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Profile of Prof. Ken SENOH (as of April 17, 2019)

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Director & CEO, the  Industry-Academia Collaboration Initiative Nonprofit Organization.

Brief Biography:

After graduating from Keio University’s Faculty of Economics, Prof. Ken SENOH worked at Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. and later studied at the Department of Information Management, Management School, Lancaster University, where he completed MA in Systems and Information Management, and completed the doctoral program.

After returning to Japan in 1992, Prof. Ken SENOH held positions as an associate professor at Sanno University (Management Information Department) and Keio University (associate professor, vice-director of the Intellectual Property Center, CEO of the Keio Academic Enterprise Co., Ltd., first principal of Marunouchi City Campus), then professor at The Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University.  From 2002 he moved to The University of Tokyo where he worked as a project professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, and as a visiting professor at the Center for Collaborative Research (CCR) and Intellectual Asset-Based General Management Course, until September 2011, visiting professor at the Graduate School of Commerce and Management (MBA Program) of Hitotsubashi University(2009-2018), Kyushu University(2004-2014), before he took up his current positions.

Positions in teaching, researching, and academic societies:

Prof. Ken SENOH currently holds positions as part-time professor at the School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, and as visiting professor at the Nagano Prefectural Academy of Agriculture.

Prof. Ken SENOH has had leading positions in some academic societies, such as a former chairperson of CIEC (Community for Innovation of Education and learning through Computers and communication networks), a former vice-chairperson of the Japan Society for Science Policy and Research Management and a present Board member of the Intellectual Property Association of Japan.

He continues with the research and education on business models and intellectual property management.

Governmental positions:

Prof. Ken SENOH is also a former chairperson of the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters Special Research Committee of the Cabinet, and many Japanese Government ministries and agencies.

Company positions:

Prof. Ken SENOH also has important roles in some major companies;  an Advisor from June 2018(2012-2018, Independent Outside Director, and Member of the Advisory Board) at Teijin Ltd., Outside Director at Mitsubishi Pencil Co., Ltd., Outside Director at giftee Inc., and so on.


Prof. Ken SENOH is the author and translator of many books including a bestselling book entitled “Gijutsuryoku de masaru nihon ga naze jigyo de makerunoka (Why does Japan’s superior technology lose out in business?)” whose title became a buzzword in Japan. Moreover,

Actual Practices:

In actual practice, Prof. Ken SENOH is well-known in producing the redevelopment of Akihabara, a world famous high-tech and sub-culture contents shopping town in Tokyo.


In 2008 he was awarded the “Intellectual Property Achievement Award” (Awards for Contributors to the Industrial Property Rights System), an award by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.

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