , Head of Business Development Asia and Middle East
Eurex, Deutsche Boerse Group
Roland Schwinn is Head of Sales and Business Development for Asia, Pacific and the Middle East for Eurex, the derivatives market of the Deutsche Boerse Group. He joined Eurex in 2007 as Head of Business Research and is holding his current position since July 2007. His main responsibilities lie in the Business Development, Sales & Marketing and the Cooperation with partner exchanges in this region.
He is also the founding director of Eurex Clearing Asia the new clearing house of Deutsche Boerse Group in Singapore.
Mr. Ulf Carlsson
General Manager, NASDAQ OMX North Asia & Japan
Mr Ulf Carlsson joined Nasdaq in 1996. Since 2003 responsible for NASDAQ operations in North Asia & Japan, based in Hong Kong. Director of the Board of Nasdaq Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Nasdaq operations in North Asia & Japan today cover most of the company’s global businesses including Listings, Corporate Solutions, Global Market Data & Index, Broker Sales and Market Technology.
Ulf has over 20 years of experience from the financial market sector working in different roles over the years both in the US, Europe and the Asia Pacific. Prior to moving to Asia, 1996-2003 he was head of Nasdaq Marketplace Business Unit responsible for the marketplace systems business globally.
Mr. Tae Yoo
Managing Director, FIC Derivatives & Client Business Development
Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Limited
Tae Seok Clement Yoo serves as Managing Director and Head of Client Business Development & FIC Development department. His Client Business Development department is responsible for IPO issuer marketing, exchange participant relations and client relationship marketing. His FIC (Fixed Income & Currency) Development department is responsible for the development of fixed income and currency business and the development of index solutions across the organization. Since joining HKEx in 2011, he served as co-head of platform development & strategy and as head of product & index development. Yoo has over 21 years of exchange industry experience with 14 years at CME Group (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) in Clearing, Risk Management, Business Development & Strategy and Products & Services in US and Asia. Prior to joining CME, he held various positions at Sumitomo Mitsui Bank (Sakura Dellsher, Inc.) and at Goldman Sachs & Co. in Chicago. Yoo holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer applications from the University of Notre Dame and MBA degree from the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He participated in the GSAL program at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. He has been named an inventor on nine U.S. patents on derivatives risk management applications.
Officers / Board Members
Representative Director - Chairman
Executive Officer, Head of Government Affairs
Citigroup Japan Holdings Corp.
Mr. Junichi Maruyama is the Head of Government Affairs for Citigroup Japan Holdings Corp., a position he has held since July 2013. In this capacity, he is responsible for maintaining and developing relationships with key government and regulatory officials in Japan. Previously, he was Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Citibank Japan Ltd. since January 2011. He joined Citibank Japan Ltd. as Senior Advisor in October 2010.
Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Maruyama served in the Japanese government for more than 33 years, working in the Ministry of Finance, the Financial Services Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Immediately before joining Citi, Mr. Maruyama served as Head of Yokohama C
In July 2006, Mr. Maruyama was appointed as Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs of the Japanese Financial Services Agency. He was a key member of the Financial Stability Board, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, International Organization of Securities Commissions (Securities regulators forum) and other international regulatory bodies to represent the Japanese regulator.
Since August 2004 Mr. Maruyama worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for two years as Deputy Director-General of the European Affairs Bureau. There he was in charge of all diplomatic issues with European countries including political, security and economic matters.
For seven years from 1997 to 2004, Mr. Maruyama experienced various Directors’ positions in the International Bureau of the Ministry of Finance. In particular, Mr. Maruyama served as Director of Foreign Exchange and Money Market Division from 1997 to 2000, where he was engaged in foreign exchange market monitoring and interventions as well as Japanese government’s foreign reserve management.
Mr. Maruyama received a Bachelor of Law from University of Tokyo in 1977 and a Master of Public and International Affairs from Princeton University in 1981.
Representative Director - Vice Chairman
Chairman of the Board, Nissan Century Securities Co., Ltd
Mr. Yasuo Mogi has served various leading roles in international financial markets for over 40 years. This includes the management of large scale businesses in the global derivatives industry with his former role as Vice Chairman of Newedge Japan Inc, a Joint Venture combining Societe Generale and Credit Agricole’s Calyon Financial in 2008. Until his joining with the firm, he was Senior Executive Vice president of Himawari CX, Inc. Previously he was Representative Director and Tokyo Branch Manager of Prudential Bache Futures Ltd., and Managing Director of Gerald Far East Ltd.
As a part of his industrial activities, he was a founder and a Board Member of Futures Industry Association Japan, “General Incorporated Association” (“Ippan Shadan Hojin”) since its inception of the legacy organization in 1989 where he served as Chairman of various committees while his acting as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association. He assumed the role of Vice Chairman in May 2013. He has been counseled for industrial development by various organizations including Japan Federation of Bar Association for the customer protection policies, Domestic and Foreign Regulatory Offices, as well as Exchanges and Industry Associations.
Mr. Mogi has been inducted as a member of FIA’s Futures Hall of Fame in 2011 resulted from contribution of his efforts bridging the gap between Japan and global markets. He was also One of Top 30 Most Influential People in past 30 years recognized by Futures Option World in 2012.
Vice President & Director, FIA Japan
Mr. Jaeger has a 25-year career as a futures professional, most recently serving as Managing Director and Asia Pacific Regional Head of Futures & Options and OTC Clearing at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a position he has held since December 2012. Prior to that he was with JP Morgan for 15 years, where he headed the London Futures Desk and then served as Japan & Korea Country Head of Futures & Options and OTC Clearing. Mr Jaeger has been a Public Director on the board of Tokyo Commodities Exchange (TOCOM) for the past four years, as well as being Vice President and Director of FIA Japan and a Director of FIA Asia. Mr Jaeger received a BA in Japanese Studies from Columbia University in New York in 1981 and completed the Special Course in Japanese at Tokyo University for Foreign Studies as a visiting scholar sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Education in 1982.
Mitch R. Fulscher
President - CEO
Consultant - Tokyo, Japan
Mr. Fulscher has over 30 years’ experience consulting for financial institutions with a specialty in derivatives and capital markets. Based in Tokyo, he is the President & CEO of Futures Industry Association Japan (FIA Japan).
For the past years, Mitch has been serving as an independent Director (“Kansayaku”) of Aozora Bank, and he has provided consulting services to derivatives exchanges in Japan and the US. Mitch is also an Associate of Leo Melamed’s firm – Melamed & Associates. He has served as lecturer on Corporate Governance at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School - International Law.
In prior years, Mitch was a Partner with Arthur Andersen in Chicago. He transferring to Tokyo in 1986 to establish Andersen's Capital Market Practice. After returning to the U.S. he was directing Andersen's financial markets practice in California until again returning to Tokyo as Senior Partner in 1997.