Shuichi Matsuda (Ph.D., Waseda Univ.)

Emeritus Professor, Waseda Univ. Business School. CPA (Ex. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu)
Former Chairman of the Japan Academic Society of Ventures and Entrepreneurs
Director of Business Model Association
Executive Director of Waseda Entrepreneurial Research Unit
Academic Award of the Japanese Institute of CPA

President & CEO
Tadashi Takiguchi (Ph.D., MBA, Waseda Univ.)

Visiting Professor, Waseda Univ.
Director of Waseda Entrepreneurial Research Unit
Ex. Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
Ex. CEO of Actcell Investment Co., Ltd.

Thesis : "A Study of Corporate Value Creation Based on Invisible Assets"
"The Relationship Between Investment Decision of Venture Capital and Valuation on the Human"
"A Practice of Intellectual Capital Management" , etc.
Hiroshi Taguchi

CEO of M-OUT Inc.
Former CEO and Founder of MISUMI Group Inc.

Publication : "Businessmen's works which earn top salary" Mikasa Inc.
"Unveil - An open Management rears on human resources"
Hironori Higashide (Ph.D., MBA, Imperial College London)

Professor, Waseda Univ. Business School

Research Field: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Finance
Thesis: "The consequences of conflict between the venture capitalist and the entrepreneurial team in the United Kingdom from the perspective of the venture capitalist"
"Determinants of the performance of the venture backed by the venture capitalist", etc.
Shigeru Nishiyama (Ph.D., Waseda Univ. MBA, Wharton)

Professor, Waseda University Business School

Research Field: Corporate Finance, Accounting and Business Administration
Head of Fund Management
Haruto Asaumi (MBA Waseda Univ., CPA)

Haruto is an expert of global fund management and leads Fund Department at WERU INVESTMENT.

He has over 10 years experience in VB investment and in Fund Management at WERU. Prior to WERU, he gained 9 years of experience in IPO support, auditing and financial due diligence at Ex. Misuzu Audit Firm (a member firm of PwC International Limited). He achieved 4 successful IPOs in his charge so far.

Head of Investment
Keisuke Kikuchi (B.L. Waseda Univ.)

Keisuke leads portfolio management at WERU INVESTMENT where he relentlessly seeks out companies and technology seeds that can deliver massive returns to investors.

Before WERU, he served as a consultant at FALCON Research & Consulting which is an independent financial advisory firm. Prior to FALCON, he led business development and marketing efforts for INCS which is a privately held venture company providing leading electronics / automobile manufacturers with unique system solutions and outsourcing services.

Keisuke is currently researching into the field of collective intelligence at Tokyo Institute of Technology and is a Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan(CMA).

Head of Research and Business Development
Kiichiro DeLuca (B.S. Georgia Tech)

Kiichiro is responsible for research and business development at WERU Investment. His focus is on early stage hard science and deep tech ventures around the world. Additionally, he leads technology commercialization efforts together with researchers at universities and research institutions to create spinouts from public domain research.

A rocket scientist turned venture capitalist, Kiichiro began his career as an aerospace engineer working on projects at NASA/JPL, University of Tokyo, and in industry. After his career in aerospace engineering, he led business development efforts for early stage hard science and deep tech ventures in San Francisco and Tokyo, prior to joining WERU Investment.

Kiichiro holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (Highest Honors) from Georgia Tech.