6th Asian SME Conference September 10th-13th 2018, Tokyo, Japan Venue: Iino Hall / Iino Conference in city center of Tokyo, direct access to Kasumigaseki subway station

Speaker List

Opening Ceremony


Hiroyuki Okamuro
Dean and professor,
Hitotsubashi University, JP
ACSB 2018 Conference Chair
Vice President, ACSB
Vice President, JICSB
Chair, JSPS 118th Committee
President, JASBS


Itsutomo Mitsui
Professor emeritus,
Yokohama National
University and Kaetsu University, JP
Immediate-past president, JICSB
Past president, JASBS


Robert Lai
President, ICSB-Taiwan
Chairman, Topco Scientific Co. Ltd.
Immediate-past president
and director, ICSB
Former Director-General,
SME Administration,
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan


Hermawan Kartajaya
Founder and CEO,
Markplus Co. Ltd., Indonesia
President, ACSB
Director, ICSB
President, ICSB Indonesia


Ki-Chan Kim
Professor,
former vice president,
Catholic University of Korea.
Founder and first president, ACSB
Past president, ICSB

Plenary Session I: Keynote Speeches (1)

Massimo Colombo

Massimo G. Colombo is a full professor of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance and innovation economics and a vice dean of Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. His main research interests are in the organization, financing and growth of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures, strategic alliances, acquisitions and open innovation. Prof. Colombo is author (or co-author) of numerous books and articles in journals including Science, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Industrial Economics, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, and many others.

Dirk Czarnitzki

Dirk Czarnitzki is a professor at the KU Leuven in Belgium and the head of Department of Management, Strategy, and Innovation. His research interests are mainly in the fields of the economics of innovation and applied micro-econometrics. The lines of research address topics such as the evaluation of public innovation policies, the economics of science, intellectual property rights, corporate governance and innovation, as well as knowledge and technology transfer including academic entrepreneurship. Dirk has published more than 60 articles in international refereed journals. He also has a high expertise in policy-relevant contract research. Among others, he has been consulting the European Commission, the World Bank, the World Intellectual Property Organization as well as the German and Flemish Governments.

Plenary Session II: SME policy in Japan and Korea

Hisayoshi Ando

Hisayoshi ANDO is the Commissioner, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Agency, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan, since 2017. Graduated from University of Tokyo, joined METI in 1983. Since then he has held various important positions such as Director of Economic Policy Unit (2004-2005), Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister (2009-2010), Director-General of Natural Resources and Fuel Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (2010-2013), Director- General of Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (2013-2015) and Director-General of Commerce and Information Policy Bureau (2015-2017).

Koji Ito

Koji ITO is the Director, Research Office, SME Agency, METI, and a Consulting Fellow of Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Japan. Graduated from University of Tokyo (1992), M.A. in economics from Boston University (1999). He joined METI in 1993 and also worked at OECD (2010-2013) in Paris and at the Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University, as an associate professor (2014-2018).

Young-Sup Joo

Young-Sup Joo is a Distinguished Professor, Graduate School of Engineering & Technology, Korea University, since 2018, and a former Minister of Small and Medium Business Administration (SME Minister) in Korea (2016- 2017). Graduated from Seoul National University in 1978, he received a M.S. in Production Engineering from KAIST, Korea, in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, USA, in 1995. He made his business career at Daewoo Group (1980-2000), GE Thermometrics (2000-2004), Hyundai Motor Group (2004-2010), he joined the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (2010-2013) and Seoul National University (2013- 2016). He is also a Senior Member of National Academy of Engineering of Korea.

Plenary Session III: Keynote Speeches (2)

Erik Stam

Erik Stam is a full professor of strategy, organization and entrepreneurship and Dean of Utrecht University School of Economics, the Netherlands. His research interests include: new firm growth, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurship and economic development, institutions, and innovation policy. He is a leading scholar on entrepreneurial ecosystems. He has (co-) authored more than hundred books, book chapters, and articles in a variety of disciplines, including economics, geography, business/management and publ ic administration. He is editor of Small Business Economics and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Next to his scientific work he often engages with governments, start-ups and corporations on innovation and entrepreneurship. He is on the advisory board of several public and private sector entrepreneurship organizations.

Mark Freel

Mark Freel is the Royal Bank of Canada Professor for the Commercialization of Innovations at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa and Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Lancaster University Management School. His research is concerned with value creation and value capture in, particularly, smaller firms and with entrepreneurial finance. He is currently an associate editor at the Journal of Small Business Management.

Plenary Session IV: Challenges for Sustainable Growth: SME Policies in Asian countries

Masayuki Morikawa

Masayuki MORIKAWA is the Vice President, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), Japan. Prior to serving at the current position, he held a variety of positions in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Kyoto University. His area of expertise includes economic policy, industrial structure, labor economics, and productivity analysis. He has published in several academic journals.

Ing-Kuen Lai

Ing-Kuen Lai is the Division Director at Industrial Technology Research Institute–Industry, Science and Technology International Strategy Center (ITRI-ISTI) in Taiwan. He completed his master degree in Industrial Economics in 1987 at National Central University in Taiwan. He has served as the head of the industryuniversity cooperation service group of the Ministry of Science and Technology University since 2016. He won the Taiwan Executive Yuan Project Award in 2006 and was selected as the best manager of Hsinchu District in 2013. His research interests cover science and technology policy, SME policy, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dongsoo Kang

Dong-Soo Kang is the Executive Director, Research Planning & Coordination Bureau, Korea Development Institute in Korea. He joined KDI as a fellow in 2000 after working at State University of New York at Binghamton in the US. He has worked not only in KDI but also in positions of other institutions including Economist at OECD and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister, Ministry of Strategy and Finance. His research interests focus on financial economics, macroeconomics, entrepreneurship policies, and Chinese economy. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from University of Chicago in 1998 and 1993, respectively and his B.A. in international economics from Seoul National University in 1990.

Iichiro Uesugi

Iichiro UESUGI is a professor at the Institute of Economic Research of Hitotsubashi University, Japan. Prior to moving to Hitotsubashi in 2011, he joined METI in 1993 and worked in various divisions including the Small and Medium Enterprises Agency and the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI). His research interests focus on financial intermediation, firm dynamics, SMEs, and the Japanese economy. His research has been published in many scholarly journals. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in economics in 2000 from the University of California, San Diego and his B.A. in economics in 1993 from the University of Tokyo.

Sharifah Najwa Syed Abu Bakar

Sharifah Najwa Syed Abu Bakar is the Senior Director, Business Advisory & Support Division, SME Corporation Malaysia, a central coordination agency for SME development in Malaysia under the Ministry of Entrepreneurship Development. Her current role includes administering financial assistance to SMEs. She has extensive experience in various international trade negotiations. She is also involved in designing various developmental programs to facilitate internationalization of SMEs in Malaysia. She has also been working in partnership with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).