Akira has a vision to leverage the strengths of airlines to further connect the world. He created ANA’s AVATAR division and is a prize developer behind the ANA AVATAR XPRIZE concept which won top honors at the XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit. Akira entered ANA in 2008 as a flight operation engineer to design pilot’s non-normal procedure. His Blue Wing business model, which is a partnership model that bridges for-profit and non-profit organizations, was the grand prize concept of the Tokyo-based 2010 Global Agenda Seminar program. This earned Akira an invitation to the 2011 World Economic Forum. Akira is a serial intrapreneur who has helped to launch multiple initiatives within ANA.