Art x Finance - Vol.3, “Perspectives of a financial center, a bank and an artist” will be held on 15th January

2023.12.15 (Fri)


JIAM has been presenting events to explore the cross section between art and finance.  We are pleased to host our third workshop.

How can art/artists and financial services benefit each other?  We are excited to have different players who will present their perspectives. 

We will invite DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre Authority), to present their initiative to  promote Dubai with various artists.  SMBC Prestia has been building on the interface between their wealth management customers and art.  We will also be joined by Masato Suzuki, a maestro and musician.


Title:Art x Finance – Vol.3 , Perspectives of a financial center, a bank and an artist

Date and Time: January 15 2024, 5pm-7pm

Location: Venue and Zoom

Venue:Book Lounge Kable

〒103-0026  3F KABUTO ONE, Chuo-ku Kabuto-cho 7-1, Tokyo (東京都中央区日本橋兜町7番1号)



17:00-17:05 Opening Remarks (Keiichi Aritomo, JIAM Director and Chairman of WAIFC, Dr. Jochen Biedermann, Managing Director, WAIFC)

17:05-17:20    Embracing art and artists (Aisha AlSahlawi, Property Development team, DIFC)

17:20-17:35 Why does finance matter to an artist?  (Maestro Masato Suzuki)

17:35-17:50 Art and wealth management (Dai Sugiyama, Executive Officer, Consumer Business Unit, SMBC Trust Bank)

17:50-18:20 Panel Discussion with presenters 

18:20 Closing remarks 

18:30-19:30 Networking (onsite attendees only)


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Aisha Ismail AlSahlawi

Aisha Ismail AlSahlawi is a seasoned professional with a background in Architecture, having graduated from the American University of Sharjah. With nearly three years at the property development department at DIFC, Aisha plays a pivotal role in a diverse array of projects from overseeing art integration within DIFC to managing fit-out projects, large-scale towers, and, most recently, contributing to master planning initiatives.

Aisha’s noteworthy accomplishments include her successful management and assistance in curating the DIFC Sculpture Park, establishing it as a prominent annual event within DIFC. Beyond her role at DIFC, she has served as a volunteer and lab research assistant for Waiwai Design Firm. Notably, her contributions were instrumental in the firm’s latest exhibition at the Venice Biennale, where their collaborative efforts secured the prestigious Golden Lion for the UAE Pavilion in Venice, marking a historic achievement.


Masato Masato Suzuki

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Masato Suzuki received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Tokyo National University for Fine Arts and Music (now Tokyo University of the Arts), and completed courses at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He was awarded 20th Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the 18th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award, and the 18th Hotel Okura Music Award. Suzuki is Principal Conductor of Bach Collegium Japan (BCJ), Conductor and Creative Partner of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of Ensemble Genesis. He is also the designated principal guest conductor of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra. He regularly appears on the radio program “The Pleasure of Early Music” on NHK FM. Executive Producer of the Chofu International Music Festival, stage direction, planning and production, and composition, Suzuki’s boundary-less activities are expected much from various quarters. Suzuki is a visiting professor at Kyushu University.


Dai Sugiyama, Executive Officer, Consumer Business Unit, SMBC trust bank

April 2000                        Joined Citibank Japan
October 2004                  Seconded to Citigroup US
April 2007                        Seconded to Citi Card Japan
April 2013                        Head of Consumer Planning Dept.
November 2015              Business Divestiture to SMBC TRUST BANK
April 2016                        Executive Officer, Consumer Business Planning Dept.
April 2017                        Executive Officer, Prestia Sales Division
April 2021                        Executive Officer, Consumer Business Unit (Current Position)