Senior Executive & General Manager, NEC Group Culture Transformation Division, People & Organization Development Division at NEC Corporation
Chika Sato is Senior Executive & General Manager, NEC Group Culture Transformation Division, People & Organization Development Division at NEC Group. She entered NEC in 2018 as a Head of NEC Group Culture Transformation Division when this division was created with the aim of reforming talent management and working system of NEC Group companies.
Ms Sato started her career in 1982 in Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. From 1996 to 2011 she worked in General Electric Company in Japan as HR Business Partner focusing on talent management, talent acquisition, restructuring and re-organization. After that and until 2016 Ms Sato was HR General Manager of Microsoft Japan and in 2016-2018 she also served as a Japan Region HR for Nokia.
Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network
Takuji Okubo is the North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network, managing the Networks in Japan and in South Korea.
Prior to joining The Economist Group, Takuji was the Managing Director and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, serving global fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in Japan and abroad. In his past career, Takuji was a Chief Economist at Societe Generale, in charge of Japan and of South Korea, and a senior economist at Merrill Lynch and at Goldman Sachs. Outside his role at ECN, Takuji also serves as a non-executive director at Japan Risk Forum, an association of Chief Risk Officers among Japanese financial institutions.
Takuji holds B.A in Economics from Tokyo University and while at the university he was a recipient of prestigious INOUE scholarship. He holds MBA from INSEAD and Msc. In Economics from UPF in Barcelona. Apart from work, he enjoys motor-cycling, scuba-diving, cooking as well as worrying about the future of the Japanese economy.