About Us

Connecting Israel And Japan For Over 25 Years

Our Approach

Business development is a way of thinking and a process of delivering the best solution to a client’s problems, it’s based on a philosophy of selfless service that builds long-term trust. Trained business development professionals are not reactive, relying on events to spur revenue generation – but rather pro-active in defining their strategy and delivering solutions. We take initiative and deliver best business development results for you – our clients.

Our Story

ICG was founded in 1995 as a joint effort by a two individuals from two very different cultures – one from Japan and one from Israel. This connection has defined ICG for the past 23 years as a company which does not define itself under one single culture but rather by taking advantage of connecting people and businesses from different parts of the world. Ever since the early days ICG has grown through a long series of innovative projects, both at Asia and globally. Our ability to leverage our expertise to meet increasingly ambitious challenges defines the identity of a group that never stands still. We have leveraged our unique philosophy into a working successful practice.

Meet the Team

Our management team embodies decades of experience in doing business in both Japan, Israel and APEC. We bring diversified life experience and outlook. By sharing our experience with you – our clients we turn your business strategy into reality.

Yoav LEWIT

Co-Founder, CEO

With over 28 years’ experience in financial markets, fintech, business development and technology entrepreneurship, Yoav is an expert at taking an idea to its full business potential. Having worked in The Netherlands, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Israel, Yoav is well versed at doing business within a multi-cultural environment. A graduate (BSc. Economics) of the London School of Economics (LSE) and a keen sea-kayak enthusiast, Yoav is here to provide his experience and knowledge to you – our client.

Chihiro SAWAI

Co-Founder, CEO

Living in Hong Kong for 29 years, and with a 32 years’ experience in financial markets where he focused on global asset management, Hiro is a regular writer at ‘HK Post’ newspaper and has also published 8 financial books selling over 100,000 copies in Japan. Hiro is a leading Japanese expert on Israel’s economy, history and culture and has been developing business opportunities for Japanese companies and investors in Israel successfully a country to which he has traveled to frequently. Hiro’s hobbies include baseball, Sumo wrestling, and Pro-Wrestling which is a big part of his life.

Board of Advisors

Mr. David Chissick

Mr. David Chissick

Board of Advisors Member

David Chissick is an authority on media, sports and consumer-related technologies and marketing. A global businessman since his 20s with a unique affinity to entrepreneurship and innovation, he has been actively involved in the Israeli hi-tech industry for many years as an angel investor, co-founder, mentor and board member of companies which focus primarily on media, sports and consumer. Mr. Chissick is an active mentor to numerous entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship programs, including the Zell Entrepreneurship Program at the IDC.

    Mr. Gal Dymant

    Mr. Gal Dymant

    Board of Advisors Member

    Mr. Dymant is Chairman of Asia Direct Capital Group, and a representative partner in Pitango venture capital in China. Asia Direct is the leading company of bringing Israeli technologies into the China market. The company is responsible of bringing more than 100 Israeli companies into the Chinese market. In addition, Asia Direct has raised more than $300 M USD from China into Israeli Hi Tech companies in the last three years. Gal holds an MBA from New York University. Mr. Dymant has invested in more than 20 companies in China, and in the last five years, he is an active angel investor in Israel.

      Mrs. Sivan Nakamura

      Mrs. Sivan Nakamura

      Board of Advisors Member

      Mrs. Sivan Nakamura, President and founder of one of Japan’s top media agencies (SivanS). Sivan has established herself as top business women in Japan innovating and breaking the rules of traditional advertising. Providing all-round solutions including marketing strategy, public relations, creative, digital, branding, event planning, media planning and more – SivanS is the top choice agency for top global brands including Fiat, Ferrari, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Max Mara, Hilton, Officine Panerai, Grana Padano and many more. In 2016 Sivan has expanded her company to include SivanS Digital.

        Mr. Kotaro Kumagai

        Mr. Kotaro Kumagai

        Board of Advisors Member

        Born in 1973, Kotaro Kumagai is law graduate of the prestigious Keio University. Founder of FINIX corporation Ltd. a trading company of rare metals in 2003 and Nano Summit International (BVI) in 2009 and Nano Summit Corporation Ltd. in Japan in 2013. Kotaro Kumagai is also the elder son Mr.Kumagai Hiroshi, former Japanese cabinet secretary and former Minister of Trade and Industry of Japan.

          Gallery – ICG Accelerate 2019
          Meeting Israel Ambassador to Japan

          Meeting with H.E. Ambassador of Israel to Japan Yafa Ben-Ari.

          Meeting in Tokyo with Israel Cabinet Minister Mr. Zeev Elkin.

          ICG Accelerate CEO Mr. Sawai in discussion with Israel Cabinet Minister Mr. Zeev Elkin.

          ICG Accelerate, Sponsor - Tokyo-Jerusalem Design Week.

          ICG Accelerate sponsors the Jerusalem Installation on Tokyo Design Week 2019.

          Performance of Israeli singer ‘Dikla‘ in Tokyo Design Week (Israel Installation), Sponsored by ICG Accelerate.

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