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Board Members
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  • Founder Chairman

    Vibhav Kant Upadhyay
    Founder Chairman, Architect of India-Japan Global Partnership

    Known as Architect of modern India-Japan Partnership and the newly established Alternative Development Model (ADM) Vibhav Kant Upadhyay is a development leader known for his statesmanship, macro-vision and pragmatism. A prolific out-of-the-box thinker, Vibhav strongly believes that the current development model needs a foundational change and has dedicated his life towards manifesting this thought process into visible and tangible results through the Alternative Development Model (ADM).

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    Toru Sakamoto
    Managing Director

    He is an eminent Indophile and is an authority on Indian culture. He spent 6 months touring India on his bicycle as part of his world tour. His wide knowledge on India has been of tremendous use to IC at different platforms.

    Yoshimi Ishikawa
    Director General

    He is a cultural diplomat and an award-winning writer. A strong believer in the power and potential of global partnerships, he has worked extensively towards harmonizing relationship of Japan with its neighbors, primarily China and India. He is a well-known political commentator and former faculty of Keio University. Mr Ishikawa has won accolades for his book "Strawberry Road" which recounts his experiences os working in a strawberry farm in United States.

    Hajime Odani

    Hajime Odani is the Representative Director of DD Supply and DD Machine Holding in addition to being the Representative of CPM Holdings. Mr. Odani hails from the traditional city of Kyoto and is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tokyo and also serves as an external advisor to many organizations. On a social font, Mr. Odani is the Director of the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan while also serving as the Vice President of the International Economic Science and Cultural Cooperation Organization.

    Parveen Sharma
    Director General

    Delhi University graduate, Entrepreneur,Believes in world peace and harmony. Contributing in Japan-India relations since 1998.

    Naohiko Kato

    He is a former member of Diet from Yokohama. He is a well known social worker from Japan and also the Director of Children Education Fund Association NPO Asia. He has extended an active support in strengthening an amicable relationship between Japan and its Asian fraternity.


    Yukio Hatoyama

    He is a prolific Japanese politician and the 93rd Prime Minister of Japan.During his premiership,he underline the need to shift Japan's focus to Asia friendly policy and pioneered Japan's closer ties with its neighbors including China and India. He is a strong supporter of India-Japan Global Partnership since its inception.

    Koji Hirao

    He is the former Vice Chairman of Long Term Credit Bank of Japan and is currently serving as Research Director of Shinkin Central Bank Research Institute. Mr Hirao is also serving as Advisor, MEITI Entrepreneurship Education Board. In addition to a brilliant academic & professional career, he has published many books on international finance, entrepreneurship and regional economy.

    Shuhei Kishimoto

    He is a young and dynamic member of House of Representatives and represents the Democratic Party of Japan in the Diet. He is also Member of Committee on Cabinet and Committee on Financial Affairs. This former bureaucrat is a strong supporter of Indo-Japan relations.

    Yasutoshi Nishimura

    He is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Akashi, Hyogo and graduate of the University of Tokyo he joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1985, attending the University of Maryland while in the ministry. In 2003 he was elected for the first time as an independent. He later joined the LDP.

    Haruo Shimada

    He is currently posted as President of Chiba University of Commerce is also visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and ESSEC, France. He also served as chairman of Economic Research Center, Fujitsu Research Institute and has been involved in the formulation of government policies as a special advisor to the Cabinet Office from 2001 to 2006. He is the author of numerous books on Japanese economy, international management and labor problems.

    Kan Suzuki

    He is a member of the Democratic Party of Japan and a member of the House of Councilors in the national legislature. He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1986. He was elected to the House of Councilors for the first time in 2001.

    Yuichiro Tamaki

    He is a young and dynamic member of House of Representatives and represents the Democratic Party of Japan in the Diet. He is also Member, Special Committee on Anti-Piracy Measures, Prevention of International Terrorism, and Japan's Cooperation and Support. He is a strong supporter of India-Japan Global Partnership.

    Atul Shinde

    He is a business strategist and thinker with years of experience in global marketing and technology development. He has been a technology pioneer in fields of high-speed data/telecom networking and mobile Internet. He holds several patents in field of multi-service networking and mobile applications.


    Jay Araki

    Mr. Jay Araki is currently the Managing Director of Casa Blanka Consulting Pvt. Ltd. based in Gurgaon, NCR. In the past he has also served as the CEO of Asatsu-DK Fortune Communications Pvt. Ltd.

    Mr. Hiroshi Fujiwara

    He is an eminent Energy, Internet and Telecom specialist as well as renowned entrepreneur. He is the founder CEO of IRI Group and Nano-Optnics Energy Inc. and holds doctorate in Electronic Information Engineering from University of Tokyo, Japan.

    Hideki Kitamura

    Mr. Hideki Kitamura is the Managing Director of KYOCERA Asia Pacific India Pvt. Ltd., a leading global operations that delivers a diverse range of products, including advanced materials, components, devices, equipment, networks and services.

    Michiko Sugita

    Michiko Sugita is a graduate of the Waseda University School of Commerce. She spent her elementary school years in New York in the United States, and relocated to Beijing, China after graduation from university. She worked in in-house English/Chinese interpretation and international project development for fields as diverse as sports entertainment, real estate, and academia, before founding a company to provide multilingual business support services to Japanese businesses breaking into foreign markets. She is currently the President of La Cle Global Services K.K.

    Akiko Yamanaka

    Professor Akiko Yamanaka is the former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan and former Member of the House of Representatives.She is also visiting Professor at the Graduate School of International Media and Communication, Hokkaido University (International Negotiation Strategy), and visiting scholar at the Japan Institute of International Affairs.

    Joe Hsu

    Hsu was born in Tainan City, Taiwan. He graduated from Kanagawa University, Faculty of Economics. He is the Executive V.P. at TAIWAN Association for Poverty Alleviation; also the CEO at AROUND SCHEMENT PUBLIC RELATIONS INC and Chairman at I SAY TEC LTD. He is also a Film producer & Investor at ART BASIC INTERNATIONAL LTD and is a teacher at Daojiang High School.

    Tharminder Singh

    Managing Director of Narula Japan Ltd. and Honorary Secretary Honorary Secretary of The Indian Chamber of Commerce, Japan. He is a native of Japan, born in the year 1978 and Graduate from Manchester University Electrical & Electronic B. Eng in the year of 2000. Currently, involved with activities with various Indian Government Bodies as Japan Window of Representation. India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), Engineering Projects India Ltd. (EPI), The Arab-Asia Business Partnership Summit, Emirates Japan Marketing Council, Including Trading and Consulting. Running two separate firms besides Narula Japan Ltd. Activities as Honorary Secretary at The Indian Chamber of Commerce-Japan, helping Japanese firms, government bodies liaise and connecting them for the relationship of Japan-India.

    Love Yadav

    A high-end achiever and recognised Islamic Finance practitioner, Love Yadav has 18 years of work experience in global conventional & Islamic Asset Management, Investment Banking & Private Equity industries across EMEA & Asia.

    Priyanka Mainali

    Priyanka is serving as the Director- Initiatives at India Center. She is a young professional working in the field of sustainability. She has been advocating and working towards the Alternative Development Model for almost half a decade and hopes to be able to establish more sustainable initiatives in the future. She has a graduate degree in Mass Communication and Journalism.

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