Board Members

  • Representative Director & President

    Ko Ishiyama

    Visiting Associate Professor, Tokyo University. Former Director at Recruit Institute of Technology and Executive Manager of R&D at Recruit Holdings. Founded a big data startup that creates aggregation services in support of marketing professionals and sold it to Recruit Holdings, the parent company of Outside of work, he is an improvisational pianist and enjoys spending time with his wife.

  • Director & Chairman

    Makoto Haruta

    LL.B. from Kyoto University. Former Managing Director and Chairman at DeNA Co., Ltd, one of the largest mobile and e-commerce companies in Japan. Led it during IPO and M&A of multiple companies including Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars, a baseball team. Founded ExaIntelligence Inc. (now known as ExaWizards Inc.) in February 2016. Current position since November 2018.

  • Director

    Takuma Oue

    He joined Boston Consulting Group in 2013. After working on a number of projects including business growth strategy, corporate transformation, DX promotion, and new business launch, he joined ExaWizards in 2018. Since April 2019, as an executive officer of AI business, he has been in charge of several hundred DX/AI implementation projects (open innovation for large companies and startups) and service development. Graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University. Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University (Research in AI and Data Science).

  • Director

    Yutaka Sakane

    Mr. Sakane has served as the CTO since Oct 2017 when Digital Sensation, the company he founded in 2004, merged with ExaIntelligence to form ExaWizards. At Digital Sensation, he served as CEO and Representative Director. Previously, he worked as an assistant at Shizuoka University’s School of Information Systems. Influenced by his father Mr. Sakane started programming at the age of three, and is a Humanitude instructor. He holds a master’s degree in information systems from Osaka University.

  • Outside Director

    Yasushi Shingai

    Mr. Shingai started his career by joining Japan Tobacco Inc. (“JT”, Former Japan Tobacco and Salt Public Corporation) in 1980. He became an acting project manager at New York office in 1989 and President of JT America Inc. in 1990. During six years as President, he undertook a number of joint research and development projects with pharmaceutical and bio-ventures in the U.S., and concurrently served as External Board Director at Cell Genesys,Inc., U.S. NASDAQ-listed biotechnology company. He got appointed as CFO of JT in 2005, Vice President of JT International in 2006 and Executive Vice President of JT in 2011. He currently serves as External Board Director at Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd., Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc., Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. and Open8 Inc.

  • Outside Director

    Toshihiko Hiura

    Graduated from College of Arts and Science, The University of Tokyo, and completed the Harvard Business School MBA Program. In April 1983, he joined the Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd. (currently Mizuho Bank, Ltd.). After leaving his job at the bank, he joined Bain & Company in February 1986. Since then, he has been engaging in management consulting for Japanese, American, and European companies in various fields for over 30 years. He was appointed as the Head Partner of Bain & Company’s Tokyo office in January 2008 and as the Chairman in April 2014. He also serves as the Outside Director for ARUHI Corporation and the Outside Director for Machino Research Institute,Inc.

  • Outside Director

    Naoko Munakata

    Ms. Naoko Munakata is a professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo. She graduated from the Faculty of Law, The University of Tokyo, before receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Ms. Munakata joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (currently the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and engaged in initiatives to liberalize trade, promote innovation, and revitalize the economy through a range of activities, such as launching new trade negotiations, which led to Japan’s first free-trade agreement and participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, supporting intellectual property strategies of start-ups and small- and medium-sized enterprises, strengthening the intellectual property-related litigation system, and infusing design management into government bodies (Declaration of Design Management). She studied economic integration in East Asia and the U.S. policy on Asia, among other subjects, at the Brookings Institution in the U.S. and other research centers, and authored Transforming East Asia (Brookings Institution Press). She has donned several hats, having served as Director-General, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, Executive Secretary to the Prime Minister, and Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office until 2019. After assuming the current position in April 2021, she has taught a course on innovation governance.

  • Executive Officer

    Satoshi Ishino

    Graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Keio University, where he belonged to the Water Polo Team. He joined P&G Japan in April 2008, and worked on marketing electric toothbrushes in the Japanese market. He was relocated to P&G Singapore in April 2009, where he led multiple hair care brands and engaged in portfolio management in the Asian market. In July 2012, he led customer marketing with a major Japanese retail company at P&G Japan. He then joined McKinsey & Company in April 2014, and was appointed as an associate partner in 2018. He worked on growth strategies, new business development, organizational reform, and cost reduction of a Japanese consumer goods manufacturer; overseas strategies and asset management of a major trading company; and redevelopment of the industrial value chain with a Japanese financial institution. Such experiences gave him the desire to contribute to Japan’s new growth, which led him to join ExaWizards in January 2019. He was appointed as an executive officer (executive secretary, corporate general manager) in April 2019.

  • Executive Officer

    Tomoaki Maekawa

    Graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and completed its Graduate School of Physical Electronics and Systems Creation. After working at Sony Corporation, he joined the Boston Consulting Group in 2013. As a project leader, he has been involved in numerous projects such as mid-term vision development, new business planning, digital transformation, and company-wide sales reform, mainly in the consumer goods, automobile, insurance, and financial industries. He joined ExaWizards in March 2019 with a passion to be more deeply involved in solving social issues. He has led the transformation of the domestic nursing care business and AI introduction/DX promotion projects for major corporations. Executive Officer since April 2021. Member of Dementia Innovation Alliance WG, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

  • Executive Officer

    Daiki Hasegawa

    Graduated from Kyoto University, Faculty of Engineering. Master of Engineering, Kyoto University. In 2011, joined Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) as an engineer and engaged in emergency installation work for thermal power plants right after the earthquake disaster. In 2013, joined Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting. Engaged in various projects such as SCM restructuring, M&A support, digital mid-term plan planning, and business improvement using IT as leverage. In April 2018, joined ExaWizards. Leading a number of projects for companies in the western Japan area, including AI utilization consulting, AI development, business concepts leveraging data utilization, and smart city concept studies. Appointed as Executive Officer in April 2021.

  • Executive Officer

    Koji Hazama

    Graduated from the Department of Physics, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University, and completed the Graduate School of Informatics. Participated in the laboratory from its inception with a professor and assistant professor. Engaged in research and development of quality prediction and anomaly detection models in manufacturing processes using multivariate analysis and machine learning methods through joint research with major pharmaceutical companies, steel manufacturers, and consumer electronics manufacturers. In 2015, he joined A.T. Kearney, Inc. as a new graduate, where he was engaged in collaboration in business strategy planning and business development both domestic and international, data-driven operational reform, and corporate revitalization in industries such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automobiles, heavy industry, electronics and electrical appliances, consumer goods, and general trading companies. Later, he joined ExaWizards in 2018 and worked in the president’s office to launch business in the medical healthcare domain. he was appointed as the general manager of MedTech Department in October 2018 and as an executive officer in April 2021, responsible for business in the medical, nursing and healthcare domain.

  • Executive Officer

    Tomoya Maekawa

    Graduated from Kyoto University Faculty of Law. Started a C2C web service business while in school. Transferred the business and joined The Boston Consulting Group in April 2014. During his time at BCG, he was in charge of DX and new business development for financial institutions and manufacturers. While working on strategic planning for a variety of companies, he realized the potential and importance of AI and other technologies, and joined ExaWizards in May 2018. With a desire to inherit an affluent society in Japan, where the population is drastically decreasing, he aims to improve the productivity of people and organizations, and has consistently taken responsibility for business in the DX/HR domain since joining the company.

  • Executive Officer

    Tomohiko Kimura

    Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Science, Department of Information Science (Tsujii Lab, NLP). Earned Master of Science from Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Applied Science, School of Computing Science (NLP / information retrieval). Joined Google Japan in 2008. On the search team, worked on query parsing, ranking algorithms and search features. After Google, worked at startups such as MIdokura (network virtualization), Leomo (training devices for professional cyclists), and Moneytree (FinTech) as software engineer. Joined ExaWizards in August, 2020, since then working on growing the engineering organization and cultivating engineering culture within the organization. Appointed as an executive officer (Engineering Management) in April 2021.

  • Executive Officer

    Kohei Okuno

    Graduated from the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, and completed the Graduate School of Political Science, Waseda University. After completing graduate school, joined Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting and engaged in organizational HR consulting. Later, he gained extensive experience in human resource system design, global HR, human resource/organizational development, HRBP, and HR labor relations at DeNA, Seiyu-Walmart, and Mercari. With a desire to create an innovative organization that aims to solve social issues, he joined ExaWizards in September 2019, and became an Executive Officer in April 2021.

  • AI Engineering Fellow

    Satoshi Asatani

    Organizer of Artificial Intelligence Research Group, Director of AI Technology Promotion Office At Osaka University, he absorbed himself in the research of “intelligence” and developed a library for Deep Learning and a cell image recognition system using GPGPU. He gave a number of lectures and talks on AI technology and launched the AI Research Group in December 2015 while in school. In June 2016, he joined ExaIntelligence (now ExaWizards Inc.) as an AI engineer. He has been engaged in the development of AI systems in various fields such as image and video analysis/anomaly detection/optimization. Currently working on technological development focusing on system development that combines robotics and AI technology, and appointed as AI Engineering Fellow in April 2021.

  • AI Engineering Fellow

    Taichiro Endo

    Head of AI Engineering Management. Completed the Master’s Course in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Aizu with top honors. In 1996, he started AI programming at the age of 18. While in graduate school at the University of Minnesota, he started his own company and started providing services using AI. After working on a wide range of AI-related projects, including implementation, paper research, system design, business consulting, and education, he joined ExaIntelligence (now ExaWizards Inc.). Associate Professor at Tokyo Gakugei University, Visiting Researcher at RIKEN Advanced Institute for Project Research (AIP), ACC of International Coach Federation. As one of the key pillars of the human resource development in the age of AI, working with Tokyo Gakugei University and other institutions in collaboration with industry, government and academia.

  • AI Engineering Fellow

    Kentaro Suto

    2005, Completed Master’s program in Systems Quantum Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Research on a physics simulation method “Particle Method”. 2008-2009, Prometech Software Inc. Development of fast particle method program, Development of game engine “OctaveEngine”, Co-development of iOS application “AquaForest” with Hudson. Feb. 2009 – Feb. 2013, Phyzios Ltd. Development of web service “Phyzios STUDIO”, Development of iOS apps using physics calculations (PhyziosStudio, PhyziosSculptor, Printmaking, Sand Playing, BattleshipCraft) . 2013-2018, Google Inc. Development of particle method engine “LiquidFun”, Development and maintenance of internal systems, Functional enhancement of Google Maps for iOS. 2018-, ExaWizards Inc. In April 2021, appointed as AI Engineering Fellow.

  • AI Engineering Fellow

    Akihiro Sato

    Graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of Intelligent Systems. In April 2008, joined a system development company. After working on the construction and operation of financial systems, engaged in R&D of in-house technologies at a research institute of a major Japanese electronics manufacturer. In 2015, he joined SOINN Corporation, an AI venture from Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he worked on a number of projects from requirement definition to delivery, including demand forecasting, human movement imitation, and motion acquisition using AI/machine learning. In October 2017, he joined ExaWizards Inc. as a Machine Learning Engineer. Appointed as AI Engineering Fellow in April 2021.

  • AI Engineering Fellow

    Nishanth Koganti

    Graduated with B.Tech from Electrical Engineering department, Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur in April 2012. Graduated with M.Eng and D.Eng from the Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology in September 2014 and September 2017 respectively. Academic experience includes working as a Postdoctoral researcher at Tokyo University till March 2018 and then working as an Assistant Professor at Nara Institute of Science and Technology till March 2019. Industry experience includes working as a Senior Data Scientist in the procurement domain developing natural language processing driven AI products. In 2021, joined ExaWizards Inc. and appointed as AI Engineering Fellow in April 2021. Received Best Application Paper Award at IROS 2015 conference and Advanced Robotics Excellent Paper Award in 2020. Research interests include Reinforcement Learning, Computer Vision and Robotics.