As a member-based organisation, our work is only possible with the support of our volunteer committees. The Host Committee helps deliver the summit and create a memorable experience of the city for summit attendees.
President & CEO
Ken Aoyama founded Samurai Capital in 2009 as President and CEO of the firm. Prior to Samurai Capital, he worked at Morgan Stanley from 2001 to 2009 as Head of core type real estate investment platform. His responsibilities included fund arrangement, fund raising, acquisitions, and asset management. Ken was also Chief Investment Officer of MS Real Estate Advisors, which was established to manage private open-ended J-REIT. He also led many transactions, including sourcing, acquisitions and asset management of real estate for Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF). Before joining Morgan Stanley, Ken was with Sumitomo Realty from 1993 to 1998, where he managed development projects of office/commercial properties in Japan. He provides advices to clients on the balance between creative solutions and implementation plans backed by detailed financial analysis. Ken Aoyama acquired his MBA from the University of Southern California and a Bachelorʼ s degree in Law from Keio University.
Executive Vice President, Representative Corporate Executive Officer, Member of Board of Directors
Tetsuji Arimori has over 38 years of professional experience at Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd (MEC)., one of Japan’s leading diversified real estate companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He has served in a series of leadership positions at various MEC group companies in Tokyo, Sapporo and Los Angeles. Arimori is currently Executive Vice President of MEC, overseeing the company’s corporate planning functions, responsible for formulating the company’s as well as MEC group companies’ mid-term and long-term business strategies both nationally and internationally. Most recently, from 2016 to this past March, he was Head of Investment Management Businesses of MEC which manages an aggregate AuM of over US$30 billion internationally; TA Realty in the US; Europa Capital Partners in the UK; Pan Asia Realty Advisors, a JV with CLSA Real Estate in Singapore; as well as Mitsubishi Jisho Investment Advisors (MJIA) and Japan Real Estate Asset Management (J-Rea) in Japan. From 2005 to 2013 Arimori served as President of MJIA for which he was a founding member of the manager established in 2001. During his 8 year tenure, the manager’s AuM grew to over US$7 billion. He was stationed in Los Angeles from 1991 to 1998 where he engaged in various development projects in Southern California including the Indian Ridge Country Club, a 640 acre master planned community in Palm Desert and 777 Tower, a 1 million square foot office tower with 55 stories in Downtown Los Angeles. Arimori started his career with MEC in 1980, immediately after graduating from Kyoto University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He was previously the Japan Chapter Chair of Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Representative Director and CEO
Representative Director, Executive Vice President
Eiji Enomoto has 33 years experience in real estate finance globally. He is a founding member of Nomura’s investment activities that commenced overseas with a joint venture in US real estate with a major US pension fund in 1990 and domestically in 1997. He established Nomura Real Estate Investment Management in 2001 to
Head of Japan, Vice President
Gordon Hatton is Head of Japan for Pembroke Real Estate. Qualified as a 1st Class Licenced Architect in both Japan and Canada, he has over 35 years of experience bridging multiple disciplines of property development and asset management. Prior to joining Pembroke, he spent 10 years as an Executive Officer with Bovis Lend Lease Japan, responsible for the architectural project management team, and environmental sustainability group. Educated in Canada and the U.S., Hatton practiced architecture in Toronto in the 1980's prior to relocating to Tokyo. His extensive experience in Japan, including 10 years with two major Japanese design-build contractors, makes him one of a very small group of foreigners who has experienced the Japanese construction industry from the inside. Major works include regional headquarter offices for corporations in the finance, insurance, pharmaceutical & technology sectors, flagship retail for fashion brands, luxury residential, hotel, university campus planning & urban design projects.
Yuko Ino is a partner in Orrick’s Tokyo office. She regularly counsels domestic, regional and international funds in sophisticated real estate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, construction and development projects, financings, fund formation, joint ventures, and restructurings and workouts.
Managing Director, Head of Department, Fund Management Department
With over 15 years of experience in real estate investment, accounting and finance, Kadono oversees all of IDERA’s fund management activities, including investment strategy development, fund product development, capital raising, and structuring and investor relations. Kadono joined IDERA in 2009 (then Atlas Partners Japan) and contributed to the firm’s growth by executing multiple recap transactions while providing fund management services to a wide range of domestic and international investors. After IDERA became Fosun’s subsidiary in 2014, she continued to fulfill the same roles in investing and managing Fosun group’s insurance capital into large size offices such as Shinagawa Seaside Park Tower, Harumi Island Triton Square Towers Y and W as well as in launching and managing joint venture mandates in residential and logistics with European pension funds. Prior to IDERA, Kadono spent 4 years at GIC Real Estate Japan and led various real estate investment projects including office, residential and retail properties. Previously, she worked for GE Real Estate Japan, where she managed various properties across Japan.
Partner, Head of Japan
Dan has 30 years of experience in the Japanese real estate market, as an investor and investment banker. Prior to joining GreenOak, Dan founded and led GTO Capital Management, an investment firm where he advised and co-invested with clients in the United States and Japan. Previously, Dan was Chief Investment Officer for Japan for Aetos Capital Asia, where he led a Tokyo-based real estate team of over 100 professionals and grew assets under management by over $6 billion. Dan started his career in 1987 at Goldman Sachs and spent 10 years as a real estate investment banker in Tokyo and New York. In 1997, Dan founded Goldman Sachs’ Japanese Real Estate Principal Investment Area, where he led the acquisition of over $5 billion of Japanese real estate-related investments and helped build Goldman’s property investment and asset management operations from startup to over 200 professionals.
Director and Executive Vice President
Previously with the Industrial Bank of Japan since 1986, Mr. Mori joined Mori Building Co., Ltd. in 1995. He was appointed Managing Director in 2000, Senior Managing Director in 2003, and Senior Executive Managing Officer in 2011. He has served in his current position since June 2013. Among other positions, He was also appointed President and CEO of Mori Hospitality Corporation in 2012. Mr. Mori is a graduate of the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Economics. Mr Mori is the incoming Japan Chapter Chair of Urban Land Institute.
Tami Ooka has been Managing Director of the Acquisition Team at Fortress Investment Group Japan since 2011. She started her career in the United States where she worked in a small boutique firm on cross border M&A and real estate acquisition deals. She joined Sumitomo Trust and Banking (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank) as real estate and corporate loan officer in 1994. After advising investors on non-preforming Japanese real estate loan acquisition at the KPMG Advisory Team in Los Angeles for one year, she returned to Tokyo to set up the real estate-backed non-performing loan acquisition team at Goldman Sachs Realty in 1999. Ooka then moved to Lehman Brothers to work on sourcing and acquisition of hard assets, real estate companies and real estate debts. After the global financial crisis, she founded the Japan office of Hong Kong-based investment bank, SC Lowy, prior to joining Fortress. She has a B.A. from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.
Seth R. Sulkin
President & CEO
Seth R. Sulkin is President and CEO of Pacifica Capital K.K., a Tokyo-based developer and operator of hotels and commercial properties with more than 25 years of real estate investment experience in Japan. In November 2017, he opened the Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho, the first lifestyle hotel in Japan. He is currently developing several other hotels throughout Japan and is growing his third-party management platform, Pacifica Hotels GK.
Jon Tanaka joined Angelo, Gordon & Co. as Managing Director and Head of Japan in 2009. Angelo, Gordon & Co. was founded in 1988 and manages $28 billion including over $11 billion of opportunistic and core plus real estate funds investing in major markets globally. In Asia, the firm’s real estate team invests in China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.
Mr. Shuji Tomikawa is President of Mitsui Fudosan Investment Advisors, Inc. (MFIA). Previously he was Managing Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Real Estate Solution Services Division of Mitsui Fudosan. He was one of the founding members of MFIA established in October of 1997, where he served as Managing Director in charge of Client Relations. Between 1989 and 1995 Mr. Tomikawa was Vice President at Mitsui Fudosan’s New York subsidiary, Mitsui Fudosan (New York), Inc. Mr. Tomikawa oversaw the asset management of Mitsui Fudosan’s East Coast portfolio including 1251 Avenue of the Americas and 461 Fifth Avenue buildings. Mr. Tomikawa was an adjunct lecturer at Keio University between 1998 and 2007. He received his B.A. in Economics in 1983 from Keio University and M.B.A. in 1988 from Harvard Business School.
Chairman & CEO
Fred Uruma began his career at KPMG Peat Marwick in Los Angeles in M&A and real estate consulting. He then established MTM Consulting to focus on cross-border real estate consulting services for Japanese and U.S. clients. Uruma joined Secured Capital Corporation in 1997 and founded Secured Capital Japan (currently, PAG Investment Management), serving as its first President and CEO. Uruma founded Touchstone Investment Management in 2002 and became the President and CEO of Touchstone Capital Securities in 2005. Uruma has been involved in real estate transactions totaling over US$10 billion throughout his career. Uruma holds degrees in Finance and Accounting from Loma Linda University (California). Uruma was appointed Chairman of
Representative in Japan, Managing Director
Prior to joining Fortress, Yamashita was in Morgan Stanley’s Securitized Product Group where he led many financings involving corporate restructurings, a management buyout, property acquisitions, pre-REIT bridge financing, and other real estate-related financial transactions. From 1984 to 2005, Yamashita worked at the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) where he led financings in Japan involving infrastructure, property, hospitals, and project finance. He also spearheaded the formation of a joint venture with Nomura Securities. Yamashita received a Bachelor’s degree from Hitotsubashi University in 1984 and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.