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Yuichiro has started his career with automotive manufacturer in US, and joined Deloitte in 2005. Currently focusing on Aerospace & Defense industry and providing wide range of consulting services including business strategy, organization, process and IT transformation.

Hiromitsu Shibata

Hiromitsu SHIBATA

Head of Business - Commercial Engines

Hiromitsu is the Head of Business for commercial engines in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines, Ltd. (MHIAEL) since April 1st, 2019.  MHIAEL is an aero engine arm of its parent company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI).  In his current role, he leads business administration and new business development for MHIAEL’s commercial engine business through working with multiple stakeholders including engine OEMs such as Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce and GE Aviation as well as its MRO customers from across the globe.  Since joining MHI in 1997, Hiromitsu has worked on multiple aerospace programs including defense missile, commercial aircraft, and commercial engines.


Director, Aircraft Component and Material Industries Office

After joining the METI in 1995, he has been involved in the automobile industry policy, nuclear power plant related policy and international business relations.

He took the current position in 2022, and has been supporting Japanese aircraft suppliers.

Prof. Ts. Shamsul Kamar ABU SAMAH Head, National Aerospace Industry Coordinating Office (NAICO) Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysia

Shamsul Kamar ABU SAMAH

Head, National Aerospace Industry Coordinating Office (NAICO)
Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysia

Prof. Ts. Shamsul is currently the Head of National Aerospace Industry Coordinating Office (NAICO), Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). He joined NAICO since April 2016 after serving Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) as the Chief Executive Officer from February 2014 till March 2016. Previously, he was the Head of Aerospace & Advanced Material at Malaysian Industry-Government Group For High Technology (MIGHT) and served Sapura Defence Sdn. Bhd. and Airod-Alenia Technology Sdn. Bhd. in various technical positions.

Ayano ITO

Non-Executive Director, Advisory Board, International Security Industry Council of Japan

Ms Ayano Ito is a Non-Executive Director at International Security Industry Council of Japan, a member of its Advisory Board.

Formerly an international business consultant and a civilian official at the Japan Ministry of Defense specialised in aircraft programs, Ms Ito is a defence business and government relations expert with extensive experiences facilitating Japanese and international industry and government stakeholders in defence and aerospace. Her field of expertise includes national security policy and defence industrial trend analysis, jet engine businesses and political advocacy.

Ms Ito is involved in various initiatives to heighten public awareness in Japan, and efforts to strengthen Japan’s defence industrial base and foster areas of multinational cooperation. Advocacy for Japanese supplier entry into the global supply chain to reinforce domestic defence business capabilities adds to her recent focus. 

Serving in addition as a government relations expert in Japan defense businesses at a multinational engine OEM and Vice-Chair of Aerospace and Defense Committee at American Chamber of Commerce Japan, Ms Ito is a committed professional to Japan’s national defence landscape


Director for Defense Industry, Aerospace and Defense Industry Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Mr. FUKAWA Hideki serves the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) as Director for Defense Industry since October 2021. He is responsible for defense industrial cooperation enhancement and critical technology development in the field of economic security to strengthen defense industrial and technological base.

Prior to the current role, Mr. FUKAWA had served METI’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Division from 2014 to 2016 as Deputy Director for defense industry where he led collaboration initiatives with domestic and foreign defense industries and authorities. While serving Technology Strategy Office of METI from 2017 to 2018, his scope of specialty included trend analysis of critical technologies and incubation for such critical technologies through providing industrialization opportunities in the markets.

From 2019 to 2020, Mr. FUKAWA implemented Foreign Direct Investment Screening as Director of International Investment Control Office, Trade Control Department at METI, utilizing his diverse experiences from former assignments and roles held.

Since July 2021 he has been concurrently supporting METI’s Corona Vaccination Program for Business Unit, as a member of Critical Materials Supply Strategy Office at the Minister’s Secretariat.

Mr. FUKAWA joined Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI, a preceding agency of METI) in 1996.


Director, South East Asia

Chris Hampden is the Director, South East Asia for ArcBlue Consulting, a leading specialist procurement and supply chain consultancy operating across Asia Pacific, and a part of Bain & Company. Chris leads the Aviation, Manufacturing and Sustainable Procurement practices within ArcBlue.

Chris joined ArcBlue in January 2022 having spent more than 15 years working for Rolls-Royce, where he held leadership positions in procurement, supply chain management, strategy and finance across the Aerospace, Marine and Energy sectors. These experiences have been gained whilst spending much of his career living and working in Asia Pacific, including long-term assignments based in Vietnam, Japan and Singapore.

His most recent role at Rolls-Royce was as Head of International Purchasing, where he played a key role in reshaping the aerospace supply chain across Asia Pacific and in emerging markets globally, looking at raw materials, castings & forgings, machining & fabrications, and full assemblies. His prior experiences include two years based in Japan as the Regional Supply Chain Manager – NE Asia, where he was responsible for delivering world class level of operational performance for key strategic partners and suppliers across the NE Asia Supply Chain for aerospace engine programmes

Chris has an academic background in Business and Finance, having qualified as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and holding a First-Class degree in Business Studies.

Dr. Munetaka UENO

Research director of Space Exploration Innovation Hub Center & professor

Munetaka Ueno is research director of Space Exploration Innovation Hub Center, JAXA, and a professor of Kobe University. After his Ph.D in physics from Kyoto University, Japan in 1994, he joined Department of Earth Science and Astronomy, University of Tokyo, then moved to Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), JAXA in 2009, and his former occupations were head of mission instrument technology group, director of space science program office, and Chief engineer of JAXA. His research interests include observational astronomy, solar system science, scientific instrumentation and systems engineering in space development. He has been involved in several space missions, AKARI (Infrared Astronomical Satellite), AKATSUKI (Venus orbiter), and HAYABUSA mission. He served a director of Astronomical Society of Japan, a chair person of Standing Space Agency Subcommittee, International Project Management Committee, a vice-chair of Standing Space Agency Subcommittee, Knowledge Management Technical Committee, and a member of space science advisory committee of ISAS, JAXA.


Executive Officer

Vice President of Corporate Strategy Headquarters IHI Corporation In 1987, Morioka entered in IHI Corporation, Aero-Engine & Space Operations. She joined various aircraft engine projects and in charge of R&D, design and product support on the control systems. In 2009, she started at R&D project on the future aircraft & engine system innovation. In 2021, she became her present position.

Mr. Kinoshita Yasuhiro


Executive Fellow, Hydrogen Aircraft Technology, Aerospace Systems Company

Since 2018, Associate Executive Officer, Deputy General Manager of Technology Headquarters

From 2019, Associate Executive Officer, Deputy General Manager of the Planning Division

From 2021, Fellow, Hydrogen Aircraft Technology Aerospace  

From 2022, Executive Fellow , Hydrogen Aircraft Technology



Managing Director, Japanese Society of Additive Manufacturing

April 1985

Joined Tachibana Eletech Co., Ltd.

Responsible for sales of electronic device parts and sales of various systems such as  logistics, production, and video.

October 2013

3D printer sales representative

February 2014

Establishment of the 3D Manufacturing Promotion Association

March 2022

Establishment of Japanese Sosiety of Additive Manufacturing.

Appointed Executive Director.


Bill Dawes


CEO, Chairman, CTO

Bill Dawes is the Francis Mond Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Cambridge University.  After completing a PhD at Cambridge he worked for the UK’s Central Electricity Generating Board where he developed and applied early computer-based flow simulation methods to steam turbine operational problems. Returning to Cambridge in 1984 he continued to work on a range of numerical methods – by now called CFD - aimed at predicting fully 3D viscous flow in turbomachines.  His blade-to-blade RANS code (BT0B3d) became an industry standard design tool and was licenced to over 50 companies & organisations around the world. He then broadened the application base beyond blading to shroud flows, secondary air systems and blade cooling and then on to geometry itself as a research theme.  For the last 20 years his research has drawn inspiration from advanced computer graphics and physics-based animation and attempted to enable seamless and tactile integration between solid modelling, mesh generation, geometry editing and flow simulation.  The resulting software & environment, BOXER, is being developed by Cambridge Flow Solutions Ltd (of which Bill is a Founding Director, CTO and Chairman). Bill is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Aeronautical Society and is a Chartered Engineer.

Bill acts as CTO in CFS and actively contributes to code development in the company.


James Angelus


President and Representative Director, International Security Industry Council Japan

James Angelus has been involved in security and defense policies throughout his career as journalist, consultant, and business development specialist. His family was involved in the aerospace industry since his birth, he has lived in ten U.S. states and six foreign countries.

He was a producer for Radio America in Washington D.C on geopolitical issues in 1986, also produced the first Spanish-language news program for Gannett. Angelus co-founded Panamerica to focus on Latin America, followed by a National Forum Foundation assignment to Polish National Television in Kraków in 1992. He founded USI Capital Corporation in Washington D.C. in 1996 to focus on energy and security in the former Soviet bloc, created subsidiaries in Poland and Romania.

In the last decade Angelus engaged in reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, based in the UAE, facilitating teaming arrangements between local firms and foreign partners. In 2008 he was the architect of the “Athens Summit – Global Climate and Energy Security” in Greece, and in China he co-organized one of the first international hydrocarbon events.

Angelus established Japan Associates to assist in the development of Japan’s defense industrial base in concert with Admiral Zumwalt Associates in Washington DC, to facilitate collaboration between Japanese companies and their foreign counterparts.

ISIC Japan