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Yoshito Hori

President, GLOBIS University / Managing Partner, GLOBIS Capital Partners
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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Tech & Innovation
JAN 29, 2019

A Dialogue with iRobot’s Colin Angle

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OCT 17, 2018

G1 Global Conference 2018 Photo Essay

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JUL 10, 2018

The Future of Knowledge Sharing with Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo

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Global Japan
MAR 15, 2018

G1 is Changing Japan with 100 Actions

Thought leaders have created a clear agenda to invigorate the Asian nation. GDP up for seven years in a row….

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FEB 1, 2018

Voices from a mountaintop: This is how Davos sees 2018 playing out.

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JAN 18, 2018

How to Build Leaders: Frank Feedback and Empathy

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Career Success
DEC 28, 2017

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DEC 14, 2017

Steve Jobs, Zen and Design Thinking

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How to be a Social Media Superhero: My Lessons from 4 Years on LinkedIn

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Career Success
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