Akira HirataImpact Partner Tokyo, Japan
Akira is currently the Managing Director of Triple Junction Co., Ltd., Tokyo based market entry advisory firm. For companies entering into Japan market, the company covers every phase of market entry – research, business development, strategic partnership, building/executing market entry strategy, team building and more. Clients include Skype, eHarmony, Knewton and numerous industry leaders. He has been responsible for managing projects by acting as proxy COO / Country Manager to launch and grow clients’ businesses in Japan. He is also a core member of advocacy group to help Japanese education technology companies go global.
Before joining Triple Junction, Akira was at Dresdner Kleinwort, an European investment bank headquartered in London and Frankfurt. At Dresdner, Akira worked in Tokyo’s Mergers and Acquisitions team covering various sectors such as retail, financial institutions, power and energy. Before this, he was involved in the policy research business in the United States as an analyst. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the College of William and Mary and a BA in Business and Commerce from Keio University.