Shinichi Yokohama is Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the entire Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) Group. He also has been responsible for cybersecurity public advocacy to talk to thought leaders in academia, government, and industry globally, especially Japan, Asia, Europe, and the United States.
He has given numerous talks at high-level conferences. For example, he was on a panel at the White House Cyber Security Summit in 2015; the G7 ICT Industry Ministerial Multi-stakeholder Conference in Torino, Italy, in 2017; the OSCE Asian Conference in Tokyo, Japan, in 2019; and the Munich Cyber Security Conference in Munich, Germany, in 2020. In October 2015, Shinichi organized an NTT group-wide project to drill down cybersecurity for business leaders and published a Japanese book, “Cybersecurity for Business Executives.” In March 2018, he published another book, “Business Management and Cybersecurity.”
Before starting this cybersecurity role in July 2014, he led a team for post-acquisition integration of overseas operations at NTT DATA, Tokyo. Prior to joining NTT, he was with McKinsey Japan for 18 years. At McKinsey, he focused on the telecom and high-tech industries and led its Technology Practice. He originally served the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for 8 years after obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering degree (nuclear engineering) from the University of Tokyo. He also has a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Harvard. He used to be a board member of the Special Olympics Japan until March 2019.