Mamoru Taniya, co-CEO

Mamoru Taniya has broad range of investment experiences covering from fixed-income derivatives to private equities.His early career is illustrated by his successful years at Salomon Brothers he joined in 1987 where he became the youngest managing director in Asia and led the proprietary trading division for Japan and Asia as one of the pioneers in financial arbitrage trading in the region.

He then joined Tudor Capital (Japan) as one of the founding partners, and led an MBO to found Asuka Asset Management where he is Chairman to date and has made it a leading independent hedge fund in Japan.

As a venture capitalist, he initiated the launch of Lifenet Insurance Company, the first online insurance company, and invested in the development of “studio yoggy,” a pioneering yoga studio, which contributed to popularize Yoga widely in Japan. He started another venture company, Campus for H Inc., a health care company that develops and markets innovative corporate wellness programs, and Money Design Inc. which is the first Robo Advisor company as a founder.

As a NGO/NPO,he also serves as Representative founder of International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK), the first international boarding school in Japan, since its establishment. In addition he is Vice Chair Person of Human Rights Watch which is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights,and Director of Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation . Mr. Taniya received his B.A. in law from the University of Tokyo in 1987. 

Teruhisa Shimbara, CFA, co-CEO, CIO

Teruhisa Shimbara has extensive experience and expertise in ILS investments. He launched a dedicated ILS fund for Japanese clients after he joined AIFAM Inc. in 2006 and has an outstanding track record as a portfolio manager since its launch. Prior to this, he spent about 10 years at UFJ Bank (now Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ) where he was in charge of various investment management positions including managing corporate bonds / equity / rate derivatives portfolios for Japanese pension clients and also for the Bank’s proprietary capital. Mr. Shimbara has a Bachelor’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1996. He holds a title of Charted Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan and is a CFA charterholder.

Kentaro Asari, CFO, COO

Kentaro Asari has extensive experience and expertise in ILS back office including administration and accounting. He was instrumental in the operations of an ILS fund with his previous firm together with the firm’s fund of funds products. Kentaro also has a wide range of expertise in the corporate environment covering office management, IT management, accounting and compliance in both Japanese and English environment. Mr. Asari has a Bachelor’s Degree in Food and Resource Economics from University of Florida in 2000.