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Tokyo FinTech Meetup #30 - Addressing the FinTech talent challenge
So you have a great idea. Build a FinTech business. Be the disruptor. Now you need to hire a team. Poof. The talent pool is very narrow. You take what you can get, but diversity is the first thing that gets sacrificed. In the end, your company looks exactly like the old boy's networks you are trying to take on. How are we going to change that? We invite you to join this important discussion with some distinguished leaders, some young, some experienced, with battle scars gained in the "traditional" finance world, and with startups. This is a topic that matters to all of us. Harumi Urata-Thompson At the start of her career, Harumi was the first female hire onto the Fixed Income trading desk at Morgan Stanley in Tokyo, later moving to Citibank. She worked as a fixed income sales professional and M&A banker in three financial capitals. On assignment in London, she opened the Japan Desk, creating a new business line. During 10+ years with Thompson Reuters, she managed a portfolio of innovation best practices as well as their mobile products, and served as the Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer of the Healthcare and Science business. After some time as the Chief Operating Officer at New York Society of Security Analysts, Harumi has started her own FinTech advisory & investment business. Marisa Yoshikawa McKnight Marisa attended University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Economics & Japanese, and wrote her final thesis at Sophia University on the "Implementation of Blockchain in Japan". She started her career with Blackrock Japan, and has recently moved to join QUOINE's global business development team, helping to strengthen one of the premier virtual currency exchange brands, with operations in Tokyo, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, and Manilla. Shannon Hirai Shannon began her career at Morgan Stanley after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and Economics from Sophia University, located in Tokyo, Japan. She has served in a variety of roles in Technology over the course of her 18 years’ career, focused primarily on Sales and Trading application support. She is currently a Managing Director and the Asia Head of Quality Assurance & Production Management, in addition to being named the Head of Japan Technology in July 2018. Within Morgan Stanley, she has served as an advisory member of the Tokyo Women’s Business Alliance, is an active member on several Asia and Global Technology Diversity and Philanthropy Committees, and is a founding member of both the Japan Tech Volunteering Committee and the Women in Technology for Asia initiative. Aiko Suga Aiko Suga is Vice President, Co-brand Sales, MasterCard Japan. In this role, Aiko builds relationship with merchants, discusses how payments can help grow their business, and strikes business alliances to launch MasterCard co-branded cards with them. Aiko joined MasterCard in May 2011 as Senior Business Leader and the Head of Expert Sales, Market Development. Before joining MasterCard, Aiko spent over 18 years of career with experience in finance and payments including the Industrial Bank of Japan (San Francisco, California), McKinsey & Company, SHINSEI Bank and APLUS Co., Ltd. Aiko graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A in Political Science and Economics, and the University of Tokyo with a B.A in Law.

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一般社団法人 (General Incorporated Association) Tokyo FinTech is registered as a non-profit organization in Japan. We appreciate contributions from presenters, supporters and members to help advance innovation in the financial sector. All such contributions will directly benefit the community.

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We welcome ALL FinTech people (established and startups), and those in established financial services organisations. Plus, anyone just curious and wanting to learn. Every month we'll debate and discuss how FinTech is disrupting traditional financial services; from P2P lending, comparison websites, robo-advisor wealth managers, to bitcoin and crypto currencies.

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