Co-Founder & Representative Director
Hiroshi Nakata

I met the Global Skippers members between the period of 2016 and 2020. I remember vividely that I was very excited to meet each and every individual as everyone was so talented, foward-thinking, and action-oriented.

During my time at Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee, I met an international sports events specialist who had worked in UK, Azerbaijan, and Japan. This reminded me of a migrating bird, in which the world was the playing field.

I thought to myself then, “I want to nurture Japanese talent that can shine in the global sports industry”.

This later became a dream that was shared with former organising committee CEO Shimizu and former deputy organising committee CAO Nishizaka. Global Skippers focuses on creating a top-class environment for growth in the medium term and the development of game changing talent in the global sports industry in the long term. We look to build a platform in Japan from which we can reach out to the world to make an impact.

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Currently the Representative Director of DRAIV LLC. Worked at Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee from 2015 to 2019. Formulated the overall operational plan as part of the Business Planning Department, and progressed organizational development and recruitment as the Workforce Department head. Involved in the infratructure development, investment, and M&A of wind farm and liquified natural gas receiving terminal at Mitsui & Co.. Graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Co-Founder & Chair of Steering Board
Kumi Fujisawa

“Designing a future with sports”

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a dramatic shift in the modern lifestyle and culture globally, and sports certainly was not an exception. The Olympic and Paralympic Games was postponed for the first time in history, and other countries were also experiencing their firsts such as in staging sports competitions without an audience.

I believe this predicament is a negative as well as an opportunity. Borrowing the words of the philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, we require an ‘aufheben’; the combining of both old and new to allow the creation of unprecedented value. In such fashion, the sports business industry can benefit from the injection of knowledge and energy from young talents, and for that reason it is increasingly important to create chances for the younger generation within the industry to succeed. Though supporting its members, Global Skippers envisions to transform into a platform that designs future society with sports.

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Currently president of Think Tank SophiaBank. Assisted in the set up of Think Tank SophiaBank in 2000. Special advisor to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Committee member of various government ministries. External director at numerous publicly listed companies. Selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos Conference) in 2007. Worked for a number of Japanese and foreign investment fund management companies before establishing first Japanese investment trust evaluation company in 1996, later sold to S&P in 1999. Interviewed leaders from over 1,000 companies, both in Japan and abroad, and provide insights into good leadership and how to approach to various social issues via her books, magazine articles, TV and radio appearances, and lectures.

Steering Board Members

Naonori Kimura

Managing Director & Partner at Industrial Growth Platform, Inc.

I felt the infinite future possibilities from hearing all the members’ ambition to make a difference in their respective areas. ‘Hope’ is something you create an action plan towards with the PDCA method. A thought of “I wish it was like this” is merely a wild idea. I want the Skippers members to ‘hope’ to their fullest.

The world is changing and becoming more untransparent. For that reason, it is important to be able to balance efficient and simple operation with the ability to creatively strategize. I would like to work towards producing leaders from Global Skippers that do not bend to the will of others and position themselves for success.

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Managing Director & Partner at Industrial Growth Platform, Inc. Board member at Sanden Holdings Corp. Board member at Molten Corp. Professor at GLOBIS University. Previousy, principal at Arthur D. Little Japan, Inc. and principal at NCR Japan Ltd. Completed MBA from the University of Leicester. Completed graduate degree at University of Lancaster. Completed undergraduate degree at Keio University.

Mamoru Taniya

Chairman & CEO of Asuka Asset Management, Ltd

Unity is important more than ever in the light of recent global events. I believe that there is a lot of potential in young talent that has been heavily involved with sports and understand the value of empathy and teamwork. The international exposure that members of Global Skippers has positions them excellently to work alongside all types of people and their experience will eventually contribute to fostering a peaceful world.

There is only one chance at life. I am hopeful that that each member can let their personalities shine and make the world a better place in their own unique way.

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Chairman & CEO of Asuka Asset Management, Ltd. Experienced in a broad range of investments from fixed-income derivatives to private equities. Prior to founding Asuka, served as a director at Tudor Capital Japan (1999-2002) and successfully started its private equity business in Japan. Previous managing director at Salomon Smith Barney and co-managed the Japan and Asia proprietary trading department. Obtained B.A. in law from the University of Tokyo in 1987.

Yohei Shibasaki

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fourth Valley Concierge Corporation

During my time at the university, my mentality and physical were trained thoroughly through the university’s American Football club. Although it was ‘unique’ circumstances which is unimaginable for today’s young people, I wouldn’t be who I am today without it.

We, Fourth Valley Concierge Corporation, offer opportunities for young people from all around the world so that they can challenge themselves beyond the border, by promoting International Exchange and job application for them, and offering global recruitment consultation for companies.

Through the activities of Global Skippers, I am looking forward to that young people from Japan becoming successful at the global level. The sport industry is the field which has significant possibilities for young people, from Japan as well as from all around the world including the emerging countries and the developing countries, to become successful globally.

I will be supporting the Global Skippers which will be generating significant energies for young people in the sport industry.

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Graduate, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. Formerly, 10 years with Sony Corporation, working with global leading companies such as Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Lenovo, and Panasonic in more than 10 countries. 2007, Founder, Fourth Valley Concierge Corporation.Committee member of the Foreign Workers’ Employment Policy Survey Project, administered by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan.

Hideyuki Hata

President of ONE Championship Japan

Congratulations on the establishment of Global Skippers, and everyone who is appointed for the first member, I am happy for you.

I fell in with the vision of Global Skippers which is “To transform the world through sports by creating young Skippers”. The influence of Global Skippers on the society will be very significant not only in Japan but also in the International level. “Dream big”, and gain “knowledge”, “experience” and “the ability of get things done” to achieve the dream.

Time is money in your life. Use them effectively and make progress towards your dream in each field.

At last, I’d like to share 4Ps which I value the most when creating the future and working in the sport industry. “Pureness”, “Passion”, “Pride” and “Positivity”. Hope you perform the best to your ability

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President of ONE Championship Japan spearheading ONE Championship growth in Japan market.  A recognizable figure and respected voice in the Japanese sports industry, often speaking appeared on television as well as at the industry forums and events. Previously, the President of Nielsen Sports, North Asia, and was responsible for all of Nielsen Sports’ business activities in Japan, South Korea, and Mainland China. Prior to joining Nielsen Sports, led a number of global projects with Sony Corporation and engaged with Sony’s global partnership team with FIFA to develop their global activation strategy for all FIFA tournaments, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Completed bachelor’s Degree in Law from Meiji University. Previously, a member of the X League, a top American Football League in Japan, and a member of the Asahi Beer Silver Star National Championship team in 2000.

Jingo Kikukawa

Director for Policy Planning and Coordination Division
Manufacturing Industries Bureau
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Between ‘Sapiens’ and ‘Deus’

Post COVID-19’s global landscape will not look the same as before; this is what people will call the “new normal”. This world will be realized through AI, 5G, VR technology akin to the one described in the book ‘Homo Deus’ by Yuval Noah Harari. Young and energetic talent will be at the core of this new world, and there is no doubt that Global Skippers will be a platform where amalgamation of knowledge occur, and raw capability gather for this movement.

I have already experienced firsthand, a few of the Skippers members’ passion as some are looking to change the game in Europe and Africa. It is natural for something physical such as sports to remain at the level of ‘Sapiens’ (referring to the book Homo Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari), but I would like to support such bold challenges by sharing my experiences and ‘street knowledge’. Let us create a new world, one that even ‘Deus’ cannot imagine!

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Director, Information Technology Industry Division Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Government of Japan since August 2017. Visiting Professor at Aoyamagakuin University. Served public policy service for over 20 years for trading, environment, financial issues as a governmental official of Japan. Ex-Chairperson of TBT committee in WTO. Completed BA Agricultural Economics, Kyoto University, and MPA from Columbia University.