Our People

Shoya Okuma CEO
Shoya Okuma

Graduated from Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo. While as an undergraduate, Okuma engaged himself in journalistic activities focused on corporate governance and their misconducts and misdoings by means of writing articles in the Gendai Business and other internet magazines. Later he worked at Nippon Television Network and 3D Investment Partners before he co-founded QuestHub. He is an author of numerous articles associated to corporate governance published across different media entities including Reuters, Diamond Online, NewsPicks, and other. Lecturer and speaker on various themes of ESG / Shareholder activism(“Todai-Shiki: An Awesome Guide [How to Read Financial Statements]”, Fusosha Publishing Inc, and other publications).

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Shota Wada COO
Shota Wada

Graduated from Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University. Wada worked at McKinsey & Company’s Tokyo and Southeast Asia offices whose task was to offer consulting service to propose M&A strategy, financial due diligence, and post-acquisition corporate performance improvement/selling plans mainly to private equity firms and leading manufacturers. After co-founding QuestHub, he was mainly engaged in a range of both small and large proxy related projects in Japan. Lecturer and speaker on various themes of ESG / Shareholder activism

Arihiro Kanda Outside Director
Arihiro Kanda

At Goldman Sachs, Kanda led the revival and expansion projects of golf courses as one of the founding members of Accordia Golf, and was appointed to its Managing Director in 2004. After serving as Director of Accordia Golf and President of PGM Holdings, he became Outside Director of QuestHub in 2019. In 2021, he assumed the position of Director (non-executive). He is also the Japanese representative of Brookfield Japan, one of the world’s major global investment funds whose managed assets reach into 60 trillion yen

Alicia Ogawa Outside Director
Alicia Ogawa
Outside Director

Ogawa is the director of the Project on Japanese Corporate Governance and Stewardship at Columbia Business School’s Center on Japanese Economy and Business, and an assistant adjunct Professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. Since 2008, she has been a consultant to one of the largest U.S.-based activist hedge funds. Until 2006, she was managing director at Lehman Brothers, where she was responsible for managing the firm’s global equity research product. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Professor Ogawa spent 15 years in Tokyo, where she was a top-rated bank analyst and director of research for Nikko Salomon Smith Barneys

Takumi Watanabe Executive Officer
Takumi Watanabe
Executive Officer

Graduated from Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University. Worked at Toyo Keizai Inc. prior to joining QuestHub. At Toyo Keizai, Watanabe published numerous articles in Japan Company Handbook (Kaisha Shikiho) and Weekly Toyo Keizai, and articles to other media entities and has interviewed various activist investors / funds. At QuestHub, he has been engaging in proxy related projects in general, including analysis on voting right execution. He has rare experience of advising shareholders meeting held and hosted by shareholders, which occurrence is very few in Japan

Aki Mori Advisor
Aki Mori

Mori is currently serving on the board of directors and acting as an advisor at several startup companies as a finance professional. From 2015 to 2020, he was CFO at Renova, Inc., a TSE1-listed renewable energy operator headquartered in Tokyo. Before joining Renova, he worked for Goldman Sachs as an investment banker both in Tokyo and New York for a decade. Prior to that, he worked for KPMG Japan as a CPA. He earned a B.A. from Waseda University and is currently enrolled at the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University

Hiroki Sakakibara
Hiroki Sakakibara
Inhouse Lawyer

Graduated from Faculty of Law and Graduate Schools of Law and Politics of University of Tokyo and became registered attorney in 2013 (66th), and joined Nishimura & Asahi law firm. After assigned to a team of litigation and international arbitration, Sakakibara was engaged in litigation and arbitration projects both in Japan and overseas. In 2016, he joined Olympus Corporation as a corporate lawyer where he was assigned to global litigation of products liability. After joining QuestHub in 2021 he has served as the legal/compliance officer and also taken an administrative role of the foregoing. Published numerous articles in a wide range of media entities from Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Japan Times, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Reuters, Weekly Toyo Keizai, Weekly Economist, Weekly Shincho, Weekly Post, Weekly Gendai, FACTA, to ZAITEN and others