Akio Ohtsuka is Senior Adviser to Fulcrum Asset Management specifically focusing on product and distribution for the Japanese pension and retail investment market. He has worked in many of the most senior roles at Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd and latterly, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd, since joining the firm in April 1976. He is widely recognized as a key figure in the financial services and pension market in Japan, where he has spearheaded a drive to increase uptake of alternatives and multi strategy products. From 2012 to 2015, he was Executive Deputy President and CEO of the Fiduciary Business Division of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd. From 2015 to 2019, he was Executive Adviser of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd and, between 2015 and 2017 he was Executive Chairman of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management Co., Ltd, a leading asset management company focusing on the Japanese institutional and retail market. Akio Ohtsuka has also authored many publications including “Triumph Over Adversity–36 practices and principles for winning in business (SHUEISHA Inc. 2018)” and “The Banker’s Code (PRESIDENT Inc. 2019)”. In April 2019 he founded Ohtsuka Associates Japan Co.,Ltd where he is now Chief Executive.