Senior Advisors

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Koichi Ogawa – Senior Advisor

Koichi Ogawa

Completed a doctoral program in engineering at the Meiji University Graduate School; after joining Fujitsu Laboratories Limited, was appointed director of research and later transferred to the Fujitsu Business Division, where he served as division manager and director; in 2004, began research at The University of Tokyo into international standardization/business strategies and the competitiveness of Japanese corporations; since 2008, has served as a special professor, teaching endowed courses in intellectual property management at The University of Tokyo. Since 2011, had served as a Specially Appointed Researcher at the Manufacuturing Management Research Center, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo.After since April 2013,has served as a Senior Researcher, Policy Alternatives Research Institute,The University of Tokyo.

Has also served as the general manager of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Industrial Structure Council and Information Economy Committee, as well as the chairman representative of the Cabinet Office’s International standardization Strategy Task Force Committee.
Is the author of Kokusai hyōjunka to jigyō senryaku (published by Hakuto-Shobo Publishing Company),
Architecture-based International Standardization and Innovation of Business Model (co-authored; received
second-place honors in the IEC 100th Anniversary Collection), and other works.


Takashi Iwamoto -Senior Advisor

Takashi Iwamoto

Dr. Iwamoto received his Ph.D. and MS (Master of Science) degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and his BE (Bachelor of Engineering) degree in Metallurgy from the University of Tokyo. Dr. Iwamoto is a Project Professor of Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University since 2012 and is an expert researcher of Industry Producing. Prior to joining Keio University, Dr. Iwamoto was an Operating Officer of Dream Incubator and developed strategic consulting businesses in the technology management field and industry producing businesses in the multi-disciplinary field of technology, strategy and public policy. Before joining Dream Incubator in 2002, he worked as a research manager of Nokia Research Center and as an R&D Engineer of Lucent Technologies (Bell Laboratories) and Motorola (Semiconductor Sector).


Shigeo Maruyama -Senior Advisor

Shigeo Maruyama

Born in Tokyo in 1941, Mr. Maruyama is a director of Two 4 Seven, BREAKER Inc., and Fenollosa Inc.After graduating from the Faculty of Commerce, Waseda University, Mr. Maruyama entered Yomiko Advertising Inc. In 1968, he entered CBS/Sony Records, Inc., before establishing Epic/Sony Inc. in 1978. He launched the careers of many popular artists, including Motoharu Sano, Misato Watanabe, TM NETWORK, and DREAMS COME TRUE. He contributed to the growth of the music industry, becoming Vice-President of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. in 1992, and subsequently President in 1998. Furthermore, during his time as a director at Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. between 1993 and 2007, he held a number of posts—including Chairman—and ensured the success of the PlayStation game console. In 2003, he established 247 Music Inc.


Kotaro Sugiyama -Senior Advisor


After graduating from the College of Economics at Rikkyo University, Mr. Sugiyama joined Dentsu Inc., where worked in the creative department as creative director. From 1999, he contributed to the establishment of interactive communications as a leader of digital business. He is one of only a handful of executive creative directors with a thorough understanding of both traditional and interactive advertising.After working as executive advisor, and director and senior vice president at Dentsu, he was appointed executive vice president of Light Publicity in April 2012, and became chief creative officer and deputy president from April 2015.Mr. Sugiyama’s main works include the “Pikka Pika no Ichinensei” campaign for Shogakukan, the “Seven Eleven Ii Kibun” campaign for Seven Eleven, the Suntory Royal “Rambo,” and other series. He was also involved in the planning and creation of the Museum of Finance (Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation East Tower, Otemachi), which opened in July 2015.


John D. Halamka -Senior Advisor

Professor, Harvard Medical School (international healthcare innovation) and emergency physician and the executive director of the $6 billion Beth Israel Lahey Health.
Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN).
He served as CIO for the Beth Israel Deaconess Health System, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, for more than 20 years. He also spearheaded the design and implementation of the US government’s medical IT policy under the Bush and Obama administrations.


Hidetaka Ishihara- Strategic Advisor

Hidetaka Ishihara

At DI, Hidetaka is engaged in numerous projects mainly in High tech, Energy, and Manufacturing sectors. He also works on policy advising and implementation support for the Environment/Energy and Science/Technology sectors in hopes of successfully developing national strategies. Recently, he concentrates on the creation of new business/growth strategies and R&D strategies especially for Automobile, Electronics, Energy and Chemical industries.
Prior to joining DI, Hidetaka worked for Sony Corporation as a materials and battery engineer. He invented several kinds of anode materials and contributed to commercializing a new type of secondary lithium-ion battery.
Hidetaka holds a master’s degree in Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemistry and BE in Industrial Chemistry from Kyoto University, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School.