- 2018 Speakers
Rakuten , President, Rakuten Investment Company, Managing Executive Officer
Hiroshi Takasawa is President of Rakuten’s Investment Company and is responsible for Rakuten Capital, managing various investment funds including Rakuten Ventures, Rakuten FinTech Fund, Rakuten Global EC Fund and the company’s mobility investments. He joined Rakuten in 2005 and established Rakuten Strategic Partners, a private equity investment platform under which he actively engaged in venture investments, buyout investments and other transactions. He has contributed to many of Rakuten’s merger and acquisition deals and post-merger integration processes, primarily in financial services. Hiroshi also held a number of executive positions including President of Rakuten Securities Holdings, Chairman of Rakuten Investment Management and President of Rakuten Life Insurance. He served as a member of the board of directors of various investments including Source Next, Money Partners and others. Prior to joining Rakuten, Hiroshi worked at Nomura Securities Co., Ltd (Tokyo) and Nomura Securities International (NY) where he was involved in the supervision of various securitization, mortgage derivative structuring and fund management activities. At GMAC Commercial Mortgage Japan, Inc., he served as CFO, managed overall financial operations and was involved in mortgage loan, real estate equity, and distressed asset businesses. He is a member of the Japanese Association of Turnaround Professionals. Hiroshi holds a bachelor of Business Administration from Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan.