8.30am - 4.30pm

Palace Hotel Tokyo, Japan

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8.30 AM Arrival of Guests & Registration
9.00 AM Welcome Remarks by Amb. George Hara, Chairman of the Board, Alliance Forum Foundation
9.07 AM Welcome Remarks by the Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of WIEF Foundation
9.14 AM Speech by the Hon. Hiroshige Seko, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary and Member, the House of Councilors
Special Address by the Hon. Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia & Patron of WIEF Foundation
9.45 AM Refreshments / Informal Networking
10.00 AM Session 1 | Regenerative Medicine: Therapy for Troubled Hearts

Regenerative medicine is concerned with the development of new therapeutic approaches to prevent or treat a variety of diseases, and often involves manipulating fundamental biological processes for therapeutic e­ffect such as stimulating the human body’s capacity to heal. The session will provide an overview of cell biology and regenerative medicine and also explore possible areas for investment, as well as commercial opportunities and collaborative efforts.

Keynote Address
Prof. Yoshiki Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of Graduate School of Medicine/Faculty of Medicine, Osaka University, Japan


  • Dr Hiroto Izumi, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan
    Professor of Keio Advanced Research Center, Keio University
    Professor of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
    Professor of Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • H.E. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Robaayah Zambahari, Senior Consultant and Cardiologist & Head of Department National Heart Institute of Malaysia
  • Prof. Dr Simon P. Hoerstrup, Co-Director of Wyss Translational Center Zurich Director of Swiss Centre for Regenerative Medicine Scientific
    Director of Division of Surgical Research, University Hospital and University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dr Katsuya Hisamichi, M.D., Executive Officer and Head of Translational Research, Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Japan

Mr. Yutaka Hishiyama, Senior Director of Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)

Prof. Dr Chihiro Akazawa, Vice Dean, Professor of Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan

11.20 AM Session 2 | Halal Business: The New Global Market Paradigm

The global halal market is estimated to be worth more than US$2.3 trillion and the value of halal food sector is about US$700 billion annually. The non-food sector is much bigger, and includes chemicals, healthcare, cosmetics, personal care, pharmaceuticals, banking and finance, logistics, warehousing and distribution. The session will explore the concept of halal products as an alternative benchmark for safety, hygiene and quality assurance assessing the past and current situation of halal business in Japan, and how its development can potentially a­ffect growing sectors such as tourism and education in the country while exploring possible areas for cross border trade and investment opportunities as well as collaborative e­fforts in the halal sector.


  • Mr Yasuyuki Murahashi, Director of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Food Department, Japan External Trade Organisation, Japan
  • Mr Rafi-uddin Shikoh, Managing Director DinarStandard, United States of America Mr. Manat Suebsantikul, Assistant Director The Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Othman Md Yusoff, Chairman of Nestle Halal Committee Head of Halal Affairs of Nestle Manufactoring Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Mr Salahuddin Kasem Khan, Executive Chairman A.K Khan & Co. LTD.

12.40 PM Lunch / Informal Networking
1.40 PM Session 3 | Gaining Grounds: Promoting “Human Smart City” Solutions

As the world’s urban population doubles in the coming decades, re-engineering the cities developer in the 20th century and building the new ones of the 21st century has become the new Space Race. There is constant struggle to ensure environmental, social and economic stability. “Smart cities” are places where new digital technologies are being used to address timeless urban problems. The session will explore possible areas for investment, as well as commercial opportunitiesand collaborative efforts.

Keynote Speaker:
Mr Atsutoshi Nishida, Adviser to the Board (Former Chairman) of Toshiba Corporation, Japan


  • Mr Hideichi Okada, Senior Executive Vice President of NEC Corporation, Japan
  • Dr Hisao Urata, Managing Executive Officer, Deputy Chief Technology Officer of Research & Development Strategy Office, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, Japan
  • Mr Frans Anton Vermast, Senior Strategy Advisor City of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mr Takuma Hatano, President & CEO of Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Cooperation for Transport and Urban Development, Japan

3.20 PM Session 4 | Islamic Banking and Finance in Japan: Prospects for Growth

Over the last few years, Japan has become more actively involved in this industry by introducing several new mechanisms to advance the growth of Islamic banking and ‑nance in the country. The session will explore the proposal to make more sel­ective use of Islamic finance for the social infrastructural development in the developing countries for the global economic growth, discussing on Japan’s economic landscape to help promote Islamic banking and finance activities as well as the importance to build on regulatory e­fforts to pursue investment ows and identifying what are the necessary infrastructure to develop Islamic banking products to the domestic market.


  • Mr. Ahmed FayedAl Gebali, MBA,CPA, Islamic Research and Training Institute of Islamic Development Bank
  • Mr Atsushi Yoshikawa, President and Group Chief Operating Officer of Nomura Holdings, Inc., Japan
  • Mr Muza­far Hisham, Chief Executive Officer of Maybank Islamic Berhad, Malaysia
  • Mr Nobuaki Kurumatani, Deputy President and Member of the Board of Directors of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Japan


  • Dr. Sami Ibrahim Al-Suwailem, Senior Researcher of Islamic Development Bank
  • Mr. Yo Akatsuka, Senior Managing Director of Nomura Holdings, Inc.
  • Mr. Noburu Kato, Director & General Manager of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Mr. So Saito, Attorney-at-Law, So Law office

Mr Yoshihiro Watanabe, Advisor of Institute for International Monetary A­ffairs, Japan Professor of Graduate Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Japan

4.40 PM Concluding Session
Remarks by Amb George Hara, Chairman of the Board, Alliance Forum FoundationClosing Speech by the Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of WIEF Foundation
5.00 PM End of WIEF-AFF Roundtable
Refreshments / Informal Networking
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Session 1 | Regenerative Medicine: Therapy for Troubled Hearts 
Speaker: Dr Hiroto Izumi
Title: Regenerative Medicine in Healthcare Policy of the Abe Administration
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Speaker: Prof Dr Yoshiki Sawa
Title: Stem cell sheets therapy  for patients with cardiomyopathy
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Speaker: Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Robaayah Zambahari
Title: Regenerative Medicine in Malaysia
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Speaker: Prof. Dr Simon P. Hoerstrup
Title: Regenerative Medicine Therapy for the Troubled Heart
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Speaker: Dr Katsuya Hisamichi, M.D
Title: Challenge in the field of regenerative medicine
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Session 2 | Halal Business: The New Global Market Paradigm
Speaker: Rafi-uddin Shikoh
Title: Halal implementation at Nestle Malaysia
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Speaker: Othman Md Yusoff
Title: Halal Business The New Global Market Paradigm
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Speaker: Manat Suebsantikul
Title: Halal Business – The New Global Market Paradigm
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Session 3 | Gaining Grounds: Promoting “Human Smart City” Solutions
Speaker: Atsutoshi Nishida
Title: Human Smart Community
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Speaker: Hideichi Okada
Title: NEC Makes City Safer
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Speaker: Frans Anton Vermast
Title: Amsterdam trends city in motion
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Speaker: Dr Hisao Urata
Title: Development of Flexible Organic Photovoltaic and its Evolution in the Future
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Session 4 | Islamic Banking and Finance in Japan: Prospects for Growth
Speaker: Ahmed Fayed Al Gebali
Title: The Role of IDB in Promoting Development Through Islamic Finance
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Speaker: Atsushi Yoshikawa
Title: Nomura
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Speaker: Muzaffar Hisham
Title: Islamic Finanace in Malaysia
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Speaker: Nobuaki Kurumatani
Title: Islamic Finanace in Malaysia
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