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9/10/2015 to 9/11/2015
When: 9/10 - 9/11, 2015

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Asia Institute

2015 Asia Institute

“Succeeding in the Indo-Pacific Age: The Game Changers,
Economic Growth, and Interrelationships in Asia”


Please join your colleagues at the WomenCorporateDirectors 2015 Asia Institute, September 10 - 11, 2015.

Location: Dates: September 10

ANA Intercontinental Tokyo
1-12-33, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Tel: +813-3505-1111 Fax +813-3505-1155

1070052 東京都港区赤坂11233

Cocktail and Dinner Event

Location: Dates: September 11

Ark Hills Club (next to ANA Hotel)
37th Floor, East Wing, ARK Mori Bldg.
1-12-32 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-6090
Tel: +813-5562-8201

1076090 東京都港区赤坂11232
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Asia Institute Event


Tunamachi Mitsui Club
2-3-7 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073
Tel: +8133453-3011

1080073 東京都港区三田2-3-7


Post-Institute Dinner at Tunamachi Mitsui Club


Dates: September 12

See tour locations and registration below. Optional Tokyo Backstage Tour



Thursday, September 10, 2015  Pre-Institute Dinner
  6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Registration and Cocktail Reception

  7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

WCD Roundtable Dinner Event


Merle Okawara (Japan), Chairman, JC Comsa Corporation; Director, PARCO; WCD Chapter Chair

Susan Stautberg (United States), Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Global Co-Chair, WCD; President, PartnerCom; Co-Author of Women on Board

Friday, September 11, 2015  Asia Institute
  8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Registration, greetings, and networking

Light continental breakfast to be provided (full breakfast available at the ANA hotel)

  9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Opening of the Asia Institute 

Nancy Calderon (United States), Global Lead Partner for IBM, KPMG LLP; Director, Global Delivery Center, Ltd., KPMG India; Former Chair, Women’s Advisory Board, KPMG; WCD Advisory Board Member; Co-Author of Women on Board

Susan Stautberg (United States), Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Global Co-Chair, WCD; President, PartnerCom; Co-Author of Women on Board

  9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Kazuo Hirai (Japan), CEO of Sony Corporation; Director, Sony

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Panel 1: Changing Globalization: Understanding Emerging Markets Will No Longer Be Enough As Mid-level Cities (Population Greater Than One Million) Will Be the Key Drivers of Growth

Alice Au (Hong Kong) (Moderator), Global Board Member, Partner, Spencer Stuart; WCD Chapter Chair

Di Landau (Australia and United States), Non-Executive Director, James&Co.; Chief Executive Officer, Global Resources, Inc.; WCD Member

Bolormaa Luvsandorj (Mongolia), Chief Executive Officer, Golomt Financial Group; Chairman of Golomt Securities LLC; Director, Mandal General Insurance LLC; WCD Member

Jyoti Narang (India), Chief Operating Officer, Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces India; Director, Au Financiers (India), Ltd. and Calderys India Refractories Ltd.; WCD Chapter Chair

Neera Saggi (India), Former Chief Executive, Larsen and Toubro Seawoods Pvt. Ltd.; President, Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI); WCD Member

Haruno Yoshida (Japan), President, BT Japan and Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Councilor, Keidanren; WCD Member

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Luncheon: Yuriko Koike (Japan), Member, the House of Representatives; Former Minister of the Environment, Former Minister of Defense; Director, Renault

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


  1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Panel 2: How Asian Companies Can Use Increased Productivity To Succeed

Kana Inagaki (Japan) (Moderator), Correspondent, Financial Times 

Ma. Aurora Geotina-Garcia (Philippines), Owner, Mageo Consulting Inc. Chairperson, Women's Business Council Philippines, Inc.; Director, Bases Conversion & Development Authority; BCDA Management & Holdings Inc.; Queen City Development Bank

Emiko Higashi (United States), Founder and Managing Partner of Tomon Partners, LLC; Director, KLA-Tencor, InvenSense, and Zeptor; WCD Member

Ritu Kochhar (India), Consultant, Spencer Stuart

Miwa Koyasu (Japan), Corporate Vice President at Recruit Jobs Co., Ltd

  2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


  2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Panel 3: ASEAN On The Rise

Mitsuru Claire Chino (Japan) (Moderator), Executive Officer and General Counsel, Itochu Corporation; WCD Member

Angelia Chew (Singapore), Partner, Trade & Customs Indirect Tax, KPMG

Monika Merz (Japan), President, Toys”R”Us, Asia Pacific; Representative Director and President & Chief Executive Officer, Toys“R”Us, Japan

Margaret Hanson-Muse (Singapore and United States), Regional Senior Commercial Officer – ASEAN; WCD Member and former Chapter Chair in Peru, Columbia and India

Pacita Juan (Philippines), President, ECHOstore; Co-Chair, Philippine Coffee Board; WCD Chapter Chair

Jun Taneie (Japan), President and CEO, Rakuten ANA Travel Online

  3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 


  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Panel 4: Going “Glocal”: Selling Products Overseas. What Directors Need To Know About Balancing Global Brand Consistency with Regional Relevance

Irene Arias (Colombia) (Moderator), Global Industry Director of Financial Institutions Group, International Finance Corporation

Peggy Fang Roe (Hong Kong), Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Makiko Ono (Japan), Executive Officer, Suntory Beverage & Food, Ltd.; WCD Member

Steve Sugino (Japan), President and Representative Director, Biogen, Japan

Mayumi Tochinoki (Japan), MD/Chief Administrative Officer, S&P Ratings, McGraw Hill Financial

  4:30 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Institute Closing

Nancy Calderon (United States), Global Lead Partner for IBM, KPMG LLP; Director, Global Delivery Center, Ltd., KPMG India; Former Chair, Women’s Advisory Board, KPMG; WCD Advisory Board Member; Co-Author of Women on Board

Susan Stautberg (United States), Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Global Co-Chair, WCD; President, PartnerCom; Co-Author of Women on Board



Friday, September 11, 2015

Tunamachi Mitsui Club Dinner [Optional Add-On]

  6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Josephine Komara “Obin” (Indonesia), Batik designer, BIN House 

  7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Saturday, September 12, 2015   Tokyo Backstage Tours [Optional Add-On]

Special "Tokyo Backstage Tours" - Special Invitation and Pricing to Asia Institute Attendees: Please express interest during registration, a follow-up email will be sent you with additional information and registration options.

Experience traditional Japanese Confectionery since the 16th Century

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Toraya
Visiting the kitchen of one of the most famous Japanese Sweet shops and see how these colorful and seasonal sweets are made.  The extensive world of wagashi, traditional Japanese confections, does not merely encompass a single group of confections; the art of Japanese confectionery owes its diversity in large part to its ingredients and methods of preparation.
Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Japanese restaurant
USD $65.00 (Approx 8,000 Yen)



“Kimono” Experience

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue : “ISEYOSHI” at Ginza (English)
As you learn more about Kimono, you will be surprised it is not just a dress but it is also a way to express one's status, consideration to others and means to communicate.
Lecture history of Kimono, Various type of Kimono by season and scene
Demonstration How to wear with a participant, Study of Kimono structure
ExperienceKatazome* of Yukata* design by all participants (will be dyed washcloth and sent participants later)  
Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Japanese restaurant
*Walk around Ginza and take a tour of sword/pottery shop, carpentry/Japanese-style painting/traditional handicraft gallery etc.
USD $65.00 (Approx 8,000 Yen)



Institute Cost

Member USD $700.00 
Non-Member USD $800.00 
Post-Institute Dinner Add-On
USD $125.00


Planning Your Trip

ROOM BLOCK: **EXPIRES 8/18/15** ANA Intercontinental Tokyo: Executive Deluxe Room (28㎡-32㎡) - JPY34,058 (Approx. USD $275) with Breakfast

1-12-33, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan
Tel: +813-3505-1111 Fax +813-3505-1155

1070052 東京都港区赤坂11233

For hotel reservations, please email reservation form to Please click HERE for Form.

Phone: +81-3-3505-1133

SPECIAL RATES ON FLIGHTS TO JAPAN: For special airfare rates for WCD Asia Institute attendees through ANA (All Nippon Airways), please send an email to Please include that you are with WomenCorporateDirectors, if you are a member of WCD, your email address and phone number. An ANA representative will contact you with your rate information.


For questions regarding WomenCorporateDirectors 2015 Asia Institute, please email us at, or call +1 (212) 987-6070.


*KPMG International’s Trademarks are the sole property of KPMG International and their use here does not imply auditing by or endorsement of KPMG International or any of its member firms.


Thank you to WCD's Asia Institute Sponsors:

 Asia Institute Lead Sponsor and
Lead Global Sponsor

Asia Institute Lead Sponsor and
Lead Global Sponsor

Japan Chapter Sponsor and 
Asia Institute Supporting Sponsor

Asia Institute Benefits Sponsors



Post-Institute Dinner Sponsor