The first WCJ Webinar in English text was held on June 30, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:30 pm (JST: Japan Standard Time). The topic was "Before, Through and After/With Corona, a view from Europe".
Presenter: Yuko KAWAI, WG'93, General Manager for Europe at Bank of Japan
Moderator: Makiko SHIONDA, WG'99, Board member and leader of Yell, Inc.
Yuko who joined from London vividly gave us her analysis and perspectives on COVID-19 impacts in Europe in the first half. Then, in the second half, Makiko well moderated several discussion points by incorporating many Q&A from participants and several polls. Yuko and Makiko’s rapier-thrust attracted all the audiences and created fun and live atmosphere. . The session told us that how COVID-19 impacted not only our daily life, but management style, teamwork at office, etc. in the globe. We got many positive feedback from the audience. Thank you, Yuko and Makiko!
Yuko KAWAI, WG'93
Yuko Kawai is the General Manager for Europe for Bank of Japan, the central bank, since March 2018 and lives in London She is in charge of research and relationship management activities in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Through this extraordinary period with Corona pandemic influence, she observes and analyzes economic and financial developments in the region. Her research is backed up by her diverse background, including Fintech, financial markets, Asian economies and Japanese rural economies through various roles she had assumed at Bank of Japan. Before joining Bank of Japan, she was a founding member of an independent think-tank RPTech, following her experience as the financial market professional at one of the prominent US financial institutions. She is from the class of 93, MBA.
Makiko SHINODA, WG'99
Makiko Shinoda is board member and leader of Yell, Inc. which provides one-on-one listening sessions online. Previously, she served for ten years as CFO and board member of Hobonichi. During her tenure at Hobonichi, Makiko lead the company’s IPO in March, 2017. She also co-translated “The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age” by Reid Hoffman et al. Prior to Hobonichi, Makiko held finance leadership positions at Novartis and Nestle after her experience at McKinsey & Company and the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan. She earned her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, MA in International Relations from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, and Bachelor of Economics from Keio University.