Representative Director, President & CEO
Justin Balogh launched TORANOTEC in Japan in 2016, to pursue his desire to expand wealth creation in Japan and Asian markets. His 18-year career at State Street spans across securities, asset management and banking. Most recently, Justin was the Tokyo Branch Representative of State Street Bank & Trust Company as well as President & Representative Director of State Street Global Markets, Japan, while having leading regional business growth as Senior Managing Director of State Street Global Markets – Asia Pacific.
Justin holds a Master of Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.
Senior Managing Director
Toby Bartlett joined TORANOTEC in 2020 and is now focused on expanding the firm’s business lineup in Japan and across Asia, leveraging both his investment management expertise and corporate relationships. Toby has over 15 years of experience as a portfolio manager in the Asian market, having worked at Fidelity Investments, Citadel, Highbridge Capital, Arena Capital Management, and LIM Advisors. Most recently, Toby has been running 3C Partners, a consultancy firm he established in 2018.
Toby holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Griffith University.
Director, Senior Managing Director
Ryosuke Fujii has been involved in TORANOTEC since its launch in 2016. Prior to joining TORANOTEC, Ryosuke led corporate planning, new business initiatives, and M&A at Cookpad Co., Ltd. Before Cookpad, he worked as a fund manager of Japanese equities hedge funds, at Ocean Asset Management where he was a Managing Director, and Tower Asset Management. With his unique mix of background from consulting, fund management to online cooking recipe services, he brings a wealth of experience and connections to drive change into the world of Japanese asset management.
Ryosuke has a BA in Economics from Kobe University.
Takuya Koyama joined TORANOTEC in 2016. Prior to joining TORANOTEC, Takuya was the Senior Executive Director at Nikko Asset Management where he was responsible for Global Sales and Institutional Sales in Japan. Takuya started his career at Nomura Securities where he worked for 21 years, in roles including research, institutional sales and CEO of its German subsidiary. After Nomura, he held several senior managerial positions in Japan subsidiaries of global asset management companies.
Takuya has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA in Economics from Keio University.
Gota Nakazawa has been involved in TORANOTEC since its launch in 2016. Prior to joining TORANOTEC, Gota managed strategic consultancy projects as well as strategic start-up investments at Dream Incubator as a Project Manager. Having started his career as a bureaucrat with the Ministry of Finance in charge of planning and drafting bills regarding international financial administration and the tax systems, Gota also served as the Executive Secretary to the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2015. His extensive knowledge of financial and industrial policies and expertise in strategy planning and new business creation enables us to think outside the box in delivering unique services to our customers.
Gota has an MBA in Finance from the Warton School of Business and a BA in Public Law from the University of Tokyo.
Chief Operating Officer
Teruaki Fujimoto joined TORANOTEC in 2020, bringing 30 years of experience in financial and capital markets at the MUFG Group, both in Japan and the United States. After joining Mitsubishi Bank (current Mitsubishi UFJ Bank), he worked as a chief dealer in the International Foreign Exchange & Treasury Department and at the bank’s New York Branch. At Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, he was a management member in charge of Capital Markets within the Investment Banking Division. Teruaki is also well versed in regulatory compliance and is a certified Financial Planner.
Teruaki has a BA in Economics from Kobe University.
Chief Financial Officer
Yoichi Kagawa joined TORANOTEC in 2021. Yoichi brings a wealth of experience in the financial markets, including Managing Director (CIO Office) at Japan Investment Corporation, Head of Institutional Japan Equity Sales at Bank America Merrill Lynch, and Head of Japan Equity Syndicate at Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities. Most recently, he was Managing Director at Foster Street, LLC. Yoichi has an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Yale School of Management and a BA in Political Science from International Christian University.
Thomas Chevrier PhD.
Head of Investment
Thomas Chevrier has been involved in TORANOTEC since its launch in 2016 and focuses on quantitative analysis and portfolio construction. Prior to joining TORANOTEC, Thomas was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance at the Univesity of Chicago Booth School of Business and, prior to that, the Head of State Street Associates for Asia Pacific, providing asset allocation, portfolio construction, and quantitative analysis services to pension funds, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, etc.
Thomas has a PhD in Finance, Economics and Econometrics and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, MA in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Head of Engineering
Ivo Bartecek joined TORANOTEC in 2020. Ivo brings with him a breadth of expertise from working on many projects as an Enterprise/Solutions architect and consultant for major Japanese enterprises and leading global technology firms including Red Hat and Automation Anywhere in Tokyo for approximately 10 years. With hands-on experience in all major programming languages, artificial intelligence, blockchain, various frameworks, libraries, and SDKs, Ivo is a technology evangelist and leader who is passionate about the quality of the resulting software, source code, and, first and foremost, security.
Ivo Bartecek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Philology and Film Studies from Palacky University (Czech Republic) and has also studied at Miami University (Ohio, USA) on a scholarship.
International Strategy Manager
Ashley has been involved in TORANOTEC since June 2017 and focuses on developing the company’s international business. Prior to TORANOTEC, Ashley was a management consultant at A.T. Kearney having worked across multiple sectors including financial services, telecommunications, consumer retail, and private equity in Asia-Pacific and North America.
Ashley holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MBA from Columbia Business School.