Executive Board

Executive Board Members..

Yoshiki Sasaki

 BE mechanical engineering(1973) and ME systems engineering(1976) at Kyoto University. Sales manager and engineer at Hitachi, Ltd. ( Steel rolling plants, FA systems) Industry Consultant at SRI International(1988). Board member at Japan Asia Investment Co., Ltd (JAIC) (1996), Managing Director of International Operations(1998). Retired as Senior Managing Director after its listing on main board of TSE(2008). CEO at JSC(2004~), President at JAIC Seed Capital(2005~2013), Director at TSI(2002~), CEO at Human Life Management(2008~). At JAIC, invested in Alibaba.com and was board member, also invested in Saigon Securities , and was responsible for more than 100 companies.

Hiroshi Sasaki

 BA in Economics at Tohoku University, Sales manager at Nissho-iwai (Sojitz) for ships, machinery and power plants. During that time arranged many structured finance and equity investment projects stationed in US. General Manger at Japan Asian Investment and managed Asian growth and secondary funds(2001). Director at TSI(2008~), Director Vietnam Growth Capital LLC(2005~), Director JSC(2009~)

Kazutaka Fujiwara

 BA in Law at Jochi University, Investment professional, financial advisory consulting, investment banking and turn around of companies, branch manager in Fukuoka at Japan Asia Investment Co., Ltd(1988~2001) , join SIP(2001),CEO and president at SIP investment(2005~2009) Director at JSC(2013~)

Executive Board Members and Auditor..

Ken-ichi Uehara

 B.E. in applied physics and  M. A. in Economics at University of Tsukuba, Director (CEO) of JSC(Tsukuba Technology Seed) 2004-2009(CEO), 2014- (Director),Director of Tsukuba Incubation Lab. Inc. 2001-2009,2014-Professor of Tsukuba Industrial Liaison and Cooperative Research Center, University of Tsukuba 2009-2014,Professor of Graduate School for Management of Technology, Nippon Institute of Technology 2005-2009 CEO of Institute of Tsukuba Liaison Inc. 1999-2002, Senior manager of JAFCO Co., Ltd. 1998-2001 Manager of Nippon Mining Co., Ltd. 1983-1998

Masayuki Saito

 Saito joined JSC in April 2014, bringing 35 years of financial industry experience. Until March 2014, Saito was with Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital Co., Ltd. (MSIVC) for 12+ years and involved in 100+ investments as Partner. The latter half of the work in MSIVC, Saito headed the investment division as Director and was a member of the investment committee. Before joining MSIVC, Saito worked in Indonesia for 3 years  and in the UK for 5 years as Finance Director of the  insurance subsidiaries of The Sumitomo Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.

Shin-ichi Sato

BE mechanical engineering (‘89) at Tokyo Electrical Engineering University (Tokyo Denki Univ.), M.B.A. at the University of Chicago (‘06), MS intellectual property management at Tokyo University of Science (‘14).  Manufacturing system design engineer (‘89-’92), technical marketing engineer (-’97), and Asian regional business development manager (-’00) at Hewlett-Packard Japan. Director at professional services organization in Motorola Inc. (‘00-’07). Senior investment manager at Japan Asia Investment Corp. (JAIC) and Vice President at JAIC China (‘07-’09). Japan representative at Samsung Venture Investment Corp. (‘10-’14) Specially appointed professor at the national Tohoku University and managing director of investment at TOHOKU University Venture Partners Co., Ltd. (‘14-) 

Non executive board members ..

Karl R Van Horn

  He has had a distinguished multinational career in positions of trust across investment management, corporate governance, industry and not-for-profit organisations. He held senior roles in the Trusts and Investment Division of The Morgan Guaranty Trust, American Express Asset Management, the Qatar Investment Board (Doha), J.P. Morgan Trust Company of Japan and Aspicomp Oyj (Helsinki) amongst other institutional mandates.
He is non-executive Chairman of the Taube Offshore Fund (Cayman) and a non- executive Director of OxfordPharmascience Plc.(UK). He also is a member of the Investment Management Institute (New York) and sits on the Visiting Committee of Case Institute of Engineering (Cleveland Ohio). Mr. van Horn holds a Dot in International Affairs from Bologna University/John’s Hopkins University, a MA in Economics from Cambridge University and a BSc from Yale University.”

Robert Binyon

   He was born in 1951 in London. He read Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford and graduated in 1972.
He joined Morgan Grenfell & Company Ltd, the London merchant bank, in 1972 and held a variety of positions in the London Office in the lending and project finance, international bond and capital markets Divisions. He had two periods based in Geneva to run the Morgan Grenfell Bank in Switzerland. In 1985 he was appointed to the main Board.
In 1986, he moved to Tokyo to be in charge of Morgan Grenfell’s operations in Japan. He was made a member of the Group Management Committee in January 1988 and assumed responsibility for the Group’s operations in the Asia Pacific Region. He left Morgans in 1991 and spent three years as Chief Executive and Managing Director of Tokai Bank Europe in London.
In 1994, he joined the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) to run the Financial Markets Department which was responsible for the management of CDC’s country and regional (SME focussed) funds and its investments in banks and financial intermediaries. For CDC, he established the Commonwealth Private Investment Initiative (CPII) – a joint initiative between CDC and the Commonwealth Secretariat – under which 4 funds including the Comafin Fund for Africa and the SARF fund for South Asia were launched. These funds were pioneers in attracting investment funds from the private sector into private equity style investments in the emerging economies. He was posted to Asia in 2000 as Managing Director in charge of the Asia Pacific portfolio for CDC.
Following his resignation from CDC in March 2003, he has held a number of non-executive Chairman and Directorship roles, mostly in businesses operating or investing in Asia or other emerging markets and focussed on the SME sector. From 2003 until 2013 these were largely for Aureos – the SME private equity management company that was linked to CDC until 2008 when the executive management led a management buy-out until it was sold to the Abraaj Group in 2013. Under Aureos, he chaired funds operating in South Asia, South East Asia, China, Central Asia, Malaysia and Brunei. From 2003 until 2011 he was Chairman or a non-executive director of Banks in East Africa in the Fina Banking Group and an independent director of various companies in India and Mauritius.
Currently, he is on the board of Schroder AsiaPacific Fund, PLC in the UK, Chairman of Lakeshore LLP, a Private Equity fund and of Khronos Advisory Ltd, both based in Thailand, a director of the Vietnam Infrastructure Limited fund and Chairman of a number of commercial businesses operating in China and South East Asia.


Hitoshi Yasukawa

  BA in Commerce at Keio University,  Hitachi Chemical, Hitachi Works of  Hitachi Ltd, Shimodate Works of Hitachi Chemical then Accounting at Head office (1973),  Executive Director and General Manager of Accounting at Hitachi Chemical in 1993, Managing Director for corporate planning. Acquired US diagnostic drug manufacturer and became chairman. CEO of JV with Sumitomo Bakelite(1999-2006)Auditor at Japan Asia Investment Co., Ltd.(2007-) Auditor at JSC(2013-)


Tadao Ozawa

  B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Kyoto University (1972) Master of Engineering, Hokkaido University(1974) Hitachi Zosen Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Osaka)(1974-1988), NGK Insulators, Co. LTD. (Nagoya),Director(1990), Engine Ceramics Research Lab. Manager, Environmental Equipment Design Div. NGK, Director, R&D Div. Kyobashi Corporation Inc. (Osaka)(1999)
Chubu Technology Licensing Office (CTLO, Nagoya)(2004-), Director(2007), President of Chubu Technology Seeds Inc. (CTS)(2008)

Masami Goto

  B.E. in Chemical Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology(1971), SUZUKEN Co., Ltd. (Nagoya)(1972-1975), Director, Nippon COLIN Co., LTD (Nagoya)(1975), President, Nippon COLIN Co., LTD (1999), Partner Coordinator for CTS (2008-)  Chubu Technology Licensing Office  (CTLO, Nagoya)(2009-)

Mariko Takahashi

  After working at a patent office she started her own business of supporting companies in textile and water purification to develop business in Africa. She is in charge of START program administration at JSC from May 2012. Director at Arenabio(2015~) and SIRC(2015~), BA in global policy study at Chatham University in US(2006)

Kazuaki Okawa

  Held management positions at domestic and Japanese operations of US companies. More than 20 year experience of licensing deals of semiconductor IPs. He is a consultant in systems engineering and semiconductor software. He is board member of an IT company. MA in economics at Wako University. CEO of OSSJ (One Smart Star Japan)(2015~)

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