H.E. Dr. Andreas BAUM

Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan

Andreas Baum was born in 1963 in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied Medicine at the University of Lausanne, where he graduated with a Doctorate in 1989, followed by studies of International Relations and International Economics at the School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, in Washington D.C., where he obtained a Master of Arts in 1990. In 1991, Andreas Baum joined the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and was subsequently posted in Bern, Geneva and Ankara, Turkey. He returned to headquarters, where he joined the Political Division (Europe and North America) in 1993 and became Secretary to the State Secretary in 1996. In 2000, he was transferred as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Ottawa, Canada. In August 2004, Andreas Baum was transferred to New York, where he served as Minister and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations. From 2008 to 2012, Andreas Baum was the Ambassador of Switzerland to Nigeria, Chad and Niger, with residence in Abuja. From 2012 to 2016, he was the Ambassador of Switzerland to Israel with residence in Tel Aviv. From 2016 to 2020, he was the Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan, with residence in New Delhi. From November 2020, he takes up his position as Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan.

Mr. TAKATSU Naoshi

Managing Partner, North East Asia, IMD business school

Naoshi Takatsu has a BA from Waseda University, an MBA from INSEAD, and studied design at the Kuwasawa Design Institute in Tokyo. Throughout his career, he has advised various Japanese companies regarding globalization: in investment banking (at the Industrial Bank of Japan), in strategy (at BCG), and in HR/HRD/OD areas (at Recruit Holdings). He now consolidates these experiences and supports the Japanese business community through his affiliation with IMD, a Lausanne-based top-ranked business school. He has initiated and managed IMD’s collaboration with various Japanese companies, both in customized and open-enrolment executive-education programs, making IMD a top player in the market. He has shared his knowledge in the areas of global leadership, corporate learning, female leadership, digital business transformation, and corporate governance by means of lectures and publications, and has engaged in dialogues with Japanese leaders in the relevant fields. Next to the region of Japan, he also covers Korea and Taiwan.


President, Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (SCCIJ) / Managing Director, Franke Coffee Systems Japan

A Swiss national, Andre Zimmermann has been re-elected as President of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (SCCIJ) in February 2021, after serving on the Executive Committee for many years. He spent most of his career in Japan starting in 1989 as Managing Director for Telekurs Financial. After occupying the positions of Senior Representative for Location Switzerland SECO from 2004 to 2007, he served until last month, as Representative Director of Lindt & Sprüngli Japan. At present, he works as Managing Director for Franke Coffee Systems Japan. Andre Zimmermann also serves on the Executive Operating Board of the European Business Council in Japan (EBC). He holds an MBA from York St John University, UK.

Mr. Patrick ODIER

Senior Managing Partner, Lombard Odier Group / President, Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF)

Patrick Odier has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank Lombard Odier & Co Ltd. since January 1st, 2014, and he has been Senior Managing Partner of the Lombard Odier Group since July 1st, 2008.  He joined the Lombard Odier Group in 1982 and completed his training in Zurich, New York, and Montreal, before becoming a Managing Partner in 1986. He holds an economics degree from the University of Geneva and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. Patrick Odier is president of Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF). He is member of the Board of economiesuisse (Swiss Business Federation). He was Chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association from 2009 to 2016. He is also a board member of several Swiss and international academic institutions and philanthropic organisations.


Deputy State Secretary for International Finance, Federal Department of Finance of Switzerland

Deputy State Secretary for International Finance, at the Federal Department of Finance of Switzerland, since April 2020. He heads the Planning and Strategy Division and acts as Switzerland’s Finance Deputy to the G20. Stefan Flückiger entered the diplomatic service of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in 1989. He was posted to Zimbabwe and Berlin, and served first as deputy head of mission and then as ambassador at the Swiss Delegation to the OECD in Paris from 2006-2014. Between diplomatic posts he worked as a World Bank staff in Haiti and at the Swiss Think Tank Avenir Suisse. Before taking up his current post Stefan Flückiger was head of the Special Foreign Economic Services in the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in Switzerland, directing a team of negotiators for bilateral and multilateral trade and investment agreements for Switzerland. Stefan Flückiger is a Swiss national and holds degrees from the universities of Zurich and Yale.

Mr. IKEDA Satoshi

Chief Sustainable Finance Officer, Financial Services Agency, the Government of Japan

In March 2019, the Financial Services Agency of Japan (JFSA) decided to create the position of Chief Sustainable Finance Officer (CSFO), to plan and coordinate on promotion of sustainable finance internally and globally. Upon its creation he was appointed, and has been serving, as the first CSFO. In this capacity, he covers a wide range of issues concerning sustainable finance which include, among other things, aligning private finance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promoting TCFD disclosures by business corporations and financial institutions alike, representing JFSA for the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), serving as Co-chair of the Workstream on ESG data and ratings of the IOSCO Sustainability Taskforce, and acting as Vice-chair of the Impact Investing Roundtable co-organized by GSG National Advisory Board of Japan and JFSA.

Prof. Dr. SHIRAI Sayuri

Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University

Sayuri Shirai is currently a professor of Keio University and is also senior advisor to EOS at Federated Hermes located in London. She is also a non-executive board member of a Japanese listed food company. She holds Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. She was also visiting scholar to Asian Development Bank Institute in 2016-2020. She was a Member of the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan (BOJ) in 2011-2016, who is responsible for making monetary policy decisions. She taught at Sciences Po in Paris in 2007–2008 and was an economist at the IMF in 1993-1998. She is the author of numerous books and papers on a variety of subjects including central bank digital currency (CBDC), monetary policy, global finance, and ESG investment. She frequently comments on Japan’s economy and monetary policy at various international and domestic media sources. Her most recent book in English is Growing Central Bank Challenges in the World and Japan published by the Asian Development Bank Institute in June 2020 (free download available). Her personal homepage is available at: http://www.sayurishirai.jp/

Mr. Jonas PULVER

Head of Communications and Culture Section, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan

Before joining the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, Jonas worked for 10 years in journalism and media. As a staff writer, columnist and correspondent for first-tier newspaper Le Temps (Geneva), he reported from Japan, Korea, India, the US, Mexico and several European countries while also collaborating with the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, Radio France and Le Courrier. Since 2017, Jonas has overviewed communications, public diplomacy and cultural affairs at the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo. He holds an MA in Global Studies from the University of Tokyo, an MA in Classical Piano from the University of Applied Arts and Sciences Western Switzerland, and a PR degree from the Lausanne Center for Journalism and Media.

Mr. Bertrand GACON

Co-Founder and CEO, Impaakt

Bertrand Gacon is the co-founder and CEO of Impaakt, a collaborative platform that uses collective intelligence to produce high-quality analysis and scores on the impact that businesses have on the planet and society. The Geneva-based startup brings together more than 30.000 impact contributors and has already produced nearly 400.000 impact assessments. A large part of the research published on the platform is available to all citizen, for free. Bertrand started his career in 1997 in Asia in the investment banking arm of Paribas. In 2006 he created the Responsible and Impact Investing offering of BNP Paribas Wealth Management, designing innovative investment solutions for HNWIs willing to put their wealth at work for good. In 2011, Bertrand joined Lombard Odier as the Head of Impact Investing and developed instruments in various fields ranging from development finance to green bonds. Bertrand is a regular lecturer on responsible and impact investing and is the program co-director for the certificate on SDG Investing launched by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Mr. Zuhair KHAN

Senior Portfolio Manager, UBP Investments Co. Ltd. / CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)

Zuhair manages a governance-focused, market-neutral, Japanese equity long-short strategy at UBP. Prior to joining UBP, he had been the Head of Research and Japan Strategist at Jefferies; where his research focused on corporate governance reform, shareholder activism and event driven strategies. Zuhair has 26 years of experience at global financial institutions, including UBS, Citigroup and MUFG. He has an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees from the School of Engineering and the Wharton School.


General Partner, MPower Partners

Yumiko is the former head of the OECD Tokyo Centre, and she also spent 20 years working for Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. She is a leading authority on corporate governance, tax guidelines, gender diversity, education, trade and innovation issues. Yumiko has an MBA from Harvard Business School, MA from Stanford University and BA from Sophia University.

Mr. SHIN Taejun

Founder, Chair of the Board and CEO, Gojo & Company, Inc.

Taejun is the Founder, Chair of the Board, and CEO of Gojo & Company, Inc., a start-up company aiming to provide financial service for everyone in the world. Founded in July 2014, Gojo and its group companies provide microfinance for 1 million people in 5 countries. Having graduated from Korea University and Waseda Graduate School of Finance, Taejun worked at Morgan Stanley and Unison Capital and engaged in private equity investments.  While working for the industry, in 2007 he founded an NGO named Living in Peace (“LIP”), which became one of the most successful NGOs in Japan. It launched the first microfinance investment fund in Japan’s investment history in 2009. In 2018, Taejun was selected as the Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Taejun has authored 9 books about finance, child welfare, and innovation. He is a finisher of 1648 km ultra-marathon, holds a Karate black belt and attained 6 Dan of Go, an Asian board game. He loves playing drums and taking street photos of people in the world

Ms. Seema BHAYAT

Representative Director and Head of Private Banking, Japan, Lombard Odier Trust (Japan) Limited

Seema Bhayat is Representative Director and Head of Private Banking, Japan and manages Lombard Odier’s private wealth management activities from its offices in Tokyo. Prior to this role Seema was Head of Family Services, Asia and Deputy Head of Private Banking, Asia, based in Singapore. Seema has more than 20 year experience in wealth management advising high net worth individuals across multiple jurisdictions in Paris, Luxembourg, London, Singapore and Japan. She was previously employed by Société Générale Group SG Trust (Asia) Ltd in Singapore, SG Hambros Ltd in London, SG Bank & Trust in Luxembourg and Société Générale Private Banking in Paris. Seema holds a Master in Business and Management from E.D.H.E.C (Ecole de Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord).