Gerhard Fasol at Stockholm School of Economics

How to turn Galapagos into a competitive advantage in both directions

Positive and negative aspects of Japan’s Galapagos issues

European Institute of Japanese Studies Academy Seminars presents

  • Speaker: Dr. Gerhard Fasol, President, Eurotechnology Japan K.K.
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 18:30 – 21:00
  • Embassy of Sweden, Alfred Nobel Auditorium
  • Stockholm School of Economics, European Institute of Japanese Studies

About the talk:

In the last 20 years, several global revolutions were created in Japan, including the LED lighting revolution(1), mobile internet(2), electronic money(3). However, in each case Japan failed to capture much of the global value created by these revolutions. Dr. Fasol will talk about what is holding back Japan from capturing more global value from its unique creativity and how Western companies can do better in Japan, and avoid the most well-known traps

About the speaker:

For the last 15 years, Gerhard Fasol has worked with more than 100 investment fund managers in Japan, advising them on technology inflections, initiated and managed business development and assisted M&A projects. Dr. Fasol is currently working with several US and European companies in these areas, helping them onto successful paths in Japan. Dr. Fasol has been an Advisory Board member to the Chairman of JETRO and the only foreigner on Japan’s “Post Galapagos working group”.

Gerhard has an extensive business and academic career, as manager of one of Hitachi’s R&D labs, University Lecturer in Physics at Cambridge University. He also served as Director of Studies at Trinity College Cambridge, Research Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Science in Stuttgart, and invited Professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, was one of the first working on spin-electronics and magnetic memories in Japan, and has won a Sakigake research program from Japan’s Science and Technology Agency while faculty member in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tokyo. Gerhard graduated with a PhD in Solid State physics from Cambridge University and Trinity College, Cambridge, UK.

Gerhard Fasol lecture at Stanford University: “New opportunities vs old mistakes – foreign companies in Japan’s high-tech markets”

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