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Yasuyuki Kohaya


Yas joined Toyota Motor Corporation in 1997 as a production engineer, designing and launching production lines for internal combustion engines. He received his MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007, and upon returning to Toyota, he joined the Product and Business Planning Division where in the course of his 6 year experience he was involved in multiple projects, such as future Lexus products, a Tesla partnership, and alternative fuel vehicles strategy.

He moved to Silicon Valley in 2014 to start Toyota Ventures where he was responsible for initiating and managing collaboration projects with Silicon Valley startups and IT companies as well as for supporting the launch of Toyota Research Institute. He is currently at TRI as Chief Liaison Officer supporting the management team in every aspect of strategic and operational decision making as well as facilitating communication with Toyota headquarters.