Japan – UK Symposium Celebrating the 150 years of Iwakura mission in London

If you are involved in international trade, or wish to be, this is a must attend event. The gathering will, among other things, consider business opportunities between the UK, Japan and how partnering can open up opportunities in third countries.


Alderman Prof. Michael Maneli, former Sheriff and elect Lord Mayor, City of London Corporation

Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli is Honorary Life Fellow of Gresham College and Emeritus Mercers’ School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College having held the chair from 2005 to 2009. Michael was elected and served as a Sheriff of the City of London for a unique two-year term 2019–2021. He is a qualified accountant securities professional computer specialist and management consultant educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin. He gained his PhD in chaotic systems at the London School of Economics where he was also Visiting Professor of Innovation & IT.  Originally a research scientist in aerospace (rocket science) and computing (architecture & cartography) after directing mapping projects in Switzerland he became a senior partner with accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn directing global consulting and Corporate Development Director for Europe’s largest R&D firm then the Ministry of Defence’s 14000 strong Defence Evaluation & Research Agency. He founded Z/Yen in 1994 the City of London’s leading think-tank promoting societal advance through better finance and technology renowned for its Global Financial Green Finance and Smart Centres indices. Michael is Executive Chairman of Z/Yen Group FS Club and the Esop Centre Senior Independent Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and AIM-listed Wishbone Gold plc.

Amanda Brooks, CBE, Director General for Trade Negotiations, Department of International Trade

Amanda Brooks is Director General for Trade Negotiations on 1 June 2021. Her previous responsibilities include leading the US negotiations, bilateral trade relationships, multilateral fora on trade, trade remedies and disputes export controls. She has the cross-government senior responsible owner (SRO) for policy learning and skills and head of the DIT Policy Profession. Prior to joining DIT Amanda spent much of her career in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BEIS). She worked on domestic and international economic policy. Amanda has also served overseas as the Deputy High Commissioner and Director of Trade and Investment in Singapore.

Ambassador Hajime Hayashi, Embassy of Japan in the UK

Hajime Hayashi is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Prior to the current roles, he was Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Secretary-General of National Security Secretariat, Cabinet Secretariat.  He has significant experience in Europe, where he has held distinguished role as Ambassador to Kingdom of Belgium, and Chief of Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in India, Minister of Economic Affairs, Embassy of Japan in the United States of America and several cabinet responsibilities within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan.

Bill Emmott, Chair, International Trade Institute

Bill Emmott is a deeply experienced writer and thinker about geopolitics and geo-economics especially on Asia globalisation and international security. He sees himself as on a constant mission to analyse and explain the emerging shape of the new world order an order characterised by recurrent shocks and crises that put a high premium on the need both for resilience and learning ability. He is chairman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies chairman of the Japan Society of the UK chairman of the board of Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute and Chairman of the Wake-Up Foundation which uses film to foster understanding of the challenges facing western societies which he co-founded in 2013 with an Italian film-maker Annalisa Piras. Bill was Editor-in-Chief of The Economist the world’s leading weekly magazine on current affairs and business from 1993 until 2006.The author of 15 books on Japan Asia Italy and the 20th century his latest is “Japan’s Far More Female Future-Increasing Gender Equality and Reducing Workplace Insecurity Will Make Japan Stronger” – published in September 2020 by Oxford University Press. In 2016 the Japanese government awarded him the “Order of the Rising Sun: Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” for services to UK-Japan relations. He is Chair of International Trade Institute and the Japan Society.

Doug Wills, Editor Emeritus, Evening Standards, The Independent

Doug Wills is Editor Emeritus of the London Evening Standard and The Independent. His role involves working closely with all editorial executives and dealing daily with circulation advertising and production directors co-ordinating the complex operation of producing daily newspapers and their editorial digital channels.

Dr. Kate Taylor-Jones, Head of East Asian Studies and Professor of Asian Cinema

Kate Taylor-Jones is Professor for East Asian Cinema, and Head of Departments, School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield. She is recipient of a variety of grants from a range of funders including the AHRC the British Academy Santander the Great British Sasakawa Foundation and the British Korean Society. In addition, she is a Senior Researcher on the AFRISCREENWORLDS project funded by the ERC. She has presented her work across the globe in a variety of formats and have lived and worked in Japan, Australia, France Belgium and South Korea.  She has longstanding record of external engagement – working with film festivals distributors schools and diverse audiences on the topic of East Asian cinema and culture.

Dr Kathryn Walsh, Executive Director, University of London, Innovation & Enterprise

Kathryn heads up teams developing and implementing UCL institutional policies for innovation and enterprise and allocating funding for innovation and enterprise projects. In her role she leads Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) and Concordat (KEC), institutional strategy for innovation and enterprise, innovation and enterprise policy matters at the University of London, Kathryn’s previous role was Director of the Enterprise Office at Loughborough University. Before that she had an industrial research career in Sharp and BP. She has a BSc and PhD in Physics from King’s College London.

Dr. Mike Short, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Trade, GOV.UK

Mike Short is the DIT Chief Scientific Advisor. Mike leads the science and engineering profession in the department and ensures its policy is informed by the best science engineering and technical advice. He advises DIT on the technical aspects of international trade deals supports inward investment and engineering collaboration and works with the UK’s research innovation and academic communities to boost scientific and engineering exports. Prior to joining DIT, he served as Vice President of Telefonica the parent company of the O2 mobile phone network. In this post he managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK established an office in Brussels and went on to lead international research innovation and standards for Telefonica Europe. His career includes the promotion of international technical standards in mobile and digital technology. He is a former chairman of the GSM Association the UK Mobile Data Association and was president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in 2011 to 2012. He is a visiting professor at the universities of Surrey Coventry Leeds and Salford. He has led development and collaborations in areas such as smart cities digital healthcare cybersecurity and driverless vehicles. He was honoured with a CBE in 2012 for his services to the mobile industry.

Emma Wegoda, Head of Asia Pacific, City of London Corporation

Emma is a highly experienced in government affairs investor relations and an extensively accomplished project and financial manager event director public relations manager and strategist with over 20 years’ experience in the detailed operation of UK Parliament and in Government departments. She has worked with large corporations supporting their expansion into the UK and has extensive experience in investor relations and has vast experience in all aspects of ministerial business dealing with No. 10 Downing Street and working with senior elected and civil service officials. She currently leads new promotional investment management campaign for the Corporation – “Global Investment Futures” which supports the Investment Management sector and with the long-term goal of doubling AuM by 2030.

Ichiro Tominaga, Head of Investment Office in Japan, Managing Director, Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA

Ichiro Tominaga is Managing Director of Union Bancaire Privée (“UBP”), a Geneva-headquartered Swiss private bank and based in the London office. Ichiro takes a role in collaborating with all teams at Investment Division in UBP’s Tokyo office as the Head of Investment Office. Today, UBP’s Tokyo office manages two Japanese equity funds; small-cap fund and Japanese corporate governance-focused fund. Prior to joining UBP in 2008 Ichiro worked for Goldman Sachs as a portfolio manager. He began his career at Barclays Bank where he held a position of proprietary foreign exchange trader. Ichiro holds a MA in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick UK and BA in Business and Commerce from Keio University Japan. He is a Certified Member Analyst of the Securities Analyst Association in Japan.

John Dickie, Chief Executive, BusinessLDN (previously London First)

John Dickie is the Chief Executive at BusinessLDN. Formerly the organisation’s Director of Strategy and Policy he was responsible for the business membership organisation’s public policy development and its member management team. A former Deputy Leader of Camden Council in London John was a member of the current Mayor of London’s London Finance Commission the previous Mayor’s Infrastructure Delivery Board and is a member of the King’s College Commission on London. His previous senior roles include Head of Corporate Affairs at the BBC Regulatory Affairs Director at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association and Managing Director of consultancy Prima Europe later GPC London where he provided political and policy advice to major international businesses. John started his career at Swiss Bank Corporation International and has degrees from Oxford University and the London Business School.

Jonathan Geldart, Director General, Institute of Directors

Jonathan has a long-standing connection with the IoD and was appointed Director General in October 2019.

Jonathan spent 30 years working in the professional services sector, most recently at Grant Thornton International, where he was responsible for the organisation’s interest in China. He is the author of three books about China and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Jonathan is a fellow of the IoD, and prior to his appointment as director general, he was chair of IoD Yorkshire and North East region. Jonathan studied Geography and Archaeology at the University of St Andrews specialising in underwater archaeology. Outside of work his interests include hill walking and fell running.

Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, previously Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy*

Kwasi Kwarteng is the Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 8 January 2021. He was previously Minister of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Kwasi was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Exiting the European Union from 16 November 2018 to 24 July 2019.Kwasi read classics and history at Trinity College, Cambridge, and then attended Harvard University on a Kennedy Scholarship. He earned a PhD in economic history from the University of Cambridge in 2000. Before becoming a Member of Parliament, Kwasi worked as an analyst in financial services.

Lord Charles Bruce

Charles Bruce (Lord Bruce) has been a member of the International Academic Advisory Board since 2010. He studied at the University of St Andrews where he received an MA in Economic History and at the University of Dundee where he received an MSc in Spatial Planning and Sustainable Urban Design. He manages an historic family estate in Scotland involved in tourism hospitality farming forestry property management and sustainable development. He also curates an internationally significant family archive relating to British diplomatic history in South Asia and SE Asia which includes the papers of James Bruce (8th Earl of Elgin) a British proconsul who was responsible for introducing China and Japan to international diplomacy and global trade in the mid-nineteenth century. Lord Bruce has maintained his family’s connections with Japan and India. He is Hon. Patron of the Japan Society of Scotland Patron of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies and Chairman of the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust. He is also President of The Democracy Forum the London-based open policy forum for South Asia.

Lord Viscount Trenchard (Hugh), Vice Chair British/Japanese All Party Parliamentary Group

Viscount Trenchard is Vice-Chairman of the British-Japanese Parliamentary Group and one of the UK’s most experienced and knowledgeable experts on Japanese economics culture and politics. Hugh Trenchard began his career at Kleinwort Benson in 1973 and has more than 40 years’ experience in investment banking including 35 years of involvement with Japan 12 of them as a resident. He ran Kleinwort Benson’s Japanese operations for 11 years and was subsequently Head of Japanese Investment Banking with Robert Fleming & Co. Limited before working with Mizuho International plc. In addition, he also served as a Senior Adviser for Japan and Korea to Prudential Financial Inc. He has contributed to the bilateral relations in his numerous capacities including Director of Japan Securities Dealers Association Vice-chair of the European Business Community in Japan Joint Chairman of Japan Society Managing Director of Mizuho International Limited among others.

Martin Barrow, GBS, OBE, Order of Rising Sun, Director, Matheson & Co. Ltd., and Visit Japan Ambassador

Martin returning to the UK he joined Jardine Matheson, founded in 1832 in China and was established in Japan in 1859 whe it was known as “ei ichi bankan”, the first British House and has been in Japan ever since. It played an active role in the early days of Japan-UK relations when the Choshu 5 were brought secretly on a Jardines’ ship to study in the UK in 1863). He is a former Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and has received an OBE for his services in promoting UK-Japan links. He also received a CBE from HRH Prince Charles on the day of the Hong Kong handover in 1997, for his services as a member of the Hong Kong Legislature and Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism. He continued to be active in UK-Japan relations, being Vice -Chairman of the Japan Society for a time and from 2008 was appointed by the Japanese Government as an Ambassador for Japan Tourism, helping promote Japan all over the world. He received the Emperor’s award The Order of The Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in 2014. In 2010, he was appointed Chairman of Tankokai UK, part of the Urasenke tea ceremony group in Kyoto. He continues to be active in promoting UK-Japan links in tourism, education, and trade/investment and is a member of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group and the Japan Society’s Business Committee.

Michael Houlihan, Director General, Japan House

Michael Houlihan’s passion for culture and learning is driven by his belief in the power of education and the way in which it can inspire and change people’s lives. His extensive experience as a cultural leader and advocate has seen him undertake roles such as Director of the Horniman Museum in South London, Chief Executive of the National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and Chief Executive of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. He has published and lectured internationally on museology cultural diplomacy and the memorialisation of conflict. He is currently the Director General of Japan House, London that is the cultural home of Japan in London, part of a global initiative led by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Japan House presents the very best of Japanese art design gastronomy innovation and technology it deepens the appreciation of all that Japan has to offer.

Paul Madden, former Ambassador to Japan

Paul Madden became British Ambassador to Japan in January 2017. He was previously British High Commissioner to Australia and British High Commissioner to Singapore. He was Additional Director for Asia Pacific at the FCO in 2015. A career diplomat he was Managing Director at UK Trade and Investment (2004-2006) responsible for coordinating and implementing international trade development strategies to support companies across a wide range of business sectors. He has held various roles with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Prior to joining the FCO he worked at the Department of Trade and Industry (on a range of industrial sectors and trade policy and was head of the Japan team. He has an MA in Economic Geography from Cambridge University an MBA from Durham University studied Japanese at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. His book Raffles: Lessons in Business Leadership was published in 2003 and his first play was performed in Sydney in 2015. He first visited Japan on a study tour in 1982 after winning an essay contest organised by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Prof. Thomas Schmidt, Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester

Thomas Schmidt is Head of the School of Arts Languages and Cultures and Professor of Music. His main research interests are in music of the 15th/16th and the 18th/19th centuries. In the Renaissance period his main focus has been on word-music relationships and in the materiality creation and transmission of polyphonic sources. In the Classical/Romantic period his focus has been on Felix Mendelssohn with editions of the major symphonies for the composer’s Complete Edition. He studied at the University of Heidelberg and as a Fulbright Scholar in Chapel Hill. He was awarded his PhD and Habilitation from Heidelberg and was Visiting Professor at the University of Frankfurt before moving to the UK in 2005 as Professor and Chair of Music at Bangor University from 2012 he was Professor of Music at The University of Manchester. He is a member of the Academia Europaea.

Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business

Rajesh Agrawal is the Deputy Mayor of London for Business. Born in India Rajesh moved to London in 2001. As an entrepreneur he founded RationalFX in 2005 and Xendpay in 2014 both companies utilising technology to reduce the cost of international money transfer for businesses and individuals. Rajesh is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for young people. He was appointed Chair of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme in 2015 and has been a Patron of the Prince’s Trust for many years.As Deputy Mayor Rajesh aims to be a strong voice for London’s business community protecting jobs and growth and ensuring that the capital remains the most open and attractive place to do business in the world.

Rie Hamaguchi, former Foreign Service Officer and Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gov of Japan

Rie Hamaguchi has years of experience in the diplomatic world started as an International Press officer of Japanese Government, then as diplomat at Washington D.C., bilateral diplomatic relations in Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia division of Foreign Ministry Headquarter in Tokyo in Japan, Vienna in Austria & Moscow in Russia and London in the UK and organised G8 Summit in Europe. Now Rie currently works as a business consultant as well as representative of Global Financial Institutions, Pension Funds, Insurance Funds, Debt Funds and several family offices.

Ross Hyett, Oxford Investment Consultants LLP

Ross is a Founder of OIC and a Senior Partner of Windsor Private Office heading a team that specialises in the provision of bespoke wealth management and financial planning services to high-net-worth individuals and Family Offices. Ross is a serial entrepreneur and has established a number of businesses in a variety of market sectors and successfully raised finance to ensure their success and continued growth. This has included several which have qualified under HMRC’s Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) rules to allow investors favourable tax treatment of their investment. Ross was also an executive director of the British Racing Drivers’ Club which owns Silverstone race circuit home of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. Having retired “from motor racing” more times than Frank Sinatra most summer weekends again find Ross hurtling around European and UK race tracks.

Yuuichiro Nakajima, Chair, Japan H.I. Limited, and Managing Director, Crimson Phoenix Limited

Yuuichiro Nakajima first came to the UK as a four-year old boy when his father was posted to his Japanese company’s London office. Yuuichiro started his career with the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund in Tokyo. In 1985 he enrolled in the MBA course at the London Business School as a British Council scholar and in 1987 joined S.G.Warburg’s corporate finance department in London. Yuuichiro established his own advisory boutique Crimson Phoenix in Tokyo in 2003 to advise corporate clients on cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions involving Japanese companies. Crimson Phoenix opened its London office in 2012 where Yuuichiro is now based. Yuuichiro was an active member of the Japan-British Society when he lived in Tokyo serving as a board member and chairing its Younger Members’ Group and later Centenary Awards Committee. He joined the Japan Society in 1985 and was soon thereafter elected to its Council later serving on the Centenary Review Committee which sought to modernise the Society’s constitution and the Awards Committee. Yuuichiro is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan and a Council Member/Director of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the U.K. He is a non-executive director of J.P.Morgan Japan Smaller Companies Trust plc and Chair of Japan H.L. Limited which operates the Japan House London. In addition, he is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee of FIFA a Finance Committee member at the Asian Football Confederation and on the Advisory Board of the Japan Football Association.

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