Yoshitaka joined the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan in July 2021. Previously, he served as Director of the Asia Digital Transformation Policy Office at the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). As a policy expert and public servant, Yoshitaka has worked on a range of issues including corporate tax policy, green initiatives and digital industry. At the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan, he oversees projects related to data governance, healthcare data policy, mobility, smart cities and agile governance. Yoshitaka holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tokyo, a Master of Arts from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Shigehiro Muraki has been Head of Administration at the World Economic Forum Centre for the Forth Industrial Revolution Japan since 2018. Before that, he was in charge of resource investments management at Mitsubishi Corporation and implemented corporate management reforms for private equity funds and foreign-affiliated Japanese companies at Revamp Corporation, a management consulting firm. At the Center, he leads organizational management, external relations, project launch support, and planning and management of international conferences.
Fumiko Kudo is a Project Strategy Lead and responsible for Data Governance Project at World Economic Forum Centre for the Forth Industrial Revolution Japan. She is also a guest research fellow of the Research Center on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues, Osaka University and visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives. Her research focuses on the public affairs in the field of emerging technology. Fumiko received her J.D. from the Sophia Law School in Tokyo.
Dr. Takanori Fujita is a Project Lead of Healthcare Data Project at World Economic Forum Centre for the Forth Industrial Revolution Japan and Project Associate Professor of Keio University School of Medicine. He received his M.D. from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine, and his J.D. from the University of Tokyo School of Law. His research focuses on health law and policy, especially personal information or privacy laws in medical and healthcare field and the application of artificial intelligence to medical practice. He is working on a project on the handling of health care data in municipalities, with a focus on Personal Health Record (PHR)s. He is an expert advisory member of the Cabinet Secretariat's meeting on COVID-19 Contact Confirming Application and has participated in many cutting-edge research projects.
Rushi Rama leads the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance (GSCA), a flagship project managed by the World Economic Forum Centre for the Forth Industrial Revolution. Prior to joining the Forum, Rushi advised the UK Government on its national programme for digital transformation of local public services. Rushi led the strategy team at the UK’s preeminent institute for smart cities, the Future Cities Catapult. In that capacity Rushi devised smart city strategies for two of the UK’s four capital cities, while leading the Catapult’s thought leadership and global research on smart cities. Rushi holds a Masters degree in Economics and a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, both from the University of Oxford.
Yuta Hirayama is a Smart City Project Lead at the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan. Prior to the Forum, Yuta led new business development in the private sectors, as well as startup ecosystems and smart city projects at Fukuoka, D.C, Japan. At the Forum, Yuta has engaged in the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance (GSCA) since March 2019, while actively involved in social implementation of technology as a visiting associate professor at Nagoya University, visiting associate professor at Kumamoto University, and research fellow at Institute of Systems, Information Technologies and Nanotechnologies (ISIT).
Teruka Sumiya is a Project Specialist of the Agile Governance at the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan. Piror to the Forum, Teruka engaged in new business development at a venture business in environmental industry as well as in a community-based water source project in Uganda as a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV). From 2017, Teruka acted as a researcher at the non-profit organization for open innovations, while working on new business development with blockchain at LIFULL Co., Ltd. In 2019, Teruka has launched Pnika, with a mission to connect innovators with policy makers, experts and citizens to redesign legal systems for innovations. She was in the Master's Program at Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University, under a theme "Design and Evaluation of an Autonomous-Practice Process that Supports Non-Experts to Take Actions toward Proposing Revision of Laws and Regulations". Teruka also holds bachelor degree at Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University.
Jonathan Soble is Editorial and Communications Lead at the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan. Before joining the Forum he was a reporter at the New York Times and, earlier, the Financial Times, where he served as Tokyo bureau chief. Jonathan has reported on Japan’s most important stories—from elections and the economy to the 2011 tsunami and nuclear accident—and received some of the most prestigious awards in Asian and business journalism. At the Forum, he helps shape the output of the Japan Centre’s expert project teams for a global audience. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Toronto.