Speaker Bio

Yoko Ishikura
Guest speaker

Yoko Ishikura

Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University
Has served as an independent consultant for global strategy and global talent, in addition to Independent Director of Japan Post, Mitsui OSK Lines, Fujitsu, Vodafone Holdings KK Japan, Sojitz, Nissin Foods Holdings, Lifenet Insurance, Shiseido Group, and Sekisui Chemical.
Her former civic and professional activities include Chief Officer, Digital Agency, Executive Member of the Council for Science and Technology Policy, Vice President of the Science Council of Japan, Member of the Working Group on Growth under Council on Economic & Fiscal Policy, Vice Chair of Cluster Commission for METI and Members of the Central Education Council in Japan. Member of Global Future Council, World Economic Forum. Currently a Member of Expert Network.
She was a professor at Graduate School of Media Design, Keio, at Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi, and at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. Prior to her academic career, she was a consultant at McKinsey and Company Inc. Japan. She has been a frequent speaker and moderator at management conferences, seminars and workshops throughout the world. She contributed Opinion column every month on the Japan Times for 3 years. She serves as guest commentator for BBC Business Matters quite often.
She also has run various workshops for international clients and recently for young global leaders including Global Agenda Seminar series, Davos Experience in Tokyo series, and SINCA-Sharing Innovative & Creative Action-series and Leadership seminars in Japan.

Yoko received her MBA from Darden School, University of Virginia; and DBA from Harvard Business School.
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Tuesday, 04 April, 2023 / 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM JST
Guest Keynote: Data & Analytics determine corporate success and sustainable competitiveness?

These few years has seen how Japan has fallen behind the sweeping world trend toward digitalization as pointed by many. Despite the discussion and debate, Digital landscape of Japan does not show drastic progress. Not only the corporate, but also government and society itself has seen tremendous impact from digitalization. What are the reasons and factors Japan has been so much behind in this trend? What can stakeholders (including corporate) make the best of digitalization, in order to thrive in the new era?
I will share my own experiences and insights I gained through my work for corporate strategy, government work (digital agency) and workshops and seminars I conducted for young (at heart included) people.

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