STAFF PROFILE

ISAO KANO

狩 野  功 
President and CEO, JCIE/Japan

Mr. Isao Kano takes the helm of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/Japan) in April 2023, bringing 40 years of experience in international business, and the extensive knowledge he has gained through postings in seven different countries and his involvement in public activities in Japan-related organizations overseas. 

Mr. Kano joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 1984 after graduating from Hitotsubashi University with a BA in Commerce and Business Administration. During his four-decade-long career with the company, he worked in mineral resources trading, investment, and development, and served in various corporate functions such as corporate planning and as an advisor and member of the business development fund committee. He was seconded in 1990–1992 to Vienna, handling East Europe business coverage, and in 1992–1995 to Düsseldorf to expand the company’s coverage in Europe and Middle East. In 2008–2011, he served as vice president and general manager of the Brisbane Office of Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd. In 2011–2012, he was general manager of the Precious Metals Business Unit, following which he completed Harvard Business School’s LFO (Leadership in Financial Organizations) program. In 2013–2015 he was seconded to Beijing and Shanghai as the head of the Metals Group. In 2016, he became senior vice president & COO of the Mineral Resources Trading Division, and chairman & CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation RtM International Pte Ltd, Singapore. In 2018, he became regional CEO for Europe and managing director of Mitsubishi International (Europe) plc. He also served as a trustee for the  Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa from 2018 to 2020.

Mr. Kano served as the president of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK, as well as vice chairman of the Nippon Club and as a member of the Japan House London Trust. He has participated in JCIE’s UK-Japan 21st Century Group since 2018, serving as a core member of the Japanese side. He has also been a member of JCIE/Japan’s Board of Directors since 2022.