Speaker's Biography:

Koji Omi
Founder and Chairman, STS forum; former Minister of Finance, Japan

Koji Omi is Founder and Chairman of the STS forum (Science and Technology in Society), whose mission is to build a global network of scientists, policymakers and businesspeople. The annual forum takes place in Kyoto to discuss the "lights and shadows" of science and technology for the sake of humankind. Considered one of the most influential figures in Japan′s science and technology landscape, Omi began his career in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), holding a number of posts, including division director and director-general at several MITI bureaus and agencies. In 1982, Omi resigned to run for a seat in the House of Representatives, where he served for 26 years, until mid-2009. He has served as minister of finance; minister of state for science and technology policy, and for Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs; and minister of state for economic planning. Omi graduated from Hitotsubashi University.