BCCJ Women at The 2024 FEWture Conference

Written by BCCJ
May 31, 2024


Written by BCCJ
May 31, 2024

We are delighted to share that five BCCJ members will be speaking on panels as part of The FEWture Conference, at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo on Friday, June 7, 2024.

Held every two years, The FEWture Conference is FEW Japan’s biannual full-day flagship event that unites English-speaking women in Japan from diverse backgrounds. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers, engage in pioneering talks and participate in skills-building masterclasses.

This year, a selection of BCCJ women will be right at the forefront of discussions, challenging the status quo and navigating the ins and outs of some of the most pressing topics standing as a barrier to equality, career progression and more. Talks include representation in tech, enhancing board diversity, building an inclusive society in Japan and real estate investment.

Below, we introduce some of the fantastic BCCJ members who will be speaking at the conference!



Dr. Andrijana Cvetkovikj (CEO and Founder, BrioNexus | Special Advisor for International Cooperation, Ministry of Culture of Japan | Ambassador of Science and Diplomacy, EU’s Acrid Network)

Andrijana Cvetkovikj is a dynamic leader with a multifaceted career in diplomacy, filmmaking, and business. She was Macedonia’s first Ambassador to Japan, and currently serves as an Advisor for International Cooperation to Japan’s Minister of Culture.

Andrijana is the CEO and Founder of BrioNexus, Tokyo-based multinational firm that specializing in quantum computing, semiconductors, AI, and blockchain. Her extensive professional experience includes positions such as Director for North Asia at the Economist Group, Executive Advisor to Cartier, Board Director at several publicly listed companies, and Board Member and Chair of the Government Relations Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce.

Nicola Vote (CEO & Founder, Nicola Vote Consulting)

Her interest in cybersecurity began during the 4 years she worked as a technical standardisation expert at NTT Docomo and progressed during her 18-year career at McAfee, where she held leadership positions in Japan business development and global customer experience (CX) management, before founding her own consultancy.

Nicola is a current member of the BCCJ’s Executive Committee and a member of the Communications Taskforce.

Vivian Tokai (Director, Government Affairs, Intel)

Vivian is a government affairs and public policy professional with 25 years of experience covering a wide variety of sectors, including energy, environment, aviation, transportation, defense, IT and digital economy. She has extensive senior leadership experience with a wide range of blue-chip multinational businesses in Japan, and brings her wide network and depth of knowledge to the chamber.

Helen Iwata (President, Sasuga Communications K. K.)

During her ten years with McKinsey & Company in Tokyo, she served as Manager of Client Communications and trained consultants and clients in leadership and communication skills, including presentations and meeting facilitation.

In May 2013, Helen established her own business and is now the go-to women’s success, leadership, and communication expert for multiple multinationals to design and lead their high-level training and coaching programs and is known as the Less Effort, More Impact Coach. She brings her wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the chamber – watch this space for an upcoming joint event!

Emily Larcombe (Producer, Invisible Languages: Okinawa)

Passionate about education and the art of storytelling, she directed a film project investigating the generational shifts observed in the use of the indigenous languages across the Ryukyu islands. During her time at the University of Tokyo, she also led the events and planning as co-director of Womenpowered International, an organisation connecting and empowering women within the university and wider community.

Emily also works as Marketing and Admissions Manager at BCCJ member, Phoenix House International School, (Clarence Education Asia), working as part of the emergence in popularity of British education in Japan.