Akira Sato, Venture Partner
Akira co-founded Value Create Inc., a unique Tokyo-based management advisory and IR consulting firm with offices now in Vietnam, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK, in 2001. The firm specializes in maximizing the potential inherent in its select clientele, ranging from large multinational conglomerates to up-and-coming tech startups
Prior to launching Value Create, Akira spent over 20 years in investment research, primarily at Nomura Securities where he was Head of the Capital Goods Team and at an IT research house as Senior MD, Chief Analyst and Head of Research. During his years at Nomura, he was ranked the number one analyst in the shipbuilding and plant engineering sector for seven consecutive years by Nikkei and Institutional Investors Magazine, including receiving Analyst of the Year in 1995 covering all industry sectors.
Akira graduated from Hitotsubashi University. He served as a part-time lecturer at Graduate School of Innovation Studies/Tokyo University Science Department of Management of Technology (MOT) and continues to lecture as Associate Professor of corporate communications theory at Digital Hollywood University in Tokyo.
Akira currently serves as outside director for Sockets Inc. and outside auditor for Fuji Pharma Co., Ltd., both publicly listed companies on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He was also formerly an outside director of asset management companies Rheos Capital Works Incorporated and Common Asset Management Inc.