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Sakie Akiyama

Founder, Chairman & CEO, Saki Corporation

Ms. Sakie Akiyama is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Saki Co. Ltd., Japan, successfully established a global top-level market position in the industrial robot field. She succeed in developing the innovative automated inspection robot with machine vision technology, which made it possible to change the visual inspection of electronic modules from human eye to machine vision. In the start-up stage, despite the situation that Saki was quite a small company with only two people, Sony decided to adopt Saki robot in the mass production line for “Sony Walkman” in 1997, and expanded since them.

Ms. Sakie Akiyama expanded the business into global market, and has grown to earn 70% of sales from outside Japan, not only in Asia but also Europe and North and South America. She established group companies and offices in 11 countries to build sales and technical service network.

From 2003 to 2009, she was a member of advisory committee member (for tax system) of Japanese Prime Minister. In 2010 she was appointed to become a committee member of Industrial Structure Council of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).