Hiroyuki (“Hiro”) has over 15 years of experience in Private Equity and Investment Banking, with his expertise in deal origination and fundraising. In ACA Group, he launched several new initiatives for the firm, including fundraising and investing over $100 Mil into Vietnam and leading growth equity capital of Series E and F round of SmartNews, the news app unicorn from Japan.
Hiro launched ACA Football Partners with his passion to connect the European football scene and Asian fans to further enhance the connection between the two regions.
Aihisa (Aki) has over 5 years experience in football business both in Japan and Europe, with his expertise in all corporate and business functions in the football club. In STVV, he reorganized the club structure and he made clear governance with the accounting and decision making workflow as CFO. Thanks to that, the club got 3rd position in financial fair play ranking in 2018-19 in Belgium. On the other hand, he managed business KPI and arranged business plans and strategies in the club.
Aki believes football has more potential, so he decided to use his passion to release the potential globally in his life work. In the coming decade, football business will be changed a lot, and ACA Football Partners will lead it with digital and innovative business solutions.
Yu brings communications experience having served as a PR person within global sports industries for last 4 years. She joined DAZN, a global leading sports media, in 2017. There she gained experience of working as PR&Communications team, mainly was involved in activities such as external media communications and event coordinating, dealing with a variety of sports contents including football, baseball, motorsports, boxing etc. Later she moved to Spain for a year to work at International Communications department of Cádiz CF (Spain), from LaLiga. Working as the only foreigner there, she managed to plan and deliver exclusive contents for Japan market to raise its awareness and interest by collaborating local marketing specialists.
Yu is fascinated with football since young and believes in a power of community of sports. She is excited about being a part of launching new businesses at ACA Football Partners to deliver the joy of football for wider audience.
Motoaki (Moto) is an entrepreneur in private banking service in Japan. He started his career in Mizuho Bank Ltd. He experienced financial services from retail to private banking in Japan and Switzerland for 10 years. After that, he finally established his own company, Wells Partners Inc., in order to enhance a high quality and one stop financial service in Japan.
He has been also believing the power of football. That's why he sympathizes the philosophy of ACA Football Partners Pte Ltd. He will contribute football industry with his professional business knowledge and network in the term of social contributions.
Stanley (Stan) is known as a master in the world of football. He has contributed to football all his life. Following his passion for football. He has worked in Feyenoord as a Youth Academy Director for 10 years. He developed several Dutch national team players, for example Wijnaldum(Liverpool), Ake(Manchester City), Rekik(Sevilla),Stefan de Vrij(Inter). Also he had various international experience as Youth Academy Director & Coaching staff. Additionally he achieved glorious history as a professional player and played alongside Johan Cruijff. His passion has never gone away and he is eager to empower football more.
Kunishige Kamamoto, known as the legend in Japan, participated in the Tokyo Olympics while he was at the Waseda university, and joined football club Yanmar Diesel after graduation. He made an amazing performance both in the Japan League and as a player for the national team of Japan. One of his biggest achievements was to become a top scorer at the Olympics in Mexico 1968. He scored 7 goals and helped Japan get the bronze medal. He scored 202 goals in total in the Japan League, played 76 games and scored 75 goals for the national team, which gives him a scoring rate of 98%. For a long time, this record was the international record and to this day it is still the record in Japan. As a member of the House of Councilors and also a member of the board of directors of the Japan Football Association, he played a crucial role in bringing the 2002 World Cup to Japan. He was elected for the first Japan Football Hall of Fame in 2005 at the youngest age, and he received the Order of the Rising Sun in 2014. After his retirement, he became a head coach at Yanmar Diesel and Gamba Osaka. Also he has held more than 1,300 soccer classes throughout Japan, teaching the joy of football to more than 500,000 children, and continues to contribute to the development of the football industry.
The legend got excited to hear about the project vision of ACA Football Partners and he will be sharing his rich experience and supporting ACAFP’s further challenges from Japan as our football ambassador.