Mizuho Financial Group , Deputy General Manager
Masato Kaneda began his career at Mizuho Financial Group, one of the largest financial institutions in Japan, and now, as a Deputy General Manager, leads the Digital Innovation Department, a company-wide initiative focusing on leveraging new technologies to develop innovative business services and financial products. His team works as a central hub across key functions at Mizuho to develop new digital platforms that can be leveraged to improve customer service. Specifically, he is looking into how to access emerging and established fintechs to leverage their ideas and state-of-the art technologies as part of Mizuho's digital innovation strategy.
During his 20-year career at Mizuho, Masato has gained extensive business development experience both in investment and retail banking. Prior to the Digital Innovation Department, he worked in the Hong Kong offices where he was responsible for corporate and investment banking. While in the Tokyo office, he gained experience in project finance, acquisition finance, M&A, derivatives, fintech, new banking and payment schemes.
He holds a BA in Political Science and Government from Waseda University and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.