Rakuten OPTIMISM

Business Conference

October 12-13, 2021

Virtual Event

Top luminaries and business leaders from around the world
share their insights on the latest innovations in tech and
digital transformation at this premier online business conference.

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Mobile, e-commerce, fintech, marketing, sustainability, technology and more.
Rakuten Optimism 2021 welcomes many of the world's top luminaries and
business leaders to reflect on the myriad ways in which the world is changing around us,
the challenges facing society, the possibilities created by digitalization and
how our lives can be enriched as a result.

Discover new ideas and gain fresh perspectives while looking ahead to an even brighter future.

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  • DAY 1 10.12(Tue.)

    all times listed are Japan Standard Time

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    Rakuten Optimism 2021 Opening Keynote

    Special Contents ★

    • Mickey Mikitani
      Mickey Mikitani
      Chairman and CEO, Rakuten Group

    5G and the Power to Revolutionize: Japan Perspectives

    Mobile

    WatchAvailable Oct.15-Dec.12
    • EXILE TETSUYA(EXILE/EXILE THE SECOND)
      EXILE TETSUYA(EXILE/EXILE THE SECOND)
      Artist
    • Toshihiko Doi
      Toshihiko Doi
      Deputy Director (Research), Chief of Department of Experimental Therapeutics, National Cancer Center Hospital East
    • Hiroto Furuhashi
      Hiroto Furuhashi
      Group Managing Executive Officer, Rakuten Group, Executive Officer, Rakuten Mobile

    Security in an Interconnected Digital Ecosystem

    Tech

    • Ann Johnson
      Ann Johnson
      Corporate Vice President of Security, Compliance & Identity (SCI) Business Development, Microsoft
    • Anthony Grieco
      Anthony Grieco
      VP, Chief Information Security Officer, Security and Trust Organization, Cisco Systems
    • Yasufumi Hirai
      Yasufumi Hirai
      Group Executive Vice President, CIO & CISO, Rakuten Group

    The Digital Transformation of Ecosystems Through AI

    Tech

    • Koichi Narasaki
      Koichi Narasaki
      Group CDO-SOMPO Holdings, Inc., CEO-SOMPO Light Vortex, Inc., CEO-Palantir Technologies Japan
    • Mayur Datar
      Mayur Datar
      Senior Vice President and Chief Data Scientist, Flipkart
    • Massimo Mascaro
      Massimo Mascaro
      Technical Director, Applied AI, Google Cloud
    • Takuya Kitagawa
      Takuya Kitagawa
      Managing Executive Officer, CDO (Chief Data Officer), Director of Global Data Supervisory Department, Rakuten Group

    Tectonic Shifts in China and ASEAN in the Wake of the Pandemic and Implications for Japan

    E-Commerce

    • Nobuhiro Hemmi
      Nobuhiro Hemmi
      Partner, Monitor Deloitte Chief Strategist, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC
    • Ryo Matsumura
      Ryo Matsumura
      Rakuten Bic President & CEO, President of Rakuten Data Marketing Vice President, E-Commerce Company, Executive Officer, Rakuten Group

    What Building a Sustainable Future Means to Gen Z

    Sustainability

    • Kyoko Ozawa
      Kyoko Ozawa
      Waseda University Student, First Chief Future Officer, Euglena
    • Daigo Fukushima
      Daigo Fukushima
      First-year college student, Hiroshima University School of Integrated Arts and Sciences
    • Masatada Kobayashi
      Masatada Kobayashi
      Group Managing Executive Officer, Chief Well-Being Officer, Rakuten Group

    Design to Shape the Future: Real/Virtual Convergence

    Marketing

    • Kashiwa Sato
      Kashiwa Sato
      Creative Director, Samurai Inc.
    • Yugo Nakamura
      Yugo Nakamura
      Interface Designer/tha ltd. CEO
    • Naho Kono
      Naho Kono
      Group Managing Executive Officer, CMO (Chief Marketing Officer), Rakuten Group

    Making Financial Services More Accessible ​- The Unique Rakuten Fintech Ecosystem​

    FinTech

    • Masayuki Hosaka
      Masayuki Hosaka
      Representative Director and Vice Chairman, Rakuten, Fintech Segment Leader, President, Fintech Group Company, President, Rakuten Card​

    Finance, Connected: The Acceleration of Rakuten's Fintech Ecosystem

    FinTech

    • Kyoko Uchida
      Kyoko Uchida
      Rakuten Optimism 2021 Moderator, Freelance Announcer, Television Celebrity
    • Takashi Oyama
      Takashi Oyama
      Executive Vice President Officer, Rakuten Card
    • Koichi Nakamura
      Koichi Nakamura
      Group Managing Executive Officer, Rakuten Group, Representative Director and President of Rakuten Payment
    • Hiroyuki Nagai
      Hiroyuki Nagai
      Group Managing Executive Officer, Rakuten Group, Representative Director and President of Rakuten Bank
    • Yuji Kusunoki
      Yuji Kusunoki
      Group Managing Executive Officer, Rakuten Group, Representative Director and President of Rakuten Securities
    • Yuzo Hashiya
      Yuzo Hashiya
      Representative Director and President, Rakuten Insurance Holdings

    Building Europe's First Open RAN Mobile Network

    Mobile

    • Michael Martin
      Michael Martin
      CEO, Drillisch Netz AG, Director Mobile Radio Network, 1&1 Telecommunication SE
    • Tareq Amin
      Tareq Amin
      CEO, Rakuten Symphony, Group CTO, Rakuten Group
    • Rabih Dabboussi
      Rabih Dabboussi
      Chief Revenue Officer, Rakuten Symphony
  • DAY 2 10.13 (Wed.)

    all times listed are Japan Standard Time

    Please give us your feedback.

    How 5G Will Empower the Future

    Mobile

    • Cristiano R. Amon
      Cristiano R. Amon
      President & CEO, Qualcomm Incorporated
    • Mickey Mikitani
      Mickey Mikitani
      Chairman and CEO, Rakuten Group

    Connecting the Unconnected: Achieving 100% Coverage from Space

    Mobile

    • Abel Avellan
      Abel Avellan
      Chairman, founder and Chief Executive Officer, AST SpaceMobile
    • Nobuyuki Uchida
      Nobuyuki Uchida
      Executive Officer, Division Manager, Technology, Strategy & Compliance Division, Rakuten Mobile

    Art of the Possible: Empowering Change

    Special Contents ★

    • Julie Sweet
      Julie Sweet
      Chair & CEO, Accenture
    • Mickey Mikitani
      Mickey Mikitani
      Chairman and CEO, Rakuten Group

    Workplace Communication Revolution

    Tech

    • Eric S. Yuan
      Eric S. Yuan
      Founder & CEO, Zoom Video Communications
    • Yasufumi Hirai
      Yasufumi Hirai
      Group Executive Vice President, CIO & CISO, Rakuten Group

    Travel Industry Trends and Strategies in Response to the Pandemic

    E-Commerce

    • Takashi Miyata
      Takashi Miyata
      Editor-in-chief, "Chikyu no Arukikata"
    • Shiho
      Shiho
      Producer, "Shinu Made Ni Ikitai! Sekai no Zekkei"
    • Yoshiyuki Takano
      Yoshiyuki Takano
      Head of Travel & Mobility Business, Vice President, Commerce Company, Executive Officer, Rakuten Group

    Achieving Sustainable Growth in the Tourism Industry

    E-Commerce

    WatchArchive period ended
    • Toru Hashimoto
      Toru Hashimoto
      Attorney at Law, Former Governor of Osaka Prefecture, Former Mayor of Osaka City
    • Yoshiyuki Takano
      Yoshiyuki Takano
      Head of Travel & Mobility Business, Vice President, Commerce Company, Executive Officer, Rakuten Group

    Social Innovation: When the Real and the Digital Converge

    Special Contents ★

    • Hiroya Masuda
      Hiroya Masuda
      Director and Representative Executive Officer, President & Group CEO, Japan Post Holdings
    • Yasuyuki Onishi
      Yasuyuki Onishi
      Journalist
    • Mickey Mikitani
      Mickey Mikitani
      Chairman and CEO, Rakuten Group

    Japan's Digital Transformation

    Special Contents ★

    • Takuya Hirai
      Takuya Hirai
      Former Minister of Digital Agency

    How Technology Superpowers are Driving the Digitalization of Everything

    Mobile

    • Pat Gelsinger
      Pat Gelsinger
      CEO, Intel
    • Mickey Mikitani
      Mickey Mikitani
      Chairman and CEO, Rakuten Group

    The Future of Business: From Showa Values to Reiwa Values

    E-Commerce

    • Shu Yamaguchi
      Shu Yamaguchi
      Independent Researcher/Writer/Public speaker
    • Ryo Matsumura
      Ryo Matsumura
      Rakuten Bic President & CEO, President of Rakuten Data Marketing Vice President, E-Commerce Company, Executive Officer, Rakuten Group

    The Evolution and Expansion of Rakuten's Cashless Payment Solutions

    FinTech

    • Koichi Nakamura
      Koichi Nakamura
      Group Managing Executive Officer, Rakuten Group, Representative Director and President of Rakuten Payment

    How Rakuten is Transforming Personal Asset Building

    FinTech

    • Marina Tsuda
      Marina Tsuda
      Television Announcer, Celebrity
    • Yuji Kusunoki
      Yuji Kusunoki
      Group Managing Executive Officer, Rakuten Group, Representative Director and President of Rakuten Securities

    The Accelerating Digital Shift in Advertising: A New Era for Promotion, Sales and the Retail Industry

    Marketing

    • Manabu Inamori
      Manabu Inamori
      Executive Vice president and COO, Digital Transformation Division, AdInte
    • Satoru Nagayama
      Satoru Nagayama
      Integrated Digital Marketing Division, Managing Director, Dentsu Digital
    • Shunsuke Konno
      Shunsuke Konno
      Executive Officer, Rakuten Group

    Purchase Point Marketing in ID-Driven Consumer Ecosystems

    Marketing

    • Makoto Arima
      Makoto Arima
      Group Executive Vice President CRO (Chief Revenue Officer) President of Ad & Marketing Company, Rakuten Group

    Cutting-Edge Online-Offline Integration: How Consumer Product Manufacturers are Putting Data to Use and Digitalizing In-Store Customer Experiences

    Marketing

    • Shuichi Namai
      Shuichi Namai
      General Manager, EC Business Promotion Division, DX Strategy Promotion Center, Kao Corporation
    • Shuichiro Imamura
      Shuichiro Imamura
      Technical Advisor, Retail AI Institute
    • Shunsuke Konno
      Shunsuke Konno
      Executive Officer, Rakuten Group

Please note that the schedule and the content of the sessions are subject to change.

Speakers

Julie Sweet

Julie Sweet

Chair & CEO, Accenture

Hiroya Masuda

Hiroya Masuda

Director and Representative Executive Officer, President & Group CEO, Japan Post Holdings

Cristiano R. Amon

Cristiano R. Amon

President & CEO, Qualcomm Incorporated

Pat Gelsinger

Pat Gelsinger

CEO, Intel

EXILE TETSUYA (EXILE/EXILE THE SECOND)

EXILE TETSUYA(EXILE/EXILE THE SECOND)

Artist

Eric S. Yuan

Eric S. Yuan

Founder & CEO, Zoom Video Communications

Takuya Hirai

Takuya Hirai

Former Minister of Digital Agency

Toru Hashimoto

Toru Hashimoto

Attorney at Law, Former Governor of Osaka Prefecture, Former Mayor of Osaka City

Kashiwa Sato

Kashiwa Sato

Creative Director, Samurai Inc.

Michael Martin

Michael Martin

CEO, Drillisch Netz AG,
Director Mobile Radio Network,
1&1 Telecommunication SE

Kyoko Uchida

Kyoko Uchida

Rakuten Optimism 2021 Moderator, Freelance Announcer, Television Celebrity

Harry Sugiyama

Harry Sugiyama

Rakuten Optimism 2021 Moderator, Television Celebrity

Mickey Mikitani

Mickey Mikitani

Chairman and CEO, Rakuten Group

Yugo Nakamura

Yugo Nakamura

Interface Designer/tha ltd. CEO

Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson

Corporate Vice President of Security, Compliance & Identity (SCI) Business Development, Microsoft

Anthony Grieco

Anthony Grieco

VP, Chief Information Security Officer, Security and Trust Organization, Cisco Systems

Koichi Narasaki

Koichi Narasaki

Group CDO-SOMPO Holdings, Inc., CEO-SOMPO Light Vortex, Inc., CEO-Palantir Technologies Japan

Abel Avellan

Abel Avellan

Chairman, founder and Chief Executive Officer, AST SpaceMobile

Shu Yamaguchi

Shu Yamaguchi

Independent Researcher/Writer/Public speaker

Nobuhiro Hemmi

Nobuhiro Hemmi

Partner, Monitor Deloitte Chief Strategist, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC

Manabu Inamori

Manabu Inamori

Executive Vice president and COO, Digital Transformation Division, AdInte

Satoru Nagayama

Satoru Nagayama

Integrated Digital Marketing Division, Managing Director, Dentsu Digital

Shuichi Namai

Shuichi Namai

General Manager, EC Business Promotion Division, DX Strategy Promotion Center, Kao Corporation

Shuichiro Imamura

Shuichiro Imamura

Technical Advisor, Retail AI Institute

Toshihiko Doi

Toshihiko Doi

Deputy Director (Research), Chief of Department of Experimental Therapeutics, National Cancer Center Hospital East

Yasuyuki Onishi

Yasuyuki Onishi

Journalist

Mayur Datar

Mayur Datar

Senior Vice President and Chief Data Scientist, Flipkart

Massimo Mascaro

Massimo Mascaro

Technical Director, Applied AI, Google Cloud

Takashi Miyata

Takashi Miyata

Editor-in-chief, "Chikyu no Arukikata"

Shiho

Shiho

Producer, "Shinu Made Ni Ikitai! Sekai no Zekkei"

Marina Tsuda

Marina Tsuda

Television Announcer, Celebrity

Kyoko Ozawa

Kyoko Ozawa

Waseda University Student, First Chief Future Officer, Euglena

Daigo Fukushima

Daigo Fukushima

First-year college student, Hiroshima University School of Integrated Arts and Sciences

Masayuki Hosaka

Masayuki Hosaka

Representative Director and Vice Chairman, Rakuten, Fintech Segment Leader, President, Fintech Group Company, President, Rakuten Card

Yasufumi Hirai

Yasufumi Hirai

Group Executive Vice President, CIO & CISO, Rakuten Group

Makoto Arima

Makoto Arima

Group Executive Vice President CRO (Chief Revenue Officer) President of Ad & Marketing Company, Rakuten Group

Tareq Amin

Tareq Amin

CEO, Rakuten Symphony, Group CTO, Rakuten Group

Masatada Kobayashi

Masatada Kobayashi

Group Managing Executive Officer, Chief Well-Being Officer, Rakuten Group

Yuji Kusunoki

Yuji Kusunoki

Group Managing Executive Officer, Rakuten Group, Representative Director and President of Rakuten Securities

Hiroyuki Nagai

Hiroyuki Nagai

Group Managing Executive Officer, Rakuten Group, Representative Director and President of Rakuten Bank

Naho Kono

Naho Kono

Group Managing Executive Officer, CMO (Chief Marketing Officer), Rakuten Group

Takuya Kitagawa

Takuya Kitagawa

Managing Executive Officer, CDO (Chief Data Officer), Director of Global Data Supervisory Department, Rakuten Group

Koichi Nakamura

Koichi Nakamura

Group Managing Executive Officer, Rakuten Group, Representative Director and President of Rakuten Payment

Hiroto Furuhashi

Hiroto Furuhashi

Group Managing Executive Officer, Rakuten Group, Executive Officer, Rakuten Mobile

Takashi Oyama

Takashi Oyama

Executive Vice President Officer, Rakuten Card

Yuzo Hashiya

Yuzo Hashiya

Representative Director and President, Rakuten Insurance Holdings

Yoshiyuki Takano

Yoshiyuki Takano

Head of Travel & Mobility Business, Vice President, Commerce Company, Executive Officer, Rakuten Group

Ryo Matsumura

Ryo Matsumura

Rakuten Bic President & CEO, President of Rakuten Data Marketing Vice President, E-Commerce Company, Executive Officer, Rakuten Group

Shunsuke Konno

Shunsuke Konno

Executive Officer, Rakuten Group

Nobuyuki Uchida

Nobuyuki Uchida

Executive Officer, Division Manager, Technology, Strategy & Compliance Division, Rakuten Mobile

Rabih Dabboussi

Rabih Dabboussi

Chief Revenue Officer, Rakuten Symphony

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