Professor Yoko Ishikura currently serves as an independent consultant in the area of global strategy and global talent. Dr. Ishikura received her MBA from Darden School, University of Virginia; and DBA from Harvard Business School. Her expertise is in global business strategy, competitiveness innovation, and global talent. She was a professor at Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University, at Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University, and at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. She was a consultant at McKinsey and Company Inc. Japan. She also served as vice president of the Science Council of Japan. She is currently a non-executive Director of Nissin Foods Holdings, Lifenet Insurance Co. and Sojitz Corporation. Professor Ishikura has been a frequent speaker at management conferences, seminars, and workshops throughout the world.