Chairman of the Board, Alliance Forum Foundation; Group Chairman and CEO, DEFTA Partners Group; Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister of Japan
Chairman of the Board, Alliance Forum Foundation
Group Chairman & CEO, DEFTA PARTNERS
Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister of Japan
Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University
International Council Member, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
George Hara has been active in venture capital and high technology global alliances for over two decades. After founding DEFTA Partners in 1985, he became one of the most prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalists responsible for the emergence of numerous industry pioneering firms including Actuate, Borland, SCO, PictureTel, Tradex, Zoran Corporation, and Fortinet. Mr. Hara is internationally known as a leading edge technology capitalist and visionary architect in the field of post-computer technology. Since 2005, he has been actively involved with deploying next-generation technology in developing countries to improve their standard of living. Mr. Hara has served as Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister of Japan, Chairman of the Board for the Alliance Forum Foundation, Prime Minister’s Special Commissioner on the Tax Panel (Japan), Counselor to the Japanese Ministry of Finance, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for IIMSAM Permanent Observer Mission to UN ECOSOC, and WAFUNIF Representative Ambassador. He holds a Bachelor of Law from Keio University, Tokyo, and a Master of Science from Stanford University.