World Economic Forum Appoints Makiko Eda as New Head of Japan Office

  • Makiko Eda joins the World Economic Forum as Chief Representative Officer of the World Economic Forum’s Japan office
  • Ms Eda, who currently serves as President and Representative Director of Intel Japan, will also serve on the Forum’s Executive Committee

Tokyo, Japan, 18 January 2018 – Makiko Eda has been appointed the new Chief Representative Officer of the World Economic Forum’s Japan office. Her starting date will be 1 April. Ms Eda will be responsible for coordinating the Forum’s activities in Japan across the public, private and civil society sectors. She joins the Forum from Intel where she served for 18 years, and as President and Representative Director of Intel Japan since 2013.

Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum, said: “I welcome Ms Eda as Chief Representative Officer of our Japan office and as a new colleague of our top team. With her nomination, and building up our Japan office under her leadership, we want to demonstrate the importance given to Japan in our work as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.”

On behalf of the Managing Board, Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Ms Eda as the leader of our Japan office. She is a proven leader in innovation, with valuable experience in corporate and government relations in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. Ms Eda is a strong advocate for gender diversity in Japan. I have no doubt that she will lead our mission to strengthen public-private cooperation in Japan with energy and creativity.”

“As the world faces the Fourth Industrial Revolution, this is an exciting opportunity to increase Japan’s participation in Forum initiatives, to better prepare for the future,” said Makiko Eda, as incoming Chief Representative Officer, World Economic Forum.

About the World Economic Forum Japan Representative Office
The World Economic Forum Japan Representative Office was established in 2009. The office, based in Tokyo, supports the Forum’s work across all areas, particularly relations with government, business and public in Japanese.

The Forum is expanding its presence in Japan to accelerate its impact in the country through community development, relationship management, knowledge networks, regional business council activities and special projects. Eda will be responsible for building and leading the new extended team in Japan.

About Makiko Eda
Ms Eda has held a number of leadership positions in marketing and sales at Intel, where she worked for close to 18 years. She has been serving as President and Representative Director for Intel’s Japanese subsidiary since 2013, and previously led marketing and consumer sales for Intel’s Asia-Pacific region from 2010 to 2013, based in Hong Kong. Ms Eda is the co-chair of the Asia Network of Executive Women at Intel.

Ms Eda has distinguished herself through various memberships. She has been a member of the cabinet’s office’s regulatory reform committee since 2016. She is also a member of Keizai Doyukai, the American Chamber of Commerce Japan and Women Corporate Directors Japan Chapter. She is a frequent speaker at technology, diversity and innovation forums.

Ms Eda is a Japanese citizen, and holds an MA in Sociology, Arkansas State University (USA) and a BA in Sociology from Waseda University (Japan).

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