Disruption, expectation and complexity: the 21st century business imperative

June 5, 2019 12:00 - 14:00


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Luncheon event, co-hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and the Australia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan

You are invited to attend this joint event organised by the BCCJ and ANZCCJ, featuring keynote speaker Jean-Sébastien (J-S) Jacques. J-S is the Chief executive of Rio Tinto, an Anglo-Australian mining & metals company, and long-standing corporate member of both Chambers.

After almost 150 years of pioneering exploration, expansion, diversification and innovation, Rio Tinto has become one of the world’s largest producers of essential materials, and a major force driving human progress.  

At our event on June 5, J-S will share his views on how industry and business must respond to the complexities and constantly changing realities of the world in which we operate, in order to stay relevant in the 21st century. Topics to be covered in J-S's keynote followed by an armchair discussion will include: technological disruptions in data and AI, to societal expectations around climate change and environmental footprint.


About the speaker

Jean-Sébastien Jacques, Chief executive Rio Tinto

Jean-Sébastien Jacques (J-S) was appointed a director of the Rio Tinto board on 17 March 2016 and became chief executive officer on 2 July 2016.

He has over 25 years’ experience in heavy industry and mining. He gained extensive global experience leading businesses in developed and emerging markets in Australia, Asia, Africa, Americas and Europe.

J-S was appointed chief executive officer of Rio Tinto’s Copper group in 2013 and chief executive officer of the Copper & Coal group in February 2015. He led the transformation of this group delivering a step change in both safety and cash performance whilst reshaping the portfolio to focus on its highest quality assets. He also had responsibility for two of the group’s major growth projects, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia and Resolution in the US, both of which saw significant progress during his tenure.

He was the Chairman of the International Copper Association from late 2014 to 2016. He has been a member of International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) since July 2016 and he joined European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT) in May 2018.

Prior to joining Rio Tinto in 2011, he worked in a wide range of operational and functional roles in the aluminium, bauxite, steel industries and served as group director, Strategy for Tata Steel Group from 2007 to 2011.

J-S holds a Master of Science from École Centrale Paris


About the moderator

Kaori Takahashi, Deputy Editor, Nikkei International News Department

Kaori Takahashi has been Deputy Editor at Nikkei's International News Department since 2018, and a member of the Commentary Committee of Nikkei CNBC Japan from this year. Before that, she spent five years as Nikkei's first female Sydney Bureau Chief, covering politics, global resources and international trade issues across the Pacific and East Asia.

Entering Nikkei in 1994, Takahashi has reported for the City News, International News, Lifestyle, and Business News sections. Her period as Sydney Bureau Chief brought two editor's prizes for breaking news: one for groundbreaking concessions that secured Japan’s first broad trade agreement with a major agricultural exporter, and the other for Toyota's withdrawal from production in Australia. She commentated on Asia issues for Australian media.

Kaori graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Between 1990 and 1991 she studied at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University.

She lives in Tokyo with her husband and a son. Their daughter lives in Sydney.



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  • Deadline for registration, payment and cancellation is May 30, 17:00.
  • There can be no refunds after this date. 

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Co-  norganised by:  Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan
                                   The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Supported by:           The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan*
                                   South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan

                                    The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan**


*For Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan members only: You can book this event at the member's rate. Please indicate that you are a member of CCCJ in the notes section (p2 of booking page).

**For the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan members only: You can book this event at the member's rate. Please indicate that you are a member of ACCJ in the notes section (p2 of booking page).

Venue Information

Roppongi Hills Club
51 fl. Roppongi Hills Mori Tower,
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6151

tel: 03-6406-6001
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Payment Options:

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Member Cost: ¥6,500

Non-Members Cost: ¥8,500