Our Team

Yasunori Nakagami
Chief Executive Officer

Yasunori is the Representative Director, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to co-founding Misaki, he co-founded Asuka Corporate Advisory in April 2005 and successfully built the team, the process, and the track record of a previous engagement fund, the basis of our present investment philosophy. Previously, he worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Corporate Directions, Inc. where he rose to the level of partner and built a massive network of corporate, public and academic professionals and brings nearly 20 years of management consultancy experience.

Yasunori received his B.A. in Economics from Keio University and MBA from University of California, Berkeley.
Protagonist, Harvard Business School.

Takeo Aso, CFA
Chief Investment Officer

Takeo is Chief Investment Officer and a member of the Investment Committee. He brings over 25 years of value style equity investment as well as management consultancy experiences. Prior to joining Misaki he managed Global Value Equity portfolios and global research team at AllianceBernstein in London. From 2002 to 2013, Takeo was Director of Research for Japan Value Equities, where he built the firm’s Tokyo research and investment team. Prior to joining AllianceBernstein in 1997 in New York, he worked at Corporate Directions, Inc as a management consultant.

Takeo received his B.S. and M.S. in Information Science from the University of Tokyo and MBA from Harvard University and is a CFA charterholder.

Takayuki Nitta
Managing Director
Engagement Investment

Takayuki is Managing Director and a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to co-founding Misaki, he was a director of Asuka Corporate Advisory and Chief Value Up Officer for the Asuka Value Up Fund, responsible for the value-up engagements of the investments and nearly 15 years of experience in shareholder activism. Previously, he worked at Corporate Directions, Inc. under Yasunori where he gained 5+ years of experience in management consulting. Takayuki is also an outsider director of Pigeon Corp., one of our first investments and highly successful engagements.

Takayuki received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Hokkaido University.

Masaru Furukawa
Head of Compliance and Risk Management

Masaru is a Head of Compliance. Prior to joining Misaki, he worked at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Limited(SuMi TRUST) and experienced variety of domestic & international business. From 2004 to 2009 he was MD of Hong Kong subsidiary of SuMi TRUST which operates asset management business under the license of HK SFC. He had been responsible for their internal control including regulatory and fund compliance. After coming back to Japan, he was in charge of building and improving BK’s Global Compliance structure as GM of Global Business.

Masaru received his B.A. in Law from Chuo University.

Asuka Uemura
Head of Administration

Asuka is the Head of Risk and Compliance and the Head of Administration. Prior to co-founding Misaki, she worked at Asuka Corporate Advisory as chief research analyst and at Corporate Directions, Inc. under Yasunori for 5+ years as a management consultant.

Asuka received her B.A. in Law from Chuo University.

Yuichi Alex Takayama
Head of Business Development

Yuichi Alex Takayama is the Head of Business Development. He has over 23 years’ experience in asset management industry both as portfolio manager and business development manager. Before joining Misaki, he was the Global Head of International Sales at Nikko Asset Management, after experiencing varieties of roles in the leading Japanese financial institutions, including Tokio Marine Asset Management, Mizuho Trust & Banking and Mitsui Trust and Banking (now Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank).

Alex received his B.A. in Economics from Keio University and MBA from Cass Business School.
He is also a CAIA Charterholder and FRM Charterholder.

Kenji Aoki
Head of Operations

Kenji Aoki is the Head of Operations. Prior to joining Misaki, he was head of operations at Baring Asset Management Japan and Allianz Global Investors Japan, where he managed investment operations, statutory reporting and product management for discretionary accounts (include pension funds), local investment trust and off-shore funds. Previously, he worked at Toyo Trust and Banking Co., Ltd. (now Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation) and Shinsei Bank where he engaged in trust operation and product development, etc.

Kenji received his B.A. in Law from Meiji University and MBA from University of Maryland.

Akihiro Nakao
Managing Director
Engagement Investment

Akihiro is an Engagement Officer responsible for strategic analysis and engagement research of existing and potential portfolio companies. Prior to joining the firm, he was a management consultant and a project manager at A.T. Kearney and Corporate Directions, Inc. bringing almost 10 years of experience in helping clients within manufacturing, telecom, banking and retailing industries.

Akihiro received his B.S. in Engineering Science and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Science from Kyoto University.

Takemune Iwasa
Director
Engagement Investment

Takemune started his career at Investment Banking Division of Nikko Citigroup (currently Citigroup Global Markets Japan) and experienced variety of domestic & international M&As as well as financing deals. As a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he managed a wide range of consulting projects, such as strategy development, business transformation, organization/governance change management, turnaround and sales force effectiveness management, for variety of clients.

Takemune received his B.A. in Economics from The University of Tokyo and MBA from IESE Business School.

Hiroaki Sato
Manager
Engagement Investment

Hiroaki started his career at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Government of Japan) , where he was involved in various corporate system reforms such as taxations, and crisis management including the Fukushima Nuclear Powerplant disaster. After joining the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he was involved in wide range of strategic planning/transformation projects in financial institutions/telecommunications/public sectors.

Hiroaki received his B.A. in law from the University of Tokyo and LL.M from UC Berkeley School of Law.

Shuhei Furukawa
Manager
Quantitative Analyst, Trader

Shuhei focuses on Quantitative Analysis, Portfolio Management and Trading. He joined Misaki in 2020 and has over 12 years’ experience in asset management industry. Before joining Misaki, he was a Fund Manager of Japanese Equity ESG Fund at Kamakura Investment. He managed Quantitative Strategies as a Portfolio Manager at Asset Management One (formerly DLIBJ Asset Management), also Alternative Fund Investment Strategies at Asset Management One USA.

Shuhei received his Master of Engineering from Keio University and MBA from Hitotsubashi University.

Masayoshi Yoshihara
Manager
Engagement Investment

Masayoshi started his career at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Government of Japan), where he was involved in economic analysis, Energy policy and crisis management of Fukushima Nuclear Powerplant disaster. After joining A.T. Kearney as a management consultant, he was engaged in a wide range of projects such as strategy development, sales force effectiveness management and PDCA cycle management for variety of clients.

Masayoshi received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo, MBA from University of Cambridge and MPA from Columbia University.

Takuya Hori
Manager
Engagement Investment

After completing his master's degree, Takuya started his career at Arthur D. Little Inc. as a principal. He managed a various project, such as corporate strategy, business strategy development, new-business development, R&D strategy development, M&A (business due diligence, PMI), and turnaround for clients mainly in electronics, electronics device, and machinery industries.

Takuya received B.S. in Engineering Science and M.S. in Informatics and Science from Kyoto University.

Yukinori Hosoda
Manager - Operations

Yukinori is an Operations Officer responsible for operations and accounting. Prior to joining the firm, his work experience includes all back office operations at Sawakami Asset Management and Bayview Asset Management. He brings over 15+ years experience in finance operations and accounting.

Yukinori received his B.A. in Economics from Daito Bunka University.

Michiko Yokoyama
Manager - Operations

Michiko is an Operations Officer responsible for operations and admin. Prior to joining the firm, her work experience includes custody and clearing at Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan and brings 20+ years of experience in operations.

Michiko received her A.A. in English from Sophia University Junior College.

Tomoe Fujimoto

Tomoe has a long experience in investment operations. Prior to joining Misaki, she was Operations Manager at Allianz Global Investors Japan and Metzler Asset Management Japan, where she engaged in back office & middle office operations including fund administration, reporting, client services etc.

Tomoe received her A.A. in English from Kanagawa Prefectural College of Foreign Studies and B.A in Modern Management from Sanno University.

Chika Nishibori
IT Manager

Chika Nishibori is the IT manager. Prior to joining Misaki, she experienced varieties of roles including back office operations, client reporting, business analysis, and application support at PGIM Japan, AllianceBernstein and other several financial institutions. She has more than 20 years of experience in back office operations and reporting.

Chika received her B.A. in Economics from Seikei University.