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This event occurred on
September 20, 2020
10:00am - 6:30pm JST
(UTC +9hrs)
Online, Tôkyô

"How could we lead to make this world a better place?"

How could we lead people to make this world a better place, leaving no one left behind?

It's becoming more difficult to anticipate events and how they will unfold:
We are in the era of uncertainty and complexity.

We can choose to hold our tongues, "There's no right answer".
We can choose to cover our ears, "I am OK, I just seize the day".
However, we shall not forget: WE ARE NOT ALONE

We, human beings, have kept evolving continuously:
By sharing own ideas with others, listening to others,
we have all been different, having diverse backgrounds.

As are we in the world of uncertainty, let us be vocal.
Deliver many ideas, and listen intently to them.

"How could we lead to make this world a better place?"

A question, raised with their passion and courage.
Throughout our history, this question has been a guiding compass to emerging future.


Theme of TEDxGlobisU: “COMPASS”

An era of continuous changes. Our modern society full of uncertainty and instability.
Though we live in such a world, we are still trying to be innovative, creating ideas.
This comes from natures of human beings: we have curiosity, courage, and adventurous spirits.

We have chosen “COMPASS” for this TEDxGlobisU’s theme, with belief in the power of thirst for knowledge.

How can we build a “better society”?
Standing alone on the stage, raising this question toward the audience.
It’s also one form of attempts to bring a change to this world,
with courage, determination, a commitment to be a visionary.

Through TEDxGlobisU, we will create ideas that can be guiding principles for coming era, as so did past TED /TEDx.
We also hope, all the people who join TEDxGlobisU can get some hints to shoulder emerging future as leaders.

Wishes we have in “COMPASS”.
They are calls for your willingness to challenge the status quo, solidarity - in each of you all.

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Daichi Okuyama

A third-generation Japanese-Chinese residual orphans
A third-generation Japanese-Chinese residual orphans. While living in Beijing, Kyoto, Shanghai, and Tokyo, he experienced dilemma due to his identity. In the course of learning history, to understand one's background, he is interested in "how values are created", knowing that the values and culture that have surfaced are connected to the past. Currently, working to create experience opportunities with the concept of "Opening Country 2.0 (forgiveness to values)", where people can enjoy and experience new values. The organizer of "The Traveling Dinner" where foreign hosts and Japanese participants are connected through cooking.

Hiroyuki Egami

Born in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Egami established URUU Co., Ltd. after a career at a regional bank and software company. His mission is to spread the idea of finance which focuses more on the value than profit. In 2018, he established the Japanese Practitioners for Banking on Value (JPBV). It plays an important role in the development of sustainable financial business in Japan. URUU Co., Ltd. offers facilitation services to encourage conversation and stimulate creativity. It also offers education service to help discover your own leadership quality and through the unique workshop “Emmy Zeni Game” (“Zeni” translates to money in Japanese) , you will find your own definition of relation between money and happiness. He has authored “Seven Questions to Cause a Paradigm Shift in Japanese Bank Industry” (Kinzan Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc., 2017, only in Japanese) and co-authored “The Value Base Banking” (Kindai-Sales. Co., Ltd., 2020, only in Japanese) .

Joseph Johann Peña

Project Manager + Muscle Builder
Born in the Philippines, Jay has been working in the technology industry in Japanese, US and startups companies for the past 25 years, expanding his network globally, handling projects in AI, data analytics, IoT, and even in sports. After coming to Japan in 2008, he has been focusing on a career in product/project management and Agile coaching. Realizing technical knowledge alone is not enough to bring bold ideas to the market, he pursued an MBA from Globis University. Even with his busy schedule, he never abandoned his love for health and fitness. He started Agile Fitness Japan group where he uniquely found a way to apply the effectiveness of Agile of Project management into Fitness and with his experience in competitive bodybuilding, he started his journey to discover ways to make fitness work and enjoyable for everyone.

Mami Ohara

Social Activist
Born in Naha city, Okinawa. She commits to solving social and economic problems in Okinawa as her life work. She got to recognize the beauty and attraction of Okinawa after leaving Okinawa in her 10's and living several locations. At the same time, she became aware of problems related to low income, educational inequality, and child poverty which have been seen in Okinawa. One advice from the social entrepreneur opened her eyes last year. "The people who got to know the fact have a responsibility to make an action" She decided to take one step and make a difference in the world. She immediately established the organization Ryukyu Next Innovation to solve the social and economic problems in Okinawa. Currently, she uses her full network with young business leaders outside of Okinawa and take action together to make Okinawa a better place.

Masahiko Kon

Enterprise Manager
Before landing on his current position, Tokyo-born Kon climbed the corporate ladder working through GE International Inc. Japan, and GE Headquarters in the US, CFO at GE Yokogawa Medical System, a senior executive at Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., and CFO of GE Capital Leasing, CFO of Sumitomo 3M, and so on. His life work is research and training of CFO. As corporate leader, he has driven innovation and corporate social value. In addition, through his vast career and life-changing experience of overcoming his illness, he is actively working to spread his idea of developing the inner strength to look deep into one’s soul.

Masaki Takebayashi

Researcher of Health and Welfare
Aomori resident Masaki Takebayashi experienced the loss of his beloved grandmother in his youth. Through this experience, his journey to discover “how people can be encouraged to proactively behave healthier”, he encountered the nudge theory. Delivered in calm Tsugaru dialect, Takebayashi will take you through the nudge theory and its attractiveness. His lectures are popular all over Japan, and it is not rare to see his conference presentations with a full audience. Recently, he advises municipalities on nudge strategy and also dedicates his time to support conference presenters of new practitioners. One of his representative work is “Nudge for Practitioners” (DVD from Tokyo Hoki Shuppan).

Pirotaka Nakajima

Pun Ranger No. 6
When Pirotaka took the “Critical Thinking” course at Globis Sendai Campus in 2015, he learned the concept of ”Logical Thinking”, simultaneously discovered his interest in how “Abstract Thinking” helps generate new ideas, leading him to join the non-profit comedy association. Through “Dajare Creativity” by strategically combining the comical essense of “Really?!“ and “Aha! I see”, Pirotaka had revitalized the financially-troubled Choshi Electric Railway in Chiba with comedy event collaboration with the city. His work which brought smile and joy to the community, making him the front-runner of the pun society in Japan.

Organizing team


London, United Kingdom


Tokyo, Japan
  • Akihiro Kuroki
    Post production
  • Chie Yasuoka
    Post production
  • Kazuki Morita
  • Mai Onohara
  • Masahiro Okada
  • Masaru Yoshii
  • Naoko Omura
  • Tatsuya Toyomitsu