IAAPA Leadership Conference 2018
Osaka/Tokyo, Japan | 6-9 March

Opening Keynote Presentation 

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Tuesday, 6 March 
09:15 - 10:30

Mike Davis
Senior Vice President, International Entertainment
Universal Parks & Resorts

Universal Parks and Resorts recently announced that veteran Entertainment Theme Park Executive Mike Davis has accepted a newly established position of Senior Vice President - International Entertainment for Universal Parks and Resorts. After being in various management roles within the industry for nearly 4 decades, UPR is excited to have him expand his leadership role, experience and insights into our broader and growing International Operations for UPR.  During his more than 17-year career with Universal, as the SVP/Executive Producer for Universal Studios Japan, he has been responsible for creating and producing memorable and award-winning shows, atmosphere entertainment, and production events at USJ in Osaka Japan.  In his new position, Mike will continue to play a key leadership and Executive Producing role in the development of entertainment at all of Universal’s international parks – including Universal Beijing.

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Closing Keynote Presentation: Tokyo Disney ResortAndrew

Friday, 9 March 

Andrew Bolstein
Vice President and Executive Managing Director
Walt Disney Attractions Japan and Disneyland International

Andrew Bolstein recently assumed the position of Vice President and Executive Managing Director of Walt Disney Attractions Japan and Disneyland International where he leads a team tasked with liaising and partnering with Oriental Land Company, the owner and operator of Tokyo Disney Resort, on the daily operations and future expansion of the Resort.  A 20-year plus veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Andrew brings with him a proven track-record as a strategic leader with deep experience in developing high performance teams and delivering world-class guest experiences in international markets.

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Tokyo Disneyland, which opened in April 1983, was the first Disney theme park built outside the United States and has become one of Japan’s most popular family destinations. Over the past 35 years, the Tokyo Disney Resort has expanded to include a second theme park, four Disney branded hotels and a shopping, dining and entertainment district. In the process, the Tokyo Disney Resort has evolved from a single-day to multi-day destination. Additionally, the Resort experiences and products were adapted to cater to the Japanese guest while maintaining a unique Disney difference. Andrew Bolstein will share insights into this transformative journey.

Education Sessions

6 March 

Edwin Omura

Ambassador for Asia PacificEdwinOmura

KidZania recently appointed Edwin Omura to Ambassador for Asia-Pacific, where he is actively involved in the operations of KidZania’s franchisees in Tokyo, Japan, Koshien, Japan, Seoul, South Korea, Busan, South Korea, Manila, Philippines, China, and other Eastern Asia territories. A 17-year theme park industry veteran, Edwin began his career at Universal Studios Hollywood and served in various park management roles at Universal Studios Japan. Edwin also served as the opening General Manager of Legoland Discovery Center Osaka. In addition, he has supported the opening of KidZania metropolises in Bangkok, Thailand, Cairo, Egypt, Manila, Philippines, and Busan, South Korea.

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Tomoko Chijiiwa

Director of Human Resources, Legoland JapanTOMOKO CHIJIIWA
and Merlin Entertainments Japan

Tomoko Chijiiwa is a people’s person, she has 30 years of experience working in close contact with people on various levels. She secured a position as a full-time lecturer at the Aso Foreign Language & Travel College in Japan for eight years. In March 2007, she joined the pre-opening team of The Peninsula Tokyo and was appointed the L&D Manager. In January 2013, she took the post of Assistant Director of Human Resources at ANA InterContinental Tokyo, 6 months later, she was promoted to Director of Human Resources. Tomoko joined LEGOLAND Japan, pre-opening team in December 2015, and was appointed as Human Resources Director.  In April 2017, she successfully opened the park. Currently, she is striving to open the LEGOLAND Hotel and Sea Life Center which is scheduled to open in April 2018.

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Continuing Education Credits 

IAAPA Certification

Participation in the IAAPA Leadership Conference 2018 earns hours applicable toward IAAPA Certification

Attendees will receive 10 hours toward an IAAPA certification for the Osaka/Tokyo only portion or 23 hours for attending the entire program.