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Date and Time
9:00-17:30, September 18th, 2017 (followed by a reception, 18:00-20:00)
Creative Evolution in a Volatile World
GLOBIS University, Tokyo, Japan
Expected no. of participants
Registration Fee
78,000 JPY (registration July 21st-August 10th)

Launched in 2011, the G1 Global Conference addresses global and regional challenges through English-only discussions. The G1 Global provides a unique opportunity for global leaders to interact, share visions for the future, and develop ideas into concrete actions.

  • 1 Cross-industry, multi-sector networking with opinion leaders and corporate and government decision-makers from around the world
  • 2 An outreach platform showcasing the diverse potential of a changing Japan to the world

This year's theme is “Creative Evolution in a Volatile World.” Deep social divides in the US and Europe can be seen in Brexit and the election of President Donald Trump. Europe and the US are questioning globalization, turning inward and embracing populism that has lead to a volatile world. However, Japan, in contrast, is surprisingly stable economically and politically, with few social divisions.

Meanwhile, developments in technology bring new threats and breakthroughs. New, creative actions are needed to evolve in Politics/Foreign Affairs, Economics/Business, and Technology. At the 7th G1 Global Conference, we will discuss "Creative Evolution in a Volatile World," bringing together the wisdom from various sectors and regions from around the globe.

Theme: "Leadership: Thinking the Unthinkable"

In June, the Brexit triggered an avalanche of events for which most leaders have been unprepared: the resignation of UK PM Cameron, a possible second referendum on Scottish independence, and havoc in the global markets, not to mention the implications for immigration, business, and the world order.

Brexit and the popularity of Donald Trump have confirmed the unthinkable that many political and corporate leaders would not even accept: the scale of public disillusionment at leaders' assumptions that they know what is best for their people and customers. Brexit showed how out of touch the UK government was, and the strategic error of believing they held the high ground of political wisdom.

The Brexit was once "Unthinkable." How can we learn to “Think the Unthinkable”? Nik Gowing, the former BBC broadcaster who is now a Visiting Professor at King’s College London & Nanyang University in Singapore, has conducted research on this topic and will be joining us again as the main G1 Global Facilitator. His research shows us that to respond effectively to events like this, a new type of leadership is required. G1 Global participants will discuss “Thinking the Unthinkable” and taking action, with focus on the realms of business, technology, and diplomacy, and with special attention on the role of Japan.

For more information on "Thinking the Unthinkable," click here.

Date Monday, September 18, 2017
Registration Fee
Number of Pepple
Organized by G1 Institute
  • Expected speakers include (subject to change):
  • -Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • -Amb. Richard McCormack, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • -Heizo Takenaka, Professor, Toyo University
  • -Amb. Jim Zumwalt, CEO, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
  • -Rui Matsukawa, Member, Japan’s House of Councillors
  • -Robert Alan Feldman, Chief Economist, Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities
  • -Soichiro Minami, CEO, BizReach
  • -Michael Cusumano, Distinguished Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • -Narendra Taneja, Spokesperson, Indian BJP (India’s Ruling Party)
  • -Makoto Takano, CEO, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes JAPAN, atomixmedia inc.
  • -Hidetaka Aoki, Space Business Evangelist, Global Brain Corporation
  • -Chris Blackerby, COO, ASTROSCALE
  • -Vijay Eswaran, Exec. Chairman, QI Group
  • -Frank-Jurgen Richter, Chairman, Horasis
  • -Chiaki Hayashi, Founder, Loftwork
  • -Tom Kelley, Partner at IDEO
  • -Henri J. Barkey, Dir. Middle East Program, Wilson Center
  • -Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor, Hiroshima Prefecture
  • -Jonathan Soble, New York Times
  • -Patrick Welter, Tokyo Correspondent, FrankfurterAlgemeine
  • -Mireya Solis, Senior Fellow, Brookings
  • -Naoko Yamazaki, former astronaut, JAXA
  • -Daniel Tani, former astronaut, NASA
  • -Kent Calder, Director, Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
  • -Yong Yoon Li, Executive Director, Royal Selangor International
  • -Tak Umezawa, Japan Chairman and Partner, A.T. Kearney
  • -Karoline Postel-Vinay, Professor, Sciences Po
  • -Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation
  • -William Saito, Special Advisor, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
  • -Yumiko Murakami, Head, Tokyo Centre, OECD
  • -Jesper Koll, CEO, Wisdom Tree Japan
  • -Abigail Friedman, CEO, The Wisteria Group
  • -Ken Jimbo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University
  • -Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Associate, Stimson Center
  • -Bassem Awadallah, CEO, Tomoh Advisory
  • -Hiromichi Mizuno, Executive Managing Director, CIO, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)
  • -Ross Rowbury, President and Representative Director, Edelman Japan KK
  • -Miki Tsusaka, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • -Dong Wang, Professor, Peking University
  • Please note that all the session titles, speakers and other details are subject to change.

    Gold Sponsor
    Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC
    Bronze Sponsors
    Edelman Japan
    Individual Sponsors
    Mr. Naoki Endo
    Mr. Ross Rowbury
    In cooperation with
    ITO EN, LTD.
    Urakasumi Sake Brewery Saura Co., Ltd.
    Advisory Board
    Robert Alan Feldman 
    Senior Advisor of Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd.
    Ken Jimbo 
    Associate ProfessorFaculty of Policy ManagementKeio University
    Jesper Koll 
    WisdomTree Japan KK
    Taro Kono 
    Member of the House of Representatives
    Soichiro Minami 
    CEO & Founder, BizReach
    Yumiko Murakami 
    Head of Tokyo Centre at OECD
    Ross Rowbury 
    President andRepresentative DirectorEdelman Japan KK
    William Saito 
    Special Advisor - Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
    Makoto Takano 
    CEO, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes JAPAN
    atomixmedia inc.
    Heizo Takenaka 
    Professor Toyo University
    Professor Emeritus Keio University
    Tomohiko Taniguchi 
    Special Advisor to the Cabinet of
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
    Miki Tsusaka 
    Senior Partner and Managing Director
    The Boston Consulting Group
    Yoshito Hori 
    President, GLOBIS University
    Managing Partner
    GLOBIS Capital Partners
    International Advisors
    Ian Bremmer 
    Founder and President
    Eurasia Group
    Victor Chu 
    Chairman and CEO
    First Eastern Investment Group
    Barbara Judge 
    Deputy Chairman
    TEPCO Nuclear Reform
    Monitoring Committee
    Moon Chung-In 
    Professor of Political Science
    Yonsei University
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