Tokyo (SCCIJ) – The lineup of the Executive Committee of the SCCIJ changed only slightly at the Annual General Meeting 2021. Masao (Mark) Torii, Country President of Novartis Pharma K.K., left the board after completing the allowed period of four years. Newly elected to the board was Seema Bhayat, Local Managing Director of Lombard Odier Trust (Japan). We introduce her through an interview.
SCCIJ: Please introduce yourself briefly.
Seema Bhayat: I was born and raised in Mauritius, a multi-cultural country where a business meeting is conducted in a mixed of English, French, the local Creole, a few Hindi words and an expression or two from the Chinese dialect of Hakka, China. From there I moved to Paris after high school and graduated from business school in France. My career and passion of the “abroad” have led me to live, work and play in 5 different countries across 3 continents. I started my career in wealth management and private banking almost by luck and enjoyed it so much that here I am, heading Lombard Odier office in Japan since 2017. Living and working in Japan is one of my most challenging and exciting experiences. I can definitely say that this is a place that really pushes you out of your comfort zone to grow as a person and as a professional.
SCCIJ: Why did you decide to work for the chamber as a member of the executive committee?
Seema Bhayat: It was quite a natural move. After a few years in Japan, attending SCCIJ’ events and connecting with some of the EC members, I first got more involved as a special advisor to the Executive Comittee. This year, I wanted to engage even more actively with the SCCIJ community and support its activities.
SCCIJ: What does the chamber mean for you, and your organization?
Seema Bhayat: It means connecting, networking, exchanging ideas, learning and being part of a supportive community. It also brings visibility to our brand
SCCIJ: What other services should the chamber offer?
Seema Bhayat: Like any organization, SCCIJ had to adapt to the impact of the pandemic. It has given us the opportunity to expand and explore different types of events from physical to digital and hybrid to bring more people together and reach out to speakers in and outside of Japan.
Interview: Martin Fritz for SCCIJ