Hisaaki has worked with international food and nutrition businesses inside and outside Japan for over thirty years. As CEO of Smoothlink he now specialises in helping such businesses to overcome cultural, regulatory and business obstacles as they expand into the Japanese market. Before joining Smooth Link in 2012 he spent eight years building DSM’s Japanese business and managing its merger and acquisition activities in the region. He previously managed global accounts for Roche Vitamins Group, creating a new market for carotenoids. He has a BSc in Animal Sciences from Kitasato University in Tokyo.