Inside Japan 15: Daisuke Kan

Dr. Adam Kassab, Professor of GLOBIS University in Tokyo, invites a variety of guests from around the world to discuss people, culture and business from an “Inside Japan” perspective. The fifteenth guest is Mr. Daisuke Kan, Executive Director, Cheerio Corporation Co., LTD.

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Inside Japan No.15 – Daisuke Kan

Guest: Daisuke Kan, Executive Director, Cheerio Corporation Co., LTD.
Host: Adam Kassab, GLOBIS
Date: April 19, 2013
Venue: Cheerio Tokyo Office
Duration: 46:21

Guest Speaker

Daisuke Kan currently serves as the Executive Director at Cheerio Group, a rapidly growing Japanese beverage company with 400 employees. His passion lies in building an innovation company, an organization with capability to bridge different values to co-create and capture entrepreneurial opportunities. As a strong believer in entrepreneurship, Daisuke actively playing a role in the Tofu Project, Bay Area/Tokyo based movement to promote entrepreneurship and design thinking with top-tier Silicon Valley disruptors(=innovators) community. He also serves as Co-chair of Stanford Business School Alumni Tokyo Chapter, Asia 21 Young Leaders Fellowship and Board Member at Institute of Communication Art, a Tokyo based NPO which promotes creativity in child education. He earned his B.A. from the University of Tokyo in American Studies and his MBA from Stanford University.

Dialogue Partner

Dr. Kassab has extensive business experience across Asia as well as in Europe and the USA. He has held senior positions at Sanyo Electric, a global Japanese electronics manufacturer, Mercer, a US based global HR Consulting firm, and most recently at Culture Convenience Club, the dominant Japanese player in the consumer entertainment and lifestyle sector. His work has ranged from facilitating European wide strategic planning sessions aimed at exploring synergies and enhancing competitiveness, developing ways to internationalize and globalize business operations, and implementing change programs for overseas subsidiaries.

As well as his strong professional background he also recently completed doctoral research looking into the use of Stories and Storytelling in Organizations as a tool for inspiring employees and bringing about visionary change.

Bachelors degree, History & Philosophy of Science and Philosophy, University of Leeds (UK); Masters Degree, International Resources and Development Studies, University of Leeds (UK); Masters Degree, Organization Change, Ashridge Management Center (UK); Doctoral Research, Hitotsubashi University (JPN)