YUKIHISA UNOKO - COO
He joined Recruit Co., Ltd., the largest HR company in Japan in 1987 and has been consistently involved in new business start-ups for 16 years. He was involved in the launch of “Hot Pepper” (Japan nationwide free town information magazine) in the Kobe and Osaka areas, and as the first editor-in-chief of each region, he also appeared as a commentator on local TV and radio programs.
Since he moved to Malaysia in 2003, he has also worked as Managing Director at Sakura Recruit(Founder CEO) and Unlock Asia (COO) for the past 18 years, and through his recruiting and business consulting businesses, he has supported local Japanese companies in building their human resources and organizations, and in attracting and establishing new companies from Japan. In 2013, he was featured in the Asahi Newspaper's Sunday edition (GLOBE), and on the NHK-BS1 television program "Global Debate WISDOM," where he shared his background on "Japanese youth moving to Asia" with Ian Bremmer and Noriko Hama. In 2014, he was introduced as one of the "100 Japanese people who won in Asia" in "AERA magazine".