Kaoru Arai

MD @ Rakuten Trade

Mr Kaoru Arai has more than 25 years of experience in the capital market industry, specialising in listed offshore products and services.

He is the Managing Director and a member of the Board of Directors of Rakuten Trade Sdn Bhd, Malaysia first completely online equity broker which was established in May 2017. Under his leadership, the company was named 2018 FinTech Company of the Year.

Prior to being posted to Rakuten Trade, Kaoru Arai was the Department Manager of the Business Development Department of Rakuten Securities and was responsible for exploring business opportunities overseas and conducting feasibility studies in ASEAN markets. He was later commissioned to introduce Rakuten Securities’ online brokerage business model outside Japan and to expand their business channel globally.

Kaoru Arai joined Rakuten Securities in 2004 as the Vice General Manager of the Products Division where he was responsible for the product planning and development of US equities, ADRs, Hong Kong equities and ASEAN equities. He also established a series of on-shore and off-shore ETF educational programs (webinars and onsite seminars) for retail investors, collaborating with ETF providers globally.

Kaoru Arai began his career in Daiwa Securities in Tokyo, Japan in 1991 where he did a three-year stint in Daiwa Securities Hong Kong to market and promote Hong Kong and ASEAN equities to Japanese retail investors as Asian Equity Manager. Thereafter, he returned to Tokyo where he was responsible for the sales and promotion of US equities to retail and institutional investors holding a certified securities broker representative license in US (Series 3 & 7) as Foreign Equity Senior Manager until 2002.

Kaoru Arai has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan (1991) and did a one-year Mandarin course at the Beijing Language and Culture University (1995).

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