IBA Japan Secretariat Staff

Gary Stanton FCSI, Secretary General

Gary Stanton assumed the role of Secretary General of IBA Japan in January 2019.

He has had a long career as a practitioner, and more recently as a  Consultant and Senior Advisor, working with both Japanese and Inbound Financial Services Firms on Regulation, Business Operations  and Technology. Gary has held senior roles in the  Banking, Securities  and Wealth Management Sectors.

He was one of the early practitioners involved in developing the market in Japan for Foreign Fixed Income and Equities in the 1980s and early 1990s. From 1993, for 21-years, Gary lived and worked outside Japan, predominantly on Cross Border Japanese  Business. He returned to work in Japan in August 2014. During his career, he has also worked in the UK, France, Switzerland, India and several other Asia Pacific countries.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (UK).

Iwao Toriumi, Senior Manager

Iwao Toriumi joined IBA Japan in May 2008 and is in charge of banking-related issues.

He previously served at the Bank of Japan for almost 20 years where he produced economic research and statistics, liaised with international financial organizations, and provided technical assistance to central banks in Asia. He was also seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (as an officer responsible for macro economic policies) and the Cabinet Office (as an economist).

He holds a BA in Political Science from Waseda University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Atsushi Hirayama, Senior Manager

Atsushi Hirayama joined IBA Japan in September 2019 and is in charge of securities and capital markets.

He previously worked at Mitsui Trust and Banking, Japan Bankers Trust and more recently Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. where he was part of its legal department for 20 years, looking after various legal issues including cross border transactions.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from Waseda University, and a LL.M. from New York University School of Law.

Kumiko Yamaguchi, Finance & Administration Manager

Kumiko Yamaguchi joined IBA Japan in December 2005. Her role covers accounting, finance, administration and office management. She is our longest serving employee.

Yasuko Urata Executive Assistant

Yasuko Urata is the Executive Assistant to the Secretary General, and joined IBA Japan in September 2019, having previously worked as a Sales Assistant at a global bank in Tokyo.

She has a BA in English Literature.

Kent Kitagawa, Marketing and Member Relations 

Kent Kitagawa joined IBA Japan in August 2020 and is responsible for the seminar and webinar series, marketing and communications, including website and media management. Prior to joining IBA Japan he worked as a Coordinator of International Relations in Hokkaido, Japan.

Kent is a graduate of Guelph University Ontario, Canada where his major was Geography/Environmental Studies and minor in Business administration.