6 February 2020, Thursday
2:00pm - 6:15pm
(Registration for seminar starts at 1:00pm)
(Exhibitions also open between 10:00am - 11:30am)
The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok (Crystal Hall)

Guest of Honor

Dr. Suvit Maesincee

Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation of the Kingdom of Thailand

Dr. Suvit Maesincee is the Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation of Thailand. He received his PhD in Marketing from Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Director of Sasin Institute for Global Affairs in Thailand from 2008 to 2014. He was also the Deputy Minister of Commerce in 2015, Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office in 2016 and Minister of Science and Technology from 2017 to 2019. He is an advocate for strategic higher education policy such as life-long learning, university transformation and reskill/upskill of manpower. Dr. Maesincee is instrumental in driving Thailand 4.0, which is a long-term national strategy to transform Thailand's economy into value-based and innovation-driven economy.

Speakers and Panellists

Mr. Toshiaki Higashihara

President & CEO, Hitachi, Ltd.

Mr. Toshiaki Higashihara is President & CEO of Hitachi, Ltd. and his career with Hitachi can be traced back to 1977, when he first joined the company. He has extensive experience in areas such as Transportation Systems Design, Public Utility, Energy Industry information Systems, Information & Control Systems. In 2006, he served as Corporate Officer, Chief Operating Officer of Information & Telecommunication Systems Group before taking on the role of Vice President and Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer of Power Systems Group, Hitachi, Ltd. in 2007.

His experience is not limited to Japan as he also managed overseas markets as President of Hitachi Power Europe GmbH in Germany for two years since 2008. After his return to Japan in 2010, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Plant Technologies, Ltd., where he continued to serve as President and Representative Director in 2011. In 2011 and 2012, he oversaw the Industrial & Social Systems Business and Infrastructure Systems Group of Hitachi, Ltd. respectively as Vice President and Executive Officer. Prior to his position as CEO, he was appointed President & COO in 2014. Mr. Higashihara holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Tokushima University as well as Master of Science in Computer Science from Boston University.

Mr. Kojin Nakakita

Vice President and Executive Officer in charge of Regional Strategies (APAC) Hitachi, Ltd., Chairman of Hitachi Asia Ltd., Chairman of Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd.

Vice President and Executive Officer in charge of Regional Strategies (APAC) Hitachi, Ltd., Chairman of Hitachi Asia Ltd., Chairman of Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Kojin Nakakita is a Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi, Ltd.; he concurrently serves as Chairman of Hitachi Asia Ltd. and Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. He is presently in charge of regional strategies across Asia Pacific.

Mr. Nakakita began his career with Hitachi in 1988 in the Heavy Industry Department, Headquarters Sales Office. Over the years, he has accumulated vast experience in social infrastructure business development, particularly in the water treatment, smart cities and heavy industry equipment industries.

In 2002, he served as Manager of the Security Systems Department, Industrial Plant Sales Division, Industrial Systems Sales Operation Group, Power & Industrial Systems Group. He was promoted to General Manager of the Environmental Energy Equipment Department, Industrial Solutions Sales Division, Sales & Marketing Division, Industrial Systems Group in 2009.

A year later, he became General Manager of the Global Project Department, Global Project Office, Sales & Marketing Division, Industrial and Social Infrastructure Systems Company. In 2014, he moved to Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd. as Deputy Managing Director. In 2015, he was promoted to Managing Director of Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd., and in 2017, he rose to the ranks of Corporate Officer of Hitachi, Ltd. as well as Chairman of both Hitachi Asia Ltd. and Hitachi India Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Nakakita graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the United States International University.

Mr. Kosuke Horiuchi

Managing Director, Hitachi Asia Ltd.

As Managing Director of Hitachi Asia Ltd., Mr. Kosuke Horiuchi is responsible to grow and expand Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business across the ASEAN region, particularly in the area of global IT business sector for financial institutions.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Horiuchi served as General Manager, Financial Solution Sales Unit 1 of Financial Information Systems Sales Management Division, Information and Telecommunication Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd., developing and promoting IT solutions for banks.

Mr. Horiuchi started his career in Hitachi in 1989 right after graduating from university, and first joined the Information & Telecommunication Systems Company. He had accumulated around 25 years of extensive knowledge and experience in the field of financial systems across various financial institutions, including insurance, security firms and banks.

Mr. Horiuchi graduated in 1989 from Tokyo’s Keio University, Faculty of Law.

Mr. Yoshito Kodama

Managing Director, Hitachi Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Mr. Kodama has a wealth of business experience in strategy planning across global markets, including sectors such as information and telecommunications, as well as data systems. He started his career with Hitachi, Ltd. in 1988, after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from the University of Tsukuba.

In 2010, Mr. Kodama rose to the rank of Department Manager of the Global Business Planning & Operations Division, where he developed and led Hitachi’s go-to-market (GTM) strategy for the Indian market. In 2011, Mr. Kodama assumed a role as Senior Vice President and member of the executive committee of Hitachi Vantara in Santa Clara, within the United States of America. In 2015, he was appointed General Manager of the Global Management and Strategy Planning Division, under the Systems & Services Business Division, where he spearheaded strategy planning for Hitachi’s social innovation business worldwide. Since 2016, Mr. Kodama has served as a board member of Hitachi Consulting Corporation.

Dr. Kazuo Yano

Fellow and Corporate Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.

Dr. Kazuo Yano is a fellow and corporate officer of Hitachi, Ltd., and is the leader of the Happiness Project in the Future Investment division.

Dr. Yano joined Hitachi as a researcher after receiving a Master of Science degree from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 1984. He is known as a pioneer from his early work in the area of semiconductors, such as complementary pass-transistor logic (CPL) and the world’s first room-temperature single-electron memory. In 2003, his research focus shifted to sensors and sensor networks and measuring and analyzing big data. A wearable sensor developed by Dr. Yano and his research team was introduced in the September 2013 issue of Harvard Business Review, which featured the history of wearable sensors. His work on using human data to quantify happiness has received lots of attention by the media. Over 30 companies have applied it to raise the collective happiness level of their employees. His work on multipurpose artificial intelligence, which has already been used in over 60 cases among 14 domains, has raised great interest across industries. In 2014, Dr. Yano’s book, The Invisible Hand of Data (Soshisha, 2014), was named one of Japan’s top 10 business books by BookVinegar and has since been translated into Chinese, Korean and English.

Dr. Yano is a fellow of the IEEE, a member of the Japan Society of Applied Physics, the Physical Society of Japan, the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence and the IEICE of Japan. His extensive work has been recognized by numerous awards including the 1994 IEEE Paul Rappaport Award, 1996 IEEE Lewis Winner Award, 1998 IEEE Jack Raper Award, 2007 MBE Erice Prize and Best Paper Award of International Conference on ASE/IEEE Social Informatics 2012. He has served on Technical Program Committee Members of IEDM, DAC, ASSCC, ASP-DAC, SPOTS and EmNet. He also served as the Symposium Co-chairman/Chairman for 2008/2009 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, and more recently as a member of the External Advisory Board to IEEE Spectrum. Dr. Yano was a visiting scientist at the Arizona State University from 1991-1992. He received a Ph.D. in Physics from Waseda University in 1993. Dr. Yano is currently an adjunct professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan, as well as a member of Information Science and Technology Committee of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. He is also the co-author of Silicon-Based Heterojunction Devices (Maruzen, 1991) and The VLSI Handbook (CRC Press and IEEE Press, 2000). He has over 350 patent applications and his work has been cited in over 2,500 papers.

Mr. Anthony Arundell

Senior Vice President, Head of Common Infrastructure, Sustainability & Smart City, Frasers Property Holdings (Thailand) Co.,Ltd.

Anthony Arundell is a key promulgator of Smart City and IOT Platforms to benefit communities and the health and wellbeing of society through digitalization. He has more than 25 years experience in Technology Consulting and is currently the Senior Vice President, Head of Common Infrastructure, Sustainability & Smart City, Frasers Property Holdings (Thailand) Co.,Ltd.

Dr. Chinawut Chinaprayoon

Executive Vice President, Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA)

Dr. Chinawut Chinaprayoon is currently Executive Vice President at Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency. Before that, he was the Director of New Venture & Entrepreneurship at National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office. His previous roles include the setting up of Startup Thailand platform as well as the launching of new laws and regulations to support new breeds of innovative entrepreneurs. Dr. Chinawut holds an MS in Science and Technology Policy from Georgia Tech and PhD in Innovation Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is also an entrepreneur, having successfully built a number of innovative travel businesses.


Mr. Andrew Hamilton

GM APAC, Smart Digital Solutions Business Development Division, Hitachi Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Mr. Andrew Hamilton, a veteran in infrastructure program management and management consulting, is now a Global Client Partner for Hitachi Consulting Corporation. With over 25 years of project experience, with vendors and management consulting firms in SEA, India and China, Mr. Andrew Hamilton is well equipped to provide project support and industry expertise for Hitachi’s social innovation projects. He currently leads Social Innovation and Smart Urban for Hitachi Consulting Corporation APAC including the team that has recently delivered the Smart City Services Blue Print for a 3.5 Billion USD. 1.8 Million SQM Mixed use development in ASEAN. Prior to this role, Mr. Andrew Hamilton was Head of Operational Consulting and Telecom Lead (2010-2012), PwC, Founding Senior Partner of Grant Thornton Consulting (2005-2010) and Director of SEA, Bearinging Point (formerly KPMG Consulting) (2001-2005) to name a few.