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Speakers

Hiroaki Sakashita
Representative Director President & CEO
ClassNK


Hiroaki Sakashita holds a bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, from Yokohama National University and started his career at Japan’s Ministry of Transport (now Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) in 1980. During his career with the government, he played vital roles in maritime administration including regulatory oversight and industry development. He assumed the position of Director-General of the Maritime Bureau in 2015, and Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs, Minister’s Secretariat in 2016.


He joined ClassNK as an Executive Consultant in 2018 and was appointed to Senior Executive Vice President in 2019 to oversee ClassNK’s expansion of its business portfolio and digital transformation. He was promoted to Representative Director, President & CEO in 2020.