Dr. Hidero Niioka

  • Founder and CEO
  • Former TMT Investment Banker at Deutsche Bank
  • German and NY Attorney-at-Law
  • Ph.D. in IP law (Max Planck Institute)
  • Stanford Law Graduate

Dr. Ulrich Reber

  • General Counsel
  • Managing Partner at SKW Schwarz law firm
  • Expert in litigation, arbitration & mediation; insolvency and restructuring; copyright & IP law; media & entertainment; IT & digital business
  • Admitted in Germany
  • Ph.D. @ Max Planck Institute
  • Passau, Cardiff, Berkeley

Lydia Mitchell

  • Director of Communications
  • Senior Consultant at Growing Edge Limited
  • American Express
  • BA (Hons) Psychology – University of Sheffield

Naoya Murakami

  • CTO
  • Founder of patentfield.com
  • Patent engineer
  • System engineer at FinTech
  • Bachelor of Informatics, Ritsumeikan University

Jan Gigerich

  • Chief IP Officer
  • European and German Patent Attorney
  • Patent Attorney – FROHWITTER Intellectual Property Counselors
  • Patent Attorney – IBM
  • Systems Analyst / Programmer / Development Teamleader – AMS

Daihachi Yahiro

  • Senior Vice President
  • Founder of Yahiro Mozambique
  • CEO at YAHIRO Co., Ltd., Japan
  • MBA at Kyushu University, Japan
  • BA Information Science at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan

Daisuke Watanabe

  • General Counsel Japan
  • Found & Managing Partner of Legal Link LPC
  • Baker & Mackenzie Tokyo office
  • Lawyer admitted in Japan
  • U.S. CPA
  • University of New South Wales
  • IE Business School: MBA
  • Keio University

Member of Board of Directors

Dr. Roland Vogl

  • Executive Director, Stanford Program in Law, Science&Technology Stanford Law School
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Law Technology News ALM Mediay
  • Co-Founder; Member, Board of Directors SIPX, Inc.
  • Co-Founder; CFOO; Member, Board of Directors Vator.tv
  • Stanford University Law School
  • Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck / University of Innsbruck

Michimasa Naka

  • CEO of Boardwalk Capital Inc.
  • President and Representative Director, Storm Harbour Japan Ltd.
  • Managing Director & Head-Global Investor Sales at Citigroup Global Markets Japan, Inc.
  • Member of Board of Directors for Vision Inc., instyle, Inc., and Geniee International. Pte. Ltd.

Peter Rading

  • Board Member Seequestor & Telios Capital
  • Senior Advisor Voltaire Capital UK
  • Global Executive at RBS (1990 – 2013): Responsible for large, global and complex businesses: Co-Head of Trading; Co-Head of FIC Trading; Global Head of Structured Products; Global Head of FX & Emerging Markets; Member of Investment Bank Exco; Member of Markets Division Manco; Chair of Technology Board responsible for $500m annual investment spend
  • SE Banken NY (1986-1990): Head of FX Options North America
  • Georgetown University DC, BSBA Summa Cum Laude

Our Advisors

Chairman of Board of Advisors
Philipp Rösler

  • German politician, health expert and cardiac surgeon
  • Federal Minister of Health for Germany (2009-2011)
  • Federal Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Economics and Technology for Germany (2011-2013)
  • Chairman of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (2011-2013)
  • Supervisory Board at Siemens Healthineers and Fortum Corporation.
  • CEO of Hainan Cihang Charity Foundation Inc.
  • PhD in cardiac surgery from Hannover Medical School
  • Head of the Centre for Regional Strategies of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Dr. Bertram Huber

  • Principal of IP*SEVA – Intellectual Property for Sustainable Energy Ventures
  • Former SVP of Robert Bosch GmbH and Global head of Bosch Group’s global IP and licensing activities
  • German Attorney-at-Law

Fernando Okumura

  • Founder and CEO of Kekanto.com
  • Business Strategy Consultant at BCG & McKinsey
  • Investment Analyst at JPMorgan
  • Stanford MBA

Prof. Tetsuo Kitani

  • Professor, IMS Endowed Research Lab, Office of Society-Academia Collaboration for Innovation, Kyoto University
  • McKinsey & Co, Industrial Bank of Japan, and AlixPartners
  • MBA, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, Political Science, University of Chicago
  • Bachelor of laws, Tokyo University

Mansour Salame

  • Founder/CEO Next Age (sold to Alcatel NYSE: ALU)
  • Founder/CEO/Chairman Contactual Inc. (sold to 8×8 NASDAQ: EGHT)
  • Genesys Telecommunications, Accenture
  • MSc EE Stanford University, BS EE Northwestern University