Members of our Advisory Council are renowned and experienced leaders from across multiple disciplines. Together, they set a robust strategic direction for the Institute’s future. Their advice ensures excellence and diversity in the Institute’s leadership; their expertise is tapped for the active promotion of the Asian Future Leaders Scholarship Program; and their voices raise attention to issues that may be of concern to the various sectors, disciplines, and geographies within Asia.
Mr. Yutaka ASO is Chairman of Aso Cement Co., Ltd. and Chairman of the Kyushu Economic Federation.
Mr. Aso graduated from Keio University prior to furthering his studies at Oxford University. Following a tenure at Osawa Shokai Co., Ltd., Mr. Aso joined Aso Cement Co., Ltd. in 1975, becoming President four years later. He has also held a number of leadership positions in business and economic organizations, including President of Aso Juku Educational Foundation in 1979, Honorary Consul of Denmark in 1990, President of Fukuoka Futaba School Educational Foundation in 2007, Chairman of Aso Corporation in 2010, Chairman of the Kyushu Economic Federation in 2013, and Executive Board Member of The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Mr. Silas K. F. CHOU is President and CEO of Novel Holdings Limited, one of the world’s leading textile and apparel manufacturers and fashion brand owners. Mr. Chou is also Co-Chairman of Sportswear Holdings and Chairman of Novel Fashion Holdings, a dedicated international fashion brand investment group in Greater China.
After co-owning and operating the European licensee for Polo Ralph Lauren, Mr. Chou and his longtime business associate, Lawrence Stroll, formed Sportswear Holdings in 1989 to acquire Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, where he served as Chairman and then Co-Chairman from 1989 to 2002.
In January 2003, Sportswear Holdings completed one of the most dynamic acquisitions in the fashion industry when it acquired a majority interest in Michael Kors (USA), Inc., where Mr. Chou served as Co-Chairman until its IPO in 2011.
Mr. Teisuke KITAYAMA is Chairman of the Board, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). After graduating from The University of Tokyo in Liberal Arts in 1969, Mr. Kitayama worked at The Mitsui Bank and then Sakura Bank Limited. While at Sakura, Mr. Kitayama held a number of domestic and international senior management positions. Sakura Bank merged with Sumitomo Bank in 2001, creating SMBC, where he took on numerous roles including Head of the International Banking Unit and Managing Director, while also holding the position of President of the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFG). He retired from this latter position in 2011 and remains Chairman of the Board of SMBC.
Mr. Masayuki MATSUSHITA is Vice Chairman of the Board of Panasonic Corporation. Mr. Matsushita has served in this position since 2000, having begun his career with Panasonic in 1968, shortly after graduating from Keio University’s department of Economics. He has held numerous roles at Panasonic including President of Distribution and Warehousing, Director of Corporate Advertising, Director of the Corporate Industrial Sales Division, Senior Managing Director of Overseas Operations, and Executive Vice President, before assuming his current position. Mr. Matsushita has also held leadership positions in several business and economic organizations, including co-chair of the Kansai Association of Corporate Executives. He currently serves as a Vice Chairman of the Kansai Economic Federation.
Mr. Mark SCHWARTZ is Vice Chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific. Mr. Schwartz first joined Goldman Sachs in 1979 in the Investment Banking Division and spent 17 years in various positions in New York before relocating to Tokyo in 1997 to become President of Goldman Sachs Japan. He was appointed Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia in 1999. He then moved to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Soros Fund Management and co-founded MissionPoint Capital Partners, an investment firm invested in clean energy technology, before returning to Goldman Sachs in 2012. Mr. Schwartz earned an M.B.A., an M.P.P. and a B.A. from Harvard University.
Mr. Koji TANAMI is currently an Advisor to The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., having previously held numerous governmental and private sector positions, including Vice Minister of Finance and Governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. Mr. Tanami first joined the Ministry of Finance following a B.A. in Law at The University of Tokyo. He became Director-General of the Financial Bureau in 1994 and subsequently Chief Cabinet Councilor for Internal Affairs.
Mr. TUNG Chee Hwa is Vice Chairman of the Twelfth National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), People's Republic of China. He is the Founding Chairman of the China-United States Exchange Foundation, a group that aims to promote better understanding between the 2 countries. Mr. Tung served as First Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People's Republic of China from July 1997 to March 2005. As the First Chief Executive, Mr. Tung presided over the historical return of Hong Kong to China and successfully turned the "One Country Two Systems" and "Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong" with "high degree of autonomy" from a concept into an everyday reality.
Mr. Fumiaki WATARI is currently an Honorary Executive Consultant to JX Holdings, Inc., a petroleum and minerals conglomerate that was established in 2010 through the management integration of Nippon Oil Corporation and Nippon Mining Holdings. After graduating in Economics from Keio University, Mr. Watari spent almost 50 years working in the oil industry, notably as President & C.E.O. and Chairman of the Board of Nippon Oil Corporation, and most recently as Senior Executive Consultant to JX Holdings. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Councilors of the Japan Business Federation and President of the Petroleum Association of Japan. Mr. WATARI currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Seijo Gakuen, a designated member of the Board of Councilors of Keio University and Vice Chairman of the Japan-China Economic Association. He was awarded Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (旭日大綬章) in May 2014.
Mr. XIANG Huaicheng is a senior economist who served as the Minister of Finance of China between 1998 and 2003. He also held positions including Deputy Minister of Finance, Deputy Director of China’s State Administration of Taxation, and Director-General of the National Social Security Fund. He was a member of the 15th and 16th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Mr. Xiang has also served as Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University, Renmin University, Wuhan University and the China Ministry of Finance Research Institute. He graduated from the Department of Chinese Literature at Shandong University in 1960.
Professor XU Kuangdi serves as Vice Chairman of the State Council Academic Degrees Committee, President of the Chinese Society of Metals, Honorary Chairman of the Governing Board of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Honorary President of the Chinese Federation of Industrial Economics, and President of China-US People’s Friendship Association. From 1995 to 2001, he served as Mayor of Shanghai Municipal Government. He was also Vice Chairman of the 10th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Professor Xu has long been engaged in higher educational institutes and was among the first group of Outstanding Experts recognized by the State Council. He has published over 120 articles and written 7 books.