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International Women’s Day: Women in Trade

Monday 08 Mar | 12.30 - 13.30

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Written by Sanae Samata

Note: This is a members-only event. A Zoom access link will be sent to participants 2 hours before the webinar is scheduled to start.

To mark International Women’s Day, on Monday 8th March from 1230-1330, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the British Embassy Tokyo will host a discussion on the challenges facing women in business and trade, both in the UK and Japan. This discussion is especially pertinent given the UK and Japanese Governments’ recent renewed commitment to Women’s Economic Empowerment in a standalone chapter of the new Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) which came into force earlier this year. The event will provide a forum to discuss current challenges; share best practice; and explore potential solutions for both the UK and Japan.

We will hear from the UK Chief Negotiator of the UK-Japan CEPA and CPTPP (and Gender Champion in the UK’s Department of International Trade), Graham Zebedee, followed by a panel discussion, chaired by the Charge d’Affaires at the British Embassy, Sue Kinoshita. The panel will include senior representatives from both Japanese and UK business and government, and there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and share your experiences.

This event will be available in Japanese and English with simultaneous translation, and is equally relevant to both men and women; we welcome and encourage participation from all genders.

 

Speakers

Graham Zebedee | UK’s Chief Negotiator, UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement

Graham Zebedee is HMG’s Chief Negotiator for the UK-Japan FTA, CPTPP and the Director for Continuity Negotiations and Development in the Trade Policy Group in the Department of International Trade (DIT), based in London.  He leads a programme to continue the effects of EU free trade agreements as the UK leaves the EU, and is responsible for UK trade policy with developing countries.  He is also on the DIT Gender Pay Gap Task Force encouraging the organisation to make changes and progress on Gender Equality. 

Graham Zebedee is HMG’s Chief Negotiator for the UK-Japan FTA, CPTPP and the Director for Continuity Negotiations and Development in the Trade Policy Group in the Department of International Trade (DIT), based in London.  He leads a programme to continue the effects of EU free trade agreements as the UK leaves the EU, and is responsible for UK trade policy with developing countries.  He is also on the DIT Gender Pay Gap Task Force encouraging the organisation to make changes and progress on Gender Equality. 

Sue Kinoshita |Charge D’affaires, British Embassy Tokyo [moderator]

Chargé d’affaires, British Embassy Tokyo since 26 February, after being appointed to Deputy Head of Mission in August 2020 and Counsellor for Economic Diplomacy at the British Embassy in Tokyo in September 2018. Sue was Consul-General and Corporate Services Director at the British Government offices in Geneva from 2007, Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy Tokyo from 2010, and then Deputy Head of Mission and Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Seoul from August 2015.

Since joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1983, Sue has worked on Trade Policy, Press and Public Affairs, EU accession issues, and taken on HR and Finance roles.

Chargé d’affaires, British Embassy Tokyo since 26 February, after being appointed to Deputy Head of Mission in August 2020 and Counsellor for Economic Diplomacy at the British Embassy in Tokyo in September 2018. Sue was Consul-General and Corporate Services Director at the British Government offices in Geneva from 2007, Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy Tokyo from 2010, and then Deputy Head of Mission and Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Seoul from August 2015.

Since joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1983, Sue has worked on Trade Policy, Press and Public Affairs, EU accession issues, and taken on HR and Finance roles.

Noriyuki Shikata | Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Noriyuki Shikata is Assistant Minister, Director-General Economic Affairs Bureau of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan. The Economic Affairs Bureau is responsible for the implementation of Japan-UK CEPA.

He was Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in China between 2017 and 2019. He was Deputy Director-General, Asian and Oceanian Bureau of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) between 2016 and 2017. He was also Associate, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (2019-20), Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Law & Public Policy, Kyoto University.

Between 2004 and 2016 he was Director of Status of US Forces, International Press, North America (Trade & Economic), Economic Treaties, and Personnel of MOFA, as well as Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Public Affairs, Head of Global Communications, at Prime Minister’s Office. He also served overseas postings in London (Political Minister), Paris (OECD) and Washington, DC (Press).

He is the recipient of 2011 Gold Standard Award for Political Communications, award hosted by PublicAffairsAsia recognizing excellence in the field of Asia-Pacific related public affairs and corporate communications.

Noriyuki Shikata is Assistant Minister, Director-General Economic Affairs Bureau of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan. The Economic Affairs Bureau is responsible for the implementation of Japan-UK CEPA.

He was Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in China between 2017 and 2019. He was Deputy Director-General, Asian and Oceanian Bureau of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) between 2016 and 2017. He was also Associate, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (2019-20), Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Law & Public Policy, Kyoto University.

Between 2004 and 2016 he was Director of Status of US Forces, International Press, North America (Trade & Economic), Economic Treaties, and Personnel of MOFA, as well as Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Public Affairs, Head of Global Communications, at Prime Minister’s Office. He also served overseas postings in London (Political Minister), Paris (OECD) and Washington, DC (Press).

He is the recipient of 2011 Gold Standard Award for Political Communications, award hosted by PublicAffairsAsia recognizing excellence in the field of Asia-Pacific related public affairs and corporate communications.

Mika Nabeshima | General Manager, Global HR, Tokyo Marine Holdings

Mika joined Tokio Marine (Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. at the time) in 1991.  She built her career providing solutions to liability and property claims as well as advising clients on loss prevention and litigation management.  She worked in various locations with the company, both domestic (Tokyo, Kobe, Saitama) and overseas (New York, Los Angeles).  She is currently General Manager of the Human Resources Department at Tokio Marine Holdings.  She is responsible for global HR strategy such as talent management and development, diversity & inclusion initiatives, governance over group companies as well as ensuring safety of expats around the world.  

Mika joined Tokio Marine (Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. at the time) in 1991.  She built her career providing solutions to liability and property claims as well as advising clients on loss prevention and litigation management.  She worked in various locations with the company, both domestic (Tokyo, Kobe, Saitama) and overseas (New York, Los Angeles).  She is currently General Manager of the Human Resources Department at Tokio Marine Holdings.  She is responsible for global HR strategy such as talent management and development, diversity & inclusion initiatives, governance over group companies as well as ensuring safety of expats around the world.  

Yasunori Takeuchi | CEO, Standard Chartered Japan

Yasunori has been the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Japan, since 1 January 2015, and is also a member of Asia Management Team and the Executive Committee of the International Bankers Association, Japan.
He has almost 37 years career in the financial service industry. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, he worked various international financial institutions, such as LTCB, Credit Suisse, WestLB, ABN Amro, RBS and Commerzbank.
He is passionate for Diversity & Inclusion, by chairing Japan D&I Council at the Bank. As for gender diversity, female ratio of Japan Country Management Team (4 out of 13) has exceeded 30%, after he took office of Japan CEO. He is a member of 30% Club Japan since its establishment in May 2019. Currently there are 11 different nationalities working at Japan office of the Bank, out of ca. 140 staff.

 

Yasunori has been the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Japan, since 1 January 2015, and is also a member of Asia Management Team and the Executive Committee of the International Bankers Association, Japan.
He has almost 37 years career in the financial service industry. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, he worked various international financial institutions, such as LTCB, Credit Suisse, WestLB, ABN Amro, RBS and Commerzbank.
He is passionate for Diversity & Inclusion, by chairing Japan D&I Council at the Bank. As for gender diversity, female ratio of Japan Country Management Team (4 out of 13) has exceeded 30%, after he took office of Japan CEO. He is a member of 30% Club Japan since its establishment in May 2019. Currently there are 11 different nationalities working at Japan office of the Bank, out of ca. 140 staff.

 

Nami Katagiri | Assistant to General Manager, HR, Sumitomo Corporation

Nami joined Sumitomo Corporation in 2005 and started her career in Non- Ferrous & Raw Materials Dept. in Tokyo, Japan, in charge of overseas trading and investments of mineral resources.
In 2017, she transferred to the Human Resources Department in Tokyo where she has been playing a pivotal role in planning and promoting Diversity & Inclusion initiatives including global HR management, gender equality, and work-life balance management in Japan. In this capacity, she has served as a core member on a team engaged in redesigning the company’s HR systems (i.e. job grading/evaluation systems) in Japan to establish the necessary foundation for promoting D&I throughout Japan and internationally.

Nami joined Sumitomo Corporation in 2005 and started her career in Non- Ferrous & Raw Materials Dept. in Tokyo, Japan, in charge of overseas trading and investments of mineral resources.
In 2017, she transferred to the Human Resources Department in Tokyo where she has been playing a pivotal role in planning and promoting Diversity & Inclusion initiatives including global HR management, gender equality, and work-life balance management in Japan. In this capacity, she has served as a core member on a team engaged in redesigning the company’s HR systems (i.e. job grading/evaluation systems) in Japan to establish the necessary foundation for promoting D&I throughout Japan and internationally.