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Makoto Shibata
Head at Finolab


Mr. Shibata started his current position in Jul 2019, in charge of Finolab community, which consists of 50 startup members and 15 corporate members at the heart of Tokyo financial technology. He has been involved in the community from the early days and became a co-founder of Finovators, pro bono mentor group, to support Finolab in 2016.

Until Sep. 2018, he was leading MUFG Bank’s R&D in emerging technology and planning of FinTech initiatives, innovation, and online / mobile financial services. He worked in the digital banking area for 20 years and he was involved in a wide range of projects. His previous career in banking, starting at The Bank of Tokyo, includes Corporate Planning, Accounting, Corporate Finance, and Retail Customer Services. From Oct. 2018, he became Executive Fellow of Japan Digital Design, innovation entity of MUFG. And he conducted research on FinTech as an Academic Visitor at University of Oxford until Mar. 2019.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics from University of Tokyo and a Master of Science in Development Economics from University of Oxford.

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel Discussion: How FinTech Hubs In Asia Are Supporting Start-Ups. How Will COVID 19 Impact Fintechs?

  • Strategy Roundtable: Future Payments Innovation – What Will The Asian Retail & Wholesale Payments Ecosystem Look Like In 2025? How Will COVID 19 Impact The Payments Landscape?