Masao Konomi born in Tokyo in 1943 and graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1966 with EE. Worked for Mitsubishi Electric Co., Ltd., and designed and developed the first airborne tracking radar for F-1 fighter in Japan. In 1971 , took a leave of absence to attend Harvard Business School and graduated with an MBA in 1973. Then, joined Morgan Stanley in New York and in 1976 was transferred to its Tokyo office. Actively dealt with the financial, industrial, energy and real estate industries, in the areas of Euro-dollar financings and foreign investments. Left Morgan Stanley in 1981, commercialized his inventions for the next 20 years and formed Konomi, Inc. in 1983. Since 1989, has been active in placing leading overseas private equity funds with Japanese institutional investors. Clients include the UK-based Charterhouse Development Capital, US-based GoldPoint Capital Partners (New York Life) and Asia-based Axiom Fund of Funds. Is also active in serving Japanese clients and non-Japanese clients in cross-border transactions in Australia, Vietnam, China, Europe and the US.