Announcing the Launch of The IAFOR Global Innovation & Value Summit (GIVS)

GIVS Summit Theme: "The Spirit of Innovation"

Tokyo, Japan | October 5–7, 2018

The IAFOR Global Innovation & Value Summit 2018 will be held in Tokyo, one of the world’s greatest cities, and brings together some of the biggest names in business in Japan. The conference will consider and contextualise questions of innovation and value with a focus on innovation ecosystems in the global, regional and local ecosystem of Japan.

The Summit comprises both a powerful one-day symposium, and a two-day academic conference that explore the ideas in more depth. The Symposium will bring together a number of high profile keynote speakers to set the scene and speak to the theme of the conference, before then continuing with four plenary panels looking at questions of innovation and value. The first will look at Heritage companies in Japan, as with more than 50 percent of the world’s companies over 200 years old, the country offers excellent case studies of companies which have had to repeatedly innovate to survive. The next two panels will offer contrastive insights and perspectives from both big companies and start-ups, and the final panel will look at policy from the side of government and education.

Delegates may choose to register for either the GIVS Summit (GIVS Symposium and GIVS Conference), or the GIVS Symposium only. The GIVS Summit includes attendance at both the day one symposium at the Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, and the two-day academic conference which follows in the Toshi Center. Both venues are located in central Tokyo. Delegates presenting at the conference must register for the GIVS Summit. Discounted registration rates are offered to government employees, civil servants, academics and full-time students.

Registering for the GIVS Summit will provide delegates with three days of intensive networking, study, and professional development, and allow exceptional opportunities to meet people working at the cutting edge of different industries in the public and private sector both in Japan and overseas. Day one offers unparalleled opportunities to hear from some of Japan’s leading figures in industry, government, and education, as they discuss the big ideas surrounding innovation and value. Days two and three offer the chance to unpack some of these ideas, and dig deeper, in the context of an academic conference. While the first day offers the chance to see and listen, the second and third days offer more opportunity to engage and debate.

We would encourage everyone to consider registering for the entire three day GIVS Summit so as not to miss out on any of this exceptional program.

Keynote Speakers



Advisory Board

Frank Bauer
Global Business Director, J. Walter Thompson

Dr John C. Beck
Chief Innovation Officer, Arizona State University, USA

Takako Ebata
Head of Government Affairs and Policy, Johnson & Johnson, Japan

Frank Foley
Managing Director, HarperCollins, Japan

Dr Joseph Haldane
Chairman and CEO, IAFOR

H.E. Dr Toshiya Hoshino
Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations

Hiroko Koide, SVP
Brand and Advertising Development, Newell Brands

Oki Matsumoto
Managing Director & Chairman, Monex Group

Ross Rowbury
President and CEO, Edelman Japan

Haruko Satoh
Professor, The Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, Japan

Dr Sachio Semmoto
Chairman, RENOVA, Inc.

Dr Philip Sugai
Professor, Doshisha University, Graduate School of Business, Japan

Megumi Takayama
Unit Chief, Office of Global Communications, Prime Minister’s Office, Japan

Organising Committee

Dr Will Baber
Kyoto University, Graduate School of Management, Japan

Professor Sarah Louisa Birchley
Toyo University, Japan

Dr Grant Black
Tsukuba University, Japan

Dr Joseph Haldane
Chairman and CEO, IAFOR

Dr Tom Houghton
Director MBA (Oil & Gas), Curtin Graduate School of Business, Australia

Marco Koeder
Digital Business Director, J. Walter Thompson, Japan

Dr James W. McNally
University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging, USA

Professor Ted O’Neill
Gakushuin University, Japan

Dr Haruko Satoh
Osaka University, Japan

Dr Philip Sugai
Professor, Doshisha University, Graduate School of Business, Japan

Corporate Strategic Partner

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