Rika Nakazawa

VP, NTT New Ventures & Innovation, NTT

Rika Nakazawa

Speaker Bio


Rika Nakazawa is a senior leader, investor, best-selling author, and frequent public speaker on technology-powered business transformation. She is Group Vice President within the New Ventures & Innovation team at NTT where she is building NTT's Industry X Agile Innovation practice for emerging technologies like 5G and IoT, focusing on NTT's most strategic and innovative accounts. She is also chairwoman of the social impact ventures Strides AI that is delivering corporate high performance by diversifying the board room and c-Suite with smart orchestration technologies for underrepresented leaders.



Trilingual in Japanese, German and English, Rika grew up in Japan and moved to the US to attend Princeton. Rika has since worked internationally for over two decades in senior executive roles in strategy, business development, consulting, and marketing with Fortune 500 companies - Accenture, NVIDIA, Capgemini Sony, American Express - and Silicon Valley startups. She is a Digital Transformation veteran and has served on multiple start-up boards in Next-Generation Computing, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence ecosystems.



Throughout her career, Rika has been an avid advocate for Sustainability and Social Impact – particularly in advancing diverse leadership in governance, technology, and business across industry verticals and global dimensions. She resides in Austin, TX with her partner and huskies, where she is strategizing her next book focused on the relationship between Covid-19, Technology and ESG.