Yoshito Hori: The Origin of G1

Yoshito Hori explains how G1 and G1 Global got started. 

The G1 Summit started in Aizu-Bandai in February 2009 as a platform where leaders in various fields can meet, learn, discuss and take action under the concept of “making a better Japan." We have now grown to host seven annual conferences including the  G1 Global Conference, G1 Executive, G1 U-40, G1 Venture, G1 Region, and G1 College.

The three principles of the G1 Summit are as follows:

(1) Make proposals rather than mere criticism
(2) Take actions, do not just form ideas
(3) Foster awareness as leaders

Numerous initiatives have been spawned from the discussions at G1, including KIBOW and 100 Actions, and are changing Japan in various fronts. Also, leaders representing separate key areas—Politics, Governors & Mayors Network, Bureaucrats, Media, Social Entrepreneurs & NPOs, and Sports— meet regularly. The plans under the 100 Actions project launched by G1 have gradually been put into action to bring about change in society. We continue to work to make a better Japan.

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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