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Hiroshi Tasaka(田坂広志)– President, Thinktank SophiaBank

Tasaka is the President of Thinktank SophiaBank, and a Professor at Tama University in Tokyo. He graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo with a Ph.D in nuclear engineering. He worked as a visiting researcher at Battelle Memorial Institute from 1987-88 and established the Japan Research Institute in 1990. In 2000, he founded Thinktank SophiaBank, which is a thinktank fostering and supporting social entrepreneurs and proposing new visions, policies, strategies to innovate Japanese society. In 2003, he furthered his work in this field by establishing the Japan Social Entrepreneur Forum (JSEF) to promote collaborations among social entrepreneurs in Japan. In 2006, he started SophiaBank Radio Station by Internet as the first radio station by thinktank in Japan.

Tasaka is developing the theory and application of complex systems ideas applied to management and strategy of business and has actively promoted the incubation of new industries by building networks of producers and consumers. Combining theory with practice, he has established 20 consortia involving over 700 companies. Tasaka is the author of more than 40 books, including Philosophy of Working; Why We Work; What is Reward of Working; What is Success of Life; What Will Happen in the Knowledge Society; and The Gaia Perspective.

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