December 4th & 5th, 2020
(Yokohama-City, Kanagawa, Japan)


“Yokohama Asia Initiative” – Articulating Asian Ideas

As the world goes through the process of “Asianisation”, we are deeply interested in exploring new Asian ideas to be shared with the world. The future is Asian, and Asia Pacific Initiative Forum (APIF) is the platform for formulating and expressing those Asian ideas to the world.

APIF was founded on the strong belief that, to promote a prosperous Asia-Pacific that is sustainable and inclusive, we need to build stronger ties within the Asian business community. In this age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Asia’s rising economic significance, it is high time for Asian businesses, and particularly younger, emerging business leaders, to come together to build a better Asia.

We put these beliefs into action by projecting leadership from Yokohama, the location where the first inaugural APIF was held last year and was dubbed the “Yokohama Asia Initiative”.

Although our event primarily targets business leaders in Japan, Southeast Asia and India, we are an open forum. As part of our non-exclusivity, we wish to invite business, political and thought leaders from places such as the United States, China, Korea and elsewhere.

Since we held our first inaugural APIF last December, the world has been turned on its head by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has posed a fundamental challenge to existing economic and social structures. In conjunction with this development, innovation in many fields are accelerating. The timing could not be more critical for Asia to present ideas and lessons learnt to the world.

This year’s APIF will focus on issues that can inspire action – because what we do now will shape the long-term future of Asia and the world.

FUNABASHI Yoichi,Chairman, Asia Pacific Initiative. MIYAGAWA Makio, APIF President and API Senior Fellow.


  • 2020.11.17

    Registration has started.

  • 2020.11.17

    APIF2020 website has been opened!


  • Tharman Shanmugaratnam

    Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies,
    Republic of Singapore

  • Audrey Tang

    Digital Minister,
    Executive Yuan, Taiwan

  • Victor L. L. Chu

    Chairman and CEO of First Eastern Investment Group
    Co-Founder of Peach Aviation

  • MIZUNO Hiromichi

    Special Advisor to METI
    Executive Fellow of
    Harvard business School.
    Non executive Board member of
    Tesla Inc

SPEAKERS (to be updated...)

  • Abhilasha Purwar

    Founder and CEO,
    Blue Sky Analytics

  • Ajay Chaturvedi

    Entrepreneur, Author & Philosopher; Founder, HarVa and KFN

  • Bernise Ang

    Chief Alchemist,
    Zeroth Labs

  • IMAMURA Kenichi

    Head of HITOLAB,
    Recruit Co., Ltd.

  • Jareeporn Jarukornsakul

    Chairman & Group
    Chief Executive Officer,
    WHA Corporation Public Company Limited

  • Jing Pei Goh-Asmala

    Regional Director, Asia Pacific,
    Teach For All

  • Kenn Ross

    Managing Director, Asia,
    Minerva Project

  • Tan Sri Dato'
    Dr. Mohd. Munir Abdul Majid

    ASEAN Business Advisory Council Malaysia

  • MURAI Jun

    Dean, API Institute of Geo-economic Studies and API Senior Fellow
    Distinguished Professor,
    Keio University

  • Nandan Nilekani

    Co-founder and Chairman, Infosys and Founding Chairman UIDAI(Aadhaar)


    Chief Executive Officer,
    Suntory Holdings Ltd.

  • Prasad Kompalli

    Cofounder and CEO,

  • Ranjith Mukundan

    Cofounder and CEO,
    Stellapps Technologies Private Limited

  • Ryu Kawano Suliawan

    Head of Merchants,

  • SASAKI Nobuhiko

    Chairman and CEO,
    Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

  • Sampad Swain

    CEO and Co-Founder,
    Instamojo Technologies pvt Ltd

  • SHIOZAKI Akihisa

    Attorney, Partner,
    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


    BASE, Inc.

  • YOSHIDA Koichiro

    CrowdWorks, Inc.


  • INAGAKI Kana

    Tokyo Correspondent,
    Financial Times


    Co-Founder and Chair of the Board,
    UWC ISAK Japan

  • KONDO Naka

    Senior Editor,
    The Economist Intelligence Unit


    Staff Writer,
    The Asahi Shimbun

  • SATO Teruhide

    Founder and CEO,
    BEENEXT Capital Management Pte. Ltd.

  • SUGA Chizuru

    Head of the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan

  • SUZUKI Satoko

    Associate Professor, Hitotsubashi University ICS

  • TAKAO Minori

    NHK World News