Ichiro Araki
Ichiro, Araki

Bachelor of Law, University of Tokyo (1983) Master of Laws, University of California (Boalt Hall) School of Law, Berkeley (1988) Master of Policy Science, Saitama University (predecessor to the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), 1994)

Born in Himeji, Japan in 1959. Professor Araki teaches international economic law and trade policy at Yokohama National University in Japan and currently serves as the dean of the Department of Law. He joined the faculty in July 2003 as an associate professor and was promoted to full professor in April 2005. Before joining academia, he served as a Japanese government official for nearly 20 years. Professor Araki joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1983. During most of his career at MITI (later renamed METI), he was involved in multilateral economic affairs, including development assistance, intellectual property, environmental protection and multilateral trade negotiations. From 1995 to 1998, he served as legal affairs officer at the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization, a division primarily devoted to settlement of disputes among WTO members. From 2001 to 2003, he was director of research at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI), an incorporated administrative agency affiliated with METI. Professor Araki has published a number of books and articles on international trade law in Japanese and English.

Bruce Keenan
Keenan, Bruce

Bruce co-founded Prosys Information Systems ( www.prosysis.com ) in 1997 and served as its CEO from 1997 through July 2008. He grew Prosys from inception to $450M in revenue and 420 employees in nine years using no outside investors or capital and then sold Prosys in 2006 to Bell Microproducts (BELM). In 2006, Prosys was awarded top computer reseller in the US by VAR Business magazine, the foremost publication in the field. Prosys was profitable every quarter that Bruce was CEO and obtained a $110M line of credit with GE.

Bruce currently works as president of Himalayan Children’s Charities (HCC) which he founded in 1999. HCC is a 501c3 charity dedicated to the education and support of Nepalese orphans and abandoned children. HCC moves orphaned children out of an overcrowded orphanage in Kathmandu and places them in an English-medium hostel schools and its own group home. HCC supports these children through a bachelor’s degree at universities in Nepal and currently funds education for 74 children ranging in ages from 6 to 20. www.hccnepal.org

Bruce also founded The Keenan Foundation in 2006. The Keenan Foundation is dedicated to the care and education of children throughout the world and to advance medical alternatives for people who have exhausted solutions from classical medicine.

Bruce graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Theoretical Mathematics in 1976