Ayako is global influencer and expert in cryptocurrency. As Managing Director Japan of Kraken, she has globally educated the public, VCs, and regulators on the cryptocurrency/blockchain innovation and technologies. She secured the agreement between the MtGox bankruptcy trustee and Kraken, leading the projects for the investigation and other proceedings. She is a founding member of Japan Blockchain Association (JBA) and spearheads JBA’s foreign relations. She is currently advising different cryptocurrency/blockchain projects for social impact both in the developed and the developing world, connecting the world with blockchain.