Fujii, Akio

Since he joined in 1985, he has held various positions with Nikkei, including being the Bank of Japan and Ministry of Finance correspondent, New York Bureau Correspondent, Chief Correspondent for economic affairs at Washington Bureau from 1998 to 2002, London based Senior Writer from 2009 to 2011 and Washington Bureau Chief from 2012 to 2014. He has also served as Senior Editor for International News Department, Editor-in-Chief for Nikkei Asian Review from 2015 to 2016, Senior Managing Editor, Head of Global News Operations from 2016 to 2017, Senior Editorial Writer from 2017 to 2020. He covered issues related to global governance, economic policy and international finance. Fujii obtained his BA in Economics from Waseda University in Tokyo.

Sheard, Paul

Paul Sheard, a noted Australian-American economist, is Research Fellow in the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. He was Vice Chairman of S&P Global, after being EVP and Chief Economist. He was chief economist at Nomura Securities and Lehman Brothers, was on the faculty of the Australian National University and Osaka University, and was a visiting assistant professor at Stanford University and foreign visiting scholar at the Bank of Japan. Sheard is on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Fiscal and Monetary Policy and was on its Councils on the New Economic Agenda and on the International Monetary System. He served on committees of the Japanese Government’s Economic Deliberation Council, sits on the Foreign Policy Association board, and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and the Economic Club of NY. He served as outside director of ORIX Corporation.