Makoto (Mack) Okubo
General Manager, Nippon Life Insurance Company
Mack is assigned as General Manager, International Affairs, Nippon Life Insurance Company, based in New York and responsible for international regulatory and accounting matters.
Among other global activities, he is currently serving as the Sherpa of the Asia Pacific Financial Forum (APFF) Insurance and Retirement Income Work Stream, promoting insurers and pension funds’ roles to support sustainable, resilient and inclusive growth and development in the Asia-Pacific region.
He is actively promoting SDGs in collaboration with United Nations, OECD, and APEC.
He is also known as multi-talented entertainer such as singer, dancer and comedian, and has recently launched Music for SDGs Project to provide opportunities for general public to deepen understanding of SDGs through music events in collaboration with the Japanese government and United Nations, aiming to support G20 Japan 2019, TICAD, Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic 2020, and Osaka Expo 2025.
Formerly, he was employed by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and served as a member of the IAIS Secretariat, sponsored by FSA Japan, responsible for standards implementation, including technical assistance and training of insurance supervisors over 150 countries.
Prior to the BIS, he also spent 5 years in New York as a lead researcher at NLI Research Institute on insurance, banking, securities, and pension sectors in the US and Canada.
His personal websites, Mackglobe.com and Insurance-Finance.Com, research portal sites are used by industry professionals, regulators and researchers in over 90 countries.
He holds a bachelor of law from Kyoto University, and MBA/MS Finance from HEC School of Management, France. He speaks Japanese, English, French, Spanish and some German