Hidetaka Aoki is co-founder and director of SPACETIDE Foundation which is a Tokyo-based organization to promote newspace businesses worldwide. As a “Space Business Evangelist”, he is helping to create a private sector-led space industry and co-founded and serves as a board member of Space Port Japan Association. He also serves JAXA, Japanese Space Agency, and government committees in his varied career. He is also a director at Global Brain Corporation, a Japanese venture capital firm. After obtaining a master’s degree in aerospace engineering in the US, he developed the “Kounotori” spacecraft at Mitsubishi Electric and won a number of awards. He now oversees investment activities for space and other deep tech startups as a venture capitalist.