Hitoshi Suga, MBA

Specialization: Entrepreneurship, General Management, Marketing

Hitoshi Suga, MBA


1985 Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration, M.B.A.
1976 Waseda University, School of Political Science & Economics, B.A. (Political Science)

Previous Academic and Business Affiliations:

2010 Keio University, Graduate School of Business Administration, M.B.A. program, Adjunct Lecturer
2009-2013 Kyoto University, Office of Society-Academia Collaboration for Innovation, Guest Lecturer
2006-2016 Akita International University, Global Business Program, Visiting Professor
2004 Marunouchi Entrepreneurship School, School Master / Founder
1999-2006 Tully’s Coffee Japan Co., Ltd., Vice Chairman & Board Member (2006-2016 Special Adviser to President)
1996-2000 MVC Corporation (Now: Mitsui & Co. Global Investment Ltd.), Founder, President & CEO
1976-2000 Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Now: Mitsui & Co.)

2008 Awarded “Minister of The Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Award” (METI sponsored) for Promoting and Nurturing Entrepreneurship


Professor Suga is Associate Dean for Supporting Career Development and Fundraising for Scholarships. He teaches Entrepreneurship and Marketing, using the case method of Harvard Business School and other prestigious business schools.

He has lectured as a guest speaker in Japanese and English for more than 50 institutions in the past 20 years in both academia and business, and published numerous books, essays and journal contributions, including “Case Studies: Starting Up Your Own Venture”『ケースで学ぶ実戦・起業塾』 (Aug. 2010, Nikkei Shimbun Press Inc., co-authored with Kyoto Univ. Office of Society-Academia Collaboration for Innovation instructors, compiled and edited by Tetsuo Kitani), and “How to Do Venture Capital”『ベンチャー投資の実務』 (June 1997, Nikkei Shimbun Inc., co-authored with Mitsui & Co., ltd. /MVC Corp.).

Between 2013 and 2017 Professor Suga authored the newspaper column series “A to Z of VB Management” in the Nikkei Business Daily and is still actively involved in several middle-size companies and start-ups with substantial track records of venture investments, either through having a seat on the board or by acting as an advisor to the President.