Rika Nakazawa
Group Vice President, New Ventures & Innovation NTT

Rika is a technology leader, VC investor, best-selling author, and frequent public speaker on where industry innovation meets sustainable transformation. She is Global Vice President within NTT’s New Ventures & Innovation team where she advances industry ecosystems with P5G, Edge Computing, AI, and IoT. In her additional role as Head of Sustainability for Americas at NTT, Rika is driving NTT's sustainability ambition in operations while also orchestrating the go-to-market for NTT's climate-positive solutions across their portfolio of digital infrastructure solutions. For 2 consecutive years in 2022 and 2023, Rika has been awarded “Power 70” and “Power 80” recognition for the Women of Channel awards with The Channel Co’s CRN network. She has also been ranked as "Top 100 in Emerging Tech" by Women of the Future.

Trilingual in Japanese, German, and English, Rika grew up in Japan and moved to the US to attend Princeton University. Rika has since worked internationally in senior executive roles in strategy, business development, consulting, and marketing with Fortune 500 companies - Accenture, NVIDIA, Capgemini, Sony - and Silicon Valley startups. She is a digital innovation veteran and has served on multiple boards in Next-Gen Computing, XR/VR/AR, Cybersecurity, and AI ecosystems. Rika is currently a board member at Venus Shell Systems - a marine biotech enterprise.

Rika is the best-selling author of “Dear Chairwoman” - featuring the trials and triumphs of women corporate board leaders. Her next book, featuring the intersection of sustainability, digital innovation, and the pandemic, is called “Beyond the Black Swan: How the Pandemic and Digital Innovation Intensified the Sustainability Imperative - Everywhere", was just released by Taylor & Francis in January 2024.


Jun 2

02:25 PM - 03:10 PM


Sustainability for Real(ity): "God Mode" for the Earth with XR

Shivam Kishore | UN Environment Programme

Rika Nakazawa | NTT

Heidi Lehmann | Kenzen