Yoshiyuki Sankai

Chief Executive Officer and President, Cyberdyne

1987, PhD in Engineering, University of Tsukuba. Professor and Executive Research Director, Center for Cybernics Research, University of Tsukuba; President and Chief Executive Officer, CYBERDYNE; Programme Manager, Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program (“ImPACT”), Council for Science, Technology and Innovation of the Cabinet Office in Japan. Visiting Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Fellow, Robotics Society of Japan; Fellow, Society of Instrument and Control Engineers; Director, Japan Society of Embolus Detection and Treatment. Member, Global Future Council on Human Enhancement, World Economic Forum. Former: Chairman and Member of the Executive Board, Advanced Robotics; Member, Global Agenda Council of Robotics & Smart Devices. Has pioneered innovative cyborg-type robot technology in a new academic field, “Cybernics: the fusion and combination of humans, machines and information systems”. Recipient of numerous awards and honours, including: World Technology Award (2005); Capek Award, Innorobo (2012); Technology Pioneer, World Economic Forum (2014); Gold Prize, 2014 Edison Awards (2014); Innovative Equity Deal of the Year, Thomson Reuters Deal Watch Awards 2014 (2015).