IBA Japan Secretariat Staff

Laurent Depus, Secretary General

Laurent Depus took up his role of Secretary General of the International Bankers Association (IBA) Japan on 1 February 2024. Laurent is a Belgian national, with over three decades' experience in senior management roles in European, Anglo-Saxon and Japanese financial institutions. As a long-standing IBA member and partner, he has had a long experience of regulatory relations and advocacy with Japan's financial authorities and served as IBA Vice-Chairman until 2021. 

Laurent is a Director of the Board of SMBC Trust Bank and concurrently serves as President of the European Business Council (EBC) in Japan since January 2024. He has worked in Luxembourg, UK, Singapore, and since 1988, Japan. He studied linguistics in Belgium, Spain, and the UK. He is a graduate of Institut Libre Marie Haps, University Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).

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.

Harumi Takiguchi, Finance & Administration Manager

Harumi Takiguchi joined IBA Japan as Finance & Administration Manager in July 2021. Before joining IBA Japan, she worked for a major international corporate in an office management role and before that a major international financial institution. She has experience in accounting, planning, marketing, communications and general office management.

Eri Inada, Executive Assistant

Eri Inada is the Executive Assistant to the Secretary General, and joined IBA Japan in February 2021. She previously worked as a head of treasury and dealer support at a global financial company in Tokyo.

Kris Watanabe, Marketing and Member Relations

Kris Watanabe joined IBA Japan in October 2023 and is responsible for the seminar and webinar series, marketing and communications, including website and media management. He was an international real estate agent before assuming the role of marketing and member relations of IBA Japan.