Faculty members

UMEZAWA, Takaaki (Tak)
Visiting and Adjunct Faculty Members
UMEZAWA, Takaaki (Tak)


Adjunct Professor


Becoming an Effective Leader in a Time of Change (EMBA)

Tak Umezawa is a Partner and Japan Chairman of A.T. Kearney, a global management consultancy. He has advised leading corporations in Japan and the US for over 20 years. Areas of his expertise include strategy, innovation, marketing, and organization. He previously served the firm as a Board Director, Managing Director Japan, and Global Lead of the Consumer Industries and Retail Practice.

As Chairman of CIC Japan, he leads the effort to launch CIC Tokyo, which will be the largest startup campus in Japan. Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) is the world’s leading innovation campus operator, based in Cambridge MA, with shared offices for startups and large corporates in the US and Europe.

Prof.Umezawa has served government committees on topics including inbound tourism, creative industry development, intellectual properties, design, and innovation. He also serves the board of Cool Japan Fund, a $750+ million public-private partnership fund to develop Japanese creative industries.

Prof.Umezawa leads a pro-bono team “NEXTOKYO Project,” consisting of experts in architecture, design, art, sport, service, media and law. The team has proposed a future-city vision for Tokyo and supports several urban redevelopment projects in the city.

His publications include “NEXTOKYO” (co-author, Nikkei BP) and “Scenario Planning” (Toyo Keizai). He serves as a commentator on a business news program “World Business Satellite” on TV TOKYO. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Tokyo, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.