GLOBIS 20th Anniversary TOP Seminar with John V. Roos

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of GLOBIS, we are privileged to welcome US Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos for a TOP Seminar Discussion with GLOBIS President Yoshito Hori on the topics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Title: GLOBIS 20th Anniversary TOP Seminar: "Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A Discussion between U.S. Ambassador John V. Roos and GLOBIS President Yoshito Hori"
When: 19:00 - 20:00, Friday, June 22, 2012 (reception opens at 18:30)
Venue: GLOBIS Tokyo Campus
Registration Fee: 3,000 JPY (GLOBIS students: 2,000 yen, Please pay the registration fee at the door)
Language: English (no translation provided)

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of GLOBIS, we are privileged to welcome US Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos for a TOP Seminar Discussion with GLOBIS President Yoshito Hori on the topics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Ambassador Roos will base his remarks on his experience since coming to Japan as Ambassador, including his focus on areas of cooperation such people to people connections, innovation and entrepreneurship. During his two and a half years in Japan, Ambassador Roos has built relationships and established a rich and active dialogue with government leaders, businesspeople, media and students over the course of his travels across 44 of Japan's 47 prefectures.

Following the devastating 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis on March 11, 2011, Ambassador Roos helped lead the American mission to support Japan's response to the multi-dimensional and unprecedented disaster. For his extraordinary leadership and innovative management during this time period, the Department of State awarded Ambassador Roos the prestigious Sue E. Cobb 2011 Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service.

Ambassador Roos will join President Hori in discussion how innovation and entrepreneurship can be applied in today’s business world.

Do not miss this special opportunity to hear directly from the TOP U.S. representative in Japan!


Ambassador Roos' tenure in Tokyo comes at an historic period in U.S.-Japan relations. Shortly after his arrival, power shifted from the Liberal Democratic Party for essentially the first time in 50 years to the Democratic Party of Japan, and Ambassador Roos played a key role in managing the relationship through the transition.

On Aug. 6, 2010 Ambassador Roos became the first U.S. official ever to attend the commemoration ceremony of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima.

Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Roos served as Chief Executive Officer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the leading law firm in the U.S. in the representation of technology, life sciences, and emerging growth companies. There he helped lead his firm during the waves of innovation in Silicon Valley, from the growth of software and communications, to the Internet Age and the emergence of biotechnology, to today's focus on clean technology and renewable energy.

Ambassador Roos attended Stanford University and Stanford Law School.

Discussion Partner

Mr. Yoshito Hori established GLOBIS Management School in 1992 and GLOBIS Capital Partners in 1996. In 2003, GLOBIS started its original MBA program which, in 2006, received accreditation from the Japanese Ministry of Education and gained “university” status. GLOBIS started a part-time MBA program in English in 2009 and a full-time MBA program in English in 2012.

A Harvard MBA graduate and former Sumitomo Corporation employee, Mr. Hori founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Japan Chapter in 1995 and became the first board member from Asia in charge of Asia Pacific region in 1996. He also served on the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s New Asian Leaders Executive Committee and Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, as well as the Harvard Business School Alumni Board from 2005 to 2008. Currently, Mr. Hori is a board member of the Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), and serves as co-chair of WEF’s Global Growth Companies.

In 2008, he launched the G1 Summit – a Japanese version of the WEF’s annual Davos forum. This led to the foundation of G1 Summit Institute in 2013, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

Just days after a huge earthquake struck northeast Japan in March 2011, Mr. Hori launched Project KIBOW to support the rebuilding of the disaster-affected areas. The following year Project KIBOW was incorporated as the KIBOW Foundation, which Mr. Hori serves as Representative Director.

An avid enthusiast of the Japanese game Go since age 40, Mr. Hori has been Director of the Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association) since June 2013.

Since October 2013, Mr. Hori has hosted a weekly TV program in Japan called Nippon Mirai Kaigi (Japan Future Conference). He has authored several books including Visionary Leaders who Create and Innovate Societies, Six Dimensions of Life, and My Personal Mission Statement.

Mr. Hori received his BS in Engineering from Kyoto University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

He is an avid swimmer and enjoys spending time with his family, especially his five sons.

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